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    Best Of 2015: Deli

    Wholesome flair and well-priced eats make it worth the walk to this locally owned deli, residing in the outer Colorado College solar system on North Tejon Street. Wooglin's offers homemade taste that comforts its fair share of homesick students, but also staff and faculty. It's also a great little lunch spot for the corporate set, with standouts such as $6.99 half-pound burgers with crisp, house-made chips; loaded cold sandwiches; daily quiches; and thick slices of creamy cheesecake. With all these goodies, the walk there and back really isn't such a bad idea. — Bridgett Harris

    Best Of 2015: Bang-for-Your-Buck Bar

    Best Of 2015: Neighborhood Bar: Central

    The bar seems to stretch for miles — and so does your dollar — at Tony's, which offers a plethora of drink specials that will please even the most budget-conscious patron. And while it may be the Springs' favorite college bar, you'll also find your fair share of locals sipping beers and cheering on their favorite teams. Pair your tall-boy-and-shot combo with Tony's famous cheese curds and settle in to watch a game, shoot some pool, or chat up a friendly neighbor on the next stool over. — Bridgett Harris

    Bites 2013: Margherita Pizza

    Hotdogs, macaroni, Buffalo wings ... all things arguably disgracefully placed upon pizza in modern times. All of which makes the existence of a true, traditional classic pizza even more important. A retreat. A refuge. Something so perfect, in the case of the Margherita, that it need not ever have been built upon. Thin wood-oven pizza, lauded San Marzano tomatoes, fragrant basil, house-made mozzarella. Done, done and done. Don't talk to me, I'm eating over here. ($11.95) Beignets and Café Au Lait at Springs Orleans

    Click here for Pizzeria Rustica's Local Vegetable Antipasto Recipe!

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    Best Of 2014: Local Coffee House

    It may not be the fictional Double R Diner, but The Perk is your favorite place in town to get, you'll pardon my language, a damned fine cup of coffee. The 6-year-old downtown location hosts two floors: a cozy cafe downstairs, which shows little to no sign of the fire that shut down the business earlier this year, and a more open space upstairs that routinely plays host to everything from music to Bible study groups to business meetings. General manager Ashlynn Moore also credits her awesome baristas with the Perk's success. Add in awesome food and prime Tejon real estate, and it's a spunky local joint for everyone. But none of this would matter without good coffee, which it has in spades. —Griffin Swartzell

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    Best Of 2015: Bar Patio

    Best Of 2015: Place to Shoot Pool

    Phantom Canyon closed down earlier this year for main-floor restaurant updates and renovations. But it needed no help with its second-floor offerings. The rooftop patio opened in the summer of 2013 with a spectacular view of the Peak, high tables with cool fire pits, and full food and drink service in the open air. The 10-table pool hall also boasts great views of the mountains and city sports-bar atmosphere, with TVs often turned to the game du jour and specials Sunday through Wednesday — including free pool with any food purchase on Mondays. — Carrie Simison

    Best Of 2015: Italian

    Chef Franco Pisani has brought his love of cooking to multiple platforms. His monthly culinary videos (available on Paravicini's website) include segments like "Feast of the 7 Fishes" and "Farmer's Market Shopping and Cooking." He also has a book available on Amazon (Mama Mia! Now That's Italian) filled with family stories and recipes from his youth. As a board member of the Colorado Restaurant Association's Pikes Peak Chapter, Pisani has advocated for more independent, chef-driven restaurants in town. In December he told the Indy, "There are meal-replacement restaurants, and then there's dining experiences." It's safe to say Paravicini's is the latter. — Amanda Lundgren

    Best Of 2013: Cutting Edge Restaurant

    Nosh has won this category since 2008, back when it was called "Innovative Menu." Which is kind of amusing, since the menu hasn't actually changed a whole lot since mid-2010, when then-chef Shane Lyons (who recently opened Distilled NY in Tribeca, to positive reviews) created many of what have become known as the "staples," in manager Tyler Schiedel's words. But that's how good they've been — to carry on at the forefront of the collective culinary consciousness, as if exciting introductions were still being made. Well, the good news, according to Schiedel, is that tinkering is about to begin again under consulting chef Andrew Sherrill from the Blue Star; expect new dishes in the next few months. Nosh's bar program, too, deserves a nod, highlighting quality craft beers and creative cocktails. "We couldn't do it without the entire staff," says Schiedel.— Matthew Schniper

    Bites 2013: Spicy Bison Sandwich

    If ever a better way to eat bison tongue has existed, we know it not. Nosh's chefs braise the meat stupid-tender with tomato paste and red wine over the course of 24-plus hours at 200 degrees. They then cook it with caramelized onions, jalapeños and Anaheims, receiving more kick from cayenne mayo and pepper jack cheese, melted onto Old School Bakery bread. Dunk that in a sweet jus constructed of the braising liquid refortified with extra carrots to draw out natural sugars. Tatonka! ($9.50 includes a side, lunch only)

    Click here for Nosh's Two-Faced Apple Curry Soup Recipe!


    Best Of 2012: Wait Staff

    At Mona Lisa, the servers are extremely experienced — one has been there for 15 of the restaurant's 16 years, and the average is about six years. In short, they've been around long enough to know they're not the main event at this fine-dining attraction. "They're attentive, but not overbearing," Mona Lisa owner Jeff Kiepke says simply. Most customers come to Mona Lisa to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other life event, which means a 2½-hour, four-course fondue meal. And in an environment like that there's a lot to be said for servers who can blend into the background but never be missed. But perhaps the clearest thing you can say: They're the best around. — Pam Zubeck

    Bites 2013: Fondue For Two

    Customize your own four courses, but here's how we'd roll: the Caesar salad first, then the Old World cheese option for the bread-veggie-and-fruit round. The Wild Game Entrée Platter for the main affair, featuring buffalo, trout, boar and more. And then a dark chocolate dessert fondue at meal's end, with a liqueur shot of your choice — Amaretto perhaps? — for a buck more per head. ($49 per person)

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    Bites 2013: Grinder Sandwich

    "Hoagies and grinders, hoagies and grinders, navy beans, navy beans ..." Sorry. But get that reference and you've earned a grinder at Mollica's. (You're still paying for it.) Anyhoo, fennel-forward house-made Italian sausage lays down on a La Baguette French Bakery roll before its smothered with sautéed bell peppers, gooey provolone and chunky house tomato sauce. ($7.89)

    Best of 2015: Bar for a Margarita

    The Loop serves its margaritas in two sizes. Manager Anna Cipolletti says "the regulars are pretty large, and the grandes are huge." Which is why we always recommend pairing your Silver or your Skinny (or whatever flavor strikes your margarita fancy) with a good, solid meal. Options abound, but you might try Cipolletti's suggestion of the special Molcajete: a chicken, pork and steak dish, with veggies, onions, spicy poblano sauce and nopal (aka prickly pear) cactus. — Kirsten Akens

    Best Of 2015: Indian/Curry

    A friend once told me that the food at Little Nepal was so good, she would cheerfully drown in a bathtub full of their curry. I thought it was rather weird at the time ... and then I had the shrimp korma. That day, I decided that the phenomenal blend of spices, cream and coconut milk is how I, too, would like to meet my ultimate end ... wrapped in a warm blanket of naan, sipping a hot Indian chai as I went. Did I mention Little Nepal delivers and is open seven days a week? — Bridgett Harris

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    Best Of 2014: Sunday Brunch

    For the seventh year in a row, the Lake Terrace Dining Room at the Broadmoor takes this category. And who's to argue with the "Grand Dame of the Rockies"? At Sunday brunch, she serves up 150 offerings — entrées, carving-station meats, salads, savory and dessert crepes — and staffs action stations with chefs who make food to order. The menu changes weekly, but you can count on culinary excellence, plus some ice sculptures and live piano music. All things considered, the $52 price per person is well worth it, says manager Susan Krokidis. Located on the mezzanine level of Broadmoor Main, the buffet runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. — Anna Palmer

    Bites 2012

    With island influences from Hawaii to Indonesia, La'au's offers more fresh crunch than the average taco stop (think mango and papaya toppings), though there's hearty pork, steak and chicken options, too. Nobody beats the all-day happy hours: two Bristols for $5, $1.50 PBRs, $3 margaritas.

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    Best Of 2015: Bread

    When you bake bread, it's all about the flour. And while La Baguette doesn't import French flour, they do use King Arthur flour, milled by a Vermont company for the last 225 years and recommended by Cook's Illustrated for its quality and consistency. The Old Colorado City location, which bakes the bread for all of the La Baguette restaurants in town, still captures le terroir — the taste of the land around us. From basic batards and baguettes to their always-popular raisin-walnut bread. — Griffin Swartzell

 

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