Best Of 2014: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2014: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
"The biggest thing" to hit Adam's Mountain Café over the past year, according to owner Farley McDonough, is that the restaurant has gone full-bar. After 30 years without, that is a big deal. "We're not trying to do a big bar scene," McDonough says with a laugh, "but people can come in for a killer Bloody Mary at breakfast, or a Manhattan with dinner." Of course, in keeping with the rest of Adam's style, the bar leans local and Colorado when possible. And that Bloody Mary? It's extra special — with organic ingredients and vegan, house-made Worcestershire sauce. — Kirsten Akens
Five-year-old Nemo's recently moved a block from its old spot, expanding into drive-through service. They're proud of from-scratch everything, including sweet baked goods in the a.m., breakfast burritos, and hot and cold sandwiches until 7. Beans from Boulder's Ozo Coffee Co.
Bites 2013: Butter Chicken
You'd swear the golden pool full of cubed chicken chunks, easily splitting into pink shreds, was 90-percent sweet cream. But ginger zings, then garlic sings, then yogurt and tomatoes vibrate with biting tang. Then you're taking another bite, then you're out of steaming, grilled naan to pile it onto, then you're out of room to eat, so you roll to the car. ($12.95)
Best Of 2010: Indian/Curry
For the love of good gravy! At least that's the way Taste of India owner Tajinder Dhillon see things. Dhillon describes curry — an aromatic mix of onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon and more — as Indian gravy, something found in every Indian home. And he bristles at the oft-heard belief that all Indian food is spicy; in his culture, heat is only achieved through the addition of chilies. So you can get your lamb, beef or mushroom curry mild, medium or hot, or even opt for a creamy dish, like the much-revered butter chicken. Dip some fresh-prepared naan into that sauce, and you'll see why Taste of India has been converting even skeptics into regulars since 1997. —Monika Mitchell Randall
Here you'll find the tastiest butter chicken in the city, and a family-dominated staff that will take care of you — just two reasons why Taste of India earned our readers' Best Indian nod in 2009. Lunch buffets here are legendary, and will help you quickly understand why the outfit has such a fine reputation within the local Indian community.
Best Of 2015: Irish Pub
With weekly pub sing-alongs, half-priced Whiskey Wednesdays, and the most epically Irish Sunday brunch imaginable, it's easy to see why Jack Quinn's is Colorado Springs' favorite Irish pub. The place is Irish through and through. You'll find traditional music on Sunday evenings, your favorite brews on tap, and an authentic menu filled with rich and filling home-style cuisine. Sláinte! — Bridgett Harris
Get the: Coconut Bubble Tea
Also a roaster, C&T Zone offers a couple things not common (or entirely unique) to the Springs: a diverse bubble tea selection and Zoneberry (based off the popular Pinkberry yogurt drinks elsewhere).
Best Of 2015: Middle Eastern
If you've never sampled authentic Middle Eastern cooking, Heart of Jerusalem is the place to do it. Family-owned and -operated, HOJ fills plates to the brim with delicious and distinctly spiced favorites like refreshing dolma; crisp, heart-shaped falafel; juicy lamb kabobs; and fragrant saffron rice. Treat yourself to a hot cup of sage tea, or if you're a little adventurous, an order of Turkish coffee, presented in a lovely cezve and packing a powerful caffeine kick. — Bridgett Harris