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Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Bar: West
Although we haven't been around long enough to directly verify it, we're told that the west side's favorite bar gets its name from a pair of elk, Thunder and Buttons, who back in the 1880s drew their owner's carriage up and down Colorado Avenue, with its 21 saloons. In addition to late-night happy hours and weekly meetings of the Westside Running Club and Geeks Who Drink, the homey saloon and eatery recently expanded its patio. "We got our liquor license expanded to cover the front patio," says owner Heather Joffe, "so we can enjoy drinking a beer while reading the Indy out front." We're on our way. — Bill Forman
Catch daily food specials like steak sliders and blackened shrimp fettuccine, beyond a sizeable sandwich and salad menu. See their website for daily happy hour and late-night drink specials. Also open mic comedy night, Geeks Who Drink and live music nights.
Best Of 2012: Vintage Clothing Store
It's not been two years since Adam Leech's Pit moved to its current North Nevada Avenue location, closer to Colorado College and its throngs of post-ironic retro-chic hunters. Too close, perhaps — apparently Leech will be relocating again in the near future, as Colorado College doesn't intend to renew the lease on the property. It hasn't seemed to damage his confidence, though, as he notes that his store doesn't only sell clothes: "I would challenge anybody to an arm-wrestling contest who claims there's a better stock of vinyl in Colorado Springs." And Leech doesn't stop there. "I'd contend we've got Denver beat, too," he adds. "On a good day." — Wyatt Miller
Bites 2013: Tortellini Jamaica
The mark of a great vegetarian dish is that a carnivore can enjoy it the same, not missing any meatiness because the veggie power is so, um, powerful. And such is the case with this dish, plenty protein-packed from the rich, ricotta-stuffed tortellini that's sexified (it's a word as much as "mon" is, mon) by an onion white wine sauce. But then things get real crazy with the addition of grapes, banana and pineapple. (Say what!? We know.) Creamy, starchy, sweet goodness. ($8.95 lunch/$13.95 dinner)