Bites 2013: Pad Thai Woon Sen
Here's a superstar plate for the gluten-free crowd, still a treat to non-restricted eaters. Rather than the wide rice noodles you're used to on standard Pad Thai, the Woon Sen is built on a base of thin "bean thread" noodles. They get the same stir-fry treatment with a rich peanut flavor, and though egg adds some protein, it's well worth the upcharge for soft prawns to contrast the bean sprouts' crunch. Heat level's up to your better judgment. ($6.80/$2.50 extra for shrimp)
Best Of 2014: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2014: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
How does that old slogan go? "New look, same great taste"? That seems to be the tenet that Adam's Mountain Café has followed since relocating from its flood-prone location in downtown Manitou to a drier, safer one in May. Farley McDonough and Co. have completely overhauled the old Manitou Pancake and Steak House, but kept intact Adam's list of great dishes — from Orange Almond French Toast in the morning to Spicy Malibari Curry at night. Seventy percent of those dishes are vegetarian, and in all, says hostess Valentina Kai, 95 percent of the menu can be made vegetarian-friendly with a little tweaking. Also worth noting: Though it's not quite walking distance from other downtown attractions anymore, the new Adam's offers ample parking. That's a neighborhood-pleaser. — Miguel Bustamante
Bites 2013: Christmas Mountain Falls
Yeah, the menu says Green or Red Mountain Falls, but locals know you can mix them to dramatic effect. Onto a bed of toasted polenta (yup — 'dem ITALian corn grits) capped in cheddar cheese come the vegetarian chilies garnished with scallions and tomatoes and cooled slightly by a dollop of sour cream. Get the added eggs your style (over medium, perhaps?) because the yolk adds another pleasing dimension. There you have it: Christmas year-round. ($7/$10.25 with two eggs).Click here for Adam's Mountain Cafe's Indian Braised Romanesco Recipe!