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Best Fine Dining

Gold

The Blue Star

1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086

Previous Best Of Awards: '01

Silver

Primitivo Wine Bar

(currently closed), 473-4900

www.primitivo.com

Bronze

The Cliff House Dining Room

306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 785-2415

www.thecliffhouse.com


Best Restaurant for Carnivores

Gold

Outback Steakhouse

7065 Commerce Center Drive, 590-6283

2825 Geyser Drive, 527-8745

www.outback.com

Silver

The Steaksmith

3802 Maizeland Road,

596-9300

www.steaksmith.com

Bronze

MacKenzie's Chop House

128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536


Best Restaurant for Herbivores

Gold

Adam's Mountain Caf

110 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Gertrude's Restaurant

2625 W. Colorado Ave.,

471-0887

Bronze

Souper! Salad!

Three locations around town

www.soupersalad.com


Best New Restaurant (since Sept. '01)

Gold

The Famous

31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333

Silver

Panera Bread

7344 N. Academy Blvd., 522-1100

Bronze

The Cerulean Grill

154 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-8633


Best Restaurant for Breakfast

Gold

Omelette Parlour

900 E. Fillmore St., 633-7770

Previous Best Of Award: '00 '01

Silver

Adam's Mountain Caf

110 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430

Bronze

The Olive Branch Restaurant

23 S. Tejon St., 475-1199

www.theolivebranchrest.com


Best Restaurant for Dessert

Gold

Michelle's

122 N. Tejon St., 633-5089

The Citadel Mall, 597-9932

www.michellecandies.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Marigold Caf & Bakery

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776

Bronze

Sencha

331 S. Nevada Ave., 632-8287


Best Patio Dining

Gold

Jose Muldoon's

222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Amanda's Fonda

1625 W. Uintah St., 447-1950

3625 W. Colorado Ave.,

227-9175

Bronze

Old Chicago

Three locations around town

www.oldchicago.com


Best Sunday Buffet

Gold

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Circle, 577-5733

www.broadmoor.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '96 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538-4000

www.cheyennemountain.com

Bronze

The Antlers Adam's Mark

4 S. Cascade Ave., 955-5600.


Best Italian

Gold

Luigi's

947 S. Tejon St., 632-0700

Previous Best Of Award: '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99

Silver

Carrabba's Italian Grill

2815 Geyser Drive, 527-1126

7120 Campus Drive, 264-0401

Bronze

Buca Di Beppo

7252 N. Academy Blvd., 260-0444


Best Mexican

Gold

Amanda's Fonda

1625 W. Uintah St., 447-1950

3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-9175

Previous Best Of Awards: '99 '00 '01

Silver

La Casita Patio Caf

Three locations around town

Bronze

3 Margaritas

280 S. Academy Blvd., 596-5414

6385 N. Academy Blvd., 532-1743


Best German

Gold

Edelweiss Restaurant

34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220

www.restauranteur.com/edelweiss

Previous Best Of Awards: '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Uwe's German Restaurant

31 Iowa Ave., 475-1611

Bronze

Mannheim 99

3338 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 277-0690


Best Chinese

Gold

China Village

203 N. Union Blvd., 475-8299

Previous Best Of Awards: '01

Silver

Coal Mine Dragon

1720 W. Uintah St., 578-5430

Bronze

Silver Pond

5670 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9343


Best Thai

Gold

Wild Ginger Thai Restaurant

3020-A W. Colorado Ave., 634-5025

Previous Best Of Award '99 '00 '01

Silver

Little Bangkok

109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 442-6546

Bronze

Thai Garden

3117 S. Academy Blvd., 393-0068


Best Indian

Gold

India Garden Restaurant

5644 N. Academy Blvd., 535-9196

Silver

Taste of India

4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428

www.tasteofindiasprings.com

Bronze

Everest Nepal Restaurant

28 E. Bijou St., 473-3890


Best Sushi

Gold

Jun Japanese Restaurant

1760 Dublin Blvd., 531-9368

www.restauranteur.com/jun

Previous Best Of Awards: '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Sushi Ai

6552 S. Academy Blvd., 576-8855

Bronze

Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant

28-A S. Tejon St., 630-1167


Best Fondue

Gold

Mona Lisa Gourmet Caf & Fondue

733 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0277

Silver

Nicky's at the Vineyard

3901 Janitell Road, 538-6098

Bronze

La Baguette

Four locations around town


Best Seafood

Gold

Red Lobster

4925 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9494

275 S. Academy Blvd., 591-0771

www.redlobster.com Previous Best Of Awards: '00 '01

Silver

Joe's Crab Shack

1405 Jamboree Drive, 594-5367

805 Citadel Drive East, 380-76220

www.joescrabshack.com

Bronze

Hatch Cover Restaurant

252 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-5223


Best Burger

Gold

Conway's Red Top Restaurant

Three locations around town

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Red Robin Burger and Spirits Emporium

Three locations around town

www.redrobin.com

Bronze

Meadow Muffins

2432 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0583

www.meadowmuffins.com


Best Barbecue

Gold

Charlie's Pit Bar-B-Que

4325 N. Nevada Ave., 266-4355

Silver

Howard's Backyard Pit Bar-B-Q

114 S. Sierra Madre St., 473-7427

Bronze

Red Hot & Blue Memphis Pit Bar-B-Que

4290 N. Academy Blvd., 592-0300

www.redhotandblue.com


Best Chips & Salsa

Gold

Amanda's Fonda

1625 W. Uintah St., 447-1950

3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-9175

Silver

Jose Muldoon's

222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311

Bronze

3 Margaritas

280 S. Academy Blvd., 596-5414

6385 N. Academy Blvd., 532-1743


Best Pizza

Gold Old Chicago

Three locations around town

www.oldchicago.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '01

Silver

Il Vicino

11 S. Tejon St., 475-9224

www.ilvicino.com/ilvicino/springs.htm

Bronze

Poor Richard's Restaurant

324 N. Tejon St., 632-7721


Best Omelet

Gold

Omelette Parlour

900 E. Fillmore St., 633-7770

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '95 '96 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

The Olive Branch Restaurant

23 S. Tejon St., 475-1199

www.theolivebranchrest.com

Bronze

Western Omelette

16 S. Walnut St., 636-2286


Best Pancakes

Gold

International House of Pancakes

Three locations around town

www.ihop.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '96 '97 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Mountain Shadows Restaurant

2223 W. Colorado Ave., 633-2122

3345 N. Academy Blvd., 573-0826

Bronze

Adam's Mountain Caf

110 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430


Best Salads

Gold

Souper! Salad!

Three locations around town

www.soupersalad.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Marigold Caf & Bakery

4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776

Bronze

Poor Richard's Restaurant

324 N. Tejon St., 632-7721


Best Greasy Spoon

Gold

North End Diner

3005 N. Hancock Ave., 442-1833

Previous Best Of Awards: '01

Silver

King's Chef Diner

110 E. Costilla St., 634-9135

Bronze

Waffle House

Three locations around town


Best Brew Pub

Gold

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800

www.phantomcanyon.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Il Vicino

11 S. Tejon St., 475-9224

www.ilvicino.com/ilvicino/springs.htm

Bronze

Bristol Brewing Company

1647 S. Tejon St., 633-2555

www.bristolbrewing.com


Best Neighborhood Bar

Gold

Tony's

311 N. Tejon St., 228-6566

Previous Best Of Awards: '00 '01

Silver

Southside Johnny's

528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487

Bronze

Bernie's Place

1106 N. Circle Dr., 635-7865


Best Classy Bar

Gold

Ritz Grill

15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484

Previous Best Of Awards: '00 '01

Silver

The Blue Star

1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086

Bronze

15 C

15-C Bijou St. (in the alley between Tejon and Cascade), 635-8303


Best Local Brew

Gold

Bristol's Laughing Lab

Bristol Brewing Company

1647 S. Tejon St., 633-2555

www.bristolbrewing.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Bristol's Beehive Honeywheat

Bronze

Bristol's Mass Transit


Best Martini

Gold

15 C

15-C Bijou St. (in the alley behind Old Chicago), 635-8303

Silver

Ritz Grill

15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484

Bronze

MacKenzie's Chop House

128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536


Best Specialty Coffee Drinks

Gold

Starbucks Coffee

Eight locations around town

www.starbucks.com

Previous Best Of Awards: '01

Silver

Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House

14 S. Tejon St., 635-1600 5965 N. Academy Blvd., 522-1432

Bronze

Acoustic Coffee Lounge

5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951

www.acousticcoffee.com


Best Ice Cream

Gold

Josh & John's Naturally Homemade Ice Creams

111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-0299

Previous Best Of Awards: '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01

Silver

Cold Stone Creamery

7230 N. Academy Blvd., 388-1997

Bronze

Michelle's

122 N. Tejon St., 633-5089

The Citadel Mall, 597-9932

www.michellecandies.com

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