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Best: "of the highest quality, excellence, or standing; most advantageous, suitable, or desirable." Seems simple enough ... except when it comes to people's taste buds.

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Caridad Marten from east Colorado Springs is a waitress

What's the most unique drink you've had in Colorado Springs? Stoli Doli — pineapple-infused vodka martini — at Sonterra Grill.

When you're craving something savory, where do you go? I go up north to Five Guys Burgers on Academy and eat a delicious burger.

What's the best thing you've ever tasted in Colorado Springs? Green Chile Mac & Cheese from the Loop restaurant in Manitou Springs.

What's your typical night out in this city? Going to see a movie at Kimball's or Tinseltown and then hanging out with friends.

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Diane Cobbett from the Memorial Park area is a receptionist

Where do you go when you need a quick lunch? Wooglin's Deli.

When you're craving something savory, what's your pick? Omelets Etc., for the pumpkin pancakes, on South Eighth Street. It's a fabulous family restaurant. There are a lot of gluten-free options as well. It's a really excellent place.

What do you think makes a place "the best"? What makes a place the best is if it has choices for people who eat all kinds of foods. For example, a sushi place that has a grill — that way people who don't like sushi can go there and enjoy it with others who do like sushi. Also, a great wait staff is key, to provide a friendly atmosphere.

Of service, food or atmosphere, which is most important to you at a restaurant or bar, and why? Service is the most important because if the service is good, I can cope with the food not being five stars. If the service is good, it makes it an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.

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Paul York from downtown is an educator

You're craving something savory. Where do you go, and what do you get? The Indiana Roll — crab and asparagus tempura, topped with squid, black tobiko, and drizzled with sweet wasabi mayonnaise — at Yoo Mae.

What is the most unique drink you've had in Colorado Springs? Frank's Mistake at Nosh; I have no idea what's in it, but it's delicious. Also the Pomegranate Lemonade at Nosh.

When you're in need of something sweet, where do you go? Josh and John's.

What's a typical Friday Night in Colorado Springs? If I'm hanging out with certain friends, I find myself at Cowboys. If I'm not hanging out with these friends, then I'm probably at Nosh or Red Martini.

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