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If you like drinks, dancing and food — and who doesn't? — you can easily satisfy all of your desires in Colorado Springs. But some options stand out. What are they? And where can you really get a true taste of the Springs?

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Steve Brunette from Manitou Springs is an attorney

What food do you most crave if you're going to eat at a local restaurant? It varies, but in Manitou, the berry salad is one of the best things I've ever eaten, at the Keg.

What's your favorite place to go to experience the feel of Colorado Springs? I like to just hang out downtown, like the west side. I grew up in this town, so downtown [and] the west side are the heart of the city, as far as I'm concerned.

Can you describe the best drink you've ever had? I like the margaritas at the Loop in Manitou.

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Kristin Larkey from Rockrimmon is a social worker

Is there a food and drink spot you like best? We've been going to Colorado Mountain Brewery a lot.

What is your favorite place to experience the local feel of Colorado Springs? I would say probably Old Colorado City.

Can you describe the best drink you've ever had? I love the IPA at Phantom Canyon.

Where have you found music that makes you want to dance and enjoy yourself? Front Range Barbeque has their bluegrass music.

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Leslie Velez from Monument is an administrative assistant

Where would you go for a great night out in Colorado Springs? Well, we always have to go to Zio's, because that's my husband's favorite, and then a movie at the Interquest [multiplex].

What's your favorite place to go? I really like Salsa Brava.

What is your favorite place to go to experience the local feel of Colorado Springs? There is a Mexican restaurant in Monument called La Casa Fiesta, and we go there — just [for] the small-town feel.

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Saul Levy from Highlands Ranch is a real estate professional

What would you make sure to include for a great night out in Colorado Springs? If it's in the Springs, you gotta go to Blondie's.

What kind of food do you most crave if you are going to eat at a restaurant? Something hearty, like steak or something.

What is your favorite place to go to experience the local feel of Colorado Springs? I think it's pretty much everywhere — you just go downtown, and it's pretty much what the Springs has to offer.

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