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Among life's great pleasures: breakfast out on a Sunday morning, a you-'n-me dinner at a favorite nook, a beverage with friends at a friendly tavern.

click to enlarge Perry Wright of Old Colorado City is a tennis coach.

Perry Wright of Old Colorado City is a tennis coach.

Where's the best pizza in town? Poor Richard's. The pizza is handmade and the atmosphere is perfect for enjoying your pizza with a little wine while reading a book you like.

Rate the Colorado Springs food scene. Pretty good, but the places I enjoy most are west of I-25 — especially 503 West, Pizzeria Rustica and Jake and Telly's.

Rate local nightlife options. I'm not a fan of the downtown party scene. Live music at Front Range Barbeque on Wednesday nights is more my speed, or watching football games at Thunder and Buttons.

If you had the skill and startup money, what sort of bar or restaurant would you open? I think restaurants with limited menus that specialize in only a few really good things are best. Maybe an exceptionally good, really delicious burger place.

click to enlarge Laura Ben Amots of Old Colorado City is an artist.

Laura Ben Amots of Old Colorado City is an artist.

Who does the best breakfast in town? Western Omelette. It's a locally owned, family business on the west side that goes way back.

What's your favorite guilty pleasure, eating-wise? The wine room upstairs at La Baguette. It's one of the area's best-kept secrets. Don't tell anybody.

Rate local nightlife. My nightlife these days is pretty much limited to things like gallery openings.

Given the chance, what kind of bar or restaurant would you open? It would be a collaboration between a passionate food person and a passionate book person: great food and fabulous poetry readings.

If tonight were your last in town, what bar or restaurant would you go to? I'd jump from Shuga's to Alchemy, and then to something Italian.

click to enlarge Walter Palmer of the west side is unemployed.

Walter Palmer of the west side is unemployed.

What's the best breakfast spot in town? Mountain Shadows. Friendly people, open atmosphere, lots of street traffic.

What's your guilty pleasure when eating out? The Colorado City Creamery. They churn their own ice cream and they actually use cream.

Rate the local food scene. It's not Chicago.

How about nightlife options? Below average. It's all bars.

Describe the bar or restaurant you'd open here. Either a place that prepares only food grown within 50 miles, or one that serves native dishes made with local recipes that go back to the 1800s.

If you were leaving town tomorrow, at what bar or restaurant would you spend tonight? Either Charles Court at The Broadmoor, or Cowboys.

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