Favorite

For the win 

Readers' favorites in our 2014 Best Of Colorado Springs poll

For more information on the winners, and the names of other finalists, see our 2015 Best Of Colorado Springs issues.

Food & Drink

Appetizers/Tapas

TAPAteria, 2607 W. Colorado Ave., tapateria.com

Bakery

Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery, 610 E. Fillmore St., dutchpastry.com

Bang-for-Your-Buck Restaurant

La Casita Mexican Grill, multiple locations, lacasitamexigrill.com

Barbecue

Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com

Biscuits & Gravy

Over Easy, 28A S. Tejon St., 5262 N. Nevada Ave. #100, overeasycolorado.com

Bread

Panera Bread, multiple locations, panerabread.com

Breakfast

Over Easy, 28A S. Tejon St., 5262 N. Nevada Ave. #100, overeasycolorado.com

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2905 Geyser Drive, 7425 N. Academy Blvd., buffalowildwings.com

Buffet

Ultimate Buffet, 3727 Bloomington St., ultimatebuffet.com

Burger

Drifter's Hamburgers, 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., 1485 Jamboree Drive, driftershamburgers.com

Cajun/Southern

Springs Orleans, 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsorleans.com

Caterer

Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., godsgourmet.com

Chinese

Coal Mine Dragon, 1720 W. Uintah St., 578-5430; 1779 S. Eighth St., coalminedragon.net

Chips and Salsa

Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill, 802 Village Center Drive, 9420 Briar Village Point, salsabravacolorado.com

Cutting-Edge Restaurant

Brother Luck Street Eats, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., chefbrotherluck.com

Deli

Jason's Deli, 7455 N. Academy Blvd., jasonsdeli.com

Dessert Destination

Marigold Café and Bakery, 4605 Centennial Blvd., marigoldcoloradosprings.com

Diner

King's Chef Diner, 110 E. Costilla St., 131 E. Bijou St., kingschefdiner.com

Fine Dining

The Famous, 31 N. Tejon St., thefamoussteakhouse.net

Food Event

Fiddles, Vittles and Vino, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com

Food Truck

Potato Potato, goo.gl/9CV9ED

French

La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., labaguettefrenchbistro.com; La Baguette Old Colorado City, 2417 W. Colorado Ave., labaguette-co.com; La Baguette Downtown, 117 E. Pikes Peak Ave., labaguettedowntown.com

Frozen Yogurt

YoYogurt, multiple locations, yoyogurtusa.com

German

Edelweiss German Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., edelweissrest.com

Gluten-Free-Friendly

Coquette's Bistro & Bakery, 321 N. Tejon St., coquettesbistroandbakery.com

Green Chile

King's Chef Diner, 110 E. Costilla St., 131 E. Bijou St., kingschefdiner.com

Hummus

Mediterranean Café, 118 E. Kiowa St., medcafe-co.com

Ice Cream/Gelato

Josh & John's Naturally Homemade Ice Creams, 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 6896 Centennial Blvd., joshandjohns.com

Indian/Curry

Little Nepal, 1747 S. Eighth St., 4820 Flintridge Drive, lnepal.com

Italian

Paravicini's Italian Bistro, 2802 W. Colorado Ave., paravicinis.com

Japanese/Sushi

Jun Japanese Restaurant, 3276 Centennial Blvd., 1760 Dublin Blvd., jun-japanese.com

Korean

Tong Tong, 2036 S. Academy Blvd., 591-8585

Late-night Dining

King's Chef Diner, 110 E. Costilla St., 131 E. Bijou St., kingschefdiner.com

Local Chef

Brother Luck, Brother Luck Street Eats, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., chefbrotherluck.com

Local Coffee House

The Perk Downtown, 14 S. Tejon St., theperkdowntown.com

Local Coffee Roaster

SwitchBack Coffee Roasters, 330 N. Institute St., switchbackroasters.com

Local Pizza Joint

Borriello Brothers, multiple locations, borriellobrothers.com

Local/Regional Restaurant Chain.

Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill, 802 Village Center Drive, 9420 Briar Village Point, salsabravacolorado.com

Mediterranean

Mediterranean Café, 118 E. Kiowa St., medcafe-co.com

Mexican

Amanda's Fonda, 3625 W. Colorado Ave., 8050 N. Academy Blvd., amandasfonda.com

Middle Eastern

Heart of Jerusalem Café, 4587 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 718 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, goo.gl/VNcN0S

National Chain Coffee House

Starbucks, multiple locations, starbucks.com

National Pizza Chain

Papa Murphy's, multiple locations, papamurphys.com

Neighborhood Restaurant: Central

Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave., shugas.com

Neighborhood Restaurant: East

The Wobbly Olive, 3317 Cinema Point, wobblyolive.com

Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou

Adam's Mountain Café, 26 Manitou Ave., adamsmountain.com

Neighborhood Restaurant: Monument

La Casa Fiesta, 230 Front St., lacasafiesta.net

Neighborhood Restaurant: North

Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill, 802 Village Center Drive, 9420 Briar Village Point, salsabravacolorado.com

Neighborhood Restaurant: South

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net

Neighborhood Restaurant: West

Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com; (tie)Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., jakeandtellys.com

New Restaurant (since July 1, 2013)

503W, 503 W. Colorado Ave., 503w.co; (tie) Skirted Heifer, 204 N. Tejon St., goo.gl/lKoLba

Overall Restaurant

The Famous, 31 N. Tejon St., thefamoussteakhouse.net

Patio Dining

Amanda's Fonda, 3625 W. Colorado Ave., amandasfonda.com

Place to Eat Local/Sustainable

Seeds Community Café, 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., seedscommunitycafe.org

Power Lunch

MacKenzie's Chop House, 128 S. Tejon St., mackenzieschophouse.com

Restaurant for Carnivores

The Famous, 31 N. Tejon St., thefamoussteakhouse.net

Restaurant for Herbivores

Adam's Mountain Café, 26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, adamsmountain.com

Restaurant for Kids That Isn't Fast Food

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324½ N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com

Restaurant for Tourists

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., phantomcanyon.com

Restaurant for a Wedding Reception

Briarhurst Manor Estate, 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, briarhurstdining.com

Restaurant Wine List

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net

Salads

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324½ N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com

Sandwiches

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, multiple locations, jimmyjohns.com

Seafood

Bonefish Grill, 5102 N. Nevada Ave., bonefishgrill.com

Smoothie/Juice Bar

Ola Juice Bar, 27 E. Kiowa St., olajuicebar.com

Soup

La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., labaguettefrenchbistro.com; La Baguette Old Colorado City, 2417 W. Colorado Ave., labaguette-co.com; La Baguette Downtown, 117 E. Pikes Peak Ave., labaguettedowntown.com

Spot for a Spot of Tea

Montague's, 1019 S. Tejon St., 520-0672

Sunday Brunch

Lake Terrace at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com/lake-terrace

Taqueria

Monica's Taco Shop, 30 E. Fillmore St., 473-1996; 5829 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-7022

Thai

NaRai Thai Restaurant, 805 Village Center Drive; NaRai Siam Cuisine, 120 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; narai-thai.com

Vietnamese

Saigon Café, 20 E. Colorado Ave., coloradosaigoncafe.com

Wait Staff

Over Easy, 28A S. Tejon St., 5262 N. Nevada Ave. #100, overeasycolorado.com

Nightlife

Bang-For-Your-Buck Bar

Tony's, 326 N. Tejon St., tonysdowntownbar.com

Bar Crowd

Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com

Bar for a Creative Cocktail

The Principal's Office, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., poativywild.com

Bar for a Margarita

The Loop, 965 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, theloopatmanitou.com

Bar Patio

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., phantomcanyon.com

Bartender

Quinn Brown at Bonefish Grill, 5102 N. Nevada Ave., bonefishgrill.com

Beer Selection on Tap

Old Chicago, multiple locations, oldchicago.com

College Bar

Tony's, 326 N. Tejon St., tonysdowntownbar.com

Happy Hour

Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill, 28B S. Tejon St., sonterragrill.com

In-Store Beer Selection

Cheers Liquor Mart, 1105 N. Circle Drive, cheersliquormart.com

In-Store Spirits/Liquor Selection

Cheers Liquor Mart, 1105 N. Circle Drive, cheersliquormart.com

In-Store Wine Selection

Cheers Liquor Mart, 1105 N. Circle Drive, cheersliquormart.com

Irish Pub

Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub, 21 S. Tejon St., jackquinnspub.com

Karaoke Bar

Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., thunderandbuttons.com

Local Brewery

Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com

Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer

Beehive Honey Wheat (Bristol), 1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com

Local Microbrew to Drink in Winter

Winter Warlock (Bristol), 1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com

Local Venue for Live Music

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com

National Brand Beer

Coors, coors.com

Naughty Business

Peaks and Pasties, peaksandpasties.com

Neighborhood Bar: Central

Tony's, 326 N. Tejon St., tonysdowntownbar.com

Neighborhood Bar: East

The Cow Pub & Grill, 5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., thecowpubandgrill.com

Neighborhood Bar: Manitou

The Keg Lounge, 730 Manitou Ave., keglounge.com

Neighborhood Bar: Monument

Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, pikespeakbrewing.com

Neighborhood Bar: North

Back East Bar & Grill, 9475 Briar Village Point #168, backeastbarandgrill.com

Neighborhood Bar: South

Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com

Neighborhood Bar: West

Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., thunderandbuttons.com

New Bar (since July 1, 2013)

The Public House, 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., goo.gl/5IYGyJ

Place for a Blind Date

Rabbit Hole Dinner and Drinks, 101 N. Tejon St., rabbitholedinner.com

Place to Meet Men

Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd., clubqonline.com

Place to Meet Women

Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., ritzgrill.com; (tie) Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com

Place to Shoot Pool

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., phantomcanyon.com

Public Bathroom

Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., ivywildschool.com

Sports Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2905 Geyser Drive, 7425 N. Academy Blvd., buffalowildwings.com

Upscale Bar

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net

Weekly Bar Event

Jack Quinn's Running Club, 21 S. Tejon St., jackquinnsrunners.ning.com

Wine Bar

Swirl Wine Bar, 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, swirlismybar.com

Daylife

Affordable Family Fun

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org

Art Exhibition

Sideshow of the Absurd, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, csfineartscenter.org

Artist

Liese Chavez, liesechavez.com

Bike Shop

Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon St., oldtownbikeshop.com

Casino

Wildwood Casino, 119 Carbonate St., Cripple Creek, playwildwood.com

Cultural Attraction/Museum

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org

Dance Studio

TrendZ Fitness, 2360 Montebello Square Drive, trendzfitness.com

Difficult Biking Trail

Captain Jack's, North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Difficult Hiking Trail

Manitou Incline

Easy Biking Trail

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Easy Hiking Trail

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Gallery

Chavez Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #10, chavezartgallery.com

Hotel

The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., broadmoor.com

Local Sports Store/Outdoor Outfitter

Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St., mtnchalet.com

Martial Arts

Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs, 219 W. Colorado Ave. #310, taichicoloradosprings.com

Movie Theater

Kimball's Peak Three Theater, 115 E. Pikes Peak Ave., kimballspeakthree.com

Performing Arts Group/Program

Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org

Place for a Wedding

The Pinery, 775 W. Bijou St., 12375 Black Forest Road, thepinery.com

Place to Buy Art

Chavez Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #10, chavezartgallery.com

Place to Buy Skateboards

Blindside, 600 S. 21st St. #150, blindsidecolorado.net

Place to Buy Skis/Snowboards

Blindside, 600 S. 21st St. #150, blindsidecolorado.net

Place to See Emerging Artists

The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., themodboco.com

Reception/Banquet Facility

The Pinery, 775 W. Bijou St., 12375 Black Forest Road, thepinery.com

Tourist Destination

Garden of the Gods

Yoga Studio

cambio., 3326 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. #100, cambioyoga.com

Shopping & Services

Antique/Gently Used Furniture Store

Platte Furniture, 2331 E. Platte Place, plattefurniture.com

Bank/Credit Union

ENT Federal Credit Union, multiple locations, ent.com

Barbershop

Floyd's 99 Barbershop, 7252 N. Academy Blvd. #110, floydsbarbershop.com

Child Day Care

Sidewalk's End Montessori School, 3215 Woodland Hills Drive, sidewalksendmontessori.com

Day Spa

Veda Salon & Spa, multiple locations, coloradoveda.com

Dentist

Broadmoor Dental, 1930 S. Nevada Ave., broadmoordental.com

Doctor

Jay Adler, M.D., 2020 W. Colorado Ave. #201, 522-1133

Ethnic Market

Asian Pacific Market, 615 Wooten Road #160, asianpacificmarketco.com

Fitness Center

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, multiple locations, ppymca.org

Flower Shop

Platte Floral, 1417 E. Platte Ave., platteflowers.net

Garden Supply/Nursery

Rick's Garden Center, 1827 W. Uintah St., ricksgarden.com

Gourmet/Spice Market

Savory Spice Shop, 110 N. Tejon St., savoryspiceshop.com

Grocery Store

King Soopers, multiple locations, kingsoopers.com

Hair Salon

Veda Salon & Spa, multiple locations, coloradoveda.com

Hair Stylist

Timka Tremouille, 1747 Briargate Blvd. #114, phenixsalonsuites.com

Higher Ed for Nontraditional Students

Pikes Peak Community College, multiple locations, ppcc.edu

Higher Ed for the Money

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu

Holistic Practitioner

Ruth Adele, 219 W. Colorado Ave., 636-0098

Jewelry Store

Revolution Jewelry Works, 5928 Stetson Hills Blvd. #110, revolutionjewelryworks.com

Landscaper/Company

Patton Professionals Lawn & Landscapes, 50 Mount View Lane, pattonpros.com

LGBT-Friendly Business

Prodigy Salon, 4339 Integrity Center Point, myprodigysalon.com

Mechanic

Import Specialty Auto, 2348 E. Boulder St., isarepair.com

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Central

NaturaLeaf, 1004 S. Tejon St., thenaturaleaf.com

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: East

Cannabicare, 1466 Woolsey Heights, cannabicare.com

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: North

Maggie's Farm, 818 E. Fillmore St., maggiesfarmmarijuana.com

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: South

Maggie's Farm, 1424 S. Nevada Ave., maggiesfarmmarijuana.com

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: West

Strawberry Fields, 3404 W. Colorado Ave., strawberryfieldsmmj.com

Musical Instruments Store

Meeker Music, multiple locations, meekermusic.com

Nail Salon

Beauty Bar, 26 N. Tejon St., beautybar-inc.com

Natural Foods Store

Mountain Mama Natural Foods, 1625 W. Uintah St., Suite A, mountainmamanaturalfoods.com

New Domestic Car Dealer

Phil Long Ford, 1565 Auto Mall Loop, 1212 Motor City Drive, phillong.com

New Foreign Car Dealer

Heuberger Motors, 1080 Motor City Drive, heubergermotors.com

Non-Chain Book Store

Poor Richard's Books & Gifts, 320 N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com

Non-Chain Store for Women's Fashions

Eve's Revolution, 1312 W. Colorado Ave., evesrevolution.com

Pet Day Care

Lucky Dog, 2801 Janitell Road East, 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., bealuckydog.com

Pet Groomer

Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center, 4575 N. Chestnut St., nwanimalhospital.com

Photographer

Anthony Graham, Broken Glass Photography, brokenglassphoto.smugmug.com

Piercing Parlor

Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co., 716 N. Weber St., 3737 Drennan Road, pens-needles.com

Place for Eyewear

ABBA Eye Care, multiple locations, abbaeyecare.com

Place to Buy Motorcycles

Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave., pikespeakharleydavidson.com

Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift

Poor Richard's Books & Gifts, 320 N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com

Realtor

Sylvia Jennings, 216 N. Tejon St., 635-7653

Service at a Dealership

Heuberger Motors, 1080 Motor City Drive, heubergermotors.com

Shoe Store

DSW, 7639 N. Academy Blvd., dsw.com

Store for Accessories

Terra Verde, 208 N. Tejon St., terraverdestyle.com

Store for Music, Movies & Video Games

Independent Records & Video, multiple locations, beindependent.com

Tattoo Artist

Jeff Oelklaus, Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co., 716 N. Weber St., pens-needles.com

Tattoo Parlor

Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Co., 716 N. Weber St., 3737 Drennan Road, pens-needles.com

Thrift Store

Arc Thrift Stores, multiple locations, arcthrift.com

Used Car Dealer

Mile High Car Company, 1480 Ainsworth St., milehighcarco.com

Veterinarian

Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center, 4575 N. Chestnut St., nwanimalhospital.com

Personalities

Cultural White Knight

Jon Khoury, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com

Fundraising Event

Indy Give! indygive.com

Hero of the Year

Colorado Springs firefighters

Local Blogger

Whiskey Darling, whiskeydarling.blogspot.com

Local Radio Show

The Afternoon Groove, KFEZ-FM 101.3, 877/842-6336

Local Talk Radio Personality

SportsGuy Mike Luper, sportsguymike.com

Local TV Newscast

KRDO NewsChannel 13, krdo.com

Local TV News Personality

Justin Chambers, KXRM FOX 21, fox21news.com

Nonprofit Organization

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, careandshare.org

Radio DJ

Vicky Gregor, KRCC-FM 91.5, krcc.org

Radio Station: Music

KRXP-FM 103.9, 1039rxp.com

Radio Station: Talk

KRCC-FM 91.5, krcc.org

Story of the Year

(Former) Sheriff Terry Maketa's scandal

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