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click to enlarge No matter what, you wont feel your tongue afterward - so go for the prettiest label at Big City Burrito. - RICK GORHAM
  • Rick Gorham
  • No matter what, you wont feel your tongue afterward so go for the prettiest label at Big City Burrito.

BEST
Seafood
English Dockside
2220 N. Academy Place, 380-7732
englishdockside.com

With his perfectly fried fish, divine crab cakes, and shrimp po' boys, Charles English brings the ocean's freshest treasures (and massive burgers) to our landlocked hamlet. DTR

BEST
Dolma
Persian Grill
36 E. Bijou St., 635-7749

Wrap elegantly seasoned rice in grape leaves and you've got the unequivocal king of Mediterranean finger food. Persian Grill's dolmas are perfectly warm, rich and true. MS

click to enlarge Dolmas dazzle at Persian Grill. - RICK GORHAM
  • Rick Gorham
  • Dolmas dazzle at Persian Grill.

BEST
Sushi Roll
Shinji's Cooked Salmon Roll
308-M S. Eighth St., 475-0669

With capers, sweet basil, green onion and warm salmon, this unconventional roll will shut your eyes, slow your breath and force an "mmmmm" sound to rival a "Sesame Street" vocabulary lesson. MS

BEST
Negotiable Gourmet
The Cliff House Inn
306 Cañon Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-3000
thecliffhouse.com
For those with food allergies: At The Cliff House, you'll be accommodated like royalty, whether wheat, onion, milk or virtually anything else is your poison. JK

Best
Hot Sauce Selection
Big City Burrito's Push Tray Big City Burrito
131 E. Bijou St., 578-5555
bigcityburrito.com

Kick your burrito up a notch with Big City's wide array of sauce selections. Beware: The only way to differentiate the "hot" and actually hot is to try 'em. PF

Best
Dessert
Caspian Caf's Orange & Saffron Caramel Cream
4375 Sinton Road, 528-1155
caspiancafe.com

A dessert with saffron? Trust me: I'm a despicable food snob, and it's euphoric. Eating this light custard is truly a unique experience. MS

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