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Big plates at reasonable prices, since 1978. Expect the usual suspects like huevos rancheros, pancakes and chicken-fried steak and eggs for breakfast, and hefty Reubens and the like for lunch. And consider chasing your meal with a lovely slice of cake.
Palmer Lake's community arts center not only offers classes and art shows, but also hosts numerous lectures on Tri-Lakes history as well as live music by regional and national acts.
Best Of 2010: Fitness Center
Best Of 2012: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Over-the-Top Gift
Best Of 2012: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift
Best Of 2012: Store for Accessories
Best Of 2012: Local Store for Women's Fasions
Terra Verde can dominate these categories because it offers something for everyone, literally. Walking through the various rooms, you'll find your eyes drawn to some items that cost $10, and others that run 10 times that. For accessibility's sake, here are some top picks in the "thoughtful, inexpensive" realm: serving ware from India Handicrafts, imported French soap from Pré de Provence, or a Votivo candle (my favorite: the Bright Leaf Tobacco). Because, after all, a great gift is "something chosen with love, regardless of the price," says Karen Rivera, marketing rep for the store. — Celine Wright
With daily specials like meatloaf, barbecue and open-face pork, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, Sheldon's supplements its regular diner dishes of simple omelets and American breakfast items, plus burgers, melts, salads and soups. Two locations and many years in biz say a lot.
Get the: Mocha
Serranos is a locally respected roaster whose coffee is served in many restaurants, and whose Web site offers gift-basket options. Its local shops also double as comfortable and welcoming drink spots. Go for an expertly prepared mocha.
Not just a haunt for Colorado College students and faculty, Wooglin's is a fine stop for anyone at all three meals. A cup of Barista coffee with an outstanding quiche in the a.m.; a spicy bagel melt or giant Greek salad at lunch; or daily house soup, French dip, or portobello Swiss burger with a beer at dinner.
Wooglin's offers almost everything: perfect coffee creations (including a velvety mocha), hot and cold "overstuffed" sandwiches, hummus, burgers, quesadillas, salads and even veggie chili. With live music in the eclectic interior, it's no wonder that townies help Colorado College kids keep it busy at all hours.