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Best Of 2013: Place to Buy Art
With an emphasis on sculpture, mixed media and other 3D artwork, Commonwheel offers some of the finest and most unique art in the city, all handmade by locals. Consider the work of member Ace McCasland: "Ace is especially enamored with working with metal, experimenting with patinas and testing its limits ... Imperfections are embraced, even enhanced," says Wendy Daniels-Gillam, marketing representative for Commonwheel. The resulting jewelry is rough-hewn, raw and beautiful. Also worth noting: Buying art here supports a local business in an area hit hard by floods. As Daniels-Gillam reminds us, "Manitou has been through hell lately." — Jeff Koch
Insider Guide 2010
Colloquially known as "The Indy" or "The Single Most Amazing Piece of Local Print Owned or Not Owned by a Megalith of Publishing" (used interchangeably), the paper boasts 126,000 regular readers and, unlike the local daily, has yet to force-feed a copy of the New Testament to its readers.
Best Of 2012: Bang-for-your-Buck Restaurant
Best Of 2012: Power Lunch
Best Of 2013: Affordable Family Fun
Cheyenne Mountain is a world-class zoo that'll put you well on your way to world-class calves as you switchback along its hilly terrain for an afternoon. For less than 15 bucks a head in the off-season, you can see everything from the expected lions, tigers and bears to more unusual zoo offerings, like a walk-in wallaby habitat, naked mole rat display or the newly renovated, multimillion-dollar Encounter Africa exhibit, among the finest of any zoo anywhere. And the food! See the Indy's Aug. 28 Appetite for an explanation of why you may not want to pack crumbly crackers and browning bananas for your day up high. — Jeff Koch
Best Of 2013 • Indy Pick: Sweet Addition to Fillmore
My drive time from home to Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery may have been halved by its recent move from the northeast side of town to its significantly larger Fillmore Street shop, but my wait has doubled. I don't mind, though — it just gives me more time to contemplate which pastry to pick. (Cranberry scone, almond croissant or bear claw?) And how many éclairs, Napoleons and strudels to have them toss in the bag. And whether to get powdered sugar or not on my Oliebollen. Or if I can justify an entire Black Forest cake for just my husband and me.—Kirsten Akens
Insider Guide 2010
This fully functional "off-leash" dog park boasts eight bag dispensers and nine trash cans, plus a donated ball dispenser and several trails that span 25 fenced-in acres. The park also has a separate area for small dogs, so if your Chihuahua doesn't play well with the big doggies, he'll have a place to prance.
Best Of 2013: Place to Eat Local/Sustainable
Best Of 2013: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
Farley McDonough can joke about it now. When told that her restaurant, Adam's Mountain Café, is up for several Best Of awards, she asks, "In what category? The Restaurant Most Likely to Be Evacuated?" But it wasn't funny when the Aug. 9 flood plowed into Adam's, forcing weeks of cleanup, repairs and revenue loss. "I have to admit that, the night it happened, my mindset was that we would never open again," she says. "But it became apparent, very quickly, that there were so many people out there who love the café, love our food, love our staff, and wanted us to ride this out." Volunteers kept coming, bestowing an "incredible gift" to McDonough, her family and staff. Merely saying "thank you" isn't enough for her, so she promises that diners will always find food, service and atmosphere that meets or exceeds pre-flood levels of excellence. And that's pretty damn good. — Rhonda Van Pelt
Bites 2013: Christmas Mountain Falls
Yeah, the menu says Green or Red Mountain Falls, but locals know you can mix them to dramatic effect. Onto a bed of toasted polenta (yup — 'dem ITALian corn grits) capped in cheddar cheese come the vegetarian chilies garnished with scallions and tomatoes and cooled slightly by a dollop of sour cream. Get the added eggs your style (over medium, perhaps?) because the yolk adds another pleasing dimension. There you have it: Christmas year-round. ($7/$10.25 with two eggs).Click here for Adam's Mountain Cafe's Indian Braised Romanesco Recipe!