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Best Of 2012: Bang-for-your-Buck Restaurant
Best Of 2012: Power Lunch
Best Of 2014: Affordable Family Fun
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo strives to make every visit memorable, with tons of stuff to do for both adults and kids. Feed giraffes some lettuce, give an elephant some carrots, or ride the antique carousel. You can also observe animal husbandry training, or sign up as a conservation partner. According to a zoo spokesperson, the nonprofit's Quarters for Conservation program, wherein each guest is encouraged to put 25 cents of his or her admission fee toward a favorite conservation project, has raised more than half a million dollars since its launch in 2008. And this year, the zoo's Encounter Africa exhibit (established in 2013) took home a Significant Achievement Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Nice zoo ya got there! — BW
Best Of 2014: Bakery
A little over a year ago, Stephen Boonzaaijer moved his bakery from Centennial Boulevard to its larger, more central location on Fillmore Street. "The new space increased what we had before by about 50 percent, and we were able to design it specifically for our use," he says. Boonzaaijer learned to bake in the Netherlands; asked what makes Dutch pastry so good, he replies, "It has rustic simplicity, very good ingredients and French influences. Everything's made from scratch, including the pastry, the fillings and the Bavarian cream. You have to use the best ingredients, including real butter and cream, to stay true to traditional quality." —Kendall Kullman
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 2014: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2014: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
How does that old slogan go? "New look, same great taste"? That seems to be the tenet that Adam's Mountain Café has followed since relocating from its flood-prone location in downtown Manitou to a drier, safer one in May. Farley McDonough and Co. have completely overhauled the old Manitou Pancake and Steak House, but kept intact Adam's list of great dishes — from Orange Almond French Toast in the morning to Spicy Malibari Curry at night. Seventy percent of those dishes are vegetarian, and in all, says hostess Valentina Kai, 95 percent of the menu can be made vegetarian-friendly with a little tweaking. Also worth noting: Though it's not quite walking distance from other downtown attractions anymore, the new Adam's offers ample parking. That's a neighborhood-pleaser. — Miguel Bustamante
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!