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2018 Best Of Colorado Springs V.I: Welcome and Winners Index 

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Welcome to the Independent's 25th annual Best Of Colorado Springs issues, a two-week celebration of the finest food, drink, nightspots, cultural venues, shopping destinations and more.

Having reached this quarter-century milestone, we decided to get rowdy this year and mix things up by introducing a two-round ballot process. By all measures (it's the most votes we've ever received, by a massive margin) this proved a smashing success. It meant more competition through to the finalist round, to which our editorial committee added their picks to ensure we really shook the trees to curate the best of the best.

In the end, these awards stand as a giant community effort. In this first of two back-to-back issues, we honor the tops in the Food & Drink and Nightlife categories; next week, we'll spotlight Community and Shopping & Services. Both issues feature an index of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners that spans the awards section of write-ups on all of this year's first-place finishers.

We want to emphasize: This is a big deal. Winning means your peers and customers really do think you're special, that you have something so good they're willing to take time to cast a vote your way — twice.

Like the Indy's springtime Insider Guide, our Best Of issues serve as a great guide to our city. Locals will find newly opened hotspots or places they might have overlooked, and guests can tune in to our community-curated list of best destinations. So hang on to these issues as helpful planners, and bookmark some spots for when you're in a part of town you don't often roam, or visit them for an upcoming special occasion.

Big congrats to this year's finalists and the ultimate winners. Cheers!

— Matthew Schniper, Editor

Winners index

Food

Bakery

1. Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery 610 E. Fillmore St. 264-0177

2. Marigold Café & Bakery 4605 Centennial Blvd. 599-4776

3. Wimberger's Old World Bakery & Delicatessen 2321 Bott Ave. 634-6313

Barbecue

1. Front Range Barbeque 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596

2. Bird Dog BBQ Multiple locations

3. Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q 315 S. 31st St. 471-4120

Breakfast

1. Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery Multiple locations

2. King's Chef Diner Multiple locations

3. The Omelette Parlor 900 E. Fillmore St. 633-7770

Brunch

1. Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery Multiple locations

2. The Broadmoor, Lake Terrace Dining Room 1 Lake Ave. 577-5733

3. 503W 503 W. Colorado Ave. 471-3370

Burger

1. The Skirted Heifer 204 N. Tejon St. 635-3276

2. Drifter's Hamburgers 1485 Jamboree Drive 264-15124455 Mark Dabling Blvd. 548-8163

3. Bingo Burger 132 N. Tejon St. 418-622, 3101 Central Plaza, Pueblo 719/225-8363

Cajun/Southern

1. Springs Orleans 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 520-0123

2. Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 118 N. Tejon St. 375-1925

3. Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen 6620 Delmonico Drive, Unit B 964-0234

Caribbean

1. Rasta Pasta 405 N. Tejon St. 481-6888

2. Spice Island Grill 10 N. Sierra Madre St. 473-8280

3. HavanaGrill 3748 Astrozon Blvd. 445-0776

Caterer

1. Garden of the Gods Catering and Events 2201 Hagerman St. 471-3663

2. Picnic Basket Catering 1701 S. Eighth St. 635-0200

3. AspenPointe Catering 1675 Garden of the Gods Road 444-5239

Cheap Eats

1. Fuzzy's Taco Shop 5915 Dublin Blvd., #100 388-8226

2. Taco Star Multiple locations

3. Taco Express Multiple locations

Chef

1. Chef Brother Luck, Four by Brother Luck 321 N. Tejon St.. 434-2741

2. Chef Mark LeFebvre, Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

3. Chef Supansa Banker, The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504, 2611 W. Colorado Ave. 308-2619

Chinese

1. Coal Mine Dragon Restaurant 1720 W. Uintah St. 578-5430, 1779 S. Eighth St. 471-7007

2. China Village 203 N. Union Blvd. 475-8299

3. Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant 402 W. Fillmore St. 635-0112

Dessert

1. Josh & John's Multiple locations

2. Marigold Café & Bakery 4605 Centennial Blvd. 599-4776

3. Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery 610 E. Fillmore St. 264-0177

Diner

1. King's Chef Diner Multiple locations

2. Rosie's Diner 411 Hwy. 105, Monument 481-3287

3. Crazy Brothers 4423 Centennial Blvd. 247-8288

Donuts

1. Amy's Donuts 2704 E. Fountain Blvd. 632-0512

2. Hurts Donut Company 6165 Barnes Road. 888-0037

3. The Donut Mill 310 E. Midland, Woodland Park 687-9793

Fine Dining

1. The Famous, A Steak House 31 N. Tejon St. 227-7333

2. Four by Brother Luck 321 N. Tejon St. 434-2741

3. Summit at The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave. 577-5733

Food Truck

1. Piglatin Check Facebook for locations 347-1144

2. Chef Bob's Lobstah Trap thelobstahtrap.com 770/714-3616

3. Lucy I'm Home Check Facebook for locations 332-6982

French

1. Marigold Café & Bakery 4605 Centennial Blvd. 599-4776

2. La Baguette, Old Colorado City 2417 W. Colorado Ave. 577-4818

3. La Baguette French Bistro 4440 N. Chestnut St. 599-0686

Frozen Treat

1. Josh & John's Multiple locations

2. BJ's Velvet Freez 1511 N. Union Blvd. 633-6365

3. Rita's Italian Ice 7866 N. Academy Blvd. 465-2867

German

1. Edelweiss German Restaurant 34 E. Ramona Ave. 633-2220

2. Uwe's German Restaurant 31 Iowa Ave. 475-1611

3. The Potato House 2220 Academy Place 434-1737

Gluten-Free Friendly

1. Coquette's Bistro & Bakery 616 S. Tejon St. 685-2420

2. TAPAteria 2607 W. Colorado Ave. 471-8272

3. Outside the Breadbox 2027 W. Colorado Ave. 633-3434

Green Chile

1. King's Chef Diner Multiple locations

2. El Taco Rey 330 E. Colorado Ave. 475-9722

3. Western Omelette 16 S. Walnut St. 636-2286

Happy Hour Menu

1. The Rabbit Hole 101 N. Tejon St. 203-5072

2. Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill 28B S. Tejon St. 471-9222

3. Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop 5198 N. Nevada Ave., #150 639-7440

Indian

1. Little Nepal Indian Restaurant1747 S. Eighth St. 477-6997, 4820 Flintridge Drive 598-3428

2. Mirch Masala 5047 N. Academy Blvd. 599-0003

3. Sherpa Garden Restaurant & Bar 1005 W. Colorado Ave. 896-5577

Irish

1. Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant 21 S. Tejon St. 385-0766

2. Alchemy 2625 W. Colorado Ave. 471-0887

3. McGinty's Wood Oven Pub 11115 U.S. Hwy. 24, Divide. 686-7703

Italian

1. Paravicini's Italian Bistro 2802 W. Colorado Ave. 471-8200

2. Mollica's Italian Market & Deli 985A Garden of the Gods Road 598-1088

3. Roman Villa Pizza 3005 N. Nevada Ave. 635-1806

Japanese/Sushi

1. Fujiyama 22 S. Tejon St. 630-1167

2. Ai Sushi & Grill Japanese Restaurant 4655 Centennial Blvd. 266-5858

2. Ai Sushi & Grill at Powers 3215 Cinema Point 622-8866

3. Jun Japanese Restaurant 3276 Centennial Blvd. 227-8690, 1760 Dublin Blvd. 531-9368

Korean

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

2. Korean Garden 8025 Fountain Mesa Road, Fountain 382-6262

3. San Chang House 3659 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #45 598-1707

Late-night Dining

1. The Rabbit Hole 101 N. Tejon St. 203-5072

2. Taco Star Multiple locations

3. The Burrowing Owl 1791 S. Eighth St. 434-3864

Latin American

1. Piglatin Cocina 2825 Dublin Blvd. 375-0939

2. Havana Grill 3748 Astrozon Blvd. 445-0776

3. Monse's Taste of El Salvador Pupuseria 115 S. 25th St. 473-0877

Local/Regional Chain

1. Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery Multiple locations

2. Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza 11 S. Tejon St. 475-9224, 5214 N. Nevada Ave. 590-8633

3. Drifter's Hamburgers 1485 Jamboree Drive 264-1512, 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd. 548-8163

Lunch

1. El Taco Rey 330 E. Colorado Ave. 475-9722

2. Shuga's 702 S. Cascade Ave. 328-1412

3. Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social 15 S. Tejon St. 428-3002

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

1. Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna 2616 W. Colorado Ave. 633-0406

2. Heart of Jerusalem Café Multiple locations

3. Mediterranean Cafe 118 E. Kiowa St. 633-0115

Mexican

1. El Taco Rey 330 E. Colorado Ave. 475-9722

2. Hacienda Colorado 5246 N. Nevada Ave. 418-7999

3. Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill Multiple locations

Neighborhood Restaurant/ Downtown

1. Shuga's 702 S. Cascade Ave. 328-1412

2. The Rabbit Hole101 N. Tejon St. 203-5072

3. Odyssey Gastropub 311 N. Tejon St. 999-5127

Neighborhood Restaurant/East

1. The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504

2. Frankie's Too 7376 McLaughlin Road, Falcon 495-8707

3. O'sae Sushi Ramen Bistro 1825 Peterson Road 570-0543

Neighborhood Restaurant/ North

1. Piglatin Cocina 2825 Dublin Blvd. 375-0939

2. Till Kitchen 9633 Prominent Point 282-8004

3. Back East Bar & Grill 9475 Briar Village Point 264-6161, 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument 488-2252

Neighborhood Restaurant/ West

1. Front Range Barbeque 2330 W. Colorado Ave. 632-2596

2. Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

3. Adam's Mountain Café ; 26 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-1430

Neighborhood Restaurant/ South

1. The Burrowing Owl 1791 S. Eighth St. 434-3864

2. The Public House 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 465-3079

3. Prime 25 1605 S. Tejon St. 358-9822

New Restaurant (since 7/1/17)

1. Piglatin Cocina 2825 Dublin Blvd. 375-0939

2. Moxie 925 S. Eighth St. 465-3595

3. Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social 15 S. Tejon St. 428-3002

Overall Restaurant

1. Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

2. Four by Brother Luck 321 N. Tejon St.. 434-2741

3. Margarita at Pine Creek 7350 Pine Creek Road 598-8667

Patio

1. Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. . 636-2337

2. Hacienda Colorado 5246 N. Nevada Ave. 418-7999

3. Edelweiss German Restaurant 34 E. Ramona Ave. 633-2220

Pizza

1. Louie's Pizza Multiple locations

2. Bambino's Urban Pizzeria 36 E. Bijou St. 630-8121

3. Pizzeria Rustica 2527 W. Colorado Ave. 632-8121

Restaurant for Tourists

1. Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 635-2800

2. Fargo's Pizza 2910 E. Platte Ave. 473-5540

3. Colorado Mountain Brewery 600 S. 21st St. 466-8240, 1110 Interquest Pkwy. 434-5750

Seafood

1. Bonefish Grill 5102 N. Nevada Ave. 598-0826

2. Bonny & Read 101 N. Tejon St. 896-4145

3. Chef Bob's Lobstah Trapthelobstahtrap.com 770/714-3616

Steak

1. MacKenzie's Chop House 128 S. Tejon St. 635-3536

2. The Famous, A Steak House 31 N. Tejon St. 227-7333

3. Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop 5198 N. Nevada Ave., #150 639-7440

Tacos

1. Fuzzy's Taco Shop 5915 Dublin Blvd, #100 388-8226

2. Monica's Taco Shop 30 E. Fillmore St. 473-1996

2. Monica's Taco Shop 5829 Palmer Park Blvd. 597-7022

3. T-Byrd's Tacos & Tequila 26 E. Kiowa St. 375-3376

Thai

1. Thai Basil 7882 N. Academy Blvd. 268-1688

2. NaRai Thai Restaurant 805 Village Center Drive 531-5175, NaRai Siam Cuisine120 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 434-1975

3. Thai Mint Restaurant 1725 Briargate Blvd. 598-7843

Vegetarian/Vegan

1. Adam's Mountain Café 26 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-1430

2. The Burrowing Owl 1791 S. Eighth St. 434-3864

3. Moxie 925 S. Eighth St. 465-3595

Vietnamese

1. Saigon Café 20 E. Colorado Ave. 633-2888

2. Pho-nomenal Vietnamese Restaurant 5825 Stetson Hills Blvd., #100. 597-0277

3. Lemongrass Bistro 6840 N. Academy Blvd. 592-1391

Wings

1. Buffalo Wild Wings 2905 Geyser Drive 219-1500, 7425 N. Academy Blvd. 594-9464

2. Wingstop Multiple locations

3. Manitou Brewing Company 725 Manitou Ave., Manitou 282-7709

Drink

Barista

1. Seth Fuller, Loyal Coffee 408 S. Nevada Ave. 235-5477

2. Ashton Longwell, The Principal's Office 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 368-6112

3. Taylor Ashley, Story Coffee Co. 120 E. Bijou St. 758-4444

Beer Event

1. Springs Beer Fest springsbeerfest.com

2. The Feast of Saint Arnold 8 Fourth St. feastofsaintarnold.com

3. Pint Night, The Public House 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 465-3079

Brewery

1. Bristol Brewing Company 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 633-2555

2. Cerberus Brewing Co. 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

3. Goat Patch Brewing Co. 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #123. 471-4628

Coffee Roaster

1. Loyal Coffee 408 S. Nevada Ave. 235-5477

2. SwitchBack Coffee Roasters 330 N. Institute St. 581-9478

3. Inertia Coffee Company 406 S. Eighth St., Suite B 428-1901

Craft Cocktail Menu

1. The Principal's Office 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 368-6112

2. The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504, 2611 W. Colorado Ave. 308-2619

3. Axe and the Oak Whiskey House 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 660-1624

Distillery

1. Axe and the Oak Distillery 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 660-1624

2. Distillery 291 1647 S. Tejon St. 323-8010

3. 3 Hundred Days of Shine 279 Beacon Lite Road, Unit G, Monument 466-0023

Drive-Thru Coffee

1. Dutch Bros Coffee Multiple locations

2. Humble Coffee 2103 Templeton Gap Road 448-6253, 4379 Integrity Center Point 352-5491

3. Kangaroo Coffee Multiple locations

Local Coffee Shop

1. Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House 5965 N. Academy Blvd., #203 522-1432

2. Loyal Coffee 408 S. Nevada Ave. 235-5477

3. Inertia Coffee Company 406 S. Eighth St., Suite B 428-1901

Local Tap Beer

1. Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, Bristol Brewing Company 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 633-2555

2. Elysium IPA, Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

3. IPa Freely, Smiling Toad Brewery 1757 S. Eighth St. 418-2936

Margarita

1. Fuzzy's Taco Shop 5915 Dublin Blvd., #100 388-8226

2. The Loop 965 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-9344

3. Crystal Park Cantina 178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou 685-5999

Smoothie/Juice Bar

1. Pikes Peak Lemonade 224 N. Tejon St. 418-6480

2. Ola Juice Bar 27 E. Kiowa St. 633-3111

3. Café Red Point 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #175 425-9688

Store for Craft Beer

1. Coaltrain Wine & Spirits 330 W. Uintah St. 475-9700

2. Cheers Liquor Mart 1105 N. Circle Drive 574-2244

3. Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines 103 S. Wahsatch Ave. 475-8115

3. (Tie) Veterans Wine and Liquor 3630 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #170 266-1179

Store for Spirits

1. Cheers Liquor Mart 1105 N. Circle Drive 574-2244

2. Coaltrain Wine & Spirits 330 W. Uintah St. 475-9700

3. Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines 103 S. Wahsatch Ave. 475-8115

Store for Wine

1. Coaltrain Wine & Spirits 330 W. Uintah St. 475-9700

2. Cheers Liquor Mart 1105 N. Circle Drive 574-2244

3. Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines 103 S. Wahsatch Ave. 475-8115

Taphouse

1. Trails End Taproom 3103 W. Colorado Ave. 428-0080

2. Brewer's Republic 112 N. Nevada Ave. 633-2105

3. The Brass Tap 13271 Bass Pro Drive, #110 487-8076

Wine Menu

1. The Wines of Colorado 8045 W. U.S. Hwy. 24 684-0900

2. Swirl 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou 685-2294

3. TAPAteria 2607 W. Colorado Ave. 471-8272

Nightlife

Bartender/Mixologist

1. Montana Horsfall, Axe and the Oak Whiskey House 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 660-1624

2. Dave Baumgartner, Zodiac Venue and Ba r230 Pueblo Ave. 632-5059

2. (Tie) Stephanie McNamara, The Public House 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 465-3079

3. Stephen Winchell, The Warehouse 25 W. Cimarron St. 475-8880

Dive Bar

1. Benny's Restaurant & Lounge 517 W. Colorado Ave. 634-9309

2. Ivywild Tavern 1529 S. Nevada Ave. ivywildtavern.com

3. Triple Nickel Tavern 26 S. Wahsatch Ave. 477-9555

Happy Hour

1. The Rabbit Hole 101 N. Tejon St. 203-5072

2. The Public House 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 465-3079

3. The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504, 2611 W. Colorado Ave. 308-2619

Karaoke

1. Thunder & Buttons II 2415 W. Colorado Ave. 447-9888

2. Hatch Cover Bar & Grill 252 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 576-5223

3. Zodiac Venue and Bar 230 Pueblo Ave. 632-5059

Music Venue

1. The Black Sheep 2106 E. Platte Ave. 227-7625

2. Stargazers Theatre & Event Center 10 S. Parkside Drive 476-2200

3. Sunshine Studios Live 3970 Clearview Frontage Road 392-8921

Neighborhood Bar/ Downtown

1. Odyssey Gastropub 311 N. Tejon St. 999-5127

2. Tony's 326 N. Tejon St. 228-6566

3. SuperNova 111 E. Boulder St. 418-3484

Neighborhood Bar/East

1. The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504

2. JAKs Brewing Company 11860 Stapleton Drive, Falcon 375-1116

3. Dueces Wild Brewery 660 Peterson Road 394-4811

Neighborhood Bar/North

1. Johnny's Navajo Hogan 2817 N. Nevada Ave. 344-9593

2. STIR Coffee & Cocktails 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave. 418-6188

3. Back East Bar and Grill9 475 Briar Village Point 264-6161, 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument 488-2252

Neighborhood Bar/South

1. The Principal's Office 1604 S. Cascade Ave. 368-6112

2. The Burrowing Owl 1791 S. Eighth St. 434-3864

3. Hatch Cover Bar & Grill 252 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 576-5223

Neighborhood Bar/West

1. Cerberus Brewing Company 702 W. Colorado Ave. 636-2337

2. Mother Muff's Kitchen & Spirits 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 344-8727

3. Alchemy 2625 W. Colorado Ave. 471-0887

New Bar/New Brewery (since 7/1/17)

1. Goat Patch Brewing Co. 2727 N. Cascade Ave., #123. 471-4628

2. Trails End Taproom 3103 W. Colorado Ave. 428-0080

3. Atmosphere Gastropub 1327 Interquest Pkwy. 354-4764

Overall Bar

1. Brooklyn's on Boulder Street 110 E. Boulder St. 415-3115

2. The Public House 445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 465-3079

3. Zodiac Venue and Bar 230 Pueblo Ave. 632-5059

Place for Bar Games

1. SuperNova 111 E. Boulder St. 418-3484

2. Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 118 N. Tejon St. 375-1925

3. Mother Muff's Kitchen & Spirits 2432 W. Colorado Ave. 344-8727

Running Club

1. Jack Quinn's Running Club jackquinnsrunners.com

2. The Public House Hustle facebook.com/publichousehustle

3. JAKs Brewing Company Thursday 5K Run Club 11860 Stapleton Drive, Peyton 375-1116

Sports Bar

1. Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 118 N. Tejon St. 375-1925

2. Tony's 326 N. Tejon St. 228-6566

3. Back East Bar and Grill 9475 Briar Village Point 264-6161, 1455 Cipriani Loop, Monument 488-2252

Upscale Bar

1. The Rabbit Hole 101 N. Tejon St. 203-5072

2. Brooklyn's on Boulder Street 110 E. Boulder St. 415-3115

3. The Wobbly Olive 3317 Cinema Point 247-9504, 2611 W. Colorado Ave. 308-2619

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