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Discover: Have a craving? We have it covered

By: The Gazette
September 20, 2015 Updated: September 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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We know you like to eat, especially when someone else is doing the cooking. The Gazette's annual Dining Guide, published every summer in The Gazette, has got you covered with information on more than 350 restaurants - from French to Hawaiian, Ethiopian to Italian - in the Pikes Peak region. You can find the comprehensive coverage online: gazette.com/dining-guide.

Here's a look at some favorite restaurants in the region, as selected by our Dining Guide team.

FINE DINING

BONEFISH GRILL: 5102 N. Nevada Ave., 598-0826, bonefishgrill.com

This eatery specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled items. The recipes are innovative, with some contemporary renditions of the classics.

BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE: 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864, briarhurst.com

This cozy Victorian mansion turned gourmet dining experience is a favorite wedding venue.

THE BROADMOOR RESTAURANTS: 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, broadmoor.com

- La Taverne

The stunning garden room is where a French-style steakhouse menu is offered. The kitchen does a solid job with meat and seafood.

- Lake Terrace

Perennial favorite for the huge buffet on Sundays that includes multiple carving and action stations.

- Penrose Room

It's the only five-diamond and five-star restaurant in Colorado or the neighboring states. You can expect perfection in food and service.

- Restaurant 1858

Located at Seven Falls (shuttle transportation from The Broadmoor's East Lot just off Lake Avenue on 1st Street, next to the Christmas House) is a fine dining eatery featuring Colorado-style dishes like trout and bison.

- Ristorante del Lago

Here is where you'll find the resort's authentic regional Italian cuisine.

- Summit

A casual yet elegant contemporary bistro, serving excellently prepared food at good prices.

COWBOY STAR RESTAURANT AND BUTCHER SHOP: 5198 N. Nevada Ave., 631-6050, thecowboystar.com

Enjoy mountain views while dining on food prepared in a contemporary American style with a Western flair.

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538-4000, cheyennemountain.com

The king of buffets, especially on Sundays. The resort serves great cold salads, breakfast items and dinner entrees.

THE FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE: 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333, thefamoussteakhouse.net

The prime steaks put the "famous" in the name, and the cow is always prepared to perfection.

THE MARGARITA AT PINE CREEK: 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com

This local favorite for more than 40 years serves seasonal, locally sourced foods. It's especially known for the all-you-can-eat soup and salad, al fresco dining and summer movie nights.

TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL: 3294 Cinema Point, 597-3800, tucanos.com

This is the hot spot for churrasco dining: Fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table on swords by servers.

CASUAL DINING

BACK EAST BAR & GRILL: multiple locations, backeastbarandgrill.com

This is a friendly and welcoming eatery, whether you're the first person through the door for lunch or you bring your family for dinner on trivia night.

BIRD DOG BBQ: multiple locations, birddogbbq.com

The Oklahoma-style barbecue served at this restaurant has quite a following, perhaps because of the oak-smoked meats with sauce on the side, counter service and generous servings.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS: 2905 Geyser Drive, 219-1500; 7425 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9464, buffalowildwings.com

Whether you like traditional or boneless wings, this spot has you covered with 16 signature sauces, four dry rub seasonings and always fresh, never frozen wings.

COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY: multiple locations, cmbrew.com

This local brewery-restaurant has two striking locations, but they aren't just pretty: They offer warm, friendly service and mostly outstanding food.

CRAVE REAL BURGERS: multiple locations, craverealburgers.com

Crave can hook you up with flavors never intended to be consumed together, including the Fatty Melt (bacon, cheese and pickles between two grilled cheese sandwiches) and the Nutty Professor (peanut butter, bacon, jalapeƱos and onions).

DALE STREET BISTRO CAFE: 115 E. Dale St., 578-9898, mydalestreetcafe.com

A sweet spot for a lazy afternoon. The menu includes pizza and a variety of salads and entrees.

DION'S: 6385 Source Center Point, 265-4645, dions.com

This Albuquerque-based chain made a name on its sandwiches, pizzas and salads. The service is friendly, even when the crowds are hectic, and the food is simple, fast, fresh and delicious.

DRIFTER'S HAMBURGERS: 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., 548-8163; 1485 Jamboree Drive, 264-1512, driftershamburgers.com

Good burgers and fries. A bonus: The beef is humanely raised without added hormones or antibiotics.

ENGLISH DOCKSIDE WEST: 1201 W. Colorado Ave., 227-7732, englishdockside.com

English is the owner's last name, not his style, so you can expect po' boys big enough to extend over the sides of the plate, catfish fried right and blue crab in several delicious incarnations.

FUJIYAMA: 22 S. Tejon St., 630-1167, fujiyamasushi.com

Faux bamboo wall coverings accented with strings of red lights set the scene for an extensive selection of Japanese cuisine from specialty rolls to noodle bowls and grilled items. Daily discounts.

GOLDEN BEE: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, broadmoor.com

A traditional 19th-century English pub experience with live piano music and singalongs.

THE HUNGRY BEAR: 111 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5912, hungrybearcolorado.com

The Hungry Bear Restaurant specializes in breakfast food, especially pancakes. Just scrolling down the homestyle menu will make you hungry.

JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE AND PUB: 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com

You don't need to be Irish to enjoy the dark, intimate atmosphere of this downtown fixture. The food is good, too, and includes themed items like Celtic wings and Guinness Beef Boxty.

JOANIE'S MOUNTAIN GOURMET DELI: 110 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, 686-9091, joaniesdeli.com

This gorgeous deli, which serves breakfast and lunch, is bright and airy. The food is well-prepared: just the thing for a trip to the lovely mountain town.

JOHNNY'S NAVAJO HOGAN: 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 344-9593, johnnyshogan.com

The Hogan has had many lives since it was built as a roadhouse in 1935. It can be rowdy in the evenings (the cool, peaked log ceiling doesn't do much for acoustics), but if that's not your thing, check it out for lunch. The menus are the same.

JUNIPER VALLEY RANCH: 16350 S. Colorado 115, 576-0741, junipervalleyranch.com

Open since 1951, this popular restaurant hasn't changed its menu. Think homemade fried chicken and baked ham with sides served family style. Open seasonally.

THE KEG LOUNGE: 730 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9531, facebook.com/TheKegLounge

The kind of place where locals congregate for a good lunch or a drink after work (and they do).

KING'S CHEF DINER: multiple locations, cosdiner.com

King's Chef has character to spare, but it isn't just a pretty face. The food is hearty (and served in generous portions), the service friendly and the green chili hot. Really hot.

MARGO'S VIENNA STATION: 3442 W. Colorado Ave., 630-7453

When you want a hot dog, a place that mostly serves burgers won't do. This faux train depot does it right - and what a view.

MCCABE'S TAVERN: 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300, mccabestavern.com

There's a casual air about McCabe's that makes you feel like sitting and relaxing for a while. The menu offers a number of creative vegetarian options.

MONTAGUE'S: 1019 S. Tejon St., 520-0672, facebook.com/MontaguesParlour

You might not guess that a cozy little tearoom complete with wing chairs and comfortable couches is on Tejon Street near the interstate. The coffee and tea are very good, and Montague's offers a solid breakfast and lunch menu that leans toward healthy.

NATURAL EPICUREAN: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Drive, 577-5733, broadmoor.com/natural-epicurean

The restaurant was conceived on four words: health, wholesome, organic and natural. You'll find a selection of vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian items, along with sustainably raised fish and meat dishes.

OSCAR'S TEJON STREET BAR: 333 S. Tejon St., 471-8070, facebook.com/OscarsTejonStreet

This cool little spot near downtown is easy to miss, but slow down a bit and look. It's worth it. It's known for its Cajun dishes, but the oysters are to die for. The covered patio's a nice spot to watch the game.

PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO.: 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800, phantomcanyon.com

A casual atmosphere and a little-of-everything menu makes it a great stop for lunch, dinner and late night.

PLAY: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Drive, 577-5733, broadmoor.com/play

This late-night destination offers wine, beer and the like as well as a six-lane bowling alley and game room.

POOR RICHARD'S/RICO'S CAFE AND WINE BAR: 320-3241/2 N. Tejon St., 630-7723, poorrichards downtown.com

Poor Richard's offers straightforward ambiance and food, including pizza by the slice, sandwiches and salads. Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar kicks it up a notch with an interesting wine list, beers, organic coffee and tapas.

RITZ GRILL: 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, ritzgrill.com

A downtown fixture with a bistro-style menu that hits all the high points, including steaks, sandwiches and pizzas.

SMASHBURGER: multiple locations, smashburger.com

This Denver chain makes a mean burger, first smashing hand-formed beef on a scalding grill, then piling the patty with fresh toppings.

TRINITY BREWING CO.: 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 634-0029, trinitybrew.com

This restaurant-brewery makes some interesting and delicious choices in the creation of new beers. Pair that with tantalizing entrees and appetizers and you've got a winner.

TERESA FARNEY, THE GAZETTE, 636-0271, TERESA.FARNEY@GAZETTE.COM

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