While the consensus may be that Colorado Springs is no New York — or even Denver — when it comes to food, that's not to say this city doesn't offer a little bite of something for everyone.
Zack Travis of downtown is a street food vendor
How would you describe the food scene in Colorado Springs? Vast, very diverse. I think we have a great food scene here. You can get almost any variety of food that you might be looking for in town here.
What's your favorite restaurant here? I don't eat out much, to be honest. When I do eat out, I eat at Front Range Barbeque, and it's because I like the people there and I think they've got great food.
What makes a food experience perfect for you? Maybe the completeness of the meal. I don't necessarily care how the meal looks — I mean, it should look nice, but as long as I can be fed from it and it's good-quality food, I suppose.
Pete Lampe of the north end is a carpenter
How would you describe the food scene here? It's diverse. But you've got to understand I'm pretty new here — my wife is in the military, so we came here only about five months ago.
What's the best "food city" you've been to? That's hard, we've been a lot of places. Spokane [Wash.], I'd say Spokane. We like a lot of diverse stuff.
What makes a food experience perfect for you? The atmosphere, the food. Those two things right there.
Janice Moglen of downtown is retired
How would you describe the local food scene? Too many franchises, like Chipotle and Old Chicago.
What's your favorite restaurant in the Springs? I love Sonterra [Grill], I'll be there tonight. High-quality food and reasonable prices. You meet a lot of people from all over the world there, a lot of cosmopolitan people.
What makes a food experience perfect for you? You know, I was just reading Westword about this. Ambience is very important.
Thomas Henkes of Cimarron Hills is a garage door tech
How would you describe the food scene in Colorado Springs? They could have a little bit more barbecue places here. More Southern food would be better. But other than that, it's pretty good. You've got a lot of different restaurants, so I kinda like it.
What's your favorite restaurant in the Springs? Buffalo Wild Wings. Good food.
Best "food city" you've ever been to? I haven't really eaten any places besides here and Denver, so, I'd probably say Denver has better places.