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Best of 2013 List

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The following bars and restaurants earned Independent readers' votes last year for being the finest of their respective ilk. For complete contact information as well as descriptive write-ups on each winner, visit our archives, where you can also find a comprehensive dining database.

Appetizers/Tapas: TAPAteria

Bakery: Marigold Café and Bakery

Bang-for-Your-Buck Bar: Tony's

Bang-for-Your-Buck Restaurant: La Casita Mexican Grill

Barbecue: Front Range Barbeque

Bar for a Creative Cocktail: Shuga's

Bar Patio: Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Beer Selection on Tap: Old Chicago (Powers)

Biscuits & Gravy: Over Easy, a Daytime Eatery

Bloody Mary: Dutch Mill Tavern (now 503 West)

Bread: La Baguette French Bakery-Café;, La Baguette French Bistro

Breakfast: Over Easy, a Daytime Eatery

Buffalo Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffet: Golden Corral

Burger: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Cajun/Southern: Springs Orleans

Restaurant for Carnivores: The Famous

Chinese: China Village

College Bar: Tony's

New Cookie Concoctions: salt + butter co.

Cutting-Edge Restaurant: Nosh

Deli: Jason's Deli

Dessert Destination: Marigold Café and Bakery

Diner: King's Chef Diner

Fine Dining: The Famous

Food Truck: The Local

French: La Baguette French Bistro and La Baguette French Bakery-Café

Frozen Yogurt: Yo Yogurt

German: Edelweiss German Restaurant

Gluten-Free-Friendly: Coquette's Bistro & Bakery

Green Chili: King's Chef Diner

Restaurant for Herbivores: Adam's Mountain Café

Happy Hour: Chili's

Hummus: Heart of Jerusalem Café, Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna

Ice Cream/Gelato: Josh and John's

Indian/Curry: Little Nepal

Irish Pub: Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub

Italian: Paravicini's Italian Bistro

Japanese/Sushi: Jun Japanese Restaurant

Place for Jambalaya: Creole Kitchen by Gus

Restaurant for Kids That Isn't Fast Food: Poor Richard's

Korean: Tong Tong

Late-Night Dining: King's Chef Diner

Local Brewery: Bristol Brewing Company

Local Coffee House: The Perk Downtown

Local Coffee Roaster: Colorado Coffee Merchants

Local Pizza Joint: Borriello Brothers

Local/Regional Restaurant Chain: Il Vicino

Place to Eat Local/Sustainable: Adam's Mountain Café

Mediterranean: Mediterranean Café

Mexican: Salsa Brava

Middle Eastern: Heart of Jerusalem Café

National Chain Coffee House: Starbucks

National Pizza Chain: Papa Murphy's

Neighborhood Bar, Central: Tony's

Neighborhood Bar, East: Holy Cow Pub and Grill

Neighborhood Bar, Manitou: Keg Lounge

Neighborhood Bar, Monument: Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

Neighborhood Bar, North: Back East Bar and Grill

Neighborhood Bar, South: Ivywild School complex

Neighborhood Bar, West: Thunder & Buttons II

Neighborhood Restaurant, Central: Shuga's

Neighborhood Restaurant, East: Rock Bottom Restaurant Brewery

Neighborhood Restaurant, Manitou: Adam's Mountain Café

Neighborhood Restaurant, Monument: La Casa Fiesta

Neighborhood Restaurant, North: Salsa Brava

Neighborhood Restaurant, South: The Blue Star

Neighborhood Restaurant, West: Front Range Barbeque

New Bar: Ivywild School complex

New Restaurant (since July 1, 2013) Hacienda Colorado

Overall Restaurant: Craftwood Inn

Patio Dining: Amanda's Fonda

Place to Dine Alone: Poor Richard's Restaurant

Power Lunch: MacKenzie's Chop House

Salads: Souper Salad

Sandwiches: Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Seafood: Bonefish Grill

Smoothie/Juice Bar: Jamba Juice

Soup: Panera Bread

Sports Bar: Fox and Hound

Spot for a Spot of Tea: Montague's

Sunday Brunch: Lake Terrace at the Broadmoor

Take-Out: Little Nepal

Taqueria: Monica's Taco Shop

Thai: Wild Ginger

Restaurant for Tourists: Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Upscale Bar: The Rabbit Hole

Vietnamese: Saigon Café

Waffle Creations: Urban Steam

Wine Bar: Swirl Wine Bar

Restaurant Wine List: The Blue Star

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