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Eat up, drink up in the Springs

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No matter your tastes, personality or bank account, there are plenty of places to chow down and drink up in greater Colorado Springs.

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Ann-Marie Belzer of downtown is a freelance graphic artist

What's the best overall restaurant in the area? Shuga's. It's a nice combination of rustic and hip. It can get crowded and be a little noisy to talk to your partner comfortably, but you always get a good meal, they take the time to make a good drink, and I love their coconut curry shrimp soup.

Where can you get a good meal for under $10? The gyros at Heart of Jerusalem are delicious. So is their hummus and baba ghanoush.

Is there a bar or restaurant you haven't visited, but want to try? There's a cute little place in Old Colorado City. It's kind of a dive — in fact it's called The Dive — but every time I drive by, it smells really good. I've got it in the back of my head to have a burger there sometime.

Name an under-appreciated local bar or restaurant. The Townhouse [Lounge] in Manitou. I don't like to stick out too much. If I'm meeting a girlfriend for a drink, I don't want to feel I'm not hip enough. The Townhouse makes you feel like a local, even if you're not.

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Darryl Mungres of the north side is in manufacturing

What's the best overall restaurant in town? I like the atmosphere in Phantom Canyon [Brewing Co.], and I like supporting local businesses instead of chains.

Where can you get a good meal for under 10 bucks? Louie's Pizza, downtown. You can get a large, three-topping pizza there for $10 through Groupon.

What local restaurant is an undiscovered gem? Paravicini's, an Italian place in Old Colorado City. It's run by two local guys who make everything from scratch.

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Diana Nolan of Stetson Hills is a television producer

What's the best overall restaurant in the area? It depends on your mood. I really liked Adam's Mountain Café in Manitou until the floods washed it out. [Note: It's again fully operational.] For good happy hours and steakhouses, I like MacKenzie's [Chop House] and Sonterra [Innovative Southwest Grill]. For Mexican, I like [the Crystal Park] Cantina and Amanda's Fonda.

What's the best place for a meal under $10? The farmers market in Old Colorado City. The woman in the tamale stand there gets up at 3 a.m. to make tamales from scratch. You can get a dozen for, like, eight bucks, and they deliver.

Name a bar or restaurant that's an under-appreciated gem. Sushi Ring in Ivywild. It's in a mall and doesn't look like much, but the sushi chef is really friendly and gets excited about the chance to try new creations. It's all you can eat for $25.

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