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Dash into Tri-Lakes dining


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The Tri-Lakes area is booming — and how. Recent census numbers show roughly 180 percent population growth in Monument in the last 10 years and, by and large, the area's restaurants have kept pace. Here's a look at a few.

Italian food tastes mighty fine against a backdrop of emerald green hills, and it's found at two well-known Palmer Lake spots: Bella Panini (4 S. Hwy. 105, bellapanini.com) and La Zingara Italian Restaurant (75 S. Hwy. 105, lazingarapalmerlake.com). Bella is a family-owned spot doing the pizza, pasta and (of course) panini thing; La Zingara is fresh off a menu reboot after having come under new ownership.

Also under new ownership in Palmer Lake: longtime fine-dining staple B&E Filling Station, which now goes by Folie a' Deux (25 S. Hwy. 105, folieadeuxdining.com). Its small menu remains a work in progress and worth keeping an eye on, featuring select entrées like elk medallions and rosemary lamb. Meanwhile, moZaic (443 Hwy. 105, innatpalmerdivide.com) gives area diners classical European offerings with "a nouveau flair," while O'Malley's Steak Pub (104 S. Hwy. 105, omalleys.biz) goes the other way with burgers and steaks you cook yourself.

In Monument, worldly chef Wai Tung brings a contemporary touch to inventive, largely Asian-influenced meals at Fusion World Cuisine (15910 Jackson Creek Pkwy., fusionworldcuisine.com). Wisdom Tea House (65 Second St., wisdomteahouse.com) is more traditional, as its name (and afternoon tea offerings) would imply, but its kitchen still kicks out buffalo burgers and line-out-the-door-inspiring breakfast burritos. Meanwhile, Pikes Peak Handmade Ice Cream & Gelato (481 S. Hwy. 105, #208, pikespeakicecream.com) has the sweets on lock-down, and of course no Monument mention is complete without Rosie's Diner (411 S. Hwy. 105, eatatrosies.com), the old-timey steel-and-neon encased look back at the '50s.

Other eateries with North locations:

Borriello Brothers, 4750 Barnes Road; 15910 Jackson Creek Pkwy., Monument, click here.

Frankie's Too, 7376 McLaughlin Road, Suite A, Falcon, click here.

La Casita Mexican Grill, 3725 E. Woodmen Road, click here.

La Tartine (formerly La Baguette), 1420 Kelly Johnson Blvd., click here.

Louie's Pizza, 4815 Barnes Road; 2771 Briargate Blvd., click here.

The Mason Jar, 5905 Corporate Drive, 260-6555, click here.

Tomo Sushi II, 8029 N. Academy Blvd., click here.

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