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Once again Juicy Lucys Steakhouse tops the Locals Choice list this year for Best Restaurant in Glenwood Springs. But thats not all, it also took top honors for Best Salad, Best Dessert, Best Steak Dinner, Best American Cuisine, Best Lunch Special and Best Dinner Special. The fine-dining spot with a casual flair also shines with excellent service. Owners David and Cece Zumwinkle say the secret to their success is top quality ingredients, especially their aged beef.Its array of desserts is enough to please any palate, including crme brl concocted with Grand Marnier liqueur, with a glossy caramelized crust.Zumwinkle is also justifiably proud of his salads. The most popular is the Seventh Street salad made with honey and poppy seed vinaigrette dressing and served with strawberries, crumbled Gorgonzola blue cheese and honey-roasted walnuts rolled in spices.The restaurant uses local products such as natural Colorado Rocky Mountain elk raised at the Porter Ranch in New Castle.Other Finalists Best Restaurant in Glenwood: Rivers, TequilasBest Restaurant in RifleBrickyard Square opened two years ago and is now the central place of Rifle night life and fine dining.Other Finalists: Sammys on Park Avenue, CreekbendBest Restaurant in CarbondaleRussets, voted Carbondales favorite, is a fine neighborhood restaurant and bar serving everything from filet mignon to hormone-free burgers, wild salmon and chicken gumbo.Other Finalists: Six89, Village SmithyBest Restaurant in El Jebel/BasaltWhen it comes to breakfast, Breakfast in America is king of the region.Other Finalists: Blue Creek Grill, El KoritaBest Restaurant in Parachute/Battlement MesaSunrise Scramble, in Parachute, is like eating at your moms, great homemade everything in a homey atmosphere.Other Finalists: Outlaw, White BuffaloBest Restaurant in SiltIts no surprise that two Christian Harra-owned restaurants are gold medal winners. The Miners Claim was Harras first restaurant in the valley and is still a favorite eatery.Other Finalist: WagonwheelBest Restaurant in New CastleTop of the heap in New Castle is the Elk Creek Mining Co., a local gathering spot with great beer on tap and an excellent prime rib special that wont put a hole in your wallet.Other Finalists: Hogback Pizza, New Castle DinerBest Breakfast SpecialPerennial favorite is Rosis Little Bavarian Restaurant in Glenwood Springs, with its Swiss specialties including strudel, fluffy waffles and great American fare.Other Finalists: Village Smithy, 19th Street DinerBest Lunch SpecialJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: China Town, 19th Street DinerBest Dinner SpecialJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: Rivers, Buffalo ValleyBest BakeryMmm, smell the cinnamon buns and coffee! Maple Table serves up mouth-watering baked goods in a cozy setting.Other Finalists: Delice, The Daily BreadBest Italian RestaurantOnce again locals chose the Italian Underground. Also a favorite with visitors, the local eatery in the basement of the Silver Spur building is right beside the Grand Avenue Bridge.Other Finalists: Florindos, Bella MiaBest Mexican RestaurantWith many fine Mexican restaurants abounding in our area the choice was tough, but Tequilas scored above the rest. Friendly service and food like Mamacita used to make, plus a huge variety of tequilas are a recipe for success. Tequilas also won for the Best Margarita, Best Chips and Salsa.Other Finalists: Fiesta Guadalajara, Dos HombresBest Asian RestaurantNewcomer JH Chen opened last year to rave reviews for its hip decor and fine Chinese and Japanese cuisine.Other Finalists: China Town, ZhengBest American CuisineJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., The RivieraBest CoffeeStarbucks scored the gold with locals this year for its rich blends and tempting menu of espressos and cappuccinos.Other Finalists: Sacred Grounds, XpressoBest Bloody MaryLocals voted the Happy Hour hangout and fine dining restaurant Rivers as having the best blend of vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and lemon.Other Finalists: Juicy Lucys Steakhouse, 19th Street DinerBest PizzaWhite House Pizza in Carbondale got the gold this year with its homemade, downhome-with-a-gourmet-touch pies.Other Finalists: Russos, Uncles Best BurgerThe best burgers, so say locals, are found at Viccos Charcoal Burger in West Glenwood, for its bountiful servings and true charcoal-broiled taste. The hip old cruisin machines parked out front are an added attraction.Other Finalists: Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Juicy Lucys SteakhouseBest French FriesLocals told us they love McDonalds fries, consistent and crunchy, and they go well with Mickey Ds signature burgers.Other Finalists: Juicy Lucys Steakhouse, Charcoal BurgerBest SaladJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Village SmithyBest Ice CreamMarble Slab breezed into town last year with a new twist on ice cream, and obviously everyone loved their homemade flavors rolled on a slab of marble to a perfect shape for the perfect cone.Other Finalists: Kaleidoscoops, Dairy QueenBest DessertsJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: Rivers, RosisBest Steak DinnerJuicy Lucys SteakhouseOther Finalists: The Riviera, RiversBest Chips and SalsaTequilas the combination of chips, salsa and the cabbage mix is an unbeatable combo.Other Finalists: Dos Hombres, Fiesta Guadalajara


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