In the tradition of authentic Thai cooking, the chefs at Sri Thai blend sweet, spicy, and sour flavors in careful proportions to bring out the essence of each dish—efforts not overlooked by food reviewer Kristin Mastre of Feasting Fort Collins, who awarded it four out of four stars. Both the lunch and dinner menus wax lengthy, listing curries with coconut milk and peanuts as well as fried rice and noodle dishes. A vast selection of dishes is also available gluten-free or vegetarian, and the entire menu is MSG-free, a particular boon to vowel appreciators.
Moose Creek Cafe dishes out feasts of classic Americana to droves of loyal customers, whether they're locals sharing friendly conversation over cups of coffee, or tourists looking for a hearty breakfast before exploring the mountain scenery of nearby North Park. Art from local artists decorates the walls inside, while an open-air patio hosts lunches and dinners of chargrilled burgers, fajitas, and pepper steak.
Mary's Mountain Cookies traces its origins to the kitchens of Cherokee Park Dude Ranch, where head chef Mary whipped up three square meals a day for hungry guests and packed her popular homemade cookies in their horses' saddlebags. The "mountain-style" treats were sturdy enough to remain in one piece during horseback-riding trips, but soft enough to maintain an irresistibly chewy texture. Guests never failed to request the recipe, coworkers raved over the sweets, and horses raided the freezers for leftovers overnight—all persuading Mary to set out and start selling homemade cookies on her own.
Today, loyal customers enjoy over 100 varieties of quarter-pound mountain cookies, from the classic chocolate chip, to sugar-dusted snickerdoodles and salty-sweet peanut butter. Shoppers with cravings for more substantial treats can stock up on cream-cheese brownies, 12-inch cookie cakes, and frosting-filled cookie sandwiches.
Spicy Pickle complements it's eponymous cured cucumbers with a suite of sandwiches, soups, salads, and more, all built with care and fresh ingredients. Feel free to punish stubbornly unmelted cheeses with a panini, featuring fresh foccacia bread piled high with toppings and pressed until delectable in a hot griddle, or nosh an un-pressed sandwich on a ciabatta roll. Menu options span from the Santa Cruz sandwich, its roasted turkey surrounded by avocado, corn relish, cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayo ($7.45), to the South Side panini, which finds gruff roast beef forced out of retirement for one last mission with wise-cracking pepperoncinis, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar, and horseradish mayo ($6.75). Alternately, a fleet of salads awaits commission in entree and side-salad sizes (from $3.25), alongside soups (from $3.25), personal pizzas (from $6.95), and build-your-own sandwiches ($7.45).