For a comfortable, down-home dining experience, I like the American and Italian food served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Patti's Restaurant, 241 S. Santa Fe Ave. (tel. 719/543-2371). Located on the Riverwalk, in the same location since 1936, Patti's offers American favorites, including sandwiches, burgers, steak, and seafood, plus Italian specialties, in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. You'll find more in the way of local color and local delicacies at the venerable Star Bar & Lunch, 300 Spring St. (tel. 719/542-9718). The house special is the green chile slopper, an aptly named dish comprised of a hamburger submerged in a bowl of green chile.

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