I'm looking to get back into biking and I've decided on a cyclocross bike because I want close to road bike speed and performance while at the same time being able to ride on potentially hazardous dirt roads as well as riding in inclement weather and possibly winter. So cyclocross seems to fit the bill. I don't plan on racing, however I would like the ability to throw some 25c slicks on and do some century-ish charity rides comfortably.
So all things considered, should I lean more towards a Specialized Tricross or a Bianchi Vorpe? I've been shopping around and these seem the best in my price point (<$1k). I've also considered Redline Conquest and Surly Crosscheck, but those seem more expensive and possibly more race-oriented(?)
So given that I prefer "roadsy" to "racy", what bike should I be considering under $1k? Also, please no internet deals, I am buying from LBS. I am going to test ride both of these bikes on Saturday but I want an impression from others with experience before I go in.