Nice decor, good selection of food and drink. The Charco-broiler has been around for a very long time, and there's a reason it has lasted.
Favorite Dish: Their menu shows: ............................................................Chef salad ............................Pepper Steak .............................................Trout Almondine .....................................Salmon Filet ......................................New York Cut Sirloin Steak ............and so on.........
(I removed the prices recently as they may be out of date)
I know Five Guys is a fairly common chain, but most of us had never eaten at one before. It had a very all-American feel to it, and the food was good, although maybe a little pricey for what you're getting.
Favorite Dish: They have free peanuts that you can scoop up while you're standing in line, good burgers, and very good fries in either the regular or Cajun varieties. They also offer over 100 drink options (created by having about 20 different types of soda that can be mixed with 5 different flavor shots), but I don't know if I advise this. The lemonade tastes okay with the flavor in it but most of the other types of pop taste odd, as if they didn't put in enough flavoring.
We met with the Colorado State University IEEE student group so we could share student-to-student information and tour their facilities. They ordered this pizza for us, and it was very good, and very cheap. We tried all of the basic toppings--cheese, pepperoni, sausage, etc. It's also ranked number one by CSU and has a 5-star rating from Feasting Fort Collins, so if you're looking for a good, cheap pizza delivery while in the area, try 'em out!
Clean - creative - classy! What more could you want from a restaurant/deli or caterer. Fiona's Deli has it all, in combinations you wouldn't have expected. My personal favorite is listed below, but I venture away from that one at times because the house-smoked salmon is simply to die for!
Fiona's caters, too! And they do it beautifully!
Favorite Dish: #42 - Brie...bacon... raspberry chipotle sauce... chicken panini. 'nuff said!
Yes, I have several pizza tips on my Ft. Collins page (What did you eat when you were in college?) Old Chicago is a chain that is most prevalent throughout the central US. There are two locations in Ft. Collins, I've only been to the one in Old Town. There's a livelier crowd here, and you're right around the corner from Walrus Ice Cream (see my other restauant tips.) The pizza at Old Chicago is pretty good - you'll have your standard choices of toppings and crusts. The unique feature of Old Chicago is their beer list - they have over 110 different beers to choose from. They call this the World Beer Tour, and you can get a card to mark off the beers as you try them. Try them all, get your name on the wall :) They also have your standard selection of appetizers and other Italian salads and dishes. Service is good, and you don't have to worry about bringing the kids - definitely a family atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: The pizza of course! It's "Old Chicago", so try the deep dish. You can't go wrong with "The Classic" (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and garlic) or the Chicago 7 (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, red onions and Mozzarella).
Avogadro's is a rather large place near downtown. It has three main places to sit: in the front, in front of the indoor stage, or outdoors, which also has a stage. The fare of Avogadro's is down-home American, with burgers, salads, and pizza. There is often local music out back, especially in the summertime, like bluegrass and rock. The whole place has a very family-oriented atmosphere, even a jungle gym out back! Stop in, and relax for an evening.
Washington's has been around Fort Collins since the late 70s, and is still an eclectic place to eat or enjoy an evening on the town. The whole place is filled with various pieces tacked to the wall, and there are many nooks filled with tables and booths, giving it an intimate feel. Near the bar there are multiple large screen TVs to watch major sports that take place either in the area (CSU football) or nationally (baseball, the World Cup, and more). It has a nice vibe, though it can get loud as people stream in.
The food is a standard fare of American offerings, running the gamut from burgers to salads. They do have some mean BBQ, a rack of ribs with sides of beans and slaw and fries is very tasty. The bar also has a wide range, serving local beers (New Belgium, Fort Collins Brewery, and O'Dells) as well as standby favorites, plus a good selection of stronger liquors if the night calls for it.
Enjoy the funky ambiance of Washington's while chomping on some ribs and soaking in the sports life. Oh, and take in some pinball while you're there.. a great way to cap a night off!
Wild Boar Coffee is a charming little coffeehouse just off of campus. It appears to be a converted home, lovely bungalow style building. It has a lot of charm, and the folks behind the counter can make some mean cups of coffee, as well as an eclectic selection of soups and sandwiches. For those not in a coffee mood, the place also offers local brews.
It is a great little place to relax away from downtown, enjoy the afternoon over a hot cup of coffee.
This restaurant is a quaint little place situated in the downtown area, which doubles as a butcher shop as well. They specialize in breakfast, though, and has been lauded by locals as the best in town. Many of the dishes feature meats which are created right in the butchery, including buffalo hash, pork sausage, and thick-cut smoked bacon. High rooftops, inlaid tabletops, and a friendly staff all make this a relaxing place to eat. It gets crowded though; at 9am it was ok, but by 10:30 everything was packed.
Favorite Dish: Try one of their more special breakfasts; anyone can do eggs and toast. Their French toast is great, which was my breakfast of choice. The buffalo hash looked great, and their homemade sausage (had by my co-eater) was good. Orange juice was fresh, tasted like it was pulped on the spot.
The pizza here is quite amazing. Beaujo's (pronounced "Bo-Jos) is located in Fort Collins in the historic downtown area. In fact, it is within an old bank building dating back to the 19th century. The staff are friendly, and the place attracts a diverse crowd, including locals and students.
Favorite Dish: You go here for the deep dish pizza. Thick honey wheat crust, generous toppings, good sauce, it is absolutely fabulous. The crust is so good they encourage you to save it for the dessert, and eat it with honey (provided at every table). You won't be disappointed, it's the best pizza I've had in a long time.
For the very hungry, try the challenge. The challenge is 2 people, 1 hour, and this huge pizza. It is a 12-14lb pizza loaded with multiple toppings. Only one sitting allowed (no ins and outs). If you do it, you get $100, 2 t-shirts, and fame. The waitress said that she's never seen anyone finish the challenge.
This large bistro has a high degree of decor. High ceilings, multiple color palettes running through the place, along the walls, and lots of details which give it a very modern air. High-backed booths, interesting plates and dishware. The food is a pan-Asian approach, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and some Korean, with everything from sushi to sweet and sour pork. It is kind of a mish-mash, but they execute well, so you don't feel as if you're eating sweet and sour from a cheap Chinese place.
Favorite Dish: I had the sushi to start off, a plate of tuna nigiri, which was fresh and clean. The cut was a little loose, but otherwise a good starter. I finished with a Chinese chicken dish, the name of which escapes me. But the chicken was tossed with chilis, peas, and other veg. It was tasty, I wish it had more heat.
The tasting room at New Belgium Brewing may not be a restaurant in a strict sense as no food is served but their many beers deserve to be treated in a culinary sense. It's a big high-ceilinged boisterous room with a huge oval bar which is manned by three or four very able bartenders. These people are über servers but beyond that, they are entertainers and great promoters of New Belgium Brewing. This place would be worth going to even if you didn't like beer! If you do like beer, they give you four free samples of about four ounces each.
If you do not like beer, perhaps you have not tried the right ones. Mass-produced lagers made by the big American brewers tend to be tasteless affairs but there are many great beers being produced by regional brewers across this great land. Many times, I have given a beer to a friend who claimed to not like beer only to have them say this did not taste like beer to them. So, do not shortchange beer, it's the world's oldest fermentable beverage and its range of styles easily matches and perhaps surpasses wine.
They had 12 beers on tap the day we tried 10 of them in addition to La Folie: 1) Old Cherry-Light sourish cherry brew w/ fruity dry flavor. Not Rodenbach but perhaps easier to drink for the masses. 2) Loose Lips Saison-Semi sour dry session ale. Could be a tad hoppier but again all to easy to drink. 3) Abbey-Original New Belgium beer and its most highly awarded. Nice take on an abbey double. Clove & fried fruit plus lots of malt. Fairly dry finish for alcohol content. Not super complex but again hallmark easy to drink. 4) Giddy Up-Amber espresso ale w/ definite bitter coffee palate. Fairly dry finish & all too easy to drink. 5) Abbey Grand Cru-9.6%-Amped version of their Abbey to commemorate their anniversary and only been made three times. More pronounced dried fruit & alcohol notes but remained fairly dry. 6) Sunshine-Light golden filtered wit beer w/ corriander notes but lighter in body and flavor than a true wit. 7) Mothership Wit-Unfiltered honey hued classic wit w/ zesty coriander palate. 8) Trippel-Deep golden w/ lacy head. Huge malty palate w/ spicy notes. Bitters slightly in semi-dry finish. 9) Blue Paddle-Light bodied w/ fluffy white head. True to form pils in Czech style. Hoppy & bitter but well balanced. Crisp dry finish. More like a German pils actually. 10) Mighty Arrow Pale Ale-Deep golden w/ thin lasting head and nice lacework. Floral hoppy bouquet and palate. Dry but bitterness well-balanced by ample malt. Very nice.
As you can see, the brewery's hallmark is drinkability and that's why it has become a big player in the regional marketplace. While most of them are not ground breakers, they are well crafted and they do have their experimental beers like La Folie which do push the envelope a bit. La Folie is an intensely tart beer that takes on cherry notes though no fruit is in the beer. The wild yeast strains impart this very Flemish aspect. It is aged in big oak barrels so expect some of these notes as well. At $18 a 750ml bottle, it is a bit pricey when you consider you can get the same size bottle of Rodenbach Grand Cru for half that much but it is a valiant (and successful) attempt at making a classic (and unfortunately dying) beer style on US soil. It is not more than a good bottle of wine and believe me, far rarer. It is an acquired taste but if you like tart things, this is just fantastic.
We paid $26 for a six-pack of their Abbey which came in true to shape abbey style bottles that really mimic those in Belgium and the big bottle of La Folie. The tastings, tour and fun were free.
Get there early or bring your German wife to ensure a spot on the tour. No German wife? I'd suggest getting one of those too. I LOVE mine!
Favorite Dish: If you are looking for something to eat before or after the tour, try Coopersmiths Brewpub at 5 Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins. They have an extensive menu and their house-brewed beers are excellent too. I ate their on my first trip to Colorado in 1994 but did not have time to stop by on the recent 2008 one.
Fiona's makes the yummiest sandwiches ever - and they have gluten-free options too!
They also have a bakery on-site that makes incredible delectables.
Fiona's catered my wedding and many other events I have attended with high-end, quality foods and a beautiful presentation. Whether it is a cheese and olive platter, baked brie, dolmas, roasted vegetables or salmon filets, Fiona's will not disappoint.
Favorite Dish: Gus Does Taos - There are so many good sandwiches but I love this vegetarian option (this coming from a non-vegetarian):
#11 Gus Does Taos...$7.95 Fresh avocado, fire-roasted green chilies & red peppers, muenster cheese & tomato with red pepper mayo on grilled sourdough
The menu is so creative with so many choices that it is a place that can please EVERYONE.
My brother and his wife took me here for dinner on my last night in Colorado. Excellent choice - we were all delighted with our entrees. Some of the best Indian food I've had in the USA - comparable to Devon Street in Chicago. Good, competent service, and reasonable prices.
We like McAlister's in Georgetown and Round Rock, Texas. So we tried the one in Fort Collins and it is just as good.
Favorite Dish: They have gigantic baked potatos that you can load up with toppings. But we like any of the sandwiches, soups and salads that they offer. They serve authentic southern sweet tea; with a slice of lemon its the perfect summertime drink.