If you’re in Fort Collins, CO, you’ll have to stop by Old Town–it’s the most charming part of the city. Here are some great places there to grab a bite to eat.
Fort Collins, Colorado has more than its share of special gems for travelers– the glistening Horsetooth Reservoir, an abundance of activities for kids, and the Colorado State University campus. However, its best-known destination is the historic downtown known as Old Town. With well-preserved buildings dating back to the late 1800s, Old Town is a charming place for a leisurely stroll– with pit stops in the unique shops and fabulous restaurants, of course.
Need a bite to eat in Old Town? There are lots of choices, but here are some of the places that have an authentically Old Town feel.
The Silver Grill
218 Walnut Street
If you only have time for one meal in Fort Collins, go to the Silver Grill for one of the most delicious breakfasts you’ve ever tasted. Their signature item is the cinnamon roll French toast ($7.49), which is made out of the tops of their gooey and gigantic cinnamon rolls. For a Colorado treat, try their version huevos rancheros ($8.49), which consists of two tortillas filled with eggs and salsa and topped with cheese and signature southwestern green chili. Breakfasts are all served with a mound of salty home fries, and second helpings of the home fries are free! The Silver Grill has been around since 1933 and has a homey, neighborhood feel. (970) 484-4656
CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery
5 Old Town Square
If you want a restaurant that is quintessentially Fort Collins, eat at CooperSmith’s. This brewery and restaurant has the slightly laid back but slightly elegant feel of Old Town, and the freshly brewed beer will remind you that you’re in one of the best brewing states in the country. Try the light Poudre Pale Ale, the German-style Mountain Avenue Wheat, or the uniquely southwestern Sigda’s Green Chili. Or for a non-alcoholic treat, try the home-brewed cream soda. The eclectic pub food includes specialties such as bangers and mash ($9.00), a one-third pound buffalo burger ($8.50), grilled Caribbean pork tenderloin ($16.00), and a variety of wood-fired oven pizzas for $8.50. The restaurant includes a pool hall. (970) 488-0483.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
143 West Mountain Avenue
The Rio is the place to go for a night out with friends. Mexican food in Northern Colorado is excellent, and the Rio is possibly the best place to get it–and certainly the most hip. It’s always loud and busy in the Rio (although they have a quieter back room), and the margaritas are legendary– in fact, they won’t let you order more than three! The food is very fresh and they only use black beans. Try the fajitas, which start at $9.99. (970) 224-5428.
Spoons Soups & Salads
172 North College Avenue
Spoons offers a selection of soups and salads that change daily and reflect Colorado’s seasonal produce. You’ll find everything from creamy chicken asparagus with Colorado sweet corn to Jamaican red pea to Southwest pork chili with 90 Shilling Ale. As for the salads, there’s always a hand tossed Caesar and a farmer’s market salad with blue cheese, plus whatever else they feel like making that day. Lots of vegetarian options are always available! Spoons also serves fluffy wedges of focaccia bread and decadent chocolate, trail mix, and gingerbread molasses cookies. Soup and salad combos are only $5.50 for a cup and $6.75 for a bowl. 970-493-6800.
BeauJo’s Colorado Style Pizza
100 North College Avenue
BeauJo’s began in Idaho Springs, CO and became the place to get great pizza after skiing. Now, there are eight locations in Colorado, and it’s become an institution. The specialty is the Mountain Pie, a thick crust pizza which comes with a bottle of honey to eat with the crusts. You get to design your own pizza with your choice of crust, sauce, and dozens of toppings. The pasta is great too– it comes in a huge garlic bread bowl. 970-498-8898
125 West College Avenue
Here’s homemade local ice cream at its best! Flavors change daily and include Swiss dark chocolate, mint sensation, and pumpkin. They also have a huge variety of mix -in and sundae ingredients and mouthwatering wedges of ice cream pie. Bring your dog on Sunday– it’s free doggie scoop day. The Walrus computes prices by the pound, so you can make your treat as big or as small as you like and pay for what you get. 970-482-5919.
Starry Night Cafe
112 South College Avenue
This fun local coffee shop is located in the middle of Old Town. They serve the standard coffeehouse drinks and snacks, but what makes this place special is their huge mural of Van Gogh’s Starry Night— with Fort Collins painted into the landscape.(970) 493-3039.