Celebrated as the Craft Beer capital of Colorado, Fort Collins is home to a myriad dining possibilities. This city of rich natural beauty and historic charm is also a haven for foodies looking for a culinary adventure.
There’s no better way to experience The Choice City than by savoring the local farm-to-table cuisine. Here are some of the top restaurants you simply have to try.
605 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Simply known as “ Avo’s” to its loyal patrons, this restaurant, bar and music venue has been a cultural staple in Fort Collins for over 40 years.
The Coloradoan’s runner-up for Fort Collins’ best patio, Avo’s boasts a large concert stage, where top and up-and-coming musical acts entertain while you enjoy a beer and barbecue. The sweeping outdoors bring a comfortable backyard feel with flower gardens, a gazebo, fountains, a treehouse, and plenty of natural light.
The indoor dining area toasts both good food and the arts. Get into the hippie vibe with the works of various artists displayed on the restaurant’s walls. Have a cup of joe at the espresso bar, and choose from an extensive menu that includes sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and homemade desserts for a satisfying dining experience.
Must-tries are the tempeh burgers made from Avo’s own organic tempeh, and their signature Bloody Mary.
Ginger and Baker
359 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
This homey bakery and kitchen gift shop will satisfy your cravings for some freshly-baked, delicious pies. Ginger and Baker is situated in a 100- year old historic grain mill building that used to be a gathering place for ranchers and farmers mingling over cups of coffee.
Today, Ginger and Baker is a watering hole where locals and visitors dine, celebrate, shop, and have baking and cooking lessons. But many come simply to indulge in the shop’s signature homemade pies, with coconut cream, pecan, and lemon meringue as the top favorites.
Ginger and Baker is more than just a bakeshop. It also houses two restaurants, a café, a market, and a teaching kitchen. Visit The Cafe for all-day breakfast food, and grab some pastries and bread at The Market & Bakery. Ingredients are sourced locally and their offerings are produced in-house.
For great steaks and some wine and whiskey, head over to The Cache, where you will be treated to great food and a great view. For a nightcap, sip a cocktail and enjoy bar snacks at The Rooftop while reveling in a bird’s eye view of The River District.
1100 S College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
For those craving authentic Italian fare and New York-style pizzas, Nick’s Italian is a must visit. Infusing a modern approach to classic Italian-American fare, Nick’s Italian offers a straightforward but refined menu.
The ambience is relaxed and unpretentious with satisfying home-style dishes that include Eggplant Parmesan, Ricotta Gnocchi, and Bucatini Carbonara. Their Braised Pork packed with BBQ sauce is always a hit with diners.
For a relaxing or romantic night out, chill on their patio or “loggia,” and have some quiet time away from the crowd.
The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
1957 Jessup Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525
The 19th-century farmhouse turned rustic-inspired restaurant offers elevated farm fare and hand-crafted cocktails. Ingredients for its seasonal menu come fresh from its ¼ acre backyard farm with a chicken coop. Not to be missed are the Truffle-Parm Brussels Sprouts, Green Chile Mac & Cheese, and Brown Buttered Salmon.
Located in the heart of Jessup Farm Artisan Village, The Farmhouse is surrounded by modern shops, cafés, and craft brewing operations.
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