Fort Collins Foodie Itinerary

“Eat, drink and be merry” is a motto here in Fort Collins. You can find restaurants, cafes and delis on every block. Downtown offers a wide variety of local dining options in a very quaint, romantic setting. During warm weather you can find restaurant patios filled with people enjoying their fine meals and company. Indulge in some of the finest dining you’ve ever had in “The City of Charm” here in Fort Collins.

Day 1

Breakfast at Silver Grill Cafe

The Silver Grill is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, serving legendary breakfast and lunch dishes daily. Wooden floors, huge windows looking out into Old Town, and famous cinnamon rolls give this charming restaurant a special place in the heart of Fort Collins. A perfect pick to be on the Fort Collins Foodie Itinerary. 

Visit Rocky Mountain Olive Oil 

Stop in for a private tasting of artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars from around the world.

Lunch at The Waffle Lab

The Waffle Lab’s liége waffles are, at this point, the best waffles in the entire city. They are absolutely amazing. They are made from yeast-leavened dough and imported Belgian pearl sugar. When baked at a specific temperature, the sugar pearls partially melt inside the waffle and caramelize on the outside for the perfect combination of gentle sweet flavor and firmer texture. When taking a bite, you feel the very slight crunch from the sugar that pairs so well with all of the savory options.

Visit New Belgium Brewery for a Brewery Tour

Check out Fort Collins’ largest craft brewery and pioneers of the areas craft beer industry. Tours are available but book up fast. You can book your reservations online. Free tours last 45 minutes and a paid tour takes you more in depth, last 90 minutes and include beer sampling.

Visit Nuance Chocolate to cure your sweet tooth

Experience Fort Collins Crafted with small-batch chocolate, handcrafted right here in Fort Collins. Here you can enjoy decadent truffles and chocolates made in house and on a cold winter evening try their sipping chocolate, similar to a thick cup of hot chocolate that is all made from scratch, in-house.

Dinner at Jax Fish House

Jax Fish House (not to be confused with Jax Mercantile, Co.) brings us fresh seafood with a special knack for oysters and cocktails. Chef de Cuisine, Kevin Grossi has an impressive dedication to quality. This is one of the few (if the only) kitchen staff that takes a field trip to small Fort Collins farms to become familiar with our farmers, produce, community, and incorporating that in an ever changing seasonal menu. You want to support local food? Eat at Jax Fish House.

Late Night Drinks at Social 

Social is the place in Fort Collins for properly crafted cocktails, sommelier selected wines, and charcuterie. Located underneath an Old Town shop, at the entrance into Old Town Square, Social is designed with a soft modern/industrial decor as to keep the focus on what they are best at: quality food and beverage.

Day 2

Coffee at Harbinger Coffee

Third-wave coffee makes a splash in Fort Collins with a burgeoning craft community, including Harbinger Coffee who is dedicated to changing the way you think about coffee. Exotic, exquisite, and intoxicating; coffee in its purest form can be a life changing experience. Harbinger Coffee is dedicated to that experience and to showcasing some of the finest coffees from around the world from some fantastic roasters across America.

Breakfast at Rainbow Restaurant 

A local staple since 1976, the Rainbow Restaurant is located one block north of Colorado State University on Laurel Street near Old Town Fort Collins. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch with an expansive selection of traditional fare, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Every dish at the Rainbow is house-made from start to finish and is prepared with fresh ingredients. Try the Pumpkin Bread French Toast or the Tempeh Sauté and don’t forget to check out the Rainbow’s garden patio which is consistently ranked a Fort Collins favorite!

Visit the Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro

Enjoy artisan craft cheeses, charcuterie, chocolate, crackers, and other related items. You will also be able to come in, sit down, and enjoy flights of cheese paired with wines and beers that have been crafted both near and far.

Lunch at Beau Jo's Pizza

Beau Jo’s Pizza is the only place you can get a real Colorado style pizza! Their dough is made fresh throughout the day, and contains locally sourced honey used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar. Beau Jo’s is known for serving pizza by the pound, meaning the portions are large and you won’t be going home hungry. The restaurant also offers one of the largest salad bars around, available throughout the day. Give it a try and find out what Colorado-style pizza is all about.

Have a Slice of Pie at Ginger and Baker

Ginger and Baker is housed in the former 100-plus-year-old Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building. This charming spot includes a coffee and pie shop, two restaurants, The Café and The Cache, a teaching kitchen, a wine cellar, tasting room and banquet room. It’s safe to say Ginger and Baker is a foodie haven for those looking for variety.

Dinner at The Farmhouse at Jessup Farms, Farm-to-Fork

Set in a 130-year-old building, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm is a casual eatery focused on elevated country and healthy farm fare. With a quarter acre and chicken coop in their backyard, The Farmhouse prides itself on seasonal menus made from scratch and being a leader in customer service for Northern Colorado.

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