Discover What's Brewing, Cooking and Baking in Fort Collins

Fort Collins offers a variety of restaurants as well as some specialty shops.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 16:36
Fort Collins, CO

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Or in the morning? Or the next day? No worries; there are plenty of restaurants in Fort Collins that’ll be happy to keep you out of the kitchen. And with many of the area’s best restaurants locally owned and operated, there’s very little of the “cookie cutter” approach to be found in the area’s eateries.

Bueno Appetito!

Italy is just an entrée away at Bisetti’s Ristorante. Located on South College Street in Old Town, this restaurant has been serving up made-from-scratch Italian dishes for more than a quarter of a century. Bisetti’s was one of the first restaurants to open in Old Town and, since then, has been voted as the best place in Fort Collins for Italian food. The restaurant’s success is more than likely the result of its top-notch service, food quality and overall consistency.

Grab a Brewski

For beer-drinkers in Fort Collins, nothing hits the spot like a cold bottle of 90 Shilling, brewed right here at Odell Brewing Co. The Odells began brewing draft beers in kegs from a rented building on Lincoln Avenue. In 1996, they started bottling from a 22,000-square-foot building and added several employees. Today, Odell Brewing offers several varieties of bottled and tap beers in 500 restaurants and other establishments all over Colorado, as well as in six other states, though “90 percent of our sales take place in Colorado,” Odell says. The brewery’s most popular beer is 90 Shilling, followed closely by Easy Street Wheat. Thousands of tourists visit the brewery each year for tastings, tours and to buy T-shirts and beer at the retail store.

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Isn’t that Sweet?

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has produced handmade chocolates, fudges and other delicacies since 1981, when it was founded in Durango by Frank Crail and his family. It has franchises throughout the United States and three other countries. The Fort Collins store specializes in gift packages, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, and – no surprise – it gets a steady flow of customers.

A Healthy Destination

For the lunch menu, try Spoons Soups and Salads. Spoons offers eight soups and four salads daily in addition to other items and combinations, all designed for diners to enjoy either in-house or on the go healthy meal.

To the Catacombs

Going to a catacomb for your next anniversary celebration may not sound too appealing – unless your underground adventure leads you to Nico’s Catacombs in downtown Fort Collins. This fine dining restaurant got its eerie name from its location in the basement of a 100-year-old building. Nico’s Catacombs combines fine dining with a continental cuisine and a nice wine list. Some of this continental cuisine includes rack of lamb and the most popular item, a delectable steak called the Chateaubriand. Fortunately, the diversity that is so characteristic of Fort Collins does not stop at its restaurants. Fort Collins offers a colorful menu rich with different dishes and tastes which are sure to please all who reside there.