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Where To Brunch in Fort Collins

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Anyone who ever spent a weekend in Fort Collins, might have found herself waiting in line for brunch at one of just a handful of downtown staples. Luckily, other restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and coffee shops have taken note and are filling this desperately needed niche in Northern Colorado dining.

None of the old staples make this list. Instead, find a 21st Century diner, a few bakeries that take the cake for quiche, pie, and breakfast burritos, respectively, and also a surprising little spot to find the perfect-sized bagel. Many of these places make sure to source excellent local coffee. One new cafe bucks tradition and only serves breakfast on weekdays. Another requires a short but scenic bike ride outside of town limits.

Restaurants are listed north to south. Know of yet another great Fort Collins brunch spot? Leave a comment below or send a tip down the tipline.

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Me Oh My Coffee & Pie

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Chef-owner Caitlin Philp’s cozy bakery is about to get an upgrade as it moves down the street and into a new building. But this Laporte sneak spot, just up the road from Fort Collins and popular with cyclists, is sure to maintain its neighborhood vibe and grandma-rivaling kitchen.

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Butterfly Cafe

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A newcomer to Fort Collins, the Butterfly earns its name from its funky, historic building design. Inside this 400-square-foot former dairy, find healthful takes on classic breakfast sandwiches, with twists such as cashew pesto and hemp hearts. Open weekdays only, so pair this pre-work meal with a Beagle coffee or Golden Milk smoothie.

Butterfly Cafe

Little Bird Bakeshop

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Old Town Square’s darling doesn’t offer wifi but also doesn’t skimp on morning reading materials. Stop, sit, and people watch here for a while with a great cup of coffee and any combination of cheddar biscuits, toasts, daily quiches, or other special pastries.

Little Bird

The Kitchen

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The Kitchen sits on the busiest corner of College Avenue, Fort Collins’ bustling pedestrian main street, and its space features one of the loveliest renovations in town. In this setting, stop by for a brunch that is just as solid as dinner but at a slightly lower price point. Order an omelet with peekytoe crab or corned beef hash with root vegetables.

The Kitchen Fort Collins

The Gold Leaf

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Fort Collins’ newest vegan restaurant brings a game changer for all three meals, but breakfast here is surprisingly comforting. Don’t be fooled by dietary restrictions; baked goods will melt in your mouth, and mini buttered bagels are a revelation. Also see: porridge bowls and tofu scramble tacos.

The Gold Leaf Collective

Music City Hot Chicken

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Brunch at the local Nashville-style hot chicken joint combines equal parts decadence and heat. This new-school diner has a rocker edge and some surprisingly strong kitchen talent. Sidle up to the bar and order a fried chicken biscuit or waffle sandwich along with a house bloody Mary.

Music City Hot Chicken

Bindle Coffee

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No one expects to find some of the town’s best breakfast burritos at an ethically sourced coffee bar in an old mechanic’s garage. But here they are, along with delicious hand pies, breakfast bars, and super food bowls, all in a quaint and oh-so-Instagrammable setting.

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The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm

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Daily doughnuts, skillets, and blue corn pancakes form the telling features of this farm-side restaurant with chickens out back and a small plot of land to source from. Spread over two stories and a backyard patio of a former farmhouse, this is the place to be on a Sunday escape from the city.

The Farmhouse

William Oliver's Publick House

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A south-side neighborhood whiskey bar located in a shopping center might sound like an unlikely brunch locale. But the family owners of this local favorite take their bacon just as seriously as their Bourbon. Feel right at home with a cereal bar, bottomless mimosas, and brûléed grapefruit.

William Oliver’s

Creperie & French Bakery of Fort Collins

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Brittany native Jean Claude Lucas and his wife Carole are behind this Midtown Fort Collins gem that serves crepes and savory galettes in a charming hand-painted dining room with an attached bakery. Bring cash (no credit cards), and don’t leave without a box of macarons or Kouign-Amann cakes.

The Creperie

Locality Kitchen and Bar

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You’ll have to travel a bit from Old Town to get to the locally sourced Fort Collins outpost of Loveland’s Door 222 restaurant. But with some of the best chefs in town working here, it’s worth a visit. Go for a mint and date quinoa hash or the Hazel Dell mushroom and green chili Benedict.

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Me Oh My Coffee & Pie

Chef-owner Caitlin Philp’s cozy bakery is about to get an upgrade as it moves down the street and into a new building. But this Laporte sneak spot, just up the road from Fort Collins and popular with cyclists, is sure to maintain its neighborhood vibe and grandma-rivaling kitchen.

Me Oh My

Butterfly Cafe

A newcomer to Fort Collins, the Butterfly earns its name from its funky, historic building design. Inside this 400-square-foot former dairy, find healthful takes on classic breakfast sandwiches, with twists such as cashew pesto and hemp hearts. Open weekdays only, so pair this pre-work meal with a Beagle coffee or Golden Milk smoothie.

Butterfly Cafe

Little Bird Bakeshop

Old Town Square’s darling doesn’t offer wifi but also doesn’t skimp on morning reading materials. Stop, sit, and people watch here for a while with a great cup of coffee and any combination of cheddar biscuits, toasts, daily quiches, or other special pastries.

Little Bird

The Kitchen

The Kitchen sits on the busiest corner of College Avenue, Fort Collins’ bustling pedestrian main street, and its space features one of the loveliest renovations in town. In this setting, stop by for a brunch that is just as solid as dinner but at a slightly lower price point. Order an omelet with peekytoe crab or corned beef hash with root vegetables.

The Kitchen Fort Collins

The Gold Leaf

Fort Collins’ newest vegan restaurant brings a game changer for all three meals, but breakfast here is surprisingly comforting. Don’t be fooled by dietary restrictions; baked goods will melt in your mouth, and mini buttered bagels are a revelation. Also see: porridge bowls and tofu scramble tacos.

The Gold Leaf Collective

Music City Hot Chicken

Brunch at the local Nashville-style hot chicken joint combines equal parts decadence and heat. This new-school diner has a rocker edge and some surprisingly strong kitchen talent. Sidle up to the bar and order a fried chicken biscuit or waffle sandwich along with a house bloody Mary.

Music City Hot Chicken

Bindle Coffee

No one expects to find some of the town’s best breakfast burritos at an ethically sourced coffee bar in an old mechanic’s garage. But here they are, along with delicious hand pies, breakfast bars, and super food bowls, all in a quaint and oh-so-Instagrammable setting.

Bindle Coffee

The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm

Daily doughnuts, skillets, and blue corn pancakes form the telling features of this farm-side restaurant with chickens out back and a small plot of land to source from. Spread over two stories and a backyard patio of a former farmhouse, this is the place to be on a Sunday escape from the city.

The Farmhouse

William Oliver's Publick House

A south-side neighborhood whiskey bar located in a shopping center might sound like an unlikely brunch locale. But the family owners of this local favorite take their bacon just as seriously as their Bourbon. Feel right at home with a cereal bar, bottomless mimosas, and brûléed grapefruit.

William Oliver’s

Creperie & French Bakery of Fort Collins

Brittany native Jean Claude Lucas and his wife Carole are behind this Midtown Fort Collins gem that serves crepes and savory galettes in a charming hand-painted dining room with an attached bakery. Bring cash (no credit cards), and don’t leave without a box of macarons or Kouign-Amann cakes.

The Creperie

Locality Kitchen and Bar

You’ll have to travel a bit from Old Town to get to the locally sourced Fort Collins outpost of Loveland’s Door 222 restaurant. But with some of the best chefs in town working here, it’s worth a visit. Go for a mint and date quinoa hash or the Hazel Dell mushroom and green chili Benedict.

Locality

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