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From Fish Markets to Cider Bars to Oaxacan Taquerias: Where To Eat In Fort Collins

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While it's heralded as a beer town, Fort Collins doesn't get much attention for its food scene. But amid the masses of college students eating pizza and burritos on every corner, this small but mighty town offers some serious local gems that can't be found elsewhere. You just have to know where to look.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jaws Sushi

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1205-A West Elizabeth
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 682-2678
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Fort Collins' newest restaurant in the campus west area is a sushi joint worth driving across the state for. There's nothing standard about Jaws' menu, which sports strange combinations and even stranger names for its selections. With four chef-owners constantly creating new specials, expect something new every time.

2. The MainLine

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125 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
(970) 449-5601
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The Wynkoop-Breckenridge Holdings company just opened The MainLine in Old Town Fort Collins, where visitors can enjoy a lineup of 32 of the state's best microbrews on tap, culinary cocktails, and a menu with a Southern flair. Don't miss the Treehouse Menu of small plates.

3. El Monte Grill & Lounge

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1611 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 372-1869
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This Oaxacan-inspired eatery offers street tacos, killer rellenos, and a make-your-own-guacamole menu that includes ingredients like fresh strawberries and goat cheese. Say no more.

4. Uncle's Pizzeria & Co.

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120 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-7100
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Not only is Garrett Marlin making some of Fort Collins' best pizza, but he's also one of the best pizza dough stretchers in the country. In April he won first place for stretching at the World Pizza Games. His cozy pizzeria Uncle's has a full bar and also serves risotto, polenta, and fresh pasta.

5. Jay's Bistro

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135 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 482-1876
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This swanky restaurant and jazz bar serves up fresh fine dining surf and turf. Jay's Bistro has been recognized or awarded for its wine list every year since 2003. Don't miss the specialty martini list or the happy hour menu that's organized by country.

6. Fish

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150 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-1188
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Fish Restaurant and Market is about as mom and pop as it gets. The owners Mike and Kat Reeves can be found slicing some of the city's freshest fish behind the bar or seating customers, respectively. Fish offers an extensive selection of fresh fish for purchase and a packed seasonal menu by Chef Howard Parker.

7. The Canyon Chop House

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211 Canyon Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 493-9588
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This classic Colorado steakhouse is celebrated for its signature steaks and seafood specialties, and often overlooked when it comes to the beer list. The well curated selection comes from all over Colorado, New York, California, Belgium, England and Germany. Another Fort Collins happy hour to hit— this one includes a skewer du jour.

8. Tasty Harmony

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130 S Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 689-3234
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Vegans rejoice. Fort Collins has some serious plant-based comfort food at Tasty Harmony, the city's token veg-friendly cafe that offers one-of-a-kind dairy-free smoothies, faux fried chicken, nachos with cashew cheese and jackfruit, and pad thai made with kelp noodles.

9. Choice City Butcher &Deli

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104 W Olive St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 490-2489
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Almost everywhere you go in Fort Collins has craft beer on tap, but nowhere in the city can compares to the curated tap list at Choice City Butcher and Deli. This delicatessen makes a mean sandwich and throws the best beer dinners in town.

10. Café Vino

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1200 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 212-3399
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Wine, coffee, house-made pastries, beer, cocktails, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts... this place has it all. As the name suggests, Cafe Vino is especially known for an extensive selection of more than 200 artisanal wines.

11. Cranknstein

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215 N College Ave, Ste B
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 818-7025
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Expect to post up at Cranknstein for a while. It's a bike shop, beer bar and coffee roaster offering beer selections from Colorado's microbreweries and ever-changing international coffee selections. Go to Crank for their firkin tappings and open mics, and stay for the unique eats like the "burgerito."

12. Scrumpy's

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215 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
(970) 682-1944
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Cider is all the rage right now, especially in Fort Collins next door to Cranknstein where Scrumpy's opened its doors this summer. This quaintly kitschy bar serves cider and gluten free beer on tap, as well as charcuterie and crumpet plates. Its owners are gearing up to start producing cider on-site, too.

13. Black Bottle Brewery

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1605 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 493-2337
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The latest addition to Fort Collins' brewing community gained fast popularity with its well-crafted brews, beer cocktails, guest brews on tap and in bottles, and a menu of elevated pub grub. Design your own flight of 3-ounce pours, and sample platters of different kinds of sliders.

14. Restaurant 415

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415 S Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 407-0415
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Restaurant 415 is well-known for its funky à la carte menu, organized by plate size. It's omnivore, vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu includes local favorites like the parmesan-shaved brussels sprouts and chicken and waffles.

15. Ace Gillette's Lounge

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259 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 449-4797
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At Ace Gillette's Lounge in Old Town, five nights of jazz a week compliment internationally inspired tapas and the most cutting-edge cocktails in town.

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1. Jaws Sushi

1205-A West Elizabeth, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Fort Collins' newest restaurant in the campus west area is a sushi joint worth driving across the state for. There's nothing standard about Jaws' menu, which sports strange combinations and even stranger names for its selections. With four chef-owners constantly creating new specials, expect something new every time.
1205-A West Elizabeth
Fort Collins, CO 80521

2. The MainLine

125 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO
The Wynkoop-Breckenridge Holdings company just opened The MainLine in Old Town Fort Collins, where visitors can enjoy a lineup of 32 of the state's best microbrews on tap, culinary cocktails, and a menu with a Southern flair. Don't miss the Treehouse Menu of small plates.
125 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO

3. El Monte Grill & Lounge

1611 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
This Oaxacan-inspired eatery offers street tacos, killer rellenos, and a make-your-own-guacamole menu that includes ingredients like fresh strawberries and goat cheese. Say no more.
1611 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

4. Uncle's Pizzeria & Co.

120 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Not only is Garrett Marlin making some of Fort Collins' best pizza, but he's also one of the best pizza dough stretchers in the country. In April he won first place for stretching at the World Pizza Games. His cozy pizzeria Uncle's has a full bar and also serves risotto, polenta, and fresh pasta.
120 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Fort Collins, CO 80524

5. Jay's Bistro

135 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
This swanky restaurant and jazz bar serves up fresh fine dining surf and turf. Jay's Bistro has been recognized or awarded for its wine list every year since 2003. Don't miss the specialty martini list or the happy hour menu that's organized by country.
135 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

6. Fish

150 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Fish Restaurant and Market is about as mom and pop as it gets. The owners Mike and Kat Reeves can be found slicing some of the city's freshest fish behind the bar or seating customers, respectively. Fish offers an extensive selection of fresh fish for purchase and a packed seasonal menu by Chef Howard Parker.
150 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

7. The Canyon Chop House

211 Canyon Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
This classic Colorado steakhouse is celebrated for its signature steaks and seafood specialties, and often overlooked when it comes to the beer list. The well curated selection comes from all over Colorado, New York, California, Belgium, England and Germany. Another Fort Collins happy hour to hit— this one includes a skewer du jour.
211 Canyon Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521

8. Tasty Harmony

130 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Vegans rejoice. Fort Collins has some serious plant-based comfort food at Tasty Harmony, the city's token veg-friendly cafe that offers one-of-a-kind dairy-free smoothies, faux fried chicken, nachos with cashew cheese and jackfruit, and pad thai made with kelp noodles.
130 S Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

9. Choice City Butcher &Deli

104 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Almost everywhere you go in Fort Collins has craft beer on tap, but nowhere in the city can compares to the curated tap list at Choice City Butcher and Deli. This delicatessen makes a mean sandwich and throws the best beer dinners in town.
104 W Olive St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

10. Café Vino

1200 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Wine, coffee, house-made pastries, beer, cocktails, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts... this place has it all. As the name suggests, Cafe Vino is especially known for an extensive selection of more than 200 artisanal wines.
1200 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

11. Cranknstein

215 N College Ave, Ste B, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Expect to post up at Cranknstein for a while. It's a bike shop, beer bar and coffee roaster offering beer selections from Colorado's microbreweries and ever-changing international coffee selections. Go to Crank for their firkin tappings and open mics, and stay for the unique eats like the "burgerito."
215 N College Ave, Ste B
Fort Collins, CO 80524

12. Scrumpy's

215 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO
Cider is all the rage right now, especially in Fort Collins next door to Cranknstein where Scrumpy's opened its doors this summer. This quaintly kitschy bar serves cider and gluten free beer on tap, as well as charcuterie and crumpet plates. Its owners are gearing up to start producing cider on-site, too.
215 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO

13. Black Bottle Brewery

1605 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525
The latest addition to Fort Collins' brewing community gained fast popularity with its well-crafted brews, beer cocktails, guest brews on tap and in bottles, and a menu of elevated pub grub. Design your own flight of 3-ounce pours, and sample platters of different kinds of sliders.
1605 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80525

14. Restaurant 415

415 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Restaurant 415 is well-known for its funky à la carte menu, organized by plate size. It's omnivore, vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu includes local favorites like the parmesan-shaved brussels sprouts and chicken and waffles.
415 S Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

15. Ace Gillette's Lounge

259 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
At Ace Gillette's Lounge in Old Town, five nights of jazz a week compliment internationally inspired tapas and the most cutting-edge cocktails in town.
259 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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