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Top Choice Cajun in Fort Collins

Lucile’s Restaurant

Snuggled in an old house, this restaurant is a cozy dream – replete with creaking floors, winsome waiters and fluffy, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. The Cajun home cookin’ is fantastic; try the eggs Pontchar…
American in Fort Collins

Restaurant 415

This large art-deco-inspired diner offers remarkable value. The delicious sandwiches all come with salad or soup, plus the drink of your choice. Small and large plates such as mozzarella fritti and steak and veggie …
Zoo in Fort Collins

Swetsville Zoo

Bill Swets, a former farmer, volunteer firefighter and insomniac, created a scrap-metal menagerie during his restless nights, a whimsical roadside curiosity. Swets’ creations are a coy lesson in creative recycling –…
Pub in Fort Collins

Crown Pub

All the dark-wood paneling, friendly barkeeps and a dead-center location make this no-nonsense watering hole a good place to cool your heels after walking around downtown. If you’re too pressed for time to hit all t…
Brewery in Fort Collins

Odell Brewing Company

New Belgium has the best tour, but Odell makes the best brew – not just in Fort Collins but in all of Colorado. The bar is small and comfortable, and the brewers take pride in their work. If you taste but one Colora…
American in Fort Collins

Austin's American Grill

The appeal of this American grill is its simplicity. Simple ingredients, simple presentation, simple elegance…no frills, just good food and good service done right. The rotisserie chicken is the undisputed star, tho…
Cocktail Bar in Fort Collins

Elliot’s Martini Bar

Tired of beer? Hit up Elliot’s for an exhaustive list of high-octane cocktails. The ‘Elliot’s’ martini is for classicists, but staff also entertain with way-out drinks – all served up in a martini glass, of course –…
Pub Food in Fort Collins

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing

Of all Fort Collins’ excellent brewpubs, this is the only one with a good menu. It’s all about the thick-cut steak fries, chunky burgers and yards of fresh beer. The best thing on tap is also the most inventive: Sig…
University in Fort Collins

Colorado State University

A meander through the CSU campus' large quads and arboretum makes for a perfect afternoon stroll. Occasional arts, culture and music exhibits engage the outdoor loving, free-wheelin' student population, and football…
Homewares in Fort Collins

Cupboard

This is the biggest kitchen supply store in northern Colorado and as such is filled with every cooking thingamajig under the sun, plus lots of local sauces and jams. The selection of knives and cookbooks is impressi…