Top Restaurants in Fort Collins, CO

Posted by Catherine Anderson On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 0 comments
Mugs Coffee Lounge
Holding true to the notion of laid-back eats, Mugs Coffee Lounge on South College Avenue scores the top spot on Yelp.com. This cozy corner eatery is known for its local artist displays, fun atmosphere and plethora of goodies. McCabe Callahan opened Mugs in 2002. This is a super pro-environment location where they go out of their way to recycle any and every thing. If you are looking for the perfect place to work, they have desk chairs and huge tables but it is also a great place to read a book or chat with friends. In addition to traditional coffee shop fare, Mugs serves up smoothies, burritos, quesadillas, an extensive breakfast menu, bagels, sandwiches and grilled paninis. There even is a gluten free and vegan menu. If the weather is right, grab a table outside!

Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon
Part restaurant, part pub, Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon on Old Town Square is a Fort Collins location that shouldn't be missed. Lucky Joe's is a combination of Irish pub and western saloon where the food is only made with fresh ingredients and home cooked with care and pride. Joe Vader, who is a talented singer in his own right, owns this eatery and because of this Lucky Joe's has some of the best live music and open mic nights in town. If you want a quieter atmosphere, head out to the patio, which is the perfect spot to simply chill with a group. The burgers are the standouts at this Fort Collins restaurant, with the Big Mick being the winner but during a cold winter's night, the Guinness Stew definitely hits the spot.

Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine
When looking for exotic fare in a cozy location, look no further than Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine on Harvard Street. Everything that comes out of the kitchen of this family owned and operated Fort Collins restaurant is made fresh and by hand, even the injera bread. When possible, Nyala uses organic ingredients. If you are new to Ethiopian cuisine, have no worries. The staff is patient and will explain the entire menu in detail, including recommendations on spice levels. Diners love the wot, specifically the yasa wot or yebeg wot, and the beef alicha.

Lucile's Creole Cafe
On South Meldrum Street is the Cajun inspired Lucile's Creole Cafe. This eatery received four and a half out of five stars from Yelp.com. Known as the finest Creole café in all of Colorado, Lucile's has been opened since the early 1980s and started by aiming to serve the best breakfast in town in a comfortable and unique atmosphere. They definitely achieved that and have since branched out into soups, sandwiches, salads, po'boys and entrees such as blackened salmon and crawfish etoufee, showing they've always stayed true to the Creole culture. While they serve more than just breakfast, it is this early day meal, and specifically the biscuits and gravy and the beignets that really has locals coming back again and again.

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