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  • The 5280 Guide to Eating and Drinking in Fort Collins

    Northern Colorado's classic college town is filling up with hot spots.


    When chef-owner Kevin Grossi moved his Americana-inspired restaurant, the Regional, from LoHi’s Avanti Food & Beverage to downtown Fort Collins last month, it was a homecoming of sorts. Grossi helped open the Jax Fish House location there three years ago, falling in love with “the people, the farms, and the ease of living.” He’s not alone: The city has gained many residents with appetites for culinary innovation—and a plethora of new (or improved) places to satiate them.

    The Fox and the Crow

    Est. November 2014
    Following a March relocation to a larger unit in its original plaza on South Lemay Avenue, there’s even more space in which to enjoy this local-favorite bistro’s sandwiches and 150-plus meats and cheeses.
    Don’t Miss: The Sando de Amore with soppressata and caciocavera

    Maxline Brewing

    Est. June 2016
    Maxline more than doubled the size of its taproom and production facilities in June, meaning you and 159 of your friends can now comfortably play bingo or listen to live tunes as you imbibe.
    Don’t Miss: Rotating seasonal brews, such as the Chocolate Stout

    Butterfly Café

    Est. April 2017
    Espresso drinks—crafted with beans from FoCo’s Coffee Registry—and scratch-made breakfast and lunch eats flow from this cafe inside the historical
    Butterfly Building.
    Don’t Miss: The grilled provolone, cheddar, and pepper Jack on house-baked focaccia and tangy tomato bisque

    Photograph by Pho-Co Photography

    Ginger and Baker

    Est. November 2017
    Although you could spend an entire day exploring Ginger and Baker’s cafe/market/teaching kitchen/high-end restaurant/rooftop bar, the house-made pies are especially divine.
    Don’t Miss: Strawberry jello pie; cookie-crusted tiramisù pie

    Photograph by Jimena Peck

    The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market

    Est. December 2017
    Choose your own bottle from the affordable on-site wine market to take with you to dinner at the Elizabeth Hotel’s rustic-chic, French-inspired restaurant.
    Don’t Miss: Colorado bison bourguignonne

    Union Bar & Soda Fountain

    Est. February 2018
    The folks behind Fort Collins’ Social cocktail bar are back with a boozy twist on an all-American diner. Union’s hopped-up riffs on egg creams and milkshakes pair perfectly with its stacked burger.
    Don’t Miss: The Redhead, a Campari-laced strawberry float

    The Exchange

    Est. July 2018
    This collection of 12 shipping-container-housed restaurants and retail outlets with a shared courtyard will soon include the second location of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Little Man Ice Cream outlet Churn. Go now for “fork-free” chicken and waffles from Chick’nCone.
    Don’t Miss: Foco Doco’s heavenly doughnuts

    Photo courtesy of Old Elk Distillery

    The Reserve by Old Elk Distillery

    Est. August 2018
    Now that year-old Old Elk Distillery has a homey tasting room, you can pop in for a cocktail featuring its Dry Town Gin or Nooku Bourbon Cream—or to pick up bottles for gifting.
    Don’t Miss: A smash made with smooth Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon

    The Regional

    Est. October 2018
    Grossi transforms produce from nearby Native Hill Farm and Raisin’ Roots Farm into casual lunch fare and sophisticated dinner plates, such as butternut squash pudding with pecans and maple syrup.
    Don’t Miss: The lunchtime-only fried chicken sandwich

    (MORE: Check out the Insider’s Guide to Fort Collins)

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