Ask a Local: An Insider’s Guide to Fort Collins, Colorado


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

When Jonathan Jarrow, founder of Harbinger Coffee moved home to Fort Collins from Chicago in 2011, the Coloradan city was “still stuck in its small-town vibes.” But he brought with him the knowledge he gained roasting for Ipsento and kick-started the coffee scene in his hometown. At the same time, young and ambitious cooks and bartenders were doing the same in their respective fields. Now, Fort Collins is a platinum bike city with one of the highest concentrations of microbreweries (New Belgium!) in the country. Close to soaring mountains and pristine lakes, the northern Colorado city is worth a visit—let Jarrow be your guide.

Where should we stay?
Try an Airbnb off of Mountain Street downtown. Otherwise, The Armstrong is a classic favorite. It’s in the old town. By next year, the Elizabeth Hotel will be open too.

Breakfast at Fort Collins favorite, Snooze. Photo: Ashley Davis

Where to grab breakfast?
Breakfast is a fun one here. The true Fort Collins breakfast institution is Choice City Butcher and Deli. It can be raucous and wild, but it has a great beer menu. Everyone gets the “Bloody Geishas” there, which is really just a Bloody Mary with sake instead of vodka. I’d say their Benedicts are their strong suit; they have a few different options, including a Benedict special of the day. Snooze is a chain out of Denver that people really enjoy. I’d go for the sweet, fun, and interesting dishes there. As for bakeries, Little Bird Bakeshop is where it’s at. They make everything in house, and their …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit