February 16  |  Local Events

28 Restaurants to Visit During Great Plates 2017

Great Plates of Downtown is a bit different from your standard restaurant week. In the FoCo version, you get to explore the city via its most popular destinations while helping out our community!

With 28 participating restaurants, you have multiple opportunities to get a $25 dinner special — including prix fixe menus, new menu items, and unique seasonal offerings. Then, return the favor by making a donation to Food Bank of Larimer County in the Great Plates envelope provided by your server. The organization is the only food bank in the county, and has become a necessary resource for struggling families and individuals —  so any amount you can give helps! In fact, a $1 donation is equal to $5 worth of food.

In 2016, Fort Collins raised over $87,000, exceeding the previous year by $4,300. As the event grows each year, Fort Collins foodies are better able to make a difference in the region.

Take a look at the list of participating restaurants below, and show your support between March 1 and March 14. Once you choose your favorites, click here for complete details on each restaurant’s Great Plates menu.

Fort Collins Great Plates

Great Plates of Downtown

When: March 1 – 14, 2017

Event Hours: 5 p.m. until close at each participating restaurant

Price: $25 dinner specials, not including tax, tip or donation  

Austin’s American Grill | American — Visit both Fort Collins locations for a taste of local Colorado soups, Bison Prime Rib, Pots de Crème Salted Caramel, and more delicious favorites!

Beau Jo’s | Colorado Style Pizza — Beau Jo’s is famous for their mountain pies. AKA enormous, delicious pizzas with mounds of fresh ingredients.

Bisetti’s Ristorante | Italian — A local favorite since 1979, Bisetti’s serves upscale Italian classics in a cozy setting.

Blue Agave Grill | Contemporary Southwestern — This scratch kitchen serves the freshest southwestern meals in town, and offers fresh guacamole made at your table and 13 different kinds of Margaritas!

The Boot Grill | American — From the artisan steak and Pesto Spaghetti Squash to the Cheesecake Crepes, you’ll love every part of your meal at The Boot!

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing | American — CooperSmith’s is the Fort Collins destination for craft beer, cocktails, and delicious pub food served in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Fort Collins Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Fish and A J Schroetin

Fish | Seafood — Fish’s Great Plates menu features a warm Frisée Salad, Pepper Grilled Trout and Spiced Carrot Cake.

Illegal Pete’s | Mexican — The motto at Illegal Pete’s is Natural Food for Natural People. Stop by for handmade burritos, nachos, bowls and more!

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar | Seafood — Jax has some of the freshest seafood in town and you can try all their most unique dishes this week, including the Catfish Po’Boy.

Jay’s Bistro | Spanish — During Great Plates, try a few of their delicious tapas or a meal of Medio Pollo — a spiced chicken dish. Then, finish off the meal with Cuban Coffee Flan!

The Kitchen Fort Collins

Photo courtesy of The Kitchen

The Kitchen | New American — Serving some of the freshest upscale bistro fare, The Kitchen is offering a few of their most flavorful dishes for Great Plates, including a vegetarian and meat option.

LuLu Asian Bistro | Asian — LuLu is a new Fort Collins hotspot for all your favorite Chinese, Japanese & Thai dishes.

Fort Collins Restaurants

Photo courtesy of The Mainline

The Mainline | New American — The Mainline menus are designed with artisanal craft in mind. Try a handmade cocktail or local brew, and a plate of Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Crispy Fish Tacos, Pesto Gnocchi, the 50/50 Burger or Spaghetti Fresca.

The Melting Pot | Fondue — One of the most unique and romantic Fort Collins venues, The Melting Pot offers gourmet fondue for dinner and dessert!

Pour Brothers | New American — Year-round, Pour Brothers donates a portion of every meal to Food Bank of Larimer County. To celebrate Great Plates, try an artfully crafted Flatbread Pizza or Buffalo Chicken & Brussel Sprouts dish!

Pueblo Viejo | Mexican — Serving some of the most authentic Mexican food, Pueblo Viejo is offering sharable fajitas for this year’s event and their famous Town House Margaritas!

Restaurants in Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of RARE Italian and Kelli Kroneberger

RARE Italian | Italian — If you’re looking for a romantic setting, authentic upscale Italian fare and a cozy atmosphere, RARE is your Great Plates destination; check out their event menu here

Rio Grande | Mexican — Famous for margaritas and a lively atmosphere, The Rio serves fresh, delicious Mexican classics with modern twists and additions.

Rodizio Grill | Brazilian — At this traditional Brazilian Steakhouse, you’ll start at the gourmet salad bar and continue with authentic Brazilian side dishes and decadent grilled meats.

Slyce | Pizza — Slyce is a Fort Collins original serving some of the most creative pies and combos we’ve seen. Try the breakfast pie, Chicken Cheddar Mash-Potato, or a classic pepperoni!

Social | Cocktail Bar — Grab one of the best artisan cocktails in FoCo, and a cheese and charcuterie board to celebrate Great Plates 2017!

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse | Steakhouse — Sonny Lubick’s was created to celebrate local history, community and food. Stop by to try appetizers, desserts, Slow Roasted Prime Rib and Organic King Salmon!

Spoons | Sandwich Shop — Stop by any of Spoons’ six locations to try classic soups and sandwiches artfully prepared with local ingredients.

The Still | Steakhouse — In the heart of Old Town, The Still offers a unique twist on the traditional American classic with their signature whiskey marinade along with other steakhouse favorites.

Taj Mahal Restaurant | Indian — Owner Balwinder Singh was inspired to open Taj Mahal after years of experience at various Boulder and Denver Indian restaurants, and now offers the best, most authentic dishes in Fort Collins.

Tasty Harmony | Vegetarian — Your one stop shop for healthy, organic, plant-based cuisine in Fort Collins, Tasty Harmony is offering an all-vegan menu to celebrate this year’s event.

Fort Collins Restaurants

Photos courtesy of The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro

The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro | Cheese Bistro — During Great Plates, you’ll get to taste a bit of everything The Welsh Rabbit offers, from Beet Salads and a gourmet cheese board to the plate of Braised Lamb brined in Happy Lucky’s Lapsang Souchong tea!

The Yeti Bar & Grill | American — The Yeti is offering their full menu for this year’s event. Get any two appetizers and any entrees with a side of Colorado’s best local beers on tap!


Enjoy Great Plates 2017

Let us know which restaurant was your favorite! Don’t forget to donate at the end of your meal to benefit Food Bank of Larimer County.  

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