Your guide to Great Plates in Old Town Fort Collins: 39 restaurants, dozens of deals

Erin Udell
Fort Collins Coloradoan

Old Town Fort Collins restaurants are gearing up for greatness next month. 

Great Plates, an annual two-week meal deal promotion that draws diners to Old Town  and benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County in the process will kick off March 1 and run through March 14.

During that time, diners can pick from dozens of $25 meal specials at 36 Old Town eateries and enjoy $2.50 sweet treats at a trio of ice cream shops. The $25 deals do not include tax or a server tip. Hours of the promotion are from 5 p.m. to close of the respective eateries unless otherwise noted below.

After enjoying a Great Plates deal, diners are then given the option to leave a donation for the food bank, which says it has received more than $750,000 in donations from the promotion over the past 15 years.

With the ongoing COVID-pandemic, participating establishments will get to determine how they want to offer their Great Plates specials — whether that includes a focus on indoor or outdoor dining or to-go or curbside pickup orders, Vanessa Kroeger of the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority told the Coloradoan last month.

Since announcing last month that Great Plates will continue this year, the promotion added nine additional restaurants to its 2021 ranks.

For more information on Great Plates, visit downtownfortcollins.com.

Great Plates restaurant deals

Ace Gillett's Lounge and Supper Club, 239 S. College Ave. 

Two specialty drinks paired with a charcuterie board

Austin's American Grill, 100 W. Mountain Ave.

Two-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Carved peppered strip loin with brandy cream sauce, northwest barbecue grilled salmon or a combination plate with one quarter of a rotisserie chicken and slow roasted chipotle barbecue pork ribs (all entrees served with choice of side)
  • Course 2: Scotcharoo skillet cookie with peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream or vanilla bean cheesecake, Nooku liqueur, berry compote with streusel crunch

Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza, 205 N. College Ave. 

Two-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Garlic cheese bread, honey cheese bread, small nachos or small Hearty Arty
  • Course 2: Medium prairie pie, two-pound mountain pie or medium gluten-free pie (pizzas include three toppings of your choice)

Big Al's Burgers and Dogs, 140 W. Mountain Ave.

Four 60/40 burgers and four classic fries

Bistro Nautile, 150 W. Oak St.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Pommes dauphine served with chive aioli and espelette
  • Course 2: Monkfish medallions served over smoky bourride with asparagus, bacon, peas, rapini, pea tendril and potato
  • Course 3: French lemon palmiers (baked pastry cookie with warm raspberry sauce)

Blue Agave Grill, 201 S. College Ave. 

Two-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Chef street tacos, Blue Agave house guacamole or coconut shrimp
  • Course 2: Blackened yellowfin tuna, signature asada, grilled teriyaki salmon or airline chicken breast

Comet Chicken, 126 W. Mountain Ave.

Four original chicken sandwiches and four classic fries

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing, 5 Old Town Square

One-course dinner for one and a hand-crafted beer:

  • Course 1: Choice of New York strip with Gorgonzola butter, mashed potatoes and broccolini; lobster mac and cheese with cavatappi pasta tossed in a creamy Asiago roasted red pepper cheese sauce finished with toasted bread crumbs and crispy pancetta; or deep-fried walleye dinner with beer-battered fries, baked beans, rye bread and tartar sauce. Choice of any beer on the menu.

CopperMuse Distillery, 244 N. College Ave., No. 105

Select craft cocktails, tasters and shared appetizers for two:

  • Cocktails: Strawberry Garden Cider or Lucky Clover
  • Tasters: Two 1-ounce tasters of your choice from the spirit menu (whiskey is not included, but a whiskey taster can be added for $5)
  • Appetizer: Italian sausage with apple golden raisin chutney, pickled red onions and goat Gouda in a flaky puff pastry

The Crooked Cup, 147 W. Oak St.

Two house-made breakfast burritos and two medium drip coffees plus one pound of Crooked roasted coffee or espresso (whole bean or ground)

Dae Gee Korean BBQ, 120 W. Olive St., No. 101

Multi-course dinner for one:

  • Choose between pork belly, brisket, spicy pork, chicken, beef bulgogi or small portions of all meats. Comes with rice, eight assortments of vegetable side dishes and two chicken dumplings

The Emporium: An American Brasserie, 378 Walnut St.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Arugula salad with tarragon buttermilk dressing, creamed yolks and chorizo
  • Course 2: Country meatloaf with roasted fingerling potatoes, green chile creamed corn, crispy onion and mustard jus
  • Course 3: Blueberry cheesecake with vanilla Chantilly

Ginger and Baker, 359 Linden St.

Two-course meal for one (available all day):

  • Course 1: Chicken fried steak for breakfast or dinner, with choice of breakfast or dinner sides (both come with country gravy)
  • Course 2: Slice of lemon meringue pie or quadruple coconut cream pie

Illegal Pete's, 320 Walnut St.

Two-course dinner for two plus two beverages:

  • Course 1: Large chips and queso to share
  • Course 2: Choose any two entrees (add-ons like queso, green chile and more are extra)
  • Beverage: Choice of Pete’s house margarita, single well cocktails, draft beer and/or a fountain drink

Jay's Bistro, 135 W. Oak St.

Two-course dinner for one with wine pairing:

  • Course 1: Roasted red pepper soup or apple and walnut mixed green salad with apple cider vinaigrette
  • Course 2: Stuffed chicken Marsala, shrimp and grits or toasted cherry quinoa with seasonal vegetables in a coconut and lime glaze
  • Wine: Glass of 120 chardonnay or 120 pinot noir

La Piadina — Italian Flatbread Sandwiches, 234 N. College Ave., Unit B3

One-course dinner for two (with two beverages) or two-course dinner for two:

  • First option: Any two piadinas and choice of Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing and/or Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
  • Second option (also available for delivery with Nosh Northern Colorado): Any two piadinas and one dessert piadina to share

LuLu Asian Bistro, 117 S. College Ave.

Two-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Spring roll or edamame
  • Course 2: Three entrees or three special sushi rolls. Entree choices include sesame chicken, Koko chicken, panang tofu or beef, chicken pad thai, chicken drunken noodles, LuLu’s chicken or peanut chicken. Special roll choices include Las Vegas, Rainbow, Green Dragon, Peachy, Kamikaze, Rocky Mountain or Mexico Maki.

Locust Cider, 200 Walnut St. 

Three-course dinner for two with two pints of Locust cider:

  • Course 1: House-smoked duck salad 
  • Course 2: Four field-harvested venison street tacos 
  • Course 3: Two corn tortilla quesadillas filled with field-harvested wild boar belly with a side of jicama, cactus and candied jalapeno relish

The Melting Pot, 334 E. Mountain Ave.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Any gourmet salad 
  • Course 2: A foursome of teriyaki sirloin, herb-crusted chicken, Pacific white shrimp and featured pasta served with garden vegetables and dipping sauces
  • Course 3: Any chocolate fondue

Mugs Coffee Lounge, 261 S. College Ave.

Choose any two breakfast or lunch food items and any two drinks (including mimosas, wine or beer)

Next Door American Eatery, 100 N. College Ave. 

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Pimento cheese hush puppies or Peruvian chicken skewers
  • Course 2: Three roasted mushroom street tacos, Southern fried chicken or mezze lamb meatballs
  • Course 3: Banoffee parfait

RARE Italian, 101 S. College Ave.

Three-course dinner for one paired with a glass of wine:

  • Course 1: Arugula salad or antipasti duo 
  • Course 2: Margherita pizza, tajarin al ragu, RARE burger or braised beef 
  • Course 3: Scoop of gelato, scoop of sorbet or coconut chocolate bars

The Regional, 130 S. Mason St. 

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Iceberg salad with baby tomato confit, cheese crisp, "green pastures ranch," house furikake or tomato soup with artichoke focaccia and pecorino cheese 
  • Course 2: Garlic chicken confit with pinto bean mash and mustard greens or mushroom gumbo with okra, gold rice, vegan andouille, trinity
  • Course 3: Strawberry shortcake trifle with pink strawberry poppy cake, strawberry coulis and vanilla custard or smores bar with graham cracker cake, toasted marshmallow and chocolate ganache 

The Reserve By Old Elk Distillery, 253 Linden St.

Two craft cocktails, two select appetizers, two bourbon caramels:

  • Appetizer choices: Pesto or barbecue flatbread, stuffed peppers, truffle Parmesan fries, roasted garlic hummus dip or elks in a blanket

Restaurant 415, 415 S. Mason St.

Three-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Mac and cheese, tomato caprese skewers, house 415 salad or Caesar salad 
  • Course 2: Share one of seven handcrafted pizzas or blackened cauliflower dish
  • Course 3: Lemon sugar cookies with blueberry cream cheese frosting or chocolate pot de creme

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 143 W. Mountain Ave.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Chile con queso 
  • Course 2: Fajitas
  • Course 3: Churros

Rodizio Grill, 200 Jefferson St.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Endless trips to gourmet salad bar with more than 30 items and hot Brazilian sides
  • Course 2: Unlimited variety of rotisserie grilled meats including top sirloin, tri-tip steak, leg of lamb and glazed pineapple

Social, 1 Old Town Square, No. 7

Two select cocktails and a featured cheese and charcuterie board

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, 115 S. College Ave.

Black pepper pork belly appetizer and two glasses of Festivo malbec or a three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: Tomato salad or soup of the day
  • Course 2: Slow-roasted 8-ounce prime rib with garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes or hoisin-glazed king salmon with Hazel Dell mushrooms, spinach, farro and lotus chips 
  • Course 3: Fudge brownie sundae with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce or apple walnut bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, Vern’s toffee and caramel sauce

Spoons, 172 N. College Ave., Suite B

Two half sandwiches, one quart of soup, one entree signature salad and two pieces of Spoons focaccia bread. This offer is available all day but is not offered at Spoons locations outside of Old Town.

The Still Whiskey Steaks, 151 N. College Ave.

Three-course dinner for one:

  • Course 1: House salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day 
  • Course 2: Choice of 6-ounce sliced filet with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and bourbon cream sauce; braised in-house boneless short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables; or classic chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, pepper gravy and roasted vegetables 
  • Course 3: Mini creme brulee or brownie pudding parfait

Tap and Handle, 307 S. College Ave. 

Two-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Choice of any appetizer 
  • Course 2: Any two entrees from large bites, burger or mac and cheese menu

Tom Kha Thai Asian Bistro, 144 N. Mason St. 

Two-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Vegetable egg roll, cheese wonton, edamame, tom yum soup, tom kha soup or chicken wonton soup
  • Course 2: Choice of two fried rice or noodle entrees and selection of chicken, pork, beef, tofu or vegetables

Union Bar & Soda Fountain, 250 Jefferson St. 

Two-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Choice of Union double Angus burger, twelve-hour pork shoulder Cubano sandwich or fresh aviator Caesar salad 
  • Course 2: Classic all-American sundae or homemade carrot cake 

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina, 120 W. Olive St., No. 104    

Three-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Chips and queso or chips and guacamole 
  • Course 2: Choice of two tacos for each person (four total)
  • Course 3: Churros

Vatos Tacos & Tequila, 200 N. College Ave. 

Two-course dinner for two:

  • Course 1: Small salsa and choice of chips and guacamole or chips and queso
  • Course 2: Choice of any six street tacos (no more than two of the same tacos on any individual order)

Dessert specials 

Ben & Jerry's, 1 Old Town Square, Suite 104 

Two scoops of super premium ice cream, nondairy or sorbet in either a

cup or sugar cone, plus a chocolate ganache surprise, for $2.50.

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, 114 S. College Ave.

  • $2.50 scoop of ice cream (any flavor) in a freshly-made waffle cone
  • $25 quart of ice cream (any flavor), four waffle cone rolls and a half-pound slice of fudge (any flavor)

Walrus Ice Cream, 125 W. Mountain Ave.

$2.50 ice cream sandwiches

Erin Udell reports on news, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at ErinUdell@coloradoan.com. The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. If not, sign up for a digital subscription to the Coloradoan today.