10 Fort Collins ‘Hole in the Wall’ Restaurants Worth Grabbing a Bite At
From burgers and burritos, to sandwich shops and vegetarian joints, Fort Collins is definitely packed full of great places to eat. Included in this long list of diverse places, are several 'hole in the wall' restaurants that sometimes get overlooked, but shouldn't be thought of as any less amazing!
Although they are only open Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you should definitely find the time to stop by the Caribbean Food Shack and try out some of their authentic island meals. You can't see the eatery from the street, but once you step inside the building in which it's located, you'll feel like you've just landed a spot at a seaside establishment, complete with fried catfish, mako shark roti, and mouthwatering Cuban sandwiches.
The Mountain Cafe is a hidden gem in Fort Collins, and perfect for grabbing breakfast on mornings when places like Snooze and Lucile's have lines out the door. Diners can find all the traditional breakfast staples on the menu, as well as tasty lunch choices too at extremely reasonable prices. While it might not be the most glamorous joint, the fact that it's located right in the middle of Mountain Avenue means this quaint cafe still has that "Old Town feel" to it.
Within walking distance of CSU's campus, the Pickle Barrel has long been a favorite for students and Fort Collins residents alike. Whether you stop by for a (massively huge) sandwich during breakfast or lunch, or are simply searching for a low-key place to drink local microbrews and relax while watching a game, the Barrel is the place to go.
Between delicious breakfast, lunch and as of last week, dinner options too, both regulars and newcomers can find a new favorite on the menu at Doug's Day Diner. So what are you waiting for? The Black Betty is calling your name...
This funky Fort Collins restaurant serves up unique "sammys," made with either pork, beef, bison, chicken, or veggies, and can also be included in a meal deal along with sides and a drink. If the creative sliders aren't your thing, The Colorado Room also offers salads, seven different wing flavors, various types of poutine, and even rocky mountain oysters for those who are especially adventurous. Besides food, there's cocktails, tons of local and domestic brews, and a feel good bonus – a portion of all proceeds made from dine-ins always go back to a local charity. Adding to the creative atmosphere, the CR features hand-crafted goods as well as art for sale, games available to play during your visit, karaoke nights, and other special events happening all the time.
There's no shortage of pizza places in Fort Collins, but when it comes to sitting down somewhere to enjoy your pie...maybe along with a cold beer too, then Panhandler's is the perfect spot to go. Located in Campus West, this cozy pizzeria has a lodge-like feel to it, and some of the absolute best pan pizza around!
If you're craving a classic diner, Ever Open Cafe is the place for you. The menu is affordable, and features favorites like biscuits and gravy, burgers and fries, french toast, pancakes and so much more. It's location makes this greasy spoon an ideal stop when either heading out or coming back from a canyon camping trip.
Yum Yum's is a family-owned Middle Eastern restaurant in Campus West, serving up magnificent Mediterranean cuisine like gyros, hummus, and falafel, in a hip lounge-like environment. The juice bar adds to the fun with all sorts of tropical smoothies and drinks made with fresh fruits and booze.
After a day in the canyon or up at Horsetooth, the multi-leveled deck at The Canyon Grill is a fantastic place to hang out and get recharged with barbecue and beer. The scenic establishment, tucked right into the foothills, is a also favorite stopover for those traveling on two wheels. Along with good eats, an outdoor bar, and unbeatable views, most evenings feature live music from local talent.
Mt. Everest Cafe is another hidden gem, known for having a great staff that serves up some of the best and most authentic Nepalese dishes in town. This place is casual, quiet, reasonably priced, and who can turn down a buffet?