Fort Collins, Colorado has restaurants that serve up yummy and filling meals. For instance, one of the Fort Collins, Colorado restaurants brings New Orleans cuisine to patrons while another serves up some eclectic dinner meals in a jazz-themed atmosphere! This article will discuss three Fort Collins, Colorado restaurants known as Lucile’s, Jay’s Bistro, and the Silver Grill Cafe.
I got a taste of New Orleans-Creole style cuisine in Fort Collins, Colorado at Lucile’s. This place is so popular that people stand outside the house turned breakfast and lunch restaurant in the damp cold (as pictured). The service, once seated, is still quite fast despite the crowds inside. Guests are seated without much room to move around in. Some patrons say this is part of the charm. This is one of those restaurants that employs a New Orleans-themed motif and a Zydeco music soundtrack to go with their food. The breakfast menu relies heavily on egg dishes with seafood and sausage, including the Eggs Sardou (which contains Gulf Shrimp) and the Farmer’s Eggs (a large plate of scrambled eggs with sausage, cheese, and many cut vegetables). Even my Pain Perdu from Lucile’s contained one delicious egg and nicely spiced Louisiana sausage, though the main part of my dish was the New Orleans style French toast, whose liquid mixture had a smooth flavor, especially when it was combined with the maple syrup I chose. The breakfast dishes at Lucile’s are quite filling and range in price from $5.85-$11.65.
Another specialty of Lucile’s in Fort Collins is their tasty Beignets, which are New Orleans style donuts that come with strawberry-rhubarb jam. The breakfast sides range in price from $1.35-$5.95, and include such Louisiana favorites like Fresh Collard Greens, Chef Mickey’s Red Beans, and Zydeco Green Beans. As for your liquid refreshment, I would bet that very few restaurants serve as delicious fresh squeezed orange juice as Lucille’s! Their O.J. is of the best I’ve ever tasted! This cafe also serves up Chicory Coffee and Homemade Chai, too. For fruit lovers, you can get a number of fruit dishes like Strawberries & Cream and Bananas & Cream.
Lucile’s is one of those Colorado restaurants which are open for breakfast and lunch daily. Their lunch menu contains even more Louisiana favorites like Po’ Boys, Shrimp Creole, and Gumbo.
Lucile’s: 400 S. Meldrum, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521. 970-224-5464.
Jay’s Bistro is an eclectic hotspot for Fort Collins diners of restaurants. The motif of this restaurant sings with a modernism mixed with a jazz-themed aura (the walls are lined with jazz and modern art prints). Outside this dining spot, you can hear jazz tunes emanating, and within the dining establishment, I heard some good piano playing during my dinner there which emanated intimate lighting. I found quite a festive atmosphere here, but despite the high ceilings, it gets a bit noisy when crowded.
The menu is as eclectic as the atmosphere here in this Colorado bistro restaurant. For appetizers, which range in price from $8.50-$12, you can’t go wrong with the Baked Brie (in Phyllo)! This delightful gooey delight dish comes with Raspberry Jam and Port Wine Syrup which can be spread on some Table Water Crackers. Other appetizers include Duck Egg Rolls, Macaroni & Cheese with Maine Lobster and the very spicy and rather hot Crab Chili Rellano (whose crab meat is delicious). Soups and salads are also available, too, including Jay’s creamy Corn & Crab Chowder. The prices for these range from $2.50-$12. The robustly scented and tasting table bread of Jay’s Bistro comes with a yummy tomato jam spread, a great alternative to butter that’s normally served in restaurants.
As for the entrées in this Fort Collins, Colorado dining establishment, this is one of the restaurants that serves quite exotic fare indeed! Their Mixed Wild Game Plate includes Wild Boar, Cranberry Sausage, Colorado Ostrich Fillet, and Red Deer Medallion as the meats. You can also choose from a plentiful variety of other meat, seafood, and pasta dishes like the Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Raviolis on Tomato Cognac Sauce, and Ahi Tuna. I chose for my main dish to dine on the Seafood Caesar that’s chased with lemon flavor. This salad was loaded with greens, grilled shrimp, crabmeat, lobster, and more, and filled me up! The price ranges for entrees range from $14.50-$32.
As for desserts, this bistro dining hotspot serves up many sweet dishes, including Chocolate Raviolis and a dish called Trufflicious, which is a chocolate cake layered with chocolate and white chocolate mousse. The prices for desserts at Jay’s Bistro are $7. As for drinks for this part of the meal, numerous port, cognac, cordial and coffee selections abound.
As for wines, Jay’s is one of the Fort Collins restaurants that carries a big menu of red and white wines that hail from such places as Chile, California, Oregon, France and Italy. Their red and white wines menu is broken down into such categories as “Crisp with a Touch of Oak (for white)”, and the red wines are broken down into such sub-headings as “Mid-Weight and Polished” and “Structure and Spice”.
Lunch is served Monday-Friday, and dinner is served every day by a friendly and attentive staff.
Jay’s Bistro: 135 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. 970-482-1876.
Silver Grill Cafe
Circa 1912, a hungry sign painter thought up a name for a Fort Collins restaurant, and painted the words “Silver Grill Cafe” on the dining establishment’s window in exchange for a pork chop lunch. 95-plus years later, the Silver Grill Cafe keeps on serving patrons in what could be best described as a friendly but a bit rushed Norman Rockwell-like restaurant because of its wall hangings especially! The weekend morning breakfast rush is quite busy, but diners do get their food fast once seated. Many come to the cafe for their city-famous cinnamon rolls (pictured-these large ones go for just $2.99 each) as well as their plentiful selection of breakfast entrees. Even though I’m not much of a breakfast eater, I did try a cup of their homemade hot oatmeal with some skim milk, which tasted really good when I added the brown sugar.
But for those who are hungrier for more food off the grill, they won’t be disappointed eating here, as this is one of those Colorado restaurants that serves up big portions at fair prices, so as not to greatly deplete your “silver”. Some of their specialties include Trout n’ Eggs, a BELT Sandwich (a BLT with an egg), and a Veggie Benedict, where vegetables replace the ham. The Silver Grill Cafe also offers pancakes, omelets, Choice Sirloin with two eggs, and French toast restaurant breakfast dishes just to name a few. The price ranges for these are $2.29-$9.99.
The Silver Grill Cafe drink selections include traditional breakfast refreshments, but this could be of the first restaurants that I’ve dined at, Colorado or otherwise, that serves soy milk.
This Fort Collins cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch where numerous offerings of sandwiches, burgers, and other meat dishes are available.
Silver Grill Cafe: 218 Walnut St., Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. 970-484-4656.
Note: Prices and menu items for these Fort Collins restaurants called Jay’s Bistro, the Silver Grill Cafe, and Lucile’s are subject to change.