A popular Texas-based restaurant, Fuzzy's Taco Shop makes its Colorado debut, providing new Tex-Mex tastes with a bountiful menu straight from the South. Baja-style tacos top the menu as the restaurant's specialty and brim with cilantro, cheese, garlic sauce, feta, and a choice of fish, chicken, or pork ($1.99 each). A jumbo burrito plump with grilled- or tempura-shrimp stuffing bursts with garlic sauce and guacamole ($5.99), and breakfast favorites such as the huevos rancheros sate late-risers with savory, eggy flavors ($5.99). Diners dive into their eats perched in bright-red booths surrounded by primary-color-splashed walls, forming an environment as bright and fun as a bonfire of old toys.
At Señor Camaron, chefs season fresh fish fillets and tender steaks with poblano peppers, tamarind, and cilantro. The menu's Mexican seafood tastes mirror the eatery's beachy decor—patrons sit in palm and leather seats under wall-mounted sharks, colorful flags, and lifeguards who enthusiastically blow their whistle every time someone cleans their plate.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a can of vegetables, a bag of sliced bread, or a box of instant cake mix in The Backporch Cafe kitchen. The chefs are wary of the premade foods, bottled sauces, and magic beans found in grocery stores, preferring to whip up all their dishes from scratch. So they bake fresh apple pies, bran raisin muffins, and buttermilk biscuits each morning, along with from-scratch loaves of rye, wheat, and cheddar sourdough bread. As a yawning breakfast crowd begins to wander in, the chefs turn their attention to three-egg omelets, chorizo burritos, and lightly grilled french toast. Come lunchtime, they’ll layer housemade bread with house-smoked chicken, turkey, and ham before plating the sandwiches alongside handfuls of fries and scoops of potato salad.
Complementing all of this homestyle cooking is a beverage list that includes coffee, juice, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and Manmosas—orange juice mixed with Easy Street wheat beer from the nearby Odell Brewing Company. When the weather's nice, diners can lounge beneath magenta umbrellas on the patio.
Mary's Mountain Cookies traces its origins to the kitchens of Cherokee Park Dude Ranch, where head chef Mary whipped up three square meals a day for hungry guests and packed her popular homemade cookies in their horses' saddlebags. The "mountain-style" treats were sturdy enough to remain in one piece during horseback-riding trips, but soft enough to maintain an irresistibly chewy texture. Guests never failed to request the recipe, coworkers raved over the sweets, and horses raided the freezers for leftovers overnight?all persuading Mary to set out and start selling homemade cookies on her own.
Today, loyal customers enjoy over 50 varieties of quarter-pound mountain cookies, from the classic chocolate chip, to sugar-dusted snickerdoodles and salty-sweet peanut butter. Shoppers with cravings for more substantial treats can stock up on cream-cheese brownies, 12-inch cookie cakes, and frosting-filled cookie sandwiches.
In the tradition of authentic Thai cooking, the chefs at Sri Thai blend sweet, spicy, and sour flavors in careful proportions to bring out the essence of each dish—efforts not overlooked by food reviewer Kristin Mastre of Feasting Fort Collins, who awarded it four out of four stars. Both the lunch and dinner menus wax lengthy, listing curries with coconut milk and peanuts as well as fried rice and noodle dishes. A vast selection of dishes is also available gluten-free or vegetarian, and the entire menu is MSG-free, a particular boon to vowel appreciators.
A decades-old recipe, dating back to the early days of Justin's Pizza, gets a hearty workout every day—each batch of dough and every ladle-full of sauce is made from a recipe that first sprung to life in the ‘70s. Fresh, flavorful toppings enhance the classic, time-tested pizzas, with traditional offerings standing alongside more unusual entries, such as sauerkraut and double-crust. As guests chow down on the savory pies, bottled and draft beers stand ready to quench thirst, ranging from Fat Tire and Corona to the Dollar Beer, which costs $1.