Low and slow is the motto at The Lost Cajun, where gumbos and special dishes—crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice, lobster bisque—take about four to six hours to cook. The Lost Cajun may not be located in New Orleans, but you really wouldn’t know it, especially after a bite of a beignet. So sit down among the mini gator heads, Mardi Gras beads, and masks, and sip on hurricanes and let the ambiance whisk you away to The Big Easy.
This bakery and coffee shop in Old Town Square makes everything in house and the result is some of the best pastries in town. Go for the canelés, small French pastries with caramelized exteriors and vanilla-bean-and-brandy interiors. Or if you’re gluten-free, try a slice of the flourless chocolate torte or some salted almond clusters.
The founder, a passionate coffee lover, helped cultivate a thriving coffee scene in Fort Collins. He started out operating a coffee cart in 2012, but has since expanded to two locations. His shops are known for preparing pour-over coffees in beakers on hot plates.
This relaxed counter-serve spot is beloved by locals for its hefty California-style burritos. It’s been known to have long lines of people waiting to get their hands on carne asada burritos, breakfast burritos, and even potato burritos filled with seasoned potatoes, grilled onions, ranch, and cheddar cheese.
Though its founder used to work at The Little Nell, a legendary five-star hotel in Aspen, DGT is anything but fancy. It actually started as a mobile cart operating outside of several Fort Collins breweries, and when it did open a brick-and-mortar location, it only had three tacos on the menu. It has since expanded to include a lengthy selection of fusion tacos with everything (minus the Colorado-made tortilla) crafted in house. It’s especially popular among vegans and vegetarians for such tacos as the Earth, Wind & Fire: organic and local tofu paired with a sweet-potato puree, organic kale, sliced almonds, and a tomato-ginger sauce.
Not every American town is lucky enough to have high-quality Australian food (or any Australian food for that matter), but Fort Collins is. Here, Waltzing Kangaroo treats Coloradans to one of Australia’s favorite dishes—the savory pie. Flaky pies stuffed with meat and veggie fillings, as well as the savory rolls and quiches, are designed to be eaten by hand.
On a chilly Colorado day, nothing beats digging into a heaping pile of mac ’n’ cheese from this food truck. Of course, it’s best when you venture past the basic mac, opting for such toppings as 14-hour smoked pork rib, housemade pickled veggies, and honeycrisp apples sauteed in bourbon. No matter what you pick, chances are it comes with a crispy top for a nice textural contrast.
Because breweries are such a big part of the food and drink scene in Fort Collins, we couldn’t resist talking about our favorites:
Jessup Farm Barrel House: Barrel-aged beers are the specialty at this brewery, which is located in a 133-year-old restored barn. It offers especially great sunset views.