(credit: Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing)(credit: Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing)

Despite being a college town in Northern Colorado, Fort Collins provides a vibrant and diverse dining experience. From the charming Old Town to the more commercial College Avenue, dining out at restaurants here can provide an extremely fulfilling meal. From Asian to American to brewpubs, there is a wide variety of eateries to please even the most discerning palate.

400 S. Meldrum St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 224-5464

For a uniquely delicious breakfast or lunch, Colorado chain Lucile’s is a great way to get fed, home-style. The Cajun/Creole restaurant has a homey atmosphere including country cloth napkins and some of the best buttermilk biscuits around. Many patrons start their meal with Lucile’s renowned beignets — New Orleans-style donuts that are a powdery pillow of goodness. A breakfast, brunch or lunch at Lucile’s will leave your tummy full and happy.

Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing
5 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-0483

When you have a hankering for some craft beer and a sound meal, Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing in Old Town is ideal for everyone. The dual restaurant (Pubside and Poolside) share the same brewery, making each and every guest feel comfortable as each side has a unique ambiance. The landmark restaurant is a Fort Collins staple and it proudly serves fresh and different beers each day, making this pub a must for any brew enthusiast. The Old Town location and authentic atmosphere ensure that this pub will remain a Northern Colorado landmark.

Jax Fish House
123 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 682-2275

Fish may not be an obvious favorite dish in the land-locked heaven that is Colorado, but there are a few restaurants that really know how to perfect seafood. Jax Fish House, located in Old Town, not only specializes in the food of the sea, but also makes a dang good martini. Besides a very large and delicious menu, Jax also offers a generous happy hour, making it a great hangout on both weekdays and weekends.

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Cafe de Bangkok
1232 W. Elizabeth St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 672-8127

This highly rated Thai restaurant has been touted as the best Thai restaurant in not only Colorado, but the country. Though Cafe de Bangkok offers take out, opt to dine in for the full experience. The distinct flavors are in part due to the cafe’s use of only the freshest ingredients available, and also due to the Executive Chef, Wichayanee Chayangkura Brown, who hails from Bangkok. The authentic flavors and friendly staff make Cafe de Bangkok perfection for Thai food lovers in Fort Collins.

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse
115 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 484-9200

When you are craving premium beef, fresh seafood and an excellent happy hour, Sonny Lubrick Steakhouse is a Fort Collins staple. Named after coaching legend Sonny Lubick, this steakhouse boasts excellent steaks and seafood, feeding northern Colorado residents heartily in this sports-themed bar. Whether you go for the food, the friendly staff or the stiff drinks, patrons to Sonny Lubrick Steakhouse become “regulars” quickly.

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Nicole Cormier is a hip-hop head with business ambitions who stumbled awkwardly into journalism in 2007 as Colorado Music Buzz’s hip-hop editor. She is the publisher and editor of the Colorado hip-hop e-magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.