Eliot’s Mess

Aug 242005
Authors: Jennifer Newson


Eliot's Mess

1005 W. Stuart, 1A, on the corner of Stuart and Shields, just north of Rolland Moore Park.

10:00 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Thursday to Saturday

Call 484-MESS for delivery

From the second you step foot into Eliot's Mess, Fort Collins' newest sub shop, you feel as if you are sent back to an era filled with mobsters and detectives.

From the tin ceiling to the tile flooring, this small sub shop reminds you of the late 1920's and early 1930's, an era that co-founder Jake Fitzsimmons believes to be very intriguing.

While Eliot's Mess is only in its fifth week of operation, it shows clear signs of a winning business.

Eliot's Mess takes its name from Eliot Ness, the famed agent responsible for helping capture Al Capone during Prohibition. Ness was also made famous for leading the group nicknamed the Untouchables.

As for Eliot's Mess, it is sure to be made famous for its signature hot subs made on what they call a Tommy bun, made fresh every morning by a local bakery and oven-cooked to perfection.

Some of my favorites are the Start Guacin' and the Flatfoot, which comes with a side of marinara sauce.

If you are in the mood for a more original cold sandwich, Eliot's Mess has a wide variety of subs filled with medium rare roast beef, oven-roasted turkey, marinated chicken breasts and the more unusual capocollo. These subs come in four, eight or twelve-inch sizes.

The staff at Eliot's Mess is friendly and courteous from the moment you enter the shop to the time you leave. These "made men," (a name used to describe someone who is accepted into the mob) are more than happy to clear the table or box up your leftovers, a service not often seen in this type of establishment.

In a town already known for its dozens of sandwich shops, this one stands out above the rest. With its unique atmosphere and authentic menu, it is a welcome change and is proven to be a great place to grab a bite to eat between classes.

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