Out at the local bars, itâ€™s safe to assume that people are looking for their calories in liquid form. But just because that Fat Tire is filling the void â€“â€“ in your stomach or otherwise â€“â€“ doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t save room for all the foods the barâ€™s kitchen has to offer.
This week weâ€™re giving you a taste of our favorite bar foods:Â cheese platters, olives and a range of fried, greasy goodness.
Maybe, just maybe, youâ€™ll follow our advice and soak up all that copious amounts of alcohol with carb and cheese-loaded goodies.
C.B. & Potts
Family owned and operated since 1971, C.B. & Potts on Elizabeth Street is a fun and casual place to hang out with friends to eat, drink $1 beers and play bingo or pool.
Dark wooden bar stools and high tables sit bathed in warm lighting, which is overseen by a 10-foot great white shark hanging from the ceiling and posters highlighting CSUâ€™s athletic past on the wall.
But enough about the dÃ©cor, what weâ€™re here to talk about Pottsâ€™ newest creation (well, one of several): pulled pork potato skins.
Six potato slices serve as vehicles for cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, and pulled pork drizzled with Baby Rays BBQ Sauce and red onions for $7.49. While thereâ€™s enough to share, you wonâ€™t want to.
Visit CBPotts.com and navigate to the Fort Collins page to see the full menu and Pottsâ€™ new specials as part of Burger Rama.
Though weâ€™ve written about the cafÃ© before, Vino made our top-picks for bar food in Fort Collins for its more healthy and simplistic appetizers.
Designed to fit the restaurantâ€™s motto â€“â€“Â itâ€™s all about sharing good food with good friends â€“â€“Â CafÃ© Vinoâ€™s Artisan Cheese Platter is the perfect compliment to one of the 20 world beers on draft or 150 wines available in the walk-in cellar.
Made with seasonally available items, the platter currently boasts dry-aged, pepper infused Monterey Jack, Piave, lemon Stilton, smokey blue and Drunken Goat (soaked in red wine) cheeses, dried Angelino plums and roasted almonds (small $9, large $15).
Visit CafeVino.com to see the full menu.
Stuft: a burger bar
Formerly occupied by Elliotâ€™s Mess, Stuft: a burger bar was built for Fort Collins, for CSU students, said restaurant co-owner Jack Fitzsimmons.
During our visit, his business partner, Tiffany Pellin, sat down next to him on a tall, dark stool near the bar.
â€œWhat are they having?â€ she asked. The hamburger sliders, a dozen, Fitzsimmons said.
â€œIâ€™ll go check on them,â€ Pellin said, walking past three of Andy Warholâ€™s prints â€“â€“Â theyâ€™re of cows, fitting for the burger joint â€“â€“Â back to the kitchen.
The 2-inch-by-2-inch burgers with pimento olives staked through the heart are a remnant of lasting sandwich shop habits.
Normally $6.99 for three sliders, Stuft sells them for $1 a piece with the purchase of any drink â€“â€“Â chocolate milk counts â€“â€“Â during Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
Diners can also build their own burger, starting with either a beef, chicken, grilled Mahi, portabello or buffalo patty, then topping that with dozens of toppings from roasted red peppers to fried eggs at $0.49 a piece.
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Steakout Saloon in Old Town isnâ€™t normally the first place that pops into the head when youâ€™re thinking about food spots in Fort Collins. That spot in the mind is usually reserved for when youâ€™re thinking of a good spot for beer.
But after downing a few of their nearly 22 beers on tap, youâ€™ll usually be craving something salty, maybe fried. And how about something spicy?
For $6.25, patrons can enjoy fried jalapeÃ±os, also known as â€œbottlecapsâ€. You get salty, fried and spicy all in one tasty appetizer.
JalapeÃ±os are vegetables, right?
Photographer Michael Kalush and News Managing Editor Madeline Novey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.