Editorâ€™s Note: For the latest on food trends (and rivalries) in the Fort Collins area, check out Greg Mees and Erin Udellâ€™s bi-monthly food and drink review â€œEat & Drink Up with Greg and Erin.â€
Fuzzyâ€™s Taco Shop just opened this summer and while it seems to be the new hopping place in town, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s just because of the food.
The restaurant explodes as soon as you open the door with sounds of off-tune drunken karaoke. Every Thursday night itâ€™s bound to be a good time. The place is usually packed, and big surprise, because itâ€™s margarita special night.
There isnâ€™t anything better than getting a group of friends together and going to grab some cheap â€“â€“ and by cheap, I mean dirt cheap â€“â€“ food and enjoy the entertainment too.
But, just because the atmosphere is warm doesnâ€™t mean that the food is going to give your stomach that same warm and â€œfuzzyâ€ feeling.
The restaurantâ€™s menu offers a variety of foods, focusing in on fresh Baja style Mexican cuisine with their specialty, of course, being the tacos.
The grilled fish tacos, which run about $2 a piece, are overpowered with flavor. The cilantro is completely overpowering, especially with something as delicate in flavor as fish. Simple flavors are key to food like this, and Fuzzyâ€™s drowns the freshness of the fish in overbearing and heavy ingredients and sauces.
The one thing that I will say, however, is that there is one unique flavor added to all of Fuzzyâ€™s tacos: feta cheese.
Iâ€™m not a fan of feta at all, but I must say itâ€™s the only refreshing addition and added a lightness of flavor that is expected with fish tacos; however you donâ€™t get to experience that here because of the other elements.
On the other hand, Fuzzyâ€™s has nailed the chicken tacos.
While most of the fillings are the same for each type of taco, the meat was cooked perfectly, and letâ€™s face it, itâ€™s hard to mess up chicken.
Along with the chicken tacos, I had a full-blown meal with a side of Latin fried potatoes that were more mush than fried and refried beans that I ended up adding to my existing food.
So, if youâ€™re looking for a place to grab a quick bite to eat and want to enjoy yourself, then you wonâ€™t be disappointed here. There is something for everyone and being broke college students, you canâ€™t get a better taco for $2.
Iâ€™ve never been one to argue about religion â€” to each his own â€” but, after my recent trip to Fuzzyâ€™s Taco Shop, I started to wonder how could God not exist in a world with cheap frozen margaritas?
When I first heard that a new restaurant was set to open across from my apartment, I didnâ€™t really care. New shops are always popping up in town and, frankly, I never have the time to go try them out before they close and a new â€œcoming soonâ€ sign appears.
Itâ€™s a vicious cycle, one Iâ€™m glad I broke by going to Fuzzyâ€™s last Thursday night with Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees.
Greg was complaining about the large middle-aged man screaming â€œSweet Child Oâ€™ Mineâ€ into a microphone for the weekly karaoke night when I first saw it â€” the Ramâ€™s Horn margarita.
I knew I wanted to try a margarita but wasnâ€™t sure of the kind until I saw the Fuzzyâ€™s employee fill a chilled glass with a frozen lime margarita and put a freshly-opened bottle of Corona upside down in it.
After ordering, I walked, with Ramâ€™s Horn in hand, to a table where I watched Greg unhinge his jaw and gorge himself on Baja fish tacos before taking off his nerd glasses, rubbing his temples and saying, â€œI canâ€™t even hear myself think.â€
But I was in a whole other world and, from the look of other patrons, they were too â€” we were all having a great time. Iâ€™ve found that margaritas, especially the Ramâ€™s Horn, will make that happen.
As someone whoâ€™s used to margaritas made of one part limeade concentrate, one part cheap tequila and one part water, this new mixture of tart goodness and carbonation was both new and welcomed.
The only thing I regret is drinking it too fast, getting a brain freeze and being judged by my uppity co-columnist.
To me, Fuzzyâ€™s not only serves as a new (and relatively cheap) eatery, but it also provides a fresh new drink option to the bar scene west of campus.
With beer from Road 34 and CB & Potts, wells at Mo Jeauxâ€™s and smoothies from Maâ€™s Juice Bar, Fuzzyâ€™s brings more choices (and pretty good food) to an area of town known for less-crowded bars and great drink specials.
So, if youâ€™re looking for a tasty and affordable drink within walking distance to campus, thereâ€™s a new sheriff in town and his name isâ€¦ Fuzzy.
News Editor Erin Udell is a senior journalism major who urges you to drink responsibly. Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees is a junior journalism major and writes for Examiner.com as the cheap eats critic.