When it comes to the Northern Colorado food scene, farm-to-table isn’t another trend. From restaurants in Windsor to Fort Collins, farm fresh fare has been the standard for decades. If you’re a foodie looking for seasonal variety, we’ve rounded up our top five favorite restaurants with seasonal menus. Just make sure you catch them before the menu changes!
Locality offers a chef-driven menu dedicated to local and fresh ingredients in a beautiful, modern dining space. Located in southeast Ft. Collins, Executive Chef Matt Smith picks ingredients and produce himself from farms throughout Northern Colorado. A few of our favorite fall dishes are the Ricotta Agnolotti, which is fresh made raviolis with squash, pepita seeds, and blonde frisee; and the “Buffalo” Buffalo Short Rib, a beef short rib topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese and served with mashed potato and pickled celery and carrot.
2. Chimney Park
Located in downtown Windsor, Chimney Park has won the DiRoNa Award of Excellence, OpenTable.com Best Restaurants in America in 2011 and 2015, and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014 through 2018. Chimney Park offers a five course Chef’s Tasting Menu and other seasonal favorites like the Colorado Rack of Lamb, which is served with panisse, oven dried tomatoes, cauliflower, goladen raisins, arugula, and lamb jus; and Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef NY Strip, which is served with potatoes, fondant, broccolini, haricots verts, cipollini onions, and a whiskey sauce. Acclaimed chef Jason Shaeffer has molded Chimney Park into a regional, state-wide and national dining destination in Northern Colorado that is not to be missed!
You may not expect to find an acclaimed seafood restaurant in Northern Colorado, but alas, Fish is it. Located in downtown Ft. Collins just down the street from the Museum of Art, Fish serves sustainable seafood dishes with an on-site fish market. The seafood is refreshed on a near-daily basis and you can special order anything you crave within a couple of days from the market. A few of the seasonal offerings are the tacos, grilled red rock cod or shrimp topped with oaxaca cheese, carrots, cabbage, cilantro jalapeno, crème fraiche, and pico de gallo; steamers and fries, a bucket of clams or mussels in a white wine, lemon and garlic broth served with French fries; and the parmesan breaded halibut, a wild Alaskan halibut served then baked with parmesan breadcrumbs topped with a lemon caper cream sauce.
4. The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
It doesn’t get more ‘farm fresh’ than The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm. Located in a 133-year-old building with its own chicken coop, The Farmhouse offers menus that change for each season to reflect festive flavors and local ingredients. Located northeast of downtown Ft. Collins, The Farmhouse seasonal dishes include the Summer Zucchini Noodles, served with corn broth, heirloom cherry tomatoes, carrot top pesto, fennel, fava beans, peas, and fresno chile; and a Smoked Salmon Pappardelle, which is a house-smoked salmon, hand-cut parpardelle, kale, peas, fava beans, rainbow carrots, capers, cream sauce, goat cheese, and herbs.
5. Ginger and Baker
Ginger and Baker is home to a market and bakery, daily café and an upscale restaurant called The Cache, named for the Cache la Poudre River. Located on the north-end of College Ave., The Cache offers a food and wine selection that has won the 2019 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The menus and wine list change to reflect the seasons, so be sure to check out their website to see what’s on currently, and read the chef’s tasting notes. Tip: try the herb-crusted ruby trout, which is served with spaghetti squash, watercress, black currant vinaigrette, and chive coulis.
No matter the season, you’ll be able to satisfy all your foodie cravings with these five NoCo foodie hotspots!