If you love food, than you should probably circle March 1st-14th on your calendar because you'll probably be going out to eat in Fort Collins...a lot.

Great Plates Of Downtown 2013 starts Friday March 1st. It's a great excuse to try a ton of restaurants that you've never tried before, or just  to return to your favorite haunts. Want to know what restaurants are participating?

  • The Astoria
  • Austin's American Grill
  • Beau Jo's
  • Big Al's Burgers and Dogs
  • Bisetti's Ristorante
  • Bondi Beach Bar
  • Canyon Chop House
  • CooperSmith's Pub &Brewing (Pubside)
  • CooperSmith's Pub &Brewing (Poolside)
  • The Crown Pub
  • Enzio's Italian Kitchen
  • Fish
  • Gravity 1020 (inside Fort Collins Brewery)
  • Ingredient
  • Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
  • Jay's American Bistro
  • La Crepreie & Croissiants de France Bakery
  • La Luz Mexican Grill
  • Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon
  • LuLu Asian Bistro
  • The Melting Pot
  • Mugs Coffee Lounge
  • Nordy's Bar-B-Que & Grill
  • Old Chicago
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • Rodizio Grill
  • Snooze AM Eatery
  • Sonny Lubick Steakhouse
  • Spoons Soups, Salads and Sandwiches
  • Stuft A Burger Bar
  • Taj Mahal Restaurant
  • Tasty Harmony
  • Trailhead Tavern
  • Washington's Sports Bar & Grill
  • Yeti Bar & Grill at 100 Octane
  • Zquila Mexican Restaurant

Yeah, you counted right, over 35 places are participating and each one of them will be offering "Great Plates Specials "for two straight weeks. They will all be offering $25 specials to show off some of the best that they do. (Some places that is $25 for a meal for one, some a meal for two, and others are even offering food for four at that price.) Plus, some restaurants will have $2.50 breakfast specials (Snooze an AM eatery, La Creperie, or Mugs Coffee.) Click here to see the menu.

And to make matters even better, you are helping out a good cause when you eat out for Great Plates because the events helps to raise money for the Food Bank For Larimer County. (Last year's event helped raise over $20,000!)

Keep in mind the $25 specials do not include tax, tip or any donations. So, if you can spare it leave some extra cash for the food bank, and be sure to treat your servers well. (Just because your meal may be cheap, that doesn't mean you have to be.)

It's time to set your inner-foodie free and experience some of the great food offerings in Downtown Fort Collins. Mmm...