In Denver, they've done '5280' weekends, where 2 people enjoy full fine dining meals for $52.80. During the off season, Colorado resort towns will do 2 for 1's at their best restaurants. I know because when I was a ski bum (more of a ski bum) it was the only time I could afford to eat at nice restaurants in the Vail Valley. It's a way to fill seats, sell meals and keep their people working during less than peak tourism times. Fort Collins has it's own version, and it is going to be delicious.

Participating restaurants wil be offering $25 meals for a full two weeks. We will be able to enjoy the best of the best for that price. It's a great way to explore restaurants we haven't tried before, or go back and enjoy favorites.

Great Plates is also expanding to breakfast. Some restaurants will be offering $2.50 plates.

Here's what has to say about Great Plates.

The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and member businesses have worked together to bring this dining tradition to our community. Dining enthusiasts will be encouraged to celebrate the authenticity, quality and diversity found only in Downtown Fort Collins, at Great Plates of Downtown 2013.

Over thirty-five (35+) downtown restaurants will offer amazing evening dining specials for a full two weeks! Each restaurant will be offering their own unique dinner specials for $25.00 to show off their specialties and favorite ingredients. It could be dinner for four or it could be a gourmet treat for one. Attendees will be able to enjoy this culinary celebration while experiencing the beautiful historic area of Downtown Fort Collins and supporting the Food Bank for Larimer County.

EXTRA! Great Plates 2013, Breakfast specials will be available at participating restaurants for $2.50.  We encourage people to start their day with a Great Plates special at Snooze an AM eatery, La Creperie, or Mugs Coffee.

Plan your food adventure today - Click the link at the top left corner of this event the for menus!

HELP FEED PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY! Great Plates of Downtown and diners from all over Fort Collins last year collectively raised $20,800 to the Food Bank for Larimer County! That is over 83,000 meals for people in our community.  Please leave your donation in the envelope provided by your server after your meal. Donations, tax and tip are not included in the $25 meal package cost.  Thank you Fort Collins and Downtown for your generosity!


Participating restaurants include most of the places you would want to eat in Fort Collins anyway.

Participating Great Plates Businesses 2013:

  • 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