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Choice City Butcher & Deli
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
104 W Olive St
phone: (970) 490-2489
(Place added by: gbontrag on 07-18-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
While visiting Fort Collins I decided to make the stop here. I was in a mood for a sandwich and it was a gorgeous day out.
A- Wow was this place busy! I liked the fact that it was real laid back with lots of people drinking a pint of beer with their lunches. Dogs everywhere, people bustling in and out and while hectic maintained a nice feel.
Q- The quality of beers was pretty good, but nothing special when compared to places in Ohio. They had St. Bernardus 12 and Odell's Bourbon Stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. As for the bottles, there really wasn't anything exciting. LA Carnivale and Witches' Wit was about as out of the ordinary as it got. My biggest gripe was that I saw a bottle of New Glarus Iced Barleywine sitting in the fridge. I had been eyeing it the whole time as I slowly made my way to the front of the line. When I ordered it, the clerk started to ring it up and someone from behind the counter told her that it wasn't for sale. Awesome! However, the clerk was nice enough to comp me and take $2 of the Chimay I bought instead.
S- This was another big problem. The whole system of ordering in one place and then standing in line to pay at another place simply wasn't working. I think this was in large part because there was no bottle list and the fact that they only had one person at the register, who was also filling the beers that were on-tap. With only 5 people in line in front of me, I must have waited to pay at the register for 15 minutes. Every person that was paying was constantly asking what was in the fridge (would be very difficult to see if you have bad eye sight or are not tall enough to see over the counter). I think it would have definitely benefitted to have a bottle list to begin with and more than one person to take orders at the register, pour the beers on-tap, and constantly have to wonder over to the fridge to let people know what bottles they had.
S- The selection was pretty good for a quick lunch stop. They had a decent amount of bottles in the fridge along with 10 or so taps.
F- The food was the best part of this place. I had an italian sandwich for $11 and it was pretty damn tasty.
V- As far as value goes, I probably won't be coming here too often. The food is amazing, but a bill of $35 for two sandwiches and two chimay triples is a little too rich for my taste, especially when we are talking lunch for two. I like the concept of this place, but definitely overpriced.
05-15-2009 17:20:31 |
More by rhinos00
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
From my notes of May 9th, 2009
I arrived about 2PM and, of course, people were scurrying in and out...this is usually a very busy place and no wonder.
I ordered a full classic Italian sandwich and a pint of NB Eric's Ale. The sandwich was as good as I've ever had and the Wild Ale was simply superb! So damn good that I had to have a second pint. At $5 per, I thought the price was very reasonable.
I've been here before so I knew you had to walk over to the deli counter to put my order in for the sandwich(I chose a garlic mashed potato for my included side) and walk to the beer counter for my beer. A bit unusual for a first time customer but easy to get used to.
So...my say is that this is a must stop if you're in town. Great food and a wide range of beers on tap and even more goodies in bottles.
I highly recommend it!
05-11-2009 23:29:56 |
More by Bitterbill
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
In the mood for sandwiches and fine drink, this seemed to be the obvious choice. I feel fortunate for having stopped by.
The building is old and small, with really high ceilings and tons of windows to light everything up. Decoration looks like local art coupled with various boastings of what the deli has to offer. I must say, the tables were cool. I'd like to try to make some like that some day. You'll have to see them. The tap handles that grace the establishment are also on display. Over all, the place has a definite coffee shop/ deli feel to it. Oh yeah, and they have great beer.
They had about 12 taps with local and other American brews. Quality was clearly the mark they were shooting for. I can't recall the brew I grabbed, but it was a beefy bourbon RIS. Tasty, but not a good choice for lunch.
I got a ruben, and it was pretty much perfect. I'm not sure what to say about what makes a sandwich awesome, but this one did it for me. Tasty, softly toasted bread, fresh meat, tons of kraut and just a touch of dressing. I actually got to eat a pile of the kraut and corned beef that fell out with a fork. It was seriously great.
Service was limited to the people behind the counters. Both were friendly and the beer girl answered my questions about the brew, so all went well.
I wished I lived in the apartment upstairs. Freakin' fantastic sandwiches!
01-06-2009 20:04:17 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A ruddy early flight and some time on my hands before Handsome Ed's in, I go for the rental car. So, what exactly is a full size? Well, it's a Mitsubishi Gallant or a Dodge Charger, whichever one gets back to this lot first. I'm thinking I really want the Charger, so naturally the Gallant shows up first but I opt to wait for the Charger that then immediately arrives. It's only got 26 miles on it. Don't tell the folks at Enterprise but I'm going to excessively speed on the 75 MPH highway up to Fort Collins in their bad ass non broken in Charger. Did I mention the drinking at New Belgium? And Ed's talking about some deli in town up there, supposedly they've got good beer too...
And yes, it really is a little butcher shop & deli off the corner in town there. We parked in the most messed up, dangerous ass, angled parking in the middle of the street set up and headed on over. Deli counters on 2 walls in an "L", one holding your standard deli meats & cheeses, and meats butcher style in the other. You order and pick up on one end and pay and deal your beer on the other. And 16 mix and match tables throughout the room, some pushed together to seat more, some with twisted wood chairs, and some not. We ordered food here, got our beers there, and grabbed a table.
On the wall behind the one counter where you order, a large cork lined blackboard lists sandwiches and smaller vertical boards show meat, cheese & toppings options; on the wall behind the counter where you pay to play, a massive board talks barbecue. Large glass windows done up with local hero New Belgium signage look over West Olive and the pickety fence pen with seating out front below the big striped awning. Hanging plants and a bar counter in the window to one side of the door. High high pressed tin ceilings painted beige, exposed ducts, and drop lamps. Sets of paintings of children and animals riddle the room, and tap handles for beers come and gone displayed in rows on the rear wall. Shelving units along the far wall hold sauces, condiments, peppers, oils, crackers and more,
Some interesting foodings. Breakfast sandwiches and deli lunches, but at night they morph into something altogether different, doing steaks, pork tenderloin, drunken ostrich, veal, shrimp, lion & lamb stew, bacon wrapped tournedos of beef tenderloin, definitely kicking it up a notch.
I 'et a sandwich of awesome; turkey on wheat, with lettuce, onion, cheddar & spicy mustard. It was really just the perfect sandwich and was totally necessary, as I'd only been fed cookies on the plane. Mac salad or something comes with it but I fessed up the extra buck fidy for the soup, a pork green chili, good heat and very tasty (I think I'm going to eat pork green chili everywhere I go this GABF weekend). Ed and Josh both chose from the collection of 5 Reubens, Ed the Classic Reuben and Josh the Colorado Reuben. Ed says it was one of the best Reuben's he's ever had, and Josh showed how much he enjoyed his by making a huge mess.
15 taps in all; 6 of them (2 sets of 3), pouring from a kegerator style fridge behind the counter, the rest pouring from both sides of a double glass front cooler next to it housing bottled selections. A surprisingly nice selection of taps for a deli, 5 from New Belgium (Mothership Wit, Eric's Ale, Old Cherry, Abbey Grand Cru, Giddy Up!), 5 from Odell (Extra Special Red Ale, Easy Street Wheat, IPA, Bourbon Aged Stout, 5 Barrel Pale Ale), micro near (Fort Collins Wilburfest), and far (Russian River Damnation), and a handful of imports (Chimay Tripel, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Lion Stout). I drank a New Belgium Eric's Ale, goddamn that's a nice beer, tastysourwonderfullness. Beer here was fresh, served in chalices hanging from the underside of a shelving unit over the taps.
And the bottles, the bottles, it's always the bottles, the bottles, the bottles. Nearly 2 dozen Colorado beers (New Belgium, Odell, Avery, Left Hand, Fort Collins), another 2 dozen more American micros (Ommegang, Stone, Victory, Jolly Pumpkin, Deschutes), about a dozen and a half Belgians (Fantome de Noel Saison, De Ranke XX Bitter, Cantillon Lambic, De Proef Brouwerij Saison, Oude Kriek Lambic, Achel, Westmalle) and a few other imports. What else, what else? Oh, yeah, some aged & vintage selections (Hanssens Mead the Gueuze '99, New Belgium La Folie '02, Avery The Beast '04, Lee's Harvest Ale '88, '99 & '00, Pommeau de Normandie on calvados), and, um, you wait here, I need to find out what they mean by "Stille Nacht '00". It runs $20, could it be the Reserva, I wonder? (They didn't know what it was, and hunted high & low but couldn't come up with anything. "Boo!" I say).
Sometimes, the perfect sandwich simple and easy, this is one of them times. And an absurdly better beer selection than any deli ought to have but I sure ain't complainin'. Cool world music being piped in, laid back and chill, clean and friendly folks here. Totally choice!
11-15-2008 13:24:20 |
More by slander
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
What an outstanding concept...combine choice selections of deli meats an amazing selection of quality beer and good breakfast, lunch, and dinner entree meals. Voted best breakfast in Fort Collins and has great helpful owners. The first day we were in town they recommended another good resturant for the type of food we were looking for and called the other owners to let them know we were coming. Only thing is that everytime we have gone back the service was awful. The beer selection is amazing though as they are the only ones in Northern Colorado who we have found to have Russian River beer on tap and several other rare varieties.
11-02-2008 23:29:20 |
More by Kemmerlin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A high-end deli that caters to those seeking the finest. They fit the bill. Some outside seating is available as you make your way to the entrance. Inside is a single large room with the register immediately to your right. Follow the L-shaped deli counter to the other end where you place your order. Great selection of sandwiches with interesting sides. Pay at the register when placing your order and check out the beer selection in the fridge behind the counter, with perhaps 10 taps. A large selection (not quite huge) and all of what they have is noteworthy. After paying, grab a seat and wait for your name to be called to go pick up your order. Condiments available at a small station by the trash receptical. The food is great. Seating is tight, to say the least. Clean up after yourself. Bathrooms are shared with several other establishments, through a door in the back and down a common hallway.
08-04-2008 20:58:13 |
More by mentor
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Choice City is a great place. Very well run and an impressive operation overall. The beer selection is really nice. Thoughtfully chosen bottled offerings, including some Belgians and even a couple vintage offerings. Also, I think they have 12 draught lines, all craft. Those are thoughtfully chosen as well, except the Chimay. Besides the beer, this is a full service deli that makes sandwiches for customers and sells meat to go. And it's all high quality stuff. This is my favorite place to drink ale in Fort Collins and it's a great place to stop for lunch. They do a really nice job here.
07-18-2008 22:54:19 |
More by Crosling
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is the place to go, in my opinion if you stop in FtC. Went here on a tip from my father and was not disappointed in any way. Great cuts of fresh meat, plus the best taps and bottle selection in the city. Chimay Tripel, St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap for pity's sake! Plus the nice local NBB and ODells taps. Great quasi-european/old time deli/pub style seating plus a great little patio out front. Make this your first lunch/dinner.
Owners know there stuff about brews too. Had a convo with Russ for an hour or so about interesting Belgian brews. Good people!
07-07-2008 21:14:29 |
More by DrMephisto
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Choice city has a great location and available outdoor seating. Several beers were available on tap and in bottle and I think there were even a few vintages. I was very impressed with the beer selection, including Odell's IPA and the new release of Jessica's Porter (I was told they were one of only a few places that got the release early).
Sandwiches were excellent and very fresh; it is a deli, afterall. I had a great time eating lunch here when we arrived in Ft. Collins. I would definitely recommend this is a perfect lunch stop and I think they serve breakfast/dinner some days too.
07-03-2008 18:19:07 |
More by Big78CJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is a open for all three meals, but closes in the early evening, 6 or so. It is primarily a butcher shop and deli, that serves sandwiches and does a lot of catering. They have great food menus for breakfast and lunch, simple sandwiches mostly but very well done. There beer menu is short, carefully chosen and exemplary, rotating choices typically include a few of the locals, Odells and New Belgium, a few choice American crafts, Stone and Rouge, and a few tasty imports, Chimay and Ayinger. Small but great selection all in all.
03-23-2008 16:30:20 |
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Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins, CO
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