Choice City Butcher & Deli
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4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
Choice City was my first stop on the return trip through Colorado, and easily one of my favorites from the entire trip
located just off the main drag of downtown Ft. Collins, the shop has an atmosphere a bit like a coffee shop, but with a diverse selection of fantastic sandwiches and burgers and a great beer list - love coffee shops so that vibe sits well with me, note that this was a lunch stop - the breakfast menu is impressive, and dinner features a pretty intense selection of steaks from various species (ostrich, pork, buffalo, beef...)
the menu is written on a couple large blackboards, rustic worn hardwood floors, meats displayed in the counter cold cases, wooden tables and a bar across one of the large storefront windows affording a nice street view, lots of natural light, taphandles on display, steady lunch crowd but not too busy, very nice kids working and good music at a good level, a great place for a comfortable afternoon stop
the selection was very deep and eclectic, maybe twenty or so at the time, lots of locals and some quality belgians, some notables - Russian River Supplication, an obscure New Belgium one-off, a couple from Funkwerks - just the tip of the iceberg here, various pour sizes available and proper glassware in use
regarding the food side of the situation, this is a real-deal butcher shop with great cured meats and cheeses, after much internal deliberation (awkward staring at the menu), my choice was a Colorado buffalo reuben - probably the best I've had anywhere, the meat was perfect, the bread delicious, cheesy but not greasy, and the balsamic potato salad awesome, even better paired with a Supplication, don't even recall what was paid, but value is high given the goods received
a "must stop", in my opinion
05-26-2011 04:02:00 | More by blackie
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
I have been living in the general Ft. Collins area for almost 2 years now and had not heard about this place. I just happened to stop in one day with a friend and I walked away impressed. The food here is amazing. It is a slight bit pricey, but I usually am fine with paying whatever prices for food. It's nothing fancy, burgers and sandwiches mostly. You can also get cheese platters or meat/cheese combo platters. They serve breakfast also, but I have only ever been there for lunch, so I can not comment on their breakfast selection.
The beer selection is quite good in my opinion. They have beer on tap you can't find anywhere else in Old Town (to my knowledge). The bottle selection is decent too. Myself and a couple friends got a bottle of 2002 La Folie here, so you can find some interesting beer here. I will always take quality of quantity so even if they don't have as many taps as some people would like, the quality of beer offered is above pretty much anyone else in town.
The staff is friendly, mostly. The people who take and cook the food orders are not very friendly, but the wait staff and owner(?) are quite friendly and are willing to pick a beer for you if you are unfamiliar with the selections.
I was not able to make it this weekend, but I fully intend on making Choice City a weekly stop. It's my favorite place in Ft. Collins.
05-01-2011 03:30:35 | More by Palipapachak
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
Visited this place few weeks ago.
This place has pretty good vibe for a functioning deli, beer is given some props
Quality of beers tasted were very good
Service was friendly & enthusiastic, albeit a touch slow as non-crowded as it was
Only 20 taps, but all were great selections, heavy emphasis on local beers that skew towards one offs. Bottled selection looked fairly good
If this place didn't sell beer I would still come for the food. I had the BEST buffalo burger I've ever had in my life. The Breakfast looked tasty, but alas I had to skip it the next morning, Food is pricey though, beers were more reasonable. I do plan on coming back here the next time through, stellar bar/deli!
04-30-2011 02:25:32 | More by russpowell
4.05/5 rDev -7.1%
A very nice, not too well known spot in Old Town Fort Collins. Small, plenty of tables, and plenty of choices... Great atmosphere.
The only reason I'm scoring a 4 for quality is due to the fact we ordered an aged brew that was HORRIBLY miss poured... I almost turned it away. I would love to share what brew this was, but it would only make you incredibly jealous. The food was quite good, but pretty expensive for what it was... My friend and I bth ordered the buffalo sliders for $13. Most entrees seemed to be nicely overpriced, but hey, some decent food with an amazing brew selection? Who could complain too much?
We also had terrible service, our waitress seemed very flustered and overwhelmed by her job... To CCBSaD's credit I've been here numerous time prior to this experience and had GREAT service.
Well worth your trip and dollars to find this place and stay a while.
04-22-2011 01:38:52 | More by chugalug06
4.75/5 rDev +8.9%
SO glad that I was able to make it here on my last day in Fort Collins and I was not disappointed.
Nice brick building in old town Fort Collins. Deli meats and cuts of steak in a glass case, tap handles decorating, clear menus with great specials. Ideal atmosphere, in my opinion, really comforting and rustic. Really cool tables and chairs as well.
Several employees behind the food area waiting to take my order listening attentively to my complicated order, which they got correct, this was 12:15 on Monday and surprisingly slow though. At the checkout/beer counter the girl was happy to answer all my questions and make suggestions even though there were people behind me, even applied the drinks included in my order to our beers.
If I recall correctly there were about twelve beers on tap, all top notch, and a decent number of bottles. I had an Equinox Dunkleweiss and a Mad River Double IPA.
Wow, the food. My sister had the choice city burger that I just could not stop eating, perfect all around: cooked, topped and prepared impeccably on a very tasty bun. I had the cheesesteak: very good, and the provolone was probably the best I've ever had. Being from the South, the balsamic vinaigrette based potato salad was very off-putting but it grew on me so I won't take away a point just for that.
$10 each with a side and drink included I'd say is pretty good and considering the quality I would gladly pay this any day if I lived there.
04-16-2011 02:23:56 | More by LSUPT
4.05/5 rDev -7.1%
We waited until nearly the last meal in town to visit Choice City. I wasn't sure what to expect. It is not a beer bar... that was clear as soon as we walked in. It is a butcher shop/deli and sandwich place. It is a functional retail store that has great beer on-tap and great food. That, my friends, is freaking cool.
We stopped in on a Monday sometime after 2pm. It was slow and we got helped right away (order at the counter). We ordered a couple beers (Saison Dupont on-tap = yummy!) and some sandwiches. We didn't wait long. My buffalo burger was awesome. I also got a bite of a Buffalo burger rueben and it was amazing! IMO, the food is the star of the show. Great sandwiches!
There is plenty of great beers on-tap and in bottles. What a great place to grab lunch and a beer.
I want to make it clear to people that this is more of a store, a retail store than a bar and it is more of a sandwich shop than a full on restaurant. It is a great mix however. I loved it. This isn't the place you'd come to have many beers, IMO, but it is a great place to grab something to eat and have a beer.
Just remember, this is not a bar!
07-29-2010 22:58:01 | More by bditty187
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
I can't believe I never reviewed my favorite place. maybe I did and it just disappeared. Who knows.
Anyway, Choice City tripples as a great butcher, and awesome deli, and a world class beer bar. They only have 15 or so taps available. however, they are all high quality. At one time, they had Avery Samael's, Lost Abby Angels Share, and Oskar Blues ten Fidy on tap. That was just a few of the awesome brews available. They also have a bunch of bottles, but it's hard to tell what they actually have at times.
The food is some of the best in the city. Typical deli stuff with sandwiches and burgers. The sandwhiches are huge and tasty, while the burgers are fresh and juicy. They do an incredible job with the food.
Service can sometimes be a bit spotty, especially when it is quiet. The line can also stop if someone like myself can't make up their mind on the beer. Oh well, it isn't bad enough for me to dock them far, and it's the beer that should be front and center.
price wise, the food is expensive, but the beer is fairly priced. they also will drop a dollar of you pint when you order a meal. my suggestion, the Choice City burger, mashed potatoes, and an Erics Ale.
07-28-2010 22:15:33 | More by mkorpal
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
Choice city is a great butcher that just happens to have a very good beer selection as well. Located just off College in Old Town, it's a great place to get a sandwich and a beer.
Being that it's a butcher, you can go in a get a cut of meat to go, have them grill it up there, or just get a sandwich. The only downside is the price. Sandwiches are close to $10 or $8 if you just get a half. They're good but only for an occasional treat.
On to the beers, you'll find a great, ever-changing list of beers on tap and bottles available. I had a wonderful St. Bernardus Abt 12 and a lesser but still enjoyable Kwak when I was there. Everything is served in the appropriate branded glassware. In addition to specialty Belgian beers, there are always a number of taps from local brewers New Belgium and Odell.
Overall a great place and worth a visit if you're in town.
02-04-2010 17:17:09 | More by GilGarp
3.65/5 rDev -16.3%
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
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
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
Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins, CO
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.