Choice City Butcher & Deli

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Choice City Butcher & DeliChoice City Butcher & Deli
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61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

104 W Olive St
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524-2832
United States
phone: (970) 490-2489

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Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of DrMephisto
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

-w-

Photo of Big78CJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Ave
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of CTBadger
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We ate breakfast here on our one night stayover in Fort Collins. We stated at the Armstrong Hotel in the same building (highly recommended) and the desk clerk recommended a breakfast spot a couple of blocks away. We saw that Choice offered breakfast so we stopped there instead.

As we were waiting for our food I checked out the beer offerings. Holy cow! What a fantastic selection of local brews including aged bottles. Chimay White on tap? Avery's Beast and Samaels? Even DFH 90 which we didn't see too much of in Colorado. There was also a great selection of belgians, new and aged.

I have to say that I was very disappointed we didn't find this place the previous night. It will definitely be on our "must visit" list if we ever get back to Fort Collins.

Stop there to eat and drink - you will not be disappointed.

Photo of johnyeast
4.83/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Okay. I will start by saying that I love this place. When I first walked in they had Le Terrior on tap. So I came back to get a confirmation on my first impression. They consistently have new and ahead of the curve craft beers. I was there on thier patio (a couple of tables outside the front door) and trying one of the best offerings from the Ft. Collins Brewery, Spring Bock, when one of the guys brought me a sample of Avery's 14 that they just tapped. Had one, loved it, like the offer of a sample. The sandwiches are amazing and the best butcher shop around. A must go in Ft. Collins if you enjoy great beer.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to Choice City a couple of times, and I have been very happy each time. If recommended, I would suggest to go for dinner as their food is fantastic. But I have gone for lunch before and been pleased with their deli sandwiches as well.

Located near trendy Old Town Ft. Collins, they are far enough away that parking is easy but still close enough to be part of the downtown atmosphere. Inside is a rather small room with a deli counter and a great listing of good quality of meats. There are some tables throughout and seating for outside as well. Rather low key but very intimate.

The food is fantastic and worthy of a 5+. If you go for lunch there is a list of sandwiches available. I've tried the club and the philly and have been impressed with the quality. If you go for dinner, you have a few choices to pick out. You can order food directly from the deli and have the cook fix it anyway you want. Another option is to choice from their chiefs specials which change frequently but have a good variety of foods. One choice that I was surprised at how good was their Ostiridge plate. Also I would recommend their steaks as well. I'm getting hungry just think about it.

Their beer selection is great. They have a great selection of hard to find and even aged beers. For instance they had Chimay White as well as Duchesses on tap last time I went. They also had a 2002 La Folie. The prices are a little high but well within approachable levels. They did have a good variety of Colorado beers, NB, Odells, Avery, Great Divide and other selections such as Victory, Stone, DFH among others. And they had a lot of seasonal or rare find beers as well. The selection is fantastic. They also have a great wine selection as well.

Overall I have gone to Choice City a few times and will continue to go into the future. This is a must go when traveling to Ft. Collins.

Photo of gbontrag
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

what an awesome place, in my opinion. Okay, okay before I get all excited and spazzy, let's start from the beginning. What I noticed about Choice City first was the quality of their meats, Prime and some Choice. The pork, veal and lamb was all excellent beyond reproach. They were being tutored on the fine art of cutting by a retired butcher. The sausage was top notch. The deli was muy, muy good. Then I noticed they started adding some choice, value wines. Then the beer started showing up. And taps. And it was all local. And soon they were getting seasonal pony kegs from Odell and New Belgium. And they kept adding to their bottle selection, and a few more taps. They were busy. They started having wine and beer tastings. The Monday night football-brat and beer party I went to was a hoot and holler event.
A few nights ago I noticed they had knocked down a wall and doubled their size. They were offering dinners. They were advertising a four course beer dinner with Doug Odell. My wife and I stopped to pay our respects. I drooled over the NBB kriek, Mantra and Saison on tap. There was Odell's Nip and a few standard Odell beers, and a couple of colors of Chimay on tap. The bottle selection included all of Avery's big beers, and new offerings. An empty Samael bottle was prominently displayed (empty as a sign of encouragement). There were bottles from Lefthand, and other locals.
The menu is easy: Pick a cut of meat from the case at market price, and choose one side from a menu of sides (grilled asparagus, mashers, carrots, brussel sprouts was the choice the other night.) Meals come with salad and bread. The meat was perfectly grilled/seared and seasoned -- that's P-E-R-F-E-C-T! And I have much R-E-S-P-E-C-T for what the guys are doing at Choice City. Please stop here and enjoy prime meat, and choice beer. Wow, how easy is that?

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Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins, CO
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