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Choice City Butcher & Deli

Not Rated.
Choice City Butcher & DeliChoice City Butcher & Deli

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.59%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: gbontrag on 07-18-2005)
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$

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
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

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.

Cheers!

04-22-2011 01:38:52 | More by chugalug06
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LSUPT

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

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
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

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
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mkorpal

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$

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
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

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
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
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
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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slander

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins, CO
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.