Saturday, November 18, 2006
KFC (Nov. 18th)
2140 W Elizabeth St
Fort Collins, CO 80521
**2 out of 5 stars**
KFC is one of those evil vices that you know you shouldn't eat, but can't help yourself. It's fried and greasy, and I just love it every now and then. But even though I know better, I am always disappointed in the quality of the food.
For lunch this day, I hit the drive through and got some chicken strips and potato wedges. This was a meal deal, so it came with a Pepsi. Looking back, I wish I had purchased their normal orginal recipe instead of their strips. The strips were very greasy, did not seem fresh, and had way too much batter on them. Hindsight is always 20/20. The potato wedges also seemed like they were made over an hour ago and have been resting under a heat lamp for this time. The meal came with honey mustard.
I am convinced that there must be a better Kentucky Fried Chicken than the one on Elizabeth. But I keep going there because its close to my house and I'm hungry for a greasy meal. I would say skip this KFC. But if you know of a good one, please let me know.
Friday, November 17, 2006
East Moon Asian Bistro (Nov. 14th)
1624 S LeMay Ave,
Fort Collins, CO 80525
*****5 out of 5 stars*****
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. East Moon is a great little Bistro that is unlike anything in Fort Collins. It's hip, cheap, and a very trendy atmosphere. Located in an out of the way strip mall, the East Moon more than lived up to my expectations.
Inside its very bright, with a lot of large stylish lamps haning from the ceiling. Their is a large bar and sushi bar to your right, and a dinning area to your left. They have lots of specials posted as you enter, and it appears that their menu changes frequently. We wanted to try both their entree's and their sushi; so we had sushi for an appetizer and also each had an entree of our choice. We had a Dragon roll and a California roll. Since the restaurant was pretty full, I figured we would be in for a long meal. I figured it would take a few minutes before receiving our sushi. Like clockwork, about 10 minutes after placing our order; our sushi arrived at the table. It was very good, and tasted very fresh.
After we finished our sushi, it was not long before our main entree's came out. I had the Kung Pao Chicken, and my date had another kind of chicken dish. Mine was very good, and it was a very large portion. They bring out a tray like plate that is filled with all kinds of fun stuff. The rice was molded onto each one of our plates differently (she had a star, I had a heart) and topped with a cherry. It was fun having a hot cherry before starting my meal (no comments please). It was also plated with a very artistic radish rosette - my date kept hers - and very cleverly sliced orange. She was keeping it to show some family and friends (no comments please).
Overally, it was a great meal. The staff was very fast moving, and the meal was very reasonably priced. The sushi was great, and the main meal was great. If you have not tried it yet, please do yourself a favor and go!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Jason's Deli (Nov. 12th)
1538 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80525
****4 out of 5 stars****
Out shopping on a Sunday, Jason's Deli was a perfect choice. They have something for everyone, and a huge menu selection. They have everything from a large salad bar, soup, sandwhiches, desserts, and more!
When you first walk into Jason's Deli, you will immediately notice their large assortment of foods along their salad buffet. It will draw your attention in to see what they are having today (this is what I did). I decided to get a bowl of soup, and try out the salad buffet. They have many, many soup choices (atleast a dozen) and they all are very good. I had Chicken noodle, and my company had Brocolli and Cheese. Both were very good, but after seeing people get their Chicken Pot Pie stew, I regretted my choice. It's a large bowl of hardy soup topped with a bisquit and its what most people were getting.
The salad bar is huge! It has everything - so even a picky eater could be satisfied. They start out with two kinds of salad, a big array of toppings (veggies, dressings, cheeses, hot peppers, etc). Then they have lots of pasta and potato salads. There are also desserts, crackers, bread, and their special muffins.
Jason's Deli does catering and has lunch and dinner. They are pretty cheap, and worth a visit.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Old Chicago (Nov. 11th)
147 S College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524
Old Chicago's is a cool place downtown Fort Collins. Some people call its "fratty" or "preppy", but I enjoy stopping in everyone once in awhile. The drinks are not cheap, but the food usually cheap after 10 pm and that usually gets us to go.
Not as busy as it used to be, there was still a fair crowd on Saturday night. After Elliot's (see below) I was craving a cheap pizza. During the week after 10 pm; they have cheap appetizers and pizzas. Weekend only have cheap pizza's. They are personal pan size pizzas, and you are only allowed one topping. That was okay for me, since I was wanting plain old pepperoni anyways. The pizza came out quickly, and really hit the spot. The pepperoni was nice and crispy, just how it should be served.
The drinks are always plentiful there, although I would not say they are cheap. During the day, most people are drinking beer. But at night, its a lot of beer, mixed drinks, and shots (although they don't serve shots after midnight). Their shots are always pretty good, and I have never complained about their mixed drinks (except for their higher than average cost). They have a beer club, so ask your server for details.
Go for the cheap late night pizza, and stay for the drinks. The staff is very good, and are always friendly and fun.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Elliot's Martini Bar (Nov. 11th)
234 Linden St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
** 2 out of 5 stars**
Looking for a change of pace, and going downtown anyways - we decided to visit Elliots for a few drinks. When we arrived there was a long line, that was slow moving. But the guy at the door was very nice, and did apologize.
Once inside, it didn't take that long to receive a drink which was nice considering how busy it was. I tried a Cosmopolitin, and did not enjoy it that much. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I am no martini expert. A friend of mine who visits often got a "Helvis" which is similar to a Bloody Mary (tomato juice, vodka, tabasco, and olives). However, he had to ask for a new one because there was so much tabasco that he could not drink it. The bartender just added some more tomato juice and it was still unbarrable so he complained about it again. The bartender seemed very put off by this, but reluctantly made him a new one.
After my Cosmo, I decided to get a Rum and Coke. This was again a strange mix, as there was far too much rum and too little Coke and it was not mixed well. I was not impressed with it or the service we received. We could tell that they were talking about us as they were talking at the end of the bar and would laugh in our direction. It was not necessary, as we were very nice except for returning one drink.
If you like martini's, then you don't have many options in Fort Collins except for Elliot's. I would say visit, but make sure to know what you are getting yourself into. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Jackson's Sports Bar and Grill (Nov. 10th)
925 E Harmony Rd Unit 100 Fort Collins, CO 80525
****4 out of 5 stars****
Jackson's is a perfect place to have drinks with coworkers during Happy Hour, and this is just what we did on Friday after work. Jackson's fills up quickly on the weekends, so go early to ensure you get a good seat.
They always have decent Happy Hour specials on beer, and that is what most people are drinking. They usually have large 24 oz. beers for $2.50 each, and I believe it goes for just the basic brands like Coors and Budweiser. But they do have a large selection of beers on tap, and even more in bottles. We also had a shot called a "Jolly Rancher", which tastes remarkably similar to a watermellon flavored Jolly Rancher. They also had food specials, and their food is pretty good. The waitstaff is friendly, talkative, and attractive.
Jackson's is a fun to hang out with friends and coworkers alike. They have lots of TV and plenty of space to move around. There are some darts and pool tables in the back for those who care to play and is family/kid friendly.