From March 1 – March 14, Downtown Fort Collins’ award-winning dining promotion and fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County returns for a 18th year! Great Plates of Downtown™ is a celebration of the Downtown dining community and features 50 participating restaurants serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all day menu specials for $25.00, and a la carte items for just $2.50.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Great Plates of Downtown™ in 2023
We raised $152,382 dollars for the Food Bank for Larimer County!
A special thanks to the restaurants with the highest total donations
Rodizio Grill - $30,018.00
Social - $23,073.00
The Melting Pot - $17,717.00
Sonny Lubick Steakhouse - $11,227.43
Union Bar & Soda Fountain - $9,549.00
Additional thanks to the restaurant with the highest quantity of donations
Course One: Choice of Soup du jour or Salad du jour
Course Two: Choice of:
Ace Meatloaf - homemade with a brown sugar bacon glaze served with mashed yukon potatoes and cheesy corn bake; OR
Veggie Pot Pie - with peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, truffle béchamel, and puff pastry; OR
Pan Seared Salmon - with apricot ginger BBQ sauce, served with celery root puree and smoked pecan rice pilaf.
Course 1: Rotisserie Tri-Tip Roast - topped with salsa verde and grilled shrimp; OR Creole Spiced Walleye - topped with garlic crawfish tails and brown butter cream; OR Berkshire Pork Chop - topped with whiskey maple glaze and apple bacon hash. All entrées served with choice of side.
Course 2: Bread Pudding with salted caramel sauce OR Midnight Espresso Chocolate Mousse - a dark chocolate cup with crème anglaise.
Course 1: Choose one of the following: Chef’s Choice Street Taco (GFO) - chef curated daily choice of ingredients; OR Blue Agave Choice Guacamole (V, GF) - garlic, green chilies, red onion, cilantro, tomato, and lime; OR Chorizo Corn Dip - roasted corn, chipotle cream, monterey jack, served with tortilla chips.
Course 2: Choose one of the following: Top Shelf Enchiladas (GF) - pan-sauteed shrimp, lobster, white wine, roasted red peppers, chipotle cream, monterey jack, cilantro rice, and black beans; OR Prime Flat Iron - jalapeño-bacon au jus, Southwestern ranch crema mashed potatoes, chili lime grilled asparagus; OR MEATI Medallion (V, GF) - cilantro chimichurri, salsa brava fingerling potatoes, and charred shishito peppers.
Choose two of the following: New York Strip (8 oz.) Steak - with Bingham Hill butter, mashed potatoes, and vegetables; OR Schweineschnitzel - a pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, lemon butter cream sauce, and bacon beer sauerkraut; OR Bangers & Mash - English bangers, mashed potatoes, red onion reduction, and homemade warm applesauce; OR Fish and Chips - beer battered cod with tartar sauce and beer battered fries; OR Black Bean Burger - homemade burger topped with guacamole, chipotle ranch, cheese, and choice of side.
One Flatbread Pizza created with our Silver Rum peach-based sauce, topped with thin-sliced prosciutto, brie, red pepper flakes, honey drizzle, and fresh basil. PLUS two Specialty Cocktails, each created to pair with the flatbread pizza.
Course 2: Three Entrées OR three Special Rolls. Entrée choices: Sesame Chicken, Koko Chicken, Panang Tofu or Beef, Chicken Pad Thai, Chicken Drunken Noodles, LuLu’s Chicken, OR Peanut Chicken. Special Roll choices: Las Vegas, Rainbow, Green Dragon, Peachy, Kamikaze, Rocky Mountain, OR Mexico Maki.
Charcuterie-board Flatbread topped with prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh pear, house nut mix, black garlic mayo, honey, and chili pepper, surrounded by our house-pickled onions, golden beets, bar eggs, olives, and whole grain beer mustard.
Hours: Weekday Evenings (5 pm - Close) and All Weekend
Enjoy hot Brazilian appetizers, endless trips to our Gourmet Salad Bar with over 30 made-from-scratch items, and an unlimited variety of rotisserie grilled meats, featuring: Tri-tip Steak, Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Chicken, Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, and our famous Glazed Pineapple. For an additional $10, experience Rodizio’s full rotisserie menu. Or, for an additional $13, experience Rodizio’s full rotisserie menu plus a select dessert to share.
Mediterranean inspired dish includes herb-roasted chicken, tomato & cucumber salad, and hummus with pita, served family style. Pairs perfectly with our extensive selection of lagers, or split a bottle of wine (for an additional charge).
Choose any two medium-size Signature Specialty Espresso Lattes OR our Specialty Tea Lattes AND pick two of our house-made Breakfast Burritos. Try them with our own house-made Caffein-Ferno hot sauce (made with our cold brew coffee) or salsa!
Course 1: Choice of any four Street Tacos on our menu, including our “Featured Great Plates Taco” - Crispy Jackfruit Taco with braised jackfruit, jalapeño cabbage slaw, serrano-avocado salsa, pickled red onion, and cilantro (limit two of the same taco type per order).
Course 2: Two cups of Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup and one side of Elote Street Corn.
Downtown Fort Collins and
restaurants present a vibrant dining tradition for our community each
March. Dining enthusiasts are encouraged to “Dine. Discover. Donate.”
during this two-week culinary celebration. One hundred percent of the
donations collected go directly to support the Food Bank for Larimer
When is the promotion?
March 1 – March 14. Check the Menu Specials for the hours each restaurant is offering their special.
Where is the promotion held?
Great Plates of Downtown™ takes place at 50 restaurants in Downtown.
How much does it cost?
Each participating restaurant
creates a unique $25 menu special, or a $2.50 a la carte special, not
including tax, tip, or donation. Specials range from a gourmet
multi-course meal for one to a feast for four.
Please note that donations, tax, and
tips are not included in the $25 and $2.50 pricing, so after you dine,
consider leaving a donation. Every $1 donated to the Food Bank for
Larimer County two meals worth of food to someone in our community! For
more information on the Food Bank for Larimer County or to donate
online, visit https://foodbanklarimer.org/.