You picked them, so here they are:  The Best of Fort Collins 2007


More than 1,400 people cast online ballots for their favorite spots in the Fort Collins Coloradoan's Best in Fort Collins 2007 contest.

This was our first year for online-only voting. We're glad so many of you chose to participate.

And we were excited to see so many new names pop into our list including new businesses like The Chocolate Café and Lyric Cinema and Café.

And, it was great to see some new names in Best Coffee Shop, Best Cinnamon Roll, and Best Art Gallery.

Thanks for voting!

Best Breakfast (Three-way tie)

160 W. Oak St.
“Bloody Marys.” – Karla Donaldson, Fort Collins

Lucile’s Restaurant
400 S Meldrum St.
“The best breakfast anywhere.” – Lawrence Wiseman, Fort Collins

The Egg and I
Fort Collins: 2809 S. College Ave, 223-5275; 1112 Oakridge Dr. No. 101, 223-8022
Windsor: 1205 Main St., 686-6471
Loveland: 2525 N. Lincoln Ave., 635-0050
Greeley: 3830 W. 10th St., 353-7737; 2305 W. 27th St., 392-1191
Estes Park: 393 W. Elkhorn Ave., 586-1173
“The Wisconsin Scrambler … the cream cheese makes all the difference.” – Jennifer Lowe

Best Cinnamon Roll

Colorado Coffee Exchange/Company
215 E Foothills Pkwy. # B4
223-0300 or 1-877-532-0300

“They are always so fresh and they have a taste that  makes you want to not stop eating them! Delicious.” – Amanda Stoll, Fort Collins
“The rolls are very large, home baked, and dripping with frosting! What could be better than that?”
– Becky Floyd

Best Coffee

Moxie Java
Fort Collins: 2815 E Harmony Rd # 102, 266-8080
Windsor: 7486 Westgate Drive, 226-1144; 629 Main Street

Best Dessert

The Chocolate Café
102 W. Olive St.
“They know how to do chocolate.” – Barbara Morgan, Loveland
“The best crème brulee I’ve ever had.” – Kristin Childs, Loveland

Best Ice Cream

Walrus Ice Cream
125 W. Mountain Ave.
“I can get my ice cream any way I want it and it’s delicious!” – Arthur Kipp
“Because it’s sooooo good!” – Robin Yarber

Best Margarita

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
143 Mountain Ave.
“Duh!” – Carolynn Bond, Fort Collins

Best Local Beer

Odell Brewing Co.
800 East Lincoln Ave.
www.Odellbrewing .com
“Best flavor and amazing aroma.” – Jim Weatherwax, Fort Collins
“Odell’s puts out a fantastic product!” Kelly Simpson, Fort Collins
“Is there any question?” – Eric Smith, Fort Collins

Best Seafood Restaurant

Fish Restaurant
150 W Oak St.

Best Fine Dining

Jay’s Bistro
135 W. Oak
“It’s my favorite. Great wine, beautiful atmosphere and delicious food.” – Jennifer Lowe, Fort Collins

Best Steakhouse

Main Street Grill
1294 Main St. in Windsor
“Great, steaks, varied menu, friendly service and locally owned.” – Doug DeMercurio, owner

Best Sushi/ Japanese Restaurant (Three-way tie)

Jeju Restaurant
238 S College Ave.
“I love the special attention from the chefs. They are always making me dishes that are not on the regular menus that are simply to die for.” – Thomas Scott, Fort Collins

Nimo’s Sushi Bar & Japanese
1220 W Elizabeth St.
“Yum!” – George Williams, Fort Collins

Suehiro Japanese Restaurant
223 Linden St.
“Great atmosphere and I can always find something I like” – Jennifer Lowe, Fort Collins

Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Thai Restaurant

Chili House
4200 S College Ave # 110

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Young’s Café
3307 S. College Ave.
“Always the best flavor and atmosphere.” — Chad Gray, Fort Collins
“Their pork over rice is unmatched.” – Jennifer Lowe, Fort Collins

Best Pizza

Cozzola’s Pizza
241 Linden St

Cozzola’s Pizza-South
1112 Oakridge Dr. No. 114

Best Italian Restaurant

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant
120 S. College Ave.
“Best service, food and staff.” Tara Foos, Fort Collins

Best Mexican Restaurant

Tortilla Marissa’s
“North of the Border Cafe”

2635 S. College Ave.
“The owners make you feel like family.” – Misty Young, Truckee, Calif.

Best Sandwich

Obee’s Soup-Salad-Subs
Lemay Avenue and Prospect Road
“The subs here are great. They are made to order and everything tastes fresh.” – Lou Jerome, Fort Collins
“Yummy deli subs, great quality and great service.” — Shannon Robinson, Fort Collins

Best Spa

Trios Salon and Day Spa
1015 W. Horsetooth Road

Best Fitness Club

Fort Collins Pulse
2555 S Shields St
“They have great instructors and a friendly environment” – Nicole Knafelc

Best Sports Bar and Best Place to spend Saturday night

224 S. College Ave.
“Of all the bars in the Old Town area, Tony’s staff provides the best customer service, no contest.” – Xakary Wolfe, Fort Collins

Best Hair Salon

Studio Be
15 Old Town Square
“The girls there rock! I’ve got the best hairstyle I’ve had in years.” – Kelli Kammerzell, Fort Collins

Best Movie Theater

Lyric Cinema Café
300 E. Mountain Ave.

Best Art Gallery

Meko’s Gallery & Framing
133 Remington St.
“Wide variety of exceptionally high quality art from area artists.” – Joan Mangle, Fort Collins

Best Tattoo/Piercing

Freakshow Tattoo
1232 W. Elizabeth St.
“I love the guys who work there and it’s the only place I’d let my friends and family go.” — Stacy, Fort Collins

Best Customer Service

Tradehome Shoe Stores
215 E. Foothills Pkwy. No. L21

Best Dance Club

Osiris Nightclub
2649 E. Mulberry St.
“It has a great atmosphere, great people, excellent music, amazing bartenders and bouncers. It’s just an all around fun place to be.” – Jessi Bankston, Fort Collins
“Excellent Vegas-like nightclub environment with a great sound and light system and an awesome crowd of good people.”— Andy Neely, Fort Collins

Best Pet Grooming

Putting On the Dog
1004 N. Taft Hill Road

Best Auto Repair

Nice Car Inc.
100 Riverside Ave.
“Excellent service at a reasonable price.” – Bob Vogler

Best Antique Store

A & J Antique Mall
6012 S. College Ave.

Best Community Festival

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
Aug. 15-17, 2008
“It’s getting better every year and has great food, too!” Inge Diodati, Fort Collins

Originally published November 8, 2007