Silver Grill | Fort Collins, Colorado
Posted on March 12, 2013 by Tim Tolbert
My new Breakfast Nirvana series will spotlight some of the world’s finest breakfast experiences known to mankind. Today’s installment features the Silver Grill, a northern Colorado stalwart operating now for over 87 years in Fort Collins’ Old Town.
Fort Collins, the well manicured college town located on Colorado’s eastern Front Range, is known for it’s award winning quality of life, Colorado State University and a burgeoning Micro Brewery scene. It also boasts an inordinately high number of restaurants per Capita with several standout breakfast options available.
Thankfully, I’ve had the good fortune of visiting the Silver Grill several times over the past three years. It’s located in Fort Collins’ handsome Old Town, a 12 square block downtown core comprised of refurbished historic buildings and wide streets. Parking is free and securing a spot within walking distance of your destination is rarely an issue.
I just happened to be back in Fort Collins this past week and made a point to revisit several old haunts. The Silver Grill is famous for their over sized Cinnamon Rolls which seem to be a regional favorite in these parts of northern Colorado. Two other local establishments also claim to offer the best Cinnamon Rolls but annual polls typically point to the Silver Grill as reigning supreme in this category.
Situated in a century old building which has been lovingly restored; the restaurant presents an inviting and comforting atmosphere with reconditioned plank hardwood floors and an original tin ceiling. The aforementioned Cinnamon Rolls are prominently on display in a glass display case near the cashier station. It’s wise to arrive before 8:45 AM on the weekends if you want to avoid a wait but if you are running late free coffee is available or you could go ahead and build yourself a custom Bloody Mary from the “You Mix it” Bloody Mary bar in the main foyer.
Menu standouts include locally sourced grilled trout and eggs, several Hatch Chile accentuated Mexican items, blueberry hotcakes and excellent patty sausage. Eggs are always prepared as ordered and their home fried potatoes are laden with grilled onions and arrive reliably crispy. In addition to the regular menu there are usually some creative weekly specials. I noticed that this week’s special hotcakes were Guinness & Chocolate and at least four varieties of Eggs Benedict were also on offer.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more tasty breakfast option in Fort Collins; a city proud of its frontier roots and laid back lifestyle.