Weld County offers dozens of delectable offerings for the dining experience you desire. Are you seeking a high-end, farm to table experience? Try the Greeley Chophouse in downtown Greeley. Or maybe a small-town, traditional café? Try the Wholly Stromboli Restaurant in Fort Lupton, or the well-known Kersey Pizza in, you guessed it, Kersey. Perhaps you’re interested in international food? From Fort Lupton to Windsor, to Greeley, you’ll find a long list of authentic Mexican food, Oriental restaurants, Italian grills, seafood, Indian and Nepali food, Greek food … and let’s not forget good ol’ American cuisine and burgers.
How about breweries and distilleries? Weld County is home to a growing number of breweries that put down their roots in Weld County, including High Hops Brewery in Windsor and the trendsetter, Crabtree Brewing Company, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
From local Mom ’n’ Pops to the national franchise and chain restaurants, it’s not hard to find in Weld County the kind of food and drink to please your personal palate.
Red’s Dogs & Donuts is a Mom-n-Pop shop. Building on standard carnival fare of all-beef quarter pound hot dogs, hand-forged cake donuts and Spudnuts, the potato flour with hints of lemon and nutmeg, Red’s offers a fresh bonanza of foods to cozy up to. We are the only spudnut shop in Colorado offering an extensive donut menu featuring the famous “Baconater,” Twists, Long Johns, Bear Claw and fritters, to name a few of the shop’s delights.
Have a Kolache, a slightly sweet potato flour pastry roll enclosing krautburgers, bacon and eggs or Philly cheese steak. Unique wild game sausages are available in house or retail. Try smoked elk, wild boar, pheasant, buffalo, alligator and beer brats. Celebrate in style with the Kobe beef or Bison dog. Really hungry? Opt for a two-pound smoked, deep-fried turkey leg, a festival favorite. Pair with fresh cut fries. Red’s knows about comfort foods: take home butterballs and Colorado made noodles.
Open all day, offering regular and Udi’s gluten free bagels with a variety of flavored cream cheeses, breakfast sandwiches and Wacky Waffles with every imaginable topping. Order coffee on the go, and for lighter appetites, sip a smoothie.
Come in and feed your fancy!
2608 11th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631
(located off Hwy 34 and 11th Ave in the King Soopers Shopping Center)
Sitting in the shadow of the Great Western Sugar Factory in Eaton, CO, Sugar House offers top quality, professionally prepared cuisine with casual American flair. The restaurant’s simple interior recalls its historic beginnings with an ambiance reminiscent of a prairie farm home. Corrugated metal wainscoting, bare oak tables and agricultural artifacts adorn the walls, but simplicity ends at the menu. Expect carefully crafted sauces, house-made dressings and great attention to culinary detail. The menu covers a range of cuisines, reflecting Executive Chef/Owner Tony Pera’s wide experience cooking across the country, with strong focus on flavors from North Carolina and the Southwest.
Dinner favorites are sushi grade Scottish salmon flown in fresh, hickory smoked ribeye prepared from prime rib and finished in a cast iron skillet, bone-in Duroc pork chop stuffed with spinach herb asiago and served with smoked Gouda mac & cheese and a flavorful, bacon-wrapped filet. Pera works off a seasonal menu, acquiring local ingredients to create inspirational pairings. Lunch features a wide selection of salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. Many offer versions with house made smoked pork green chile in a rich broth, including a smothered burrito. The breakfast menu is extensive with pancakes, strawberry french toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs your way and omelettes. Brunch adds lunch items. Patio dining and limited beer and wine.
Edgy, affordable and locally owned, Lucky Fins’ food with attitude is a sure-fire way to satisfy your seafood cravings. Dining with a landlubber? The innovative menu offers something for every palate. From premium grade sterling salmon to sustainably managed calamari, the kitchen understands environmental awareness. The sushi is art on a plate, prepared by a team of skilled sushi chefs. Favorites include lobster stuffed avocado and creamy poblano soup you’ll want to go swimming in, it’s that good. Creative sauces, from savory to tangy, accessorize fresh shrimp and halibut. You’ll dream about the Baja seafood enchiladas, stuffed with shrimp and scallops. Beach Street Tacos — mango shrimp, mahi-mahi or local Colorado bison, are loaded with fresh ingredients. Hankering for something grilled? Lucky Fins offers ribs, steaks and pork chops, and hamburgers from Aspen Ridge beef that are almost too big to hold on to. Prefer something lighter? Inventive entrée salads will let you explore global cuisine, from Tokyo to Key West, to Baja. Don’t miss the all you can eat crab nights!
Lucky Fins is perfect for large groups, families and date night. Tie up your boat and come on in!
4848 Centerplace Drive
Greeley, CO 80634
327 East Foothills Parkway #120
Fort Collins, CO 80525
When it comes to green chile, there’s a lot of competition in Colorado to be the best. With multiple awards for food and service at Santiago’s Mexican Restaurants, a local chain of 27 eateries across the state celebrating 25 years, it’s easy to see they’ve accomplished it. Consistent cooking throughout the franchise and staying true to original family recipes created by the president and CEO Carmen Morales’ mother, Rachel has served Santiago’s well.
Stop by any of the locations to experience authentic, affordable Mexican dishes that are always fresh. Slow-simmered green chile, a fresh pot of beans and hand-prepared salsa, all made fresh every day, are only the beginning. Start the day with a popular breakfast burrito or other breakfast favorites, Mexican style. From tamales, tostadas to tacos, enchiladas, burritos and platters of all sorts, you won’t go wrong.
Santiago’s is part of Colorado Proud high quality, fresh products locally produced. You’ll taste their dedication to authentic goodness in every bite.
701 11th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
12 South Parish Avenue
Johnstown, CO 80534
150 1st Street
Fort Lupton, CO 80621
5980 Keys Street
Frederick, CO 80503
Total of 27 locations across Colorado
With twelve homemade, mouth-watering sauces glazing their Buffalo-style hot wings, and five locations across Northern Colorado to get them, Wing Shack has its finger on the pulse of what customers want. Whether you prefer their fresh, never frozen wings Bear Hot or just Barely, from Shack favorite Garlic Hot to the uniquely sweet and tangy Thai sauce, there’s a wing flavor for you. Menu offerings include salads, sandwiches, wraps, Rocky Mountain oysters and decadent desserts, all cooked fresh to order. Love a favorite sauce? Purchase a bottle to take home! Eat in, take home a Party Pack or let Wing Shack throw a FLY party for your next catered event. Intense flavors and friendly service are heart-warmers. Have an iron stomach? Take the Bear Hot Challenge and munch your way through their hottest hot sauce — with four spicy chilies of eye-watering heat — to earn your spot on the Wall of Fame and an invite to the annual Wing Eating contest in October.
Wing Shack’s secret to success goes deeper than what’s in their sauce. The company’s local, Northern Colorado team reflects core values of what great things happen when you mix innovation and dedication to quality service.
2704 8th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631
1815 65th Ave
Greeley, CO 80634
1261 Main St.
Windsor, CO 80550
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Wholly Stromboli Brings Italian Family Values to Rural Colorado
By Danny Bishop for Explore Weld County
FORT LUPTON — These days everyone is overworked, so inevitably stress accumulates, hair is pulled out, and meals are skipped. Yet, for Fort Lupton restaurant owners Melissa and Eric Rickman, dinner is non-negotiable.
Growing up on the East coast, family meals were an important chance to connect — not a quick bite before nightly TV or replying to emails, Melissa said. Instead, her mom’s signature stromboli dinners were a necessary part of the family dynamic. It was the one time during the day the family put life on hold to be together.
It might sound cheesy, but cheese defined this New Jersey family. As a result of fond family memories, Melissa and her husband set out to share this defining sensibility with Colorado when they opened Wholly Stromboli six years ago.
“Everyone thought we were nuts to open an Italian restaurant in a rural town,” Melissa said.
She is not wrong to feel like an outcast. Surrounded by small-town aesthetic, Wholly Stromboli seems a little bit like a mirage. The location is one of many elements that make the restaurant unique. The restaurant is located in the 103-year-old, historic Edgar St. John building in downtown Fort Lupton. They gutted the building and spent long days crafting it into a restaurant while still preserving its historic roots.
Friends and family were concerned if a sit-down stromboli business was sustainable in a town of only 8,000 residents, but the Rickmans would not budge on the location — they did not want to uproot their kids. Plus, there had always been a demand for a family dinner destination in Fort Lupton — no one had quite tapped into it yet, according to Melissa.
Flash forward to this year, Wholly Stromboli won first place for Denver’s A List Best Italian. Melissa said they were in the running four years in a row, and this year they were selected out of 97 restaurants. Melissa said they were honored to be selected — especially since they are not even in Denver.
“I’m a city girl, so when we came here there was nowhere for a Friday night date,” Melissa said.
Despite the clashing identities of Fort Lupton and the restaurant, Wholly Stromboli never would have existed without the support of a rural community. Melissa said they got their start in a uniquely small-town way.
“We had people knocking on our door to lend a hand,” Melissa said. “We had a city council member washing dishes. ... People really wanted this restaurant to succeed. That wouldn’t have happened in a large community. As a result, we feel committed and want to give back.”
Waitress and manager Kelce Romero said the Rickmans value community over everything. This quality inspired her to work at Wholly Stromboli.
“Melissa and Eric are very into giving back to the community,” Romero said. “We do what we do because we want to. They want to keep this thing growing, and establish a local community — like a family — and show what true hospitality is.”
Before she worked at Wholly Stromboli, Romero would come in as a customer for the food and familiar faces.
“There are not many restaurants in Fort Lupton, and I used to come here all the time before I started working here.” Romero said. “I wanted to be a part of this team because they were so welcoming.”
One way the Rickmans give back is through various community events such as a school supply drive, or helping to organize a trick-or-treat street for local children. According to Fort Lupton Fire Department Lieutenant Kenny Rosales, the Rickmans often drop off food for the firefighters. As a result, the fire department, which is located only a few buildings away, visit for lunch regularly.
“They get a lot of support because they support the community,” Rosales said. “Their food is unique to anything around here, and they bring a lot of people to Fort Lupton.”
According to Rosales, the eclectic menu is what made the fire department regular customers. In addition to traditional strombolis, Wholly Stromboli offers the “Hyperbole” which includes locally grown green chilies, jalapeños, ham, cream cheese and their secret diablo sauce. Other unique items include a PB&J stromboli, Philly cheesesteak stromboli or the “Hulapeño,” a Hawaiian inspired dish which is qualified with “trust us” in the menu description.
It all started with one recipe. Melissa’s mom used to make what can now be found on the menu as “The Original.” Melissa said she remembers trying to convince her mom to sell the strombolis, which had been so crucial to family bonding, but her mom figured there wasn’t a market for them. At a young age, Melissa decided she would open a restaurant, and that motivation stuck with her through various middle management jobs, until she and Eric moved to Colorado and started planning their dream in 2007.
“Since I was 20 I had the name for the restaurant picked out,” Melissa said. “I would dream about it at night. I would imagine what this place looked like. A couple decades later and here we are.”
Today, Wholly Stromboli is driven by the same family values that led to its inception. Melissa said all the food is made from scratch, and the ingredients come from local vendors. In pursuit of the best quality food, dough at Wholly Stromboli is aged for 48 hours. The restaurant also features only local microbreweries on tap.
“It’s important to us that we support small business,” Melissa said. “There are so many people that have a dream like mine, and the only way that works is if we support each other.”
Melissa said the key to small business success is being present — both in the restaurant and with the customers. She said they treat their guests like family, and the hospitality they offer keeps people coming back.
“We stand out because we care,” Melissa said. “We’re not just slinging food. You can taste the love. When people leave here with a full tummy and a happy heart my life is complete.”