Although a relatively small American town with just over 50,000 people, Loveland offers a diverse culinary scene, with a great variety of restaurants to choose from. Here are the top ten places to visit when in town.
4th Street Chop House
4th Street Chop House has been open for over a decade now. Modeled after an classy 1930s restaurant, the Chop House specializes in seafood and steak dishes, recreating popular dishes from the 1930s to give a historical and authentic cohesion to the venue. Appetizers feature steamed mussels, shrimp cocktails, and onion strings while dinner includes excellent options such as pecan-topped halibut, lobster ravioli, and rosemary grilled chicken breast. There are also a great selection of steaks on offer, including New York strip and fillet, complete with sides and sauces.
Next Door is a chic restaurant with a modern Spanish vibe, offering a menu of exciting and innovative dishes. The ceiling is beautifully decorated with metalwork from local artist Matt Kaufmann, whose sculpture and carpentry reinforce the modern look and feel of Next Door. Apart from the regular menu, the restaurant also offers tapas items including bacon wrapped medjool dates, sautéed shrimp in garlic butter, and even braised short rib with macaroni and cheese. It’s great for large groups, so be sure to take your friends with you.
Henry’s Pub is the quintessential British pub with dark wood, high bars and large tables. The pub maintains sophistication without being cold, making it perfect for larger groups and animated conversation. It is common to visit Henry’s just to enjoy a drink with friends. However, for hungry patrons there is an extensive menu of traditional dishes such as fish and chips, game sausages with mash, and even a Guinness stew. Desserts are equally indulgent, with brownie sundaes and bread pudding available throughout the day.
Betta Gumbo prepares great southern, Cajun and creole food, inspired by the streets of New Orleans and Louisiana. Cajun cuisine is a combination of local produce and classical French cooking techniques brought by European settlers arriving in what is now modern-day Louisiana. The chefs at Mo’Betta Gumbo bring the Cajun food of the Deep South to Colorado with great dishes of corn, shrimp and potatoes. Creole spices are used liberally to create a fantastic smoky flavor that runs through all of the food here.
Loveland Coffee shop is a cozy little place in downtown Loveland that welcomes guests for freshly made coffee, cakes, and more. Complete with a fireplace and comfy sofas, there is a chance that once settled you won’t want to leave. All drinks are available with regular, skimmed or soy milk, making it a great haunt for vegan coffee enthusiasts as well. Food is typical coffee shop brunch fare, with bagels, porridge and muffins being the most popular options. Oreo milkshakes are also available for those looking to indulge.
While Nordy’s BBQ assures guests that it is the best BBQ in all Colorado, one thing is certain, it’s the joint having the most fun in Loveland. Think glitzy cocktails with sparklers in all manner of colors and an all-you can eat lunch buffet, allowing diners to gorge on as much meat as they want. The restaurant is family-run, having been owned and operated by the Nordhagen family for the last 25 years. On visiting, make sure to request ‘the sauce tour’ and be introduced to the restaurant’s homemade sauce collection.
Asian Café and Grill
The Asian Café and Grill is an award winning pan-oriental restaurant in Loveland Colorado. Over the years, this humble eatery has won a great number of consecutive awards for best Chinese food, and best restaurant in northern Colorado. The Asian Café and Grill serves brilliantly executed Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. One of the café’s specialties is Pho, a Vietnamese beef and noodle soup, which guests can fully customize with a variety of different additions. The kitchen also serves fantastic fresh sushi.
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