Anyone who has lived in Fort Collins for even a short time knows the Silver Grill happens to be one of the best breakfast and lunch spots in town. And most have at least once (hopefully) tried the famous Silver Grill cinnamon roll. But did you know they also have one of the best patios in town? Doubling in size in 2012 it has quickly become the #1 favorite by locals. Crafting it into a year round patio makes it a comfy sitting spot during those chilly days while waiting for your table with a fire pit, heaters, blankets and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar.

Speaking of the Bloody Mary Bar - Silver Grill recently managed to put on the world’s largest BYO Bloody Mary bar for 2 days in July. It was a sight to be seen and a true testimonial that they indeed know how to build one heck of a Bloody Mary bar - it’s a doozy. Referred to by a writer as the “Fort Collins Bloody Mary Bar Champion,” it features mixers like spicy habanero, citrus or bacon vodka and a few different tomato bases, some chunkier and hotter than others. Add-ins include pickle juice, lime juice, A1 steak sauce, horseradish, sun-dried tomatoes in vinegar, pickled veggies, blue cheese-stuffed olives, hot sauces galore, and just about the entire spice rack from the shop next door.

Another tidbit is The Grill is the only breakfast restaurant with a patio (often referred to as the patio lounge) where cocktails are served. Summer and winter drink menus feature creative cocktails unlike any around. Take the Bushwacker Iced Latte for example. The Grill describes it as “A Virgin Islands staple done our way. Two shots of dark roast espresso chilled and shaken with milk, Irish Crème liqueur, coffee liqueur, rum, and amaretto syrup, then topped with fresh whipped cream and nutmeg.” Holy cow!

It won’t take long to figure out why this has remained one of the best hot spots in FoCo. We Do Local recommends a patio day with Bloody Mary’s and dipping into one of their daily or seasonal specials (always posted on their Facebook page). Bonus: the Do Book will get you a buy one entree, get one free M-F!

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