OK, ladies, here’s looking at you.
It’s football season, right? If you’re anything like me, this means that Thursday nights and all day Sunday are blocked off on the calendar. Straight-up football widows.
This also probably means your game-day menu choices are pretty limited to buffalo wings, bagel bites, and beer.
Alliteration aside, it doesn’t have to be this way.
What if I told you there was a way to enjoy the game without ingesting anything that came from the freezer section of Costco or the greasy pizza chain on every corner?
(Not that there is anything wrong with those. It’s just nice to shake things up sometimes.)
What if I also told you that game day can even include vegetables? Or maybe a salad? How about that game day can include real, whole food, and the guys can still have their pick of an entire wall of handcrafted beer, delicious gourmet pizzas, gigantic burgers, and a list of appetizers sure to make their mouths water?
Talk about a win-win! And it is possible.
Look no further than BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Fort Collins, Colorado.
BJ’s is a smallish chain of upscale, casual restaurants with locations in 15 states. You can order to go (by calling in or ordering online), or decide to dine in and watch the big game on one of their many flat-screen TVs (which are, conveniently enough, always on sports!) Either way, BJ’s is an excellent alternative to the usual indigestion-inducing game-day menu.
(And without the headache surrounding sports bars!)
Their food is delicious and comes in large enough servings to satisfy even the biggest appetite. Just take a look at their menu. So many choices!
A few of my personal favorites include the Santa Fe Spring Rolls, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Signature Five Cheese Pizza, Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken Pasta, Tuscan Chicken Limone, Flatbread Pizzas, and Chicken Quesadillas (and I usually don’t like quesadillas). My husband likes the Crispy Jalapeno Burger, Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, Spicy Meatball Pizza, Crispy Calamari, and the BJ’s Brewhouse Blonde Shrimp.
And their French fries? To die for.
Everything that I’ve ordered from BJ’s was absolutely delicious; I’ve never had a dud. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian menu options- and they’re tasty and hearty (unlike so many other places that think steamed spinach and tofu is all vegetarians eat).
BJ’s lunch menu starts at $5.95, and their dinner menu is mainly in the $10-$15 range. That’s highly reasonable, especially for the serving size and quality.
The beer menu is also pretty awesome. Granted, you’ll have to dine in to partake, but it’s a valid bargaining chip when trying to convince the guys to watch the game somewhere other than your living room! They also have some delicious cocktails and an extensive wine list, if that’s more up your alley.
Ordering from BJ’s is a fresh alternative to the tired, played out options generally associated with football. Who says you have to eat reheated fried foods or call in the same order from the same standard pizza joint week after week? With BJ’s, the options are endless and everyone can get exactly what they want without sacrificing taste.
BJ’s even offers special events and catering. So if you’re having a big gathering, like, say, the Super Bowl, they’ve got you covered.
BJ’s is located at 2670 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525. Restaurant hours are Sunday through Thursday 11am – 12am, and Friday and Saturday 11am- 1am. Their phone number is 970-282-3700.