Do-It-Yourself Loveland Food Tour
Inspired by an amazing food tour I experienced in Colorado Springs, I decided to create one for the town I’ve lived in for 13 years.
The purpose of my Do-It-Yourself Loveland Food Tour is to introduce visitors and locals to Loveland’s active downtown restaurant scene, and give folks a taste of what the town has to offer. The following tour is a suggested outline and can be modified to fit your needs.
This tour is for written for two people and will take two and a half to three hours. All restaurants in this do-it-yourself food tour are five to seven minutes walking distance of one another.
Stop One: Door 222, 222 E. 4th Street
When this restaurant opened its doors in downtown Loveland I immediately loved the mountain chic interior and the classy, yet laid back, atmosphere. Door 222 is best known for their tapas, creative small plates that are fun to share.
Start your tour with an order of Stuffed Peppadew Peppers ($9 for 5 peppadews). These bite-size peppers are wrapped in Serrano ham, filled with goat cheese and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. They burst with flavor in your mouth.
Stop Two: Laureate Publick House, 548 N. Lincoln Avenue
This is our favorite watering hole in downtown Loveland. We like the long wooden bar and community style tables. Ryan enjoys the rotating taps; he can always find a new and interesting craft beer on tap here.
The second stop on the do-it-yourself Loveland Food Tour is all about tacos. Just four dollars each, choose from a pork taco served with an Asian Slaw or a Korean beef taco with honey ginger and peanut beef topped with a fruit kimchi served on a corn tortilla. You can’t go wrong with either and I’d recommend a party of two to order one taco per person.
Ask Aaron, owner of the Laureate Publick House, what he’d recommend pairing with each taco. He’s behind the bar on most days and is the friendliest publican in Loveland.
Third Stop: Henry’s Pub, 234 E. 4th Street
This American restaurant is a longtime favorite of Loveland locals and is nearly always full. Your best bet is to sit in the bar area while visiting Henry’s on this food tour.
I’d recommend sharing a Welsh Rarebit ($8.99) on this stop. This appetizer comes with grilled sourdough bread, salted sliced tomatoes and a bowl of cheese sauce made with Grimm Brothers Fearless Youth and Dijon mustard.
Pair this dish with a Fearless Youth, a dunkel style ale.
Stop Four: Mo’Betta, 141 E. 4th Street
One of the most unique restaurants in downtown Loveland, Chef/Owner Clay Caldwell stays true to his southern roots by offering his guests everything from fried green tomatoes to beignets.
I am addicted to Chef Clay’s gumbo, both the seafood and the classic. At this Loveland Food Tour stop I’d encourage you to order a cup of gumbo for each person on the tour (or, if you don’t mind sharing, order a bowl). Chicken and andouille gumbo is $5.49/cup and $8.49/bowl and the chicken, andouille and seafood is $8.49/$12.99.
Mo’Betta’s interior design is a feast for the eyes, but don’t miss their bathrooms – by far the fanciest in downtown Loveland. Lastly, be sure to browse their moonshine list, because what’s southern fare without a little moonshine to wash it down?
Last Stop: Origins Wood Fired Pizza & Wine Bar, 500 N. Lincoln
A food tour is not complete without dessert, and Origins’ creamy, handcrafted gelato paired with French pressed coffee is the perfect ending to an foodie outing in Loveland. Origins’ gelato flavors include vanilla, chocolate hazelnut, pistachio, sea salt caramel, cinnamon and a chef’s selection.
Ryan and I split a scoop of chocolate hazelnut gelato ($4.50).
Origins is a brightly lit restaurant with a contemporary urban feel. One of the newest additions to the Loveland restaurant scene, they focus on food and wine pairing and frequently host wine dinners.
This do-it-yourself Loveland Food Tour was designed and taste-tested by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer. The featured restaurants were chosen by Heidi and agreed to be featured in this piece.