I embrace the unusual, the unique, the one of a kind. We are often surrounded by imitations – a copy cat from another source. While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it does nothing for the taste buds except spoon-feed us the “same old same old” every day. Not only does that get boring, but it dulls us to the point of not experimenting with different flavors and foods. We become trapped gastronomically – either forced by lack of options or by our own rut and lack of adventure.
So, when I discover an eatery in Fort Collins that is unlike any other, a place that offers quality food and a unique experience – it gets a thumbs up from me. Fiona’s Deli is all of this and more. They get two thumbs up.
Fiona’s Delicatessen is owned by Elizabeth and Scott McBryde. Scott is classically trained in European cuisine and is the resident chef at Fiona’s, using locally grown produce, imported cheeses, handmade pastas and house-baked breads. They started out in Old Town in 1999 and after a few years, outgrew that location – in both size and dream. They moved to the Harmony and Lemay area in 2006 where they would have the space they needed to expand upon their already extensive menu.
When you walk into Fiona’s, you’ll be shocked at how large the space really is. There’s a cake display in the front where you can check out their cake decorating skills (one time I was in there, someone was ordering a princess cake for a birthday). There’s also a rotating pie display, and array of baked goods to choose from, like cupcakes, cookies, brownies and muffins. There’s some prepared salads and meals and a cheese display, not to mention the list of sandwiches that is a mile long. If you can’t find something you like on there, there’s no hope for you.
In the back there is an espresso bar, with an old fashioned soda fountain. The bar is covered in pennies – hundreds of them. Unique doesn’t even begin to describe it. Homemade malts, sundaes, shakes, and banana splits, along with large glass jars of hard candies, are treats you can expect to find back here. You can even have a soda fountain birthday party!
For breakfast, The Toddler and I came by for a special meal out together. He had a blueberry muffin and milk. I ordered the #50 – Hardy’s More Brie Please – an egg, sausage and brie sandwich on English muffin bread, and a latte.
The blueberry muffin was bigger than The Toddler’s head, and he gobbled it right up. In fact, he was pissed that I took a bite to try it. It was moist, sticky, sweet and perfect.
My sandwich was incredibly hearty. I could only eat half! Gentle creamy brie oozed over a gigantic spicy sausage patty and the biggest scrambled egg I’ve had on a breakfast sandwich. It was awesome! The bread was just as good, but I cut off the crusts because they were too crunchy for my preference. I also really liked the breakfast potatoes that it came with. Soft, smokey, savory, fantastic.
The 16 ounce latte was made from a Cafe Richesse blend that was ever so light. This latte had such a subtle, soft flavor that I could hardly notice I was drinking coffee, even though I had to add two more shots of espresso to make it a quad. Sometimes I need my coffee to slap me around to wake me up, and this coffee just quietly whispered “good morning.”
On another visit, both boys and I stopped by for dinner. The kids had sandwiches from the kids’ menu – grilled cheese and Peanut Butter and Jelly, both with sides of fruit. Even though these were kid-sized, they were still enormous. They couldn’t finish even half. We opted for wheat bread rather than standard white, which was a nice option – especially for fresh made bread.
This was another extremely large sandwich, but every huge bite was delicious. It was very smoky, but still great tasting. The crisp, cold tomatoes really helped to calm down the fishiness of the salmon. I loved it. I especially love that they have brie on so many sandwiches. It’s not an every day cheese, even though I could eat it every day.
The soup I ordered with my sandwich was also super fresh with large chunks of vegetables. Roasted onion soup with mushrooms and peppers, it had a creamy homemade flavor that satisfied. Often times soups aren’t filling enough to be an entire meal, but this soup is.
When we stopped by for some sweet bakery treats, we had shortbread cookies, cupcakes and apple pie. The cupcake was dense and decadent with frosting that was thick with super sugariness to it – like grocery store bakery frosting (in the good way but much better). There was a cute bee and flower adorned on the side that made The Toddler smile. The cookies are just as cute and delicious, with smaller portion sizes and a nice saltiness that mixes with the sweetness. Perfectly baked, there’s nothing burnt here!
The apple pie slice was cold because it was made the day before. A cold bite doesn’t do a pie justice, so I had to warm it up at home. Once warm, it was so good! Flaky, buttery pie crust, dense streusel topping, slight cinnamon flavor tucked inside tart slivers of apple. It’s a pricey slice, but you get what you pay for. This was a large piece of amazing.
With the incredible selection of sandwiches, breads, pies, cookies, cakes, and an old fashioned soda fountain; Fiona’s Deli is unusual, unique and one of a kind. This is not the same old same old, and your taste buds will notice the difference.
Fiona’s Delicatessen & Catering
1001 East Harmony Road
Kid-Friendly? Very! And I’d love to hear from people who had birthday parties here. It sounds like it would be a memorable party to have!
Parking: Parking lot
Healthy Options? Many vegetarian options, flour-less cakes and low-calorie choices.
Budget-Friendly? It’s a higher priced deli – $7-$9 sandwiches, $3 muffin, $5 pie
Recent Health Inspection: Average