Since my recent stay at the PVH Resort & Spa, it’s come to my attention that this site and it’s social media accounts are providing information for more than just it’s readers. Locals who frequent different food review sites, plus other publishers and the like, count on me to find new ideas for dining in Fort Collins. Now that’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m not one to shy away from a
war challenge. So with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I offer you dear readers, née, this entire town, my pick for (yet another) hidden lunch gem: the Deli at Super Target. Specifically, my Eat of the Week: the D’Amico Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich.
At $4.29 this delicacy is a bargain. With the Starbucks located just adjacent to the deli area, it’s easy to make an entire meal out of this for less than 5 dollars (if you order a cup of ice water at Starbucks and they don’t charge you for the cup); a deal no matter who you are or why you are at Super Target in the first place. Utilizing their housemade rotisserie chicken and calling it “Rosemary Chicken Salad”, this croissant strikes the perfect balance of taste and texture. The “currents,” which everywhere else are just currants, Target takes to the next level by combining currants and sunfloweroil [sic] for a one-two punch, to add just the right touch of sweetness. The lemon juice concentrate and xanthan gum provide the tanginess you would expect from the quality of any Target, especially one that’s Super.
The factory-made croissant is flaky and cold from being refrigerated for possibly several days. What the “green leaf lettuce’ lacks in crispness, it makes up for in vibrant color to give the entire sandwich a complexity not normally found in more well-known local delis. And for those of you with food allergies, be aware that this may contain tree nuts. I like to bring it home for a post-grocery shopping lunch and serve it cut in half with a side of exhausted tears from braving Super Target in December. It also goes well with potato chips (sold separately).
The setting: grocery-store style deli (one might even say a deli inside a grocery store) located just to the left of the west entrance of Super Target.
What to keep in mind if you go: park closest to the grocery side of Target and use the entrance as though you are just going in to do some casual shopping. Try to not look conspicuous—I’m not sure what the regulations are for visiting only for an onsite lunch. The Starbucks counter will ring you up for this. Probably. That may depend on who is working. Insider tip: pick the sandwich furthest to back—grocery stores tend to put their freshest items there. (Don’t tell anyone this though or they will catch on that we know and change the whole system.)
There is a small counter where you will find condiments and napkins if you want to “dine-in”. Also, if the weather is nice, you can enjoy this delightful and budget-friendly meal on the Target Patio—the green bench just outside the front doors. Hopefully you can time it so you aren’t fighting the employees on a smoke break for a spot, but maybe you’re a social type and that’s fun too. If they look at you funny, just stare straight ahead—this is truly a hidden gem and it’s important that it stay an affordable secret lunch location now that I broke the secret about the PVH cafeteria. If we don’t play our cards right, we are going to be forced to eat in the last secret lunch spot left in town: the alley behind Old Town Square where sometimes there is a guy selling burritos out of a van.
And that’s why the D’Amico Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich at Super Target is my Eat of the Week!;)