News and Reviews

  • Interview with Chef Billy Charters
    KFKA 1310 Radio
  • Of course we don’t go to Stuft just to drink, but it’s definitely a perk when building your own burger. This is an ideal starting point when hungry and in need of a drink and it’s what we have done several times. We don’t believe in drinking on an empty stomach!

    Atmosphere: Stuft is located in a choice spot along College Avenue. The front of the building is brick with a patio right up front. This place has more of a restaurant feel, but has a nice inviting bar. The inside is dim with a lot of dark wood booths, tables, floors and walls. The bar area is a good size with a wood bar and some high top tables. TV’s played local sports while some top 40 music played softly. The crowd is mixed with families, college kids and groups of 30 something’s enjoying burgers.

    Service: Service was decent and our food came very fast. Service at the bar was good but at times the bartender disappeared.
    Drinks: They have a fully stocked bar with a couple of domestics and local micros on tap. The drink menu has a couple of sweeter cocktails, as well as a few classics with a twist. We were intrigued by a passing bloody mary named ‘Hair of the Dog’ that had a whole slice of bacon garnishing it, but decided that we would have to return for that treat on another day.

    Food: The genius of their menu is that if your burger isn’t delicious, you have nobody to blame but yourself. With a selection of 4 meats and a veggie option for your patty, 12 different cheese choices, 26 toppings, 18 sauces, 3 bun choices (one of those is a glazed donut), we got so caught up in checking the boxes off on the clever little menu/order form that we were caught off guard when the waitress asked us what sides we would like. Bacon mac’n cheese? Yes please! Parmesan fries, salad, onion rings and regular fries are available as well. (We apologize for the lack of pictures but we were way too hungry to realize we forgot! )

    Amenities: Patio, take out, catering, 7 HD TV’s, vegan menu.

    Parking: You will have to find parking where you can in old town.

    The Buzz: Happy Hours every day, from 3pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to close.
    www.barcomber.com http://www.barcomber.com/stuft-burger-bar-fort-collins/
  • Where can you find both The Hangover and The Spring Thing burgers, bacon mac ‘n cheese and a four-page drink menu?

    That’s easy – at Windsor’s newest restaurant, Stuft Burger Bar.

    “We serve classic American food, but modernized with full customization,” said co-owner Jake Fitzsimmons. “The customers have a lot of control over what goes in their burger and how much they spend to eat.”

    Stuft opened its doors on Feb. 26 at 1294 Main St., the old Main Street Grill location. It is the second location for the restaurant. There is also an Old Town Fort Collins Stuft Burger Bar at 210 S. College Ave.

    “The whole idea of this restaurant is to accommodate two types of Windsor customers,” Fitzsimmons said. “It’s very family-friendly on one side, with low tables, comfy booths and brighter lighting. On the other side, it’s a sports bar with TVs and bar-height seating.”

    The menu is also flexible, and it will change on a monthly basis.

    “We tailor our menus to the seasons, with special burgers, as well as based on what produce is fresh and available,” Fitzsimmons said.

    And Stuft isn’t just for red-meat burger eaters. There are chicken, turkey, veggie and buffalo burgers on the menu as well.

    “We also pay special attention to our French fries,” Fitzsimmons said. “Fries have become an afterthought, but we want to make them special, so you only order them if you want them.”

    That, according to Fitzsimmons, is what customers have requested.

    “There aren’t a whole lot of places to come have a drink or watch a game,” Fitzsimmons said. “People have been leaving town. We hope people will now be able to keep Windsor sales tax dollars in Windsor.”

    Fitzsimmons and his business partner Tiffany Pellin have been doing their part to help keep Windsor dollars local.

    “Wherever possible, we’ve been buying supplies for our Windsor business in Windsor,” Fitzsimmons said. “Even if it costs a little more, we’re committed to spending locally.”

    It’s part of the philosophy of bringing Stuft wholly into Windsor.

    “We really feel like we’re part of the community already,” Pellin said. “When I stop at customers’ tables, they’re very friendly and want to talk to me, tell me their stories and ask me questions.

    “Windsor is a very welcoming place.”

    Interested?

    Stuft Burger Bar is located at 1294 Main St. Their hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Their website is www.stuftburgerbar.com, and they can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
    Windsor Beacon - Ashley Keesis-Wood http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120302/WINDSORBEACON0104/120302008/Stuft-Burger-Bar-gives-customers-control-their-burgers?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Windsor%20Beacon
  • GRUB: STUFT A BURGER BAR: HOLY FREAKING CRAP! Quite possibly the best burger I have ever had! I'm not an exotic foo-foo guy when it comes to my food so I have never tries a $30 Gourmet hamburger (nor will I ever). I like my burgers simple, cooked just right, and the freedom to choose what goes on it. The STUFT burger handles all of those needs and more. I was a Smash Burger guy until I wandered into the Stuft location in old town and I can honestly say I'm hooked.
    Six Twenty Four Magazine http://issuu.com/sixtwenyfour/docs/624_dec_issue_online/64

  • Eat Up and Drink Up: Larkburger too greasy, Stuft a mix of pleasure and pain
    By Greg Mees and Erin Udell | RMSMC

    Eat Up

    It’s said there can never be too much of a good thing, but in the case of Larkburger, there definitely is –– and that good thing turns into something very bad.

    Truffle oil is the good thing that takes a bad turn quickly. It’s so rich and really should only be used at the right time. However, Larkburger seems to use it in everything. There hasn’t been a time after I’ve eaten at Larkburger that I don’t feel sick, and I truly believe it’s because of the oil.

    The year-old restaurant sits on the corner of College Avenue and Drake Road, and while the establishment has a fun, hip feeling, the food will only leave you feeling like you should have gone somewhere else. The price isn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t want to pay for something that isn’t going to make you feel very good an hour or so later.

    While the truffle and Parmesan fries sound like a great choice, once again they are drenched in oil and you can almost see the layer of grease that the cheese is latching on to.

    I will say though that the menu is definitely diverse and offers some interesting options including smaller portions, turkey burgers and, of course, the extra rich truffle burger.

    Bottom line, Larkburger is trying too hard. Rich flavors are always overwhelming, and when it comes to burgers, there should be a mix of how the burger is actually cooked and the toppings in order to balance the flavors.

    If I were giving advice about breaking down the menu, all that I can say is go light and eat smaller portions. The less you eat, the less you’re going to regret it later.

    While those parm fries are good, I would suggest just having the regular ones and having one of the smaller burgers.

    So if you’re in the mood for a really good burger, then read what Erin has to say, and go stuff your face at Stuft because it has an all-around better burger.

    Drink Up

    On a recent visit to Stuft, a burger bar in Old Town, I expected a pretty standard all-American meal.

    But, upon seeing the beautiful and majestic Western, I knew this burger was anything but ordinary.
    Ten minutes later, looking down on my empty plate, I felt a mix of self-hate, pain and pure joy. I was “Stuft.”

    Located between Tony’s bar and the Aggie Theater on South College Avenue, Stuft has a stellar location and an even better menu, which has items that may seem a little off the wall but surprisingly delicious.

    The Thanksgiving burger, for example, seems at first like something the devil would concoct while high. But, as a turkey burger topped with cranberry chutney, provolone cheese, stuffing and gravy, it seems more like an evil work of genius than anything else.

    I went for something a tad bit more traditional with the Western, however, which was piled high with cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, bacon and barbeque sauce. And in case you were wondering, yes I did have a heart attack immediately after completing my meal — don’t worry, though, I rallied and finished my Parmesan garlic fries.

    If meat isn’t your thing, Stuft has other options like veggie burgers and adventurous drinks like a Bacon Bloody Mary — something I was both intrigued and terrified by. You want a full-pound burger covered with cream cheese, caramelized onions, dill relish, garlic teriyaki sauce and a fried egg? Go to Stuft. I bet they have nearly everything your weird brain could come up with.

    And while I’ll definitely be going back, it probably won’t be anytime soon because of the sheer pain I experienced from eating so much food. Stuft broke me, but like a phoenix I shall rise from these ashes only to become stronger … and fatter.

    _Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees and News Editor Erin Udell can be reached at verve@collegian.com. _
    The Rocky Mountain Collegian http://www.collegian.com/index.php/article/2011/11/eat_up_and_drink_up_larkburger_too_greasy_stuft_a_mix_of_pleasure_and_pain#print
  • Ken's radio show highlights Stuft's community contributions.
    KRFC 88.9 FM Community Spotlight Segment
  • Tired of dining out with the person who can't seem to eat anything off the menu as it is? Fort Collins has the perfect place for the Picky Person, Stuft: a burger bar. What once was Elliot's Mess (a sandwich/sub shop) on College is now Stuft, a place where you can build your own burger and be as picky as you'd like.
    Feasting Fort Collins http://www.feastingfortcollins.com/2010/05/stuft-burger-bar.html
  • Anyplace that makes its living by letting you "stuff your own burger" is alright by me. The experience begins by choosing a bun, then progressing to meat or not, twelve different cheeses, sauces and toppings that range from mustard to apple cider bacon to spring mix. With a full bar and sports on flat screens, happy hour is a great place to get a $2.50 import and $1.00 sliders.
    Kush Magazine pg. 60 http://www.scribd.com/doc/31962026/Kush-Magazine-Colorado-May-2010
  • Do you ever crave a really great hamburger? Well, look no further. Stuft Burger Bar is the place to go. Not only does this new restaurant have the best burgers in town, but it has a great atmosphere, full bar, sports TV's, and the friendliest staff you've ever met.
    examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/x-40286-Fort-Collins-Downtown-Examiner~y2010m4d18-Best-burgers-in-town-at-Stuft-Burger-Bar