Americans have an appetite for fast foods. This is especially true in college towns where students struggle to get a bite to eat between classes.
Fortunately, fast foods have been improving. There is a new category called "fast casual" which serves standard restaurant fare in a fast setting. this makes it harder to list restaurants. NOTE: I put pizza parlors in their own category.
Stone Cold Creamery (Profile) Stone Cold Creamery creates gourmet ice cream treats. They have locations at 112 W. Laurel and 1821 East Harmony Road in Fort Collins and 1163 Eagle Drive in Loveland.
Jimmy John's (Profile) A gourmet sandwich shop offering sizeable subs and clubs. The Fort Collins restaurant is located at 133 S. College.
Quiznos (Profile) Quiznos serves toasted sandwiches on artisan breads. The first Quiznos opened in Denver in 1981. There are several Quiznos restaurantes in Fort Collins.
Boston Market (Profile) Boston Market is a fast food style restaurant serving a healthy fare of comfort food. The Fort Collins restaurant is at College & Horsetooth.
Noodles and Company (Profile) Noodles, a Colorado original, is an expanding chain of restaurants that serves fresh healthy foods quickly.
SmashBurger (Profile) SmashBurger, from Denver, is an expanding burger franchise offering angus beef on artisan bread for at an affordable price. The Fort Collins Smash Burger is located at E. Harmony Road & Snow Mesa Drive
Red Robin Gourmet Burger (Profile) Red Robin offers gourmet burgers at 701 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins and 6005 Sky Pond Drive in Loveland
Fazoli's (Profile) Fazoli's is a chain of fast-serve Italian restaurants. The Fort Collins store is at 4624 South Mason.
Chick-fil-A (Profile) Chick-fil-A is an expanding chain of fast food restaurants serving chicken based dishes. Larimer County locations include 3605 S College Avenue in Fort Collins and 1545 Rocky Mountain Avenue in Loveland.
Chipotle Mexican Grill (Profile) Chipotle is an expanding chain of Mexican Grills from Denver serving burritos, carnitas and salads. There are multiple stores in Northern Colorado.
Larkburger (larkburger.com) Larkburger is a Colorado based chain offering gourmet burgers. The list of stores include 2539 South College Avenue in Fort Collins.
Five Guys (Profile) Five Guys is an expanding restaurant chain serving burgers and fries. The have locations at 1335 West Elizabeth (serving CSU) and 2842 Council Tree Avenue.
Pita Pit (Profile) Pita Pit offers fresh fast food at 1232 West Elizabeth Street in Fort Collins.
Freddy's Frozen Custard (Profile) Freddy's offers steakburgers and frozen custard. Local stores include 4805 Weitzel Street in Timnath and 3479 Mountain Lion Drive in Loveland.
Potbelly Sandwich Works (Profile) Potbelly Sandwich Works is a national chain of sandwich shops with a location at 302 South College Avenue and 3541 East Harmony.
Panda Express (Profile) Panda Express offers Chinese American cuisine with locations at 1101 Center Ave. Mall and 4600 South Mason St. in Fort Collins, or at 1391 N. Denver Avenue in Loveland.
Cafe Rio (Profile) Rio Grande serves fresh cuisine inspired by the Rio Grande region of Mexico in a fast casual setting. The Fort Collins restaurant is located at 4414 S College Avenue.
Sonic Drive-In (Profile) Sonic serves fast foods in a drive-in setting. They have two locations in Fort Collins and 3 locations in Loveland.
Firehouse Subs (Profile) Firehouse Subs has locations at 1395 Sculptor Drive in Loveland and 2120 E Harmony Road in Fort Collins.