I think by far Cafe Vino is our most favorite restaurant in Fort Collins currently – considering we eat there at least 3 times every week! My review focus here will of course be on low-carb options we’ve had there, but if you’re interested in what else they have to offer, check out the Feasting Fort Collins blog entries.
Cafe Vino has a number of low-carb options on their standard lunch and dinner/tapas menus that I enjoy. One of my favorites is their Seared Yellow-fin Tuna Salad. It’s served on a bed of lettuce with an edamame and wild-rice pilaf and tangerines. It comes with a wasabi vinaigrette that I find just delightful.
Now if you are on a specific low-carb diet, like Atkins, you may want to ask them to remove the tangerines and wild-rice pilaf, but otherwise this is a nice low-cab option.
One of my other favorite treats that’s regularly on their menu are their spiced goat cheese stuffed peppadews. These are just slightly spicy and a burst of flavor. They make a great low-carb appetizer.
My other favorite thing about Cafe Vino are their daily specials. You never know what creative, delicious creation their chef has come up with until you arrive and so far I have been disappointed only once in the past year. Everything else I’ve tried was absolute perfection.
One example of this was a scallop special they had some weeks back, served with asparagus sprigs and wild boar bacon. It was absolutely fabulous. My only gripe – I wish there had been more (although, portion control is never a bad thing!).
Also if they have a special served with risotto, noodles or potatoes, they are very accommodating in replacing those high-carb/high-starch items with low-carb options upon request. I often will get a side of seared spinach, sauteed mushrooms or sauteed squash and zucchini (whatever they happen to have on hand that day) as a substitute.
If you’re looking for a light meal that’s low-carb friendly, I highly recommend Cafe Vino.