SONNY LUBICK STEAKHOUSE OFFERS AN UPSCALE RESTAURANT WITH A CASUAL ATMOSPHERE
You can escape the hustle of downtown below South College for an upscale dinner or a relaxed atmosphere during happy hour.
What feels like a secret hiding place otherwise known as Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, will spark your interest with Fort Collins history as well as sizzle your taste buds with incredible food and drinks. From the prime cuisine to a gorgeous interior, the notable restaurant is a hidden gem with a famous owner whose philanthropy exceeds the notoriety. I had the pleasure of dining at this fine establishment and much to my surprise, I did more than satisfy my palette. Read below to see what happened.
Finding the restaurant's entrance was a bit tricky being below street level and sandwiched between two other businesses. However, once inside the hideaway, I realized I was facing pure elegance with an alluring atmosphere.
Upon reception, there's a shrine of Sonny and his many trophies which instantly took you back in time to what is known as CSU's most significant moments in football. However, this was just the beginning of the layout and an excellent way to understand who Mr. Lubick is to our beloved town. The display made you think you picked a winner by stepping into the well-known hideaway.
Once Sports Illustrated "Coach of the Year," Sonny led Colorado State University's football team, winning six-titles between Western Athletic and Mountain Conferences. While you can no longer hear the roar of the crowd at the old stadium, a newer one was built to take its place, but there hasn't been a coach to do the same.
However, people are still cheering on the contributions from Sonny and the Ram Strength Lubick Foundation as well as Colorado Gives. According to the GM, T.R. Shuttlesworth, today, the Lubick's are very active with philanthropy and play huge roles at giving back, scoring touchdowns throughout Northern Colorado charities. You can almost feel the nostalgia and generosity within the walls of the décor.
If the devil is in the details, then whoever was responsible for the interior designing was laser-sharp with creating a lasting impression. Every square foot seems to shine with sumptuous scenery. You're instantly drawn to the cozy surroundings by timeless, brick walls, rich custom wood paneling, and sports photography, hand selected for each room.
Regardless of history, my focus is on the restaurant during the present time. But, I do think the background led to the total experience. Now let's get onto the food?
After living on both the East and West Coast, traveling the country and eating some of the best seafood, I was anxious to see how the salmon would compare. Much to my surprise, the portion was an excellent size for the $28 price point. Also, there was not one ounce of 'fishy' flavor. However, the smoked bacon grilled onion marmalade matches nicely giving a full zing making every bite a delight. The toppings sparked a memory of Bacon-Spinach Salad, which I loved as a kid. Each flaky piece of fish was tender and savory, crushing my appetite with a smile.
However, people are still cheering on the contributions from Sonny and the Ram Strength Lubick Foundation as well as Colorado Gives. According to the GM, T.R. Shuttleworth, today, the Lubick's are very active with philanthropy and play huge roles at giving back, scoring touchdowns throughout Northern Colorado charities. You can almost feel the nostalgia and generosity within the walls of the décor. They shattered all epicurean rules.
I paired up with one of my favorite wines, the Festivo Uco Valley Malbec, which originates from Mendoza, Argentina. While it's not recommended to join forces of reds with fish, the smooth, silky vino enhanced the flavors which were most likely from the bacon. I literally want to eat smoky bacon and sip on Malbec just to see the effect. All in all, the entire meal was pure pleasure and very filling. What was undoubtedly the highlight of my meal was the chance to relax and enjoy the comforting atmosphere.
As a single woman, I would recommend anyone alone to drop in and enjoy the camaraderie. Besides the friendly staff, and the top-notch food, I felt very comfortable and will go back for happy hour. The lounge has a cozy environment where I felt at ease, sitting at the tiny pub table. The bar is fully stocked with just about every elixir, scotch, and liquor you could ask for. There's no chance of disappointment with the wide variety of alcohol. A wall to wall wine cellar with glass facing, speaks out to even the most snobbish wine connoisseur. With the décor, the extensive selection of alcohol and wine, and dark lighting creates an atmosphere ideal for those looking to recline from the day.
Another nice touch partnering up with my main course was the dinner rolls and butter, making an excellent contrast. The recipe for the whipped butter includes tons of garlic and parsley. Moreover, it was a nice divergence with the salmon dish. Besides the delicious main entrée, I washed it down with red wine, which is not traditional in most cases. However, I really didn't care as fish and red wine shattered any epicurean rules.
T. R. made an excellent ambassador to the restaurant. As a former Lubick chef, he was able to recommend dishes, but what was impressive is he took his time, showing me the place and making me feel at home.
In addition, the bartender, Sarah, offers hospitality as you'd find in the South. She was accommodating, demonstrating how to take the perfect pic with my phone. (I was a bit challenged with my new iPhone and the advanced camera feature) Not to mention my server was an absolute professional with the warmest of smiles. She kept me company by dropping by offering quick conversation, making me feel right at home.
I must conclude; my service was also excellent and exceeded my expectations. Both Sarah and Madison took the time to speak with me and not treat me as a customer but more like a relative or friend.
Between the service, the atmosphere and the excellent food one couldn't ask for more as Sonny Lubick Steakhouse exceeds expectations. Also, the insight about the Lubick Family and what they do for the community make this place even more special. I would highly recommend and have recommended to everyone I've had the opportunity to drop in and check the site out. You won't be disappointed.
Be watching for my next review, on Stuft Burger Bar, another North Colorado hit!