Have you ever heard of Colorado style pizza? Neither had I. A trip to Beau Jo’s in downtown Fort Collins changed that for me. One of Brett’s friends recommended that we check out Beau Jo’s while in Fort Collins. We were both in the mood for pizza, so we figured why not. The red building and large red awnings, and smell of delicious pizza made Beau Jo’s a pretty easy place to locate. Beau Jo’s had both indoor and outdoor seating. The weather and light were both awesome outside (yes the lighting of a restaurant generally dictates where I sit, my friends who join me on these trips have learned that) so Brett and I chose to dine there. As we were walking outside, I saw that their salad bar was served in bathtubs. Interesting, I had never seen a bathtub salad bar before. I was definitely intrigued. When our server brought out the water glasses my intrigue grew further. They served their beverages in mason jars! In Madison and Athens I had encountered beverages in mason jars, and these were both great experiences. With Beau Jo’s being known for its Colorado style Pizza and Mountain Pies, Brett and I knew that is what we were going to order. Little did we know that ordering was much more involved than just saying I want a mountain pie.
You may be wondering what exactly is a Mountain pie? Well Beau Jo’s describes it as “Our Mountain Pie is The Legendary Colorado Style Pizza! A thick pie topped with mountains of ingredients and our hand rolled edge. Any leftover crust can be covered with honey and eaten as a dessert!” Beau Jo’s also offers a Prairie Pie. The Prairie Pie has thinner crust and less ingredients.
Now that you have selected your style of pie, you have to decide what size. Well by size I should clarify. At Beau Jo’s you order by weight. Anywhere from 1Lb to 5lbs. This was the first of 4 stops for the evening, so Brett and I split the 1lb. If I was only eating there, I probbbly could have finished a 1lb by myself. After your weight (size) is selected you have to decide what type of crust you want, ingredients, cheese, and herbs on top. There are thousands of combinations you can create, or you can make your own.
Beau Jo’s also offers gluten free options to its menu. I had never seen gluten free on a pizza menu before, so I thought you might find that interesting as well. Brett and I went with one of their house combinations, The Dude Ranch. This pie consisted of Ranch dressing, chicken breast slices, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, smoked bacon, Monterey jack and smoked provolone cheeses. You are looking at the 1lb version above. Here is a cross section of the delicious pie! Look at the crust! You could eat it with the pizza or you could save it for dessert! That’s right! Save your crusts, and when you are done with the pizza add honey to the crusts and you have dessert! I have dipped my pizza crust in garlic butter or ranch before, but never gone the swet route with honey. It was awesome! I think I might have found a new way to eat my pizza crusts. Honey on pizza crusts were great, but stay tuned to see what other desserts Brett and I found in Fort Collins.