We forgot it was Great Plates, so they were slammed and had a line. We weren't in the mood to wait, so we decided to walk around a little... but as I said, it was Great Plates and it was Friday night and it seemed that everyone was slammed.
Great Plates is a two week festival of sorts, highlighting some of the restaurants in Downtown Fort Collins. 30 restaurants are participating this year. Each puts together special dishes highlighting things about their place and offers it at a significant discount. It continues for another 10 days, so we will participate... we just weren't in the mood for waiting on Friday.So we went to the Book Store. I had heard great things about Old Firehouse Books. I follow them on Twitter. I had tried to find the store a few times... it was always cold and I didn't have anything in particular I was looking for, so I hadn't been successful. But this time, I had their address. It turns out I was really close, but I kept turning right when I should have been turning left. doh.
The book store was great. There's an adjoining tea house. They have a terrific selection of new and used books and the place is completely accessible.
We found a few books that came home with us...
The clerk was very friendly. Which honestly is always the case... It seems that people are always friendly where ever we go. Have I mentioned here how much I love being back in Colorado?
So we asked her, "Is there a restaurant nearby that you like?"
She listed off a few places that we had already tried then said, "Oh if you like Chinese Food, I really like Taipan. It's in the parking garage."
"In the parking garage? Yeah, let's go there!" No, I'm not being sarcastic. :-)
It was a two-block walk and yes, it's in the parking garage...
It turns out that this is the back door. They do have a proper store front that is street-facing.
It was delicious, with a nice ambiance and great service.