Everyone's always talking about how much Coloradans love their green chile, but it seems like no one's talking about how much Coloradans love their Chilis, too - until now.

Colorado apparently loves Chili's so much, that the casual dining restaurant was just named the most popular restaurant of its kind in the state.

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Chili's Ranked Top Casual Dining Restaurant In Colorado

Like many other industries, the restaurant industry took a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic; particularly speaking, restaurant operations - including in-person dining - were completely altered.

While the country saw an overall decline in dine-in traffic at the beginning/during the peak of the pandemic, in the last year - from 2021 to 2022 - casual dining has seen an 8.4 percent increase.

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Marketing firm TOPAgency analyzed each state’s consumer tracking data from 12 million Americans to see how states bounced back from COVID-related dips in dine-out spending.

As per collected data via Top Data, the state of Colorado bounced back slower than most; the number of dining out visits rose 3.8% from 2021 to 2022, which marks the 16th slowest recovery rate of all 50 states.

To put that number into better perspective, as per the study, Maine, in contrast, recovered 34.4% of its 2021 dine-out visits within the same amount of time.

Colorado's Top 5 Most Popular Casual Dining Restaurants

As per the study conducted by TOPAgency, the following restaurants are the top five most popular casual dining spots in our state:

1. Chili's

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Bloomberg via Getty Images

2. Texas Roadhouse


3. Red Robin


4. Noodles World Kitchen (better known around here as Noodles and Company)


5. Olive Garden


What's your favorite casual dining restaurant in Colorado? Sound off on our free app!

Get To Know The 37 Food Trucks Coming To This Summer's FoCo Food Truck Rally

One of the best outdoor events in the Choice City returns for another year on Tuesday, May 10 at City Park.

With so many food trucks and so many different kinds of foods to try at the Fort Collins Food Truck Rally every summer, it could feel overwhelming to decide which food truck to check out during your visit.

Whether you think you might want to try the food from one, two, or all food trucks set to be at this summer's food truck rally, it certainly wouldn't hurt to plan your food truck experience - read on to get more familiar with the 37 food trucks coming to this summer's FoCo Food Truck Rally.

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Want to know where to find the best burritos in Northern Colorado? Keep scrolling to find out.








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