Headed up to Breck? If you've been doing this long enough, you've already got your go-to spots for après-ski and dinner after a long day on the mountain. But the town of Breckenridge has a lot of options, and we've seen even the most seasoned season pass holders make bad decisions when it comes to picking the good stuff from the bad.
We spend a lot of time in this town and on this mountain every year, and we've eaten our way through damn near everything there is to eat. Here are the best restaurants in Breckenridge – the places we think are worth your time and money. Or at least what's left of it after paying for a lift ticket these days.
A Breckenridge classic on the south end of Main Street. The Blue Moose is just a simple breakfast spot – you won't find any mind blowing iterations on huevos rancheros or eggs benedict with crab on top here. As a matter of fact, you won't even find a credit card machine, so bring cash to pay for your meal. But sometimes you just need a good strong cup of coffee and some pancakes before your day on the hill, and this is the place to get it.
Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and a bag of a dozen mini donuts. What else do you want for a morning on the mountain? Kava is a husband and wife operation on the north end of town, and we love it for the high quality food and the fact that they serve a good cup of coffee. Also, mini donuts. Put 'em in your bag and eat 'em on the chair.
When you like a little more variety in your donut offerings, Daylight is where you want to be. They offer a full slate of breakfast options too, but we don't suggest you dive too deep into that part of the menu. Here you want to stick to the donuts and these amazing little things they call sausage rolls. You want sausage rolls.
So it's time to stop for lunch, and you're not looking to spend $50 on a terrible burger mid mountain. If you came up for the day, you're looking for something quick to eat in the parking lot in the front seat of your car. If you're staying a while, you need an easy meal in the condo that won't waste more than an hour of your sacred slope time. Duggan's Deli is your spot for both. Get something from their specialty sandwich menu, or go big on a reuben or meatball parm. Then get back to what you came here for.
The only times we've seen no at line Crepes A La Cart are when it's closed or below zero, and that should tell you something about this little place on Main Street. The crepes are really good, and they come neatly packaged in a cardboard sleeve. You won't even have to take your gloves off. And that's a good thing because you're probably going to be eating this as you walk down the street, or at one of their tables outside.
Nothing says Colorado like a bison burger with green chile on it, and you can get exactly that here at Empire Burger. Located on Main Street in one of those little mall things where they also sell those "Mountain Dude" t-shirts, Empire has a great selection of beer, burgers, and bar food to feed your inner...dude.
So your day on the hill is done, your legs are burning, you've been eating loose trail mix from the bottom of your backpack for the last two hours, and all you want is a good drink and somewhere to sit. Skip the Coors Light and crowds at all of the other spots near the mountain and walk from the gondola to The Warming Hut, an absurdly quaint little restaurant on Main. Sit at the bar or sit outside by the fire and have them make you an Old Fashioned, like a civilized person.
File under: I need a beer and I need something for my kids to do. Downstairs at Eric's is a legendary Breckenridge sports bar, and while the food is very average, they do have a lot of beer and an arcade full of video games for little ones to go buck wild on.
Another Breckenridge staple, Mi Casa is the place you go for stiff margaritas and Mexican food. Their après-ski happy hour lasts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and includes $1 tacos and $2 Tecates. You know what to do.
Relish is easily the best restaurant in Breckenridge, and it's also one of the most expensive. Save this for a night when you're looking to do something special, and make sure to book a reservation well in advance. The menu is an excellent example of Colorado fine dining, from trout to lamb to venison.
Looking for a spot for a good dinner with a group of eight? Hit up Modis. This two story restaurant has enough room to accommodate lots of large parties, and the food is solid. Your best bet for a successful meal here is actually to order things that you might not expect an American restaurant in Summit County to do well – like ramen.
Ok, so you're exhausted and you don't feel like sitting in a restaurant or dropping the money to feed your entire crew at Modis. Time for takeout from Giampietro. This popular pizza spot does the basics right. Call ahead and then head down to pick it up, and you should be back with hot pies within 30 minutes. Giampietro is also a decent move for lunch, but know that the restaurant itself is always crowded.