Where to Eat In Breckenridge
All the places you need to hit before and after a day on the mountain.
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-passholders make bad decisions when it comes to picking the good stuff from the bad.
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. 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 them.
When you’d 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 the amazing little things they call sausage rolls.
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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 just 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 haven’t seen a line at 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 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.
File under: I need a beer and I also 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 3-6pm, and includes $5 for three tacos and $3 Tecates. You know what to do.
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 take-out from Giampietro. This popular pizza spot does the basics right. Call ahead, 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.
Cabin Juice, a farm to table restaurant inside Gravity Haus Breck, is another great dinner spot for big groups. While the large space has a lot going on—the carpets, plaid seating, fake deer heads, and chandeliers made out of fake antlers makes it feel like an upscale hunting cabin—the food outshines any distractions. Ingredients are sourced from local farms, which is evident in everything from the wild-caught black cod and grass-fed cheeseburgers to the spaghetti squash pasta. It's all refreshing, filling, and a welcome break from all the chicken tenders and fries-heavy ski lodge menus. They also do a solid brunch, serving smoothies, breakfast burritos, and avocado toast, or stop for aprés ski snacks like fried zucchini.