Dining in this area covers the full range from fast food to Four Diamond fine dining. Here are a few favorites. Check the hours locally because they vary with the different seasons. (And, may be closed for a few weeks in late spring, which locals call “mud season.”)
Happy hours are great in ski country. The food, drink, and happy hours are usually listed outside the door of the restaurants and bars. At some places, you can make an inexpensive meal out of happy hour deals.
Blue Moon Bakery (253 Summit Place Shopping Center; (970) 513-0669)
This small shop is our favorite stop after a day on the slopes. It’s easy off/on I-70 at the Silverthorne exit – just turn into the Office Max plaza – so we stop there whether skiing at on of the Summit Country resorts, Vail or Beaver Creek. Excellent coffee (espresso, latte and more, of course) plus mouthwatering bakeries. Good breakfasts, too. Open daily 7am -4pm.
Food Hedz World Cafe (842 Summit Blvd #19. Frisco; (970) 668-2000)
Food Hedz is a local favorite and we’ve never seen them advertise. Located in the Walmart shopping center next to the Wells Fargo Bank just off the I-70 Frisco exit, with a sign that says, Cafe, Food Hedz is easy to miss or pass by. Don’t.
This small restaurant is not fine dining, but it is fine food. Chef David Welch was executive chef at Keystone Ranch. If you want to know what he recommends on a particular day, just ask him. Everything on the menu is a “recommend”. Entrees run about $30.There is a kids menu. Decor is second (or third) hand tables and mixed chairs.
Silverheels Bar & Grill 601 Main Street, Frisco; (970) 668-0345
Lunch is sandwiches, burgers and salads ($8-13). Dinner is seafood and steaks ($19-29). Try the Green Chili Stew appetizer and check out the nightly wild game special. Leave room for the Mochi (dough wrapped ice cream ) desert.
Dillon Dam Brewery (100 Little Dam Street, Dillon; (970) 262-7777)
It’s the 31st largest brew pub in the country (they claim), with a good happy hour and an eclectic, but interesting menu. It’s a fun place to hang out and enjoy one of the hand-crafted brews. Burgers ($8.50-11.75), plus a great buffalo burger, pasta, chicken, fish and steaks (most entrees under $20). The bar has a good selection of single malts at reasonable prices.
Bagalis (W. 320 Main St, Frisco; (970) 668-0601)
This is a local favorite and it gets busy during ski season. Just go with the flow at Bagalis and you’ll enjoy some good Italian food and wine. The mussels appetizer is large enough for a meal and the Artisan pizzas (particularly the gorgonzola and bacon pizza) are great. We admit things may get a bit crazy when a crowd come pouring thorough the front door, but we keep going back anyway. Entrees run between $18 and $30. Pizzas are about $15.
Keystone Resort’s Alpenglow Stube at the top of North Peak (more than11,000 feet above sea level) (800) 354-4386; ) Ride the gondola and enjoy fine dining in the AAA Four Diamond restaurant. You can choose from a four-course ($67) or a six-course ($97) meal, or try the seven-course Chefs dinner ($99). The award winning wine cellar covers the full spectrum of wine growing regions. This is an experience as well as a fine meal. Days and hours vary by season. Reservations required.
Keystone Ranch (1437 County Road 150, on the golf course; (800) 354-4386)
This is also a AAA Four Diamond restaurant located on the old ranch homestead. Reservations are a must. Menu varies by season. The rack of lamb and the buffalo tenderloin are superb and the wine list is extensive. Also open for lunch and après golf in the summer.
Snake River Saloon (Hwy 6, Keystone; (970) 468-2788)
This restaurant, almost a local institution, has casual dining, with good food and a great bar. Reservations recommended in season. The menu includes pasta, seafood and fish. (Entrees $23 and $33) Great Prime Rib and Canadian Walleye.
Hearthstone Restaurant (130 S. Ridge St, Breckenridge; (970) 453-1148)
Casual fine dining. Primarily meat and seafood. Try the Colorado Lamb or the Blackberry Elk. Both are exceptional. (Entrees $26 to $38). Reservations suggested.
Mi Casa (600 S. Park Ave., Breckenridge; (970) 453-2071; ) Mi Casa has been a staple in Breckenridge for almost 30 years. The menu is extensive (they even have deep fried ice cream). (Dinner entrees $11-$18 range) The Chile and Nut Encrusted Red Trout is unusual and worth a try. Open for lunch and dinner.