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A Local’s Guide: the Highest Distillery in the World

Sitting at 9600′, Breckenridge Distillery is the highest distillery in the WORLD. With over 20 distilled products distributed globally, and a world-renowned Chef, this distillery is one you cannot miss!

The Best Taco Spots in Breckenridge

There’s no shortage of south of the border flavors in Colorado and Breckenridge is no exception. From stellar patios to killer happy hours, Breckenridge has a taco spot for everyone. We don’t need to convince you that tacos are awesome—you already know that—so, we’ve rounded up the best taco spots in Breckenridge so you can live like every day is Taco Tuesday.  

Best Hangout: Rita’s

301 S. Main Street | 970-453-7313 | Website 

Rita’s treats every day like a beach party and they have a simple house rule of “don’t be a jerk.” This fun and straightforward mentality translates to both the food and drinks that they serve. Head down to Rita’s basement where they serve up fresh-squeezed margaritas and build-your-own tacos. Try out the double taco, a queso slathered soft shell wrapped around a hard shell.

Best Patio: Sancho Tacos

La Cima Mall, 520 S. Main Street | 970-453-9493 | Website 

The Sancho patio is THE spot to be on a sunny day! Located at the south end of Main Street, you’ll enjoy a slushy margarita and unique street-style tacos. We love the a la carte taco menu that allows you to pick and choose from a wide variety of styles. Some of our favorites include Fried Chicken, Pork Belly and Duck Confit, but you’ll have to try them yourself.

Best Kept Secret: Yo Mammas Cantina 

1900 Airport Road | 970-423-6692 | Website 

Yo Mammas is off the beaten path, but well worth the short journey from Main Street. All their meat is slowly marinated for days, and they offer a mouthwatering selection of homemade sauces like serrano lime crema and mango habanero. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the delicious and dangerous 32-ounce margarita.

Best for Families: Fiesta Jalisco

Reliance Place Shopping Center, 224 S. Main Street | 970-547-3836 | Website 

Step into this quiet corner of Breckenridge and feel like you’ve been transported to Mexico. You’ll be treated like family in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Fiesta Jalisco offers generous portions and authentic dishes with recipes from Jalisco, Mexico. Their extensive menu makes it hard to choose but the good news is, you’ll find something for the whole family.

Best Happy Hour: Mi Casa

600 S. Park Avenue | 970-453-2071 | Website  

At Mi Casa you can extend your happy hour into happy hours! Every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., they offer three tacos for only $5 (a Best of Breck favorite). Mi Casa is great for large group gatherings so you can bring the whole crew. If happy hour isn’t your vibe, you can still choose from a variety of specialty tacos and fresh, seasonal margaritas.  

What’s New in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is a popular mountain destination, and for good reason! With world-class skiing, endless outdoor activities and hundreds of shops and restaurants, there is something to be found around every corner. New and exciting things are happening every day, including the addition of new shops, restaurants and more. Read on to see what’s new in Breckenridge for 2022! 

Restaurants & Bars 

La Francaise Bistrot Menu

La Francaise Bistrot

La Française Bistrot | Website 

If you love the delicious pastries and baguettes at La Francaise French Bakery, you’re in for a treat. The creators behind the delectable French bakery have opened La Française Bistrot right next door, offering simple and refined French cuisine. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to France with classic French cocktails and dishes like beef tartare and steak frites. 

Bird & Cow | Website 

Located in the former Angel’s Hollow, Bird & Cow features a menu to match its name. Choose from cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches and burgers. As a bonus, enjoy sunset mountain views from their outdoor patio on a warm day. 

Ski Town Chicken Joint entrees

Ski Town Chicken Joint

Ski Town Chicken Joint | Website 

The name says it all–a fried chicken joint in the heart of Breckenridge. Indulge in all the fried chicken your heart desires in a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Stop in midday to grab a beer at their full bar.  

Broken Compass Brewing | Website 

If you know and love Broken Compass Brewing, you’ll love their newly renovated Main Street taproom. After a day spent walking around town, this is the perfect spot to grab a beer, sit on the outdoor patio and take in views of Breckenridge Ski Resort. They’re even offering a daily brunch menu in collaboration with BreckFast so you can grab a bite with your local brew!

Shopping 

Teton Gravity Research | Website 

If you’re visiting Breckenridge, you’re likely a lover of adventure and the outdoors. Teton Gravity Research, a brand in outdoor action, adventure and exploration space, recently opened a brick and mortar location on the south end of Main Street. Find a full line of their merchandise along with products exclusive to the store. 

Ohana prints

Ohana

Ohana | Website 

Hailing from Steamboat Springs, Ohana recently opened their second location in Breckenridge. This local shop features products from their in-house screen printing as well as goods made by local artists. If you’re looking to take home a piece of Colorado, this is your shop.  

Mountainkind | Website 

This new shop features unique products that celebrate the mountain and music lifestyle that its owners love. They offer a unique and rotating selection of handmade local art, furniture and goods so you can find something new every time you visit. 

Happenings 

The Eclipse Theater | Website 

The Eclipse Theater has opened in the former location of the Speakeasy Movie Theater, bringing back a variety of blockbuster, indie and outdoor films. With wine and beer offerings and a cozy theater, the Eclipse is the perfect place for an intimate date night. 

Table at Mimo Fancy Tapas

The Top 6 Romantic Restaurants in Breckenridge

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there is no shortage of romance to be found in Breckenridge. This cozy mountain town has stunning views and historic buildings that truly make you feel the love. We’re sharing our top six most romantic restaurants in Breckenridge so you and your sweetheart can enjoy a romantic evening on the town. 

Wine glasses toasting on the patio of Hearthstone Restaurant

Outdoor Patio at Hearthstone

1. Hearthstone Restaurant 

If you’re looking for an intimate setting, Hearthstone offers rich Victorian-era décor and one of the best views in Breckenridge. This historic restaurant is located in a 125-year-old building with stunning views of Breckenridge Ski Resort–at night, spot the lights from the snowcats grooming the ski runs on the mountain. Choose from wild, elevated dishes like Blackberry Elk and Alaskan Black Cod. 

Rootstalk

2. Rootstalk  

This sophisticated restaurant provides a seasonally curated menu made with care and consideration. Share a cheese and charcuterie board or, if you can’t choose from their mouth-watering options, try a five or seven-course tasting menu with a wine pairing.  

3. Briar Rose Chophouse 

Briar Rose is a classic chophouse that gives you a timeless and elegant dining experience. Aged beef and fresh wild game plates are a nod to the western heritage that can still be seen in Breckenridge. Take a step back in time and enjoy a candlelit dinner in this historic saloon.   

Mimo Fancy Tapas Entrance

Mimo Fancy Tapas

4. Mimo Fancy Tapas  

For a lively and romantic experience, head to Mimo Fancy Tapas. This unique restaurant, located below Breck’s Main Street, will have you feeling like you’re dining in speakeasy lounge. This fun and vibrant Spanish-style tapas and unique cocktails make for a fun date night atmosphere. Be adventurous and sip the Ticket to the American Dream, made with bourbon, onion syrup, cheddar cheese cream, barbeque sauce and topped with popcorn–trust us, it’s worth a try! 

Alpenglobes at Ember

Alpenglobes at Ember

5. Ember 

Ember oozes romantic vibes with their dimly lit atmosphere and creative dishes. Your taste buds will be surprised with bites like lamb cheek tacos and quail with chorizo stuffing. Bonus for an extra intimate evening–book one of the outdoor Alpenglobes in the winter for a snow globe dining experience.

6. Modis 

Most of the buildings in Breckenridge are historic and impressive, but Modis features a grand staircase that truly stuns. This stately two-story restaurant has brick walls and large windows facing Main Street that are sure to stir up romance. The menu at Modis features hearty, savory dishes that warm you up on a cold evening. 

Looking for a romantic stay to go along with your date night? The luxurious Grand Colorado on Peak 8 features slopeside hot tubs, Infinity Spa, adult-only grotto, and more for an intimate and relaxing experience. 

Chicken and Waffles Benedict at BoLD

The Best Brunch Spots in Breckenridge

An adventure-packed day in the mountains can’t start without breakfast. For the true aficionados of brunch and breakfast fare, we’ve rounded up the best brunch spots in Breckenridge. Whether you’re an early bird hitting the slopes or a late riser that loves a noon brunch, Breck has it all! Coffee and corned beef or a bloody and benedict are sure to satisfy your morning cravings. 

Red Chilaqules at Blue River Bistro

1. Blue River Bistro | Website 

Blue River Bistro is best known for their 2-for-1 martini happy hour, but this gem is also a great brunch pick on weekends. If you’re here for a weekend trip you’re in luck–you’ll find a brunch menu along with some of the signature drinks served during happy hour. 

What To Order: We love the Red Chilaquiles and a Spicy Maria for a south of the border experience. 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday  

Hangover Burrito at Columbine Cafe

2. Columbine Café | Website 

Ask any local and they’ll say Columbine Café is their favorite spot for brunch. Columbine is not in an obvious spot–tucked between buildings off Main Street–but once you find it, you’ll want to keep going back. This no-nonsense haunt has breakfast dishes hearty enough to fuel you for the entire day. 

What To Order: The Hangover Burrito is made for those with a big appetite or hangover like the name suggests. This breakfast staple is stuffed with house smoked chunky corn beef hash and smothered with pork green chili.  

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily 

Brunch at BoLD

3. BoLD | Website 

If you’re looking for a true brunch spot that serves up Beermosas and DIY mimosas, BoLD is your spot. This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is nestled at the south end of Breckenridge just steps from the Quicksilver Chairlift and endless shopping options.  

What To Order: For a spicy breakfast, try the Moroccan Baked Eggs. The perfect blend of sweet and savory does exist with the Chicken and Waffles Benedict with a bourbon cayenne maple hollandaise.  

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily 

4. Blue Moose | Website 

This family-run restaurant has a casual and friendly atmosphere that welcomes you in and gives you a warm hug. Blue Moose offers a slew of morning cocktails and home cooked breakfast options. As a bonus they have a dog-friendly patio so you can bring your furry friend on a warm day! 

What To Order: We love a classic breakfast here. Opt for the Two Biscuits & Sausage Gravy served with home fries or grits paired with a cup of organic coffee from Breck Coffee Roasters. 

Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily 

Breakfast Plates at Cabin Juice

Photo Courtesy of Cabin Juice & Gravity Haus

5. Cabin Juice | Website 

Do not leave this brunch spot off your list. Cabin Juice is an elevated eatery that utilizes ingredients from small, local farms around Colorado. They offer a chic, cabin atmosphere with savory and healthy brunch options.  

What To Order: Satisfy your sweet tooth and order the Brioche French Toast, served with lemon yogurt, whipped butter and Vermont maple syrup. They also feature a biscuit board–need we say more? 

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 

 

The Best Pizza in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Edited and republished December 16, 2021 by Laurel Coffman

Pizza. Yum… It just might be the best thing in the world. Baked cheesy goodness, robust sauce and crispy, chewy crust. What more could you really ask for?

Whether you like it thick or thin, cheesy or saucy, plain jane or loaded up, Breckenridge has a pizza you’ll love. We’re here to give you “the inside slice” about the best pizza in Breck. We asked locals about their favorite spot to grab a heavenly slice and this is what they had to say.

Breckenridge Ale House 

By the Slice: Yes – all day 

Thick or Thin: Breckenridge Ale House offers thin crust, Jersey-style tomato pizza pie along with a gluten-free flatbread option. 

The Cheese on Top: This is a great no-nonsense spot with simple, large pizzas to feed the whole family.  Grab a seat at the bar and order one of their 120 oz. beer towers. 

The Inside Slice: If you have a big appetite, this is the place for you! They offer a 24” Super Slice, 2-feet in length with a take home pizza cutter.  

Breckenridge Ale House

Tin Plate 

By the Slice: No 

Thick or Thin: Tin Plate offers up their homemade thin sourdough crust. 

The Cheese on Top: Upscale dining and pizza can go hand in hand. At Tin Plate, you’ll dine in a 138-year-old mining cabin while enjoying unique and flavorful pizzas. Made from locally sourced ingredients, try everything from the Pineapple Pancetta to the Fig & Prosciutto pizza. 

The Inside Slice: Right next door to Tin Plate you’ll find Dynamite Cookies. Enjoy a freshly made signature cookie and pair it with a beer after your pizza (or before, we aren’t judging).  

Tin Plate

Piante Pizzeria 

By the Slice: No 

Thick or Thin: Thin crust, New York City-inspired, Neapolitan pizzas with a gluten free substitute available. 

The Cheese on Top: Two words: vegan pizza. Yep, you read that right. All ingredients at Piante are 100% plant based and sustainably sourced. Pizzas with bold flavors like the Buffalo Soldier, made with buffalo cauliflower, will satisfy even the biggest meat lovers’ cravings.  

The Inside Slice: For an extra special experience, book one of Piante’s Alpen Globes and enjoy private dining with panoramic views of the mountains.  

Piante Pizzeria

Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: They offer a thin and crispy New York-style pizza as well as a Sicilian deep dish.

The Cheese on Top: Almost everyone we asked said Giam’s was hands down the best pizza in Breckenridge. They make everything in-house, including their pizza sauce, and the quality of ingredients really shines through. They’ve also expanded the dining room area to include more tables, a bar and a private dining room.

The Inside Slice: Pizza by the slice is perfect for a quick lunch. It’s always delicious, never too greasy and the crust is perfectly crisp!

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Fatty’s Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – during lunch from 11 am to 4 pm

Thick or Thin: You get the best of both worlds here. Fatty’s offers traditional and thin crust pizza. You can even choose between white or whole wheat dough.

The Cheese on Top: Fatty’s has big slices and a slice of cheese is only $3. When you add toppings, they don’t mess around. They load it up all the way to the crust.

The Inside Slice: There’s a reason it’s been around for so long; they’re fast, friendly, affordable and consistent.

Northside Pizza

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: Northside offers thin, traditional hand-tossed, deep dish, and “Out of Bounds” crusts

The Cheese on Top: These guys are seriously creative. Even though they still offer all the traditional pizza topping options, you can get a little crazy with their signature pizzas. They are chock full of bold flavors that span green chiles to smoked bacon. If you’re looking for a fresh and delicious twist on pizza, you need to check out Northside.

The Inside Slice: The Out of Bounds crust option is where they load up on the toppings. They don’t hold back, they stack ‘em on all the way to the crust and then cut it up into squares. This option is perfect for families with children or big parties.

Downstair's at Eric's Bar

Downstair’s at Eric’s Bar

Downstairs at Eric’s

By the Slice: Yes – after 9 pm

Thick or Thin: They offer a traditional hand-tossed crust, but you still have a few options. You can choose between white, garlic white, wheat, garlic wheat, or gluten free

The Cheese on Top: Eric’s is the perfect spot to hit with the family after thrashing powder all day long. It’s a restaurant and bar with 29 flat screen HDTVs, 25 arcade games, 30 beers on tap and 50 beers by the bottle. The kids are sure to love all the games and you can kick back, unwind and watch the game with a beer.

The Inside Slice: The Garbage Pizza is definitely a local’s favorite. It’s the traditional “let’s-throw-everything-on-here” pizza and it is delicious. If you want to try something a little different, but equally enticing, check out the Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza.

Downstairs at Eric's Arcade

Downstairs at Eric’s Arcade

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge pizza joints, visit Grand Timber Lodge.