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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.

Breweries in Summit County

A Local’s Guide to Summit County Breweries

Summit County is one of the state’s favorite tourist destinations and as a local I can understand why. It is the outdoor enthusiast’s playground. It is the photographers’ wonderland.

Ullr Café Bloody Mary

Breck’s Booziest Bloody’s

Bloody Mary’s: the glorious hair-of-the-dog libation that helps get you goin’ in the morning. After a late night out on the town, a Bloody Mary might be exactly what you need to kick-start your day. The Best of Breck Team ventured around the county and did some “research” on where to get the best hangover cure in a glass in Breckenridge. We turned to our own taste buds and reached out to locals so we could give you the inside scoop. Here’s who made the cut (not in any particular order):

GC8 Bloody at Robbie's Tavern

GC8 Bloody at Robbie’s Tavern

Robbie’s Tavern | Base of Peak 8 | Breckenridge Ski Resort

GC8 Bloody – Three Olives Vodka with pickle, pepperoncini, olive and bacon skewer – $12

Robbie’s is a brand new, locally owned slopeside bistro with unparalleled views. Located right at the base of Peak 8 within the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Robbie’s is the new hot spot to grab a drink après skiing. We checked out their bloody as advised by some locals, and were blown away. It was seriously good; the perfect mix of vodka and tomato juice, perfect spice, and topped with BACON. Yeah, bacon.

The Canteen | 208 N Main St | Breckenridge

Garden Bloody Mary – Three Olives Vodka and a spicy tomato juice with what really seems like the whole garden. – $12.50

The Canteen is a local’s favorite with a HUGE Bloody Mary served in a literal canteen cup. Make sure you carve out some time to drink this whole canteen. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it tastes almost better than it looks. Also, don’t forget to order a mini Coors Sidecar for only $1.75 extra!

Ullr Café | Grand Colorado on Peak 8, 1627 Ski Hill Rd | Breckenridge

Ullr Cafe Bloody Mary

Ullr Bloody Mary at Ullr Café

Ullr Bloody Mary – Elevate Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, pickle, olives, pepperoncini, lime, slice of bacon and a sausage roll.  – $14

This Bloody Mary is no joke. Come hungry and thirsty and leave full with this boozy breakfast in a cup. It doesn’t stop there, though… the views make this journey up to Peak 8 all worth it. Enjoy your Bloody Mary outside on their patio looking at all the skiers coming down Peak 8 and hopping on the Colorado and Rocky Mountain SuperChairs.

The Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St | Breckenridge

The Usual Suspects – Pick your house infused vodka: pickle or jalapeno. Then pick your mix: Zing Zang or Motherlode Provisions. Served with a surprise garnish! -$12

The Ultimate Bloody Mary – 32oz of the Usual Suspect with an extra gluttonous garnish of fun! -$20

MLT is known for their house infused booze, so of course, you get an infused vodka with your bloody. They garnish the Usual Suspect with a strip of bacon, olives, pepperoncini and olives. The Ultimate Bloody gets a little crazy. First of all, 32oz of booze. 32. OUNCES. Sign us up. Second of all, they garnish that baby with peppered bacon, a spam fry, and an entire chicken tender! Really reinforcing the whole ‘meal in a glass’ concept.

The Crown | 215 S Main St | Breckenridge

Bloody Mary – Breckenridge Vodka or Breckenridge Vodka Chili Chile, with pickle, celery, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olive, lemon, and lime. Served in a mason jar. -$9

If you’ve never been to the Crown, definitely check it out. It’s a cute little coffee shop right in the heart of Breck that has delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and BOOZE! You can get all these delicious boozy breakfast drinks early in the morning because it’s a coffee shop so they’re open earlier than most places. They keep it local and use vodka from Breckenridge Distillery as well as 9600 Bloody Mary Mix. Then they basically top it off with a salad. Sold.

So next time you’re in Breck and stay out a little too late, head to one of these spots in Summit County for a delicious hangover cure. Remember, you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!

Cheers!

 

The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

After a long day of skiing or hiking, there’s nothing better than sitting back, kicking off your boots and enjoying a cold one (or two). Here are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour deals.

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We asked locals about their favorite happy hours in Breckenridge. Here’s what they had to say.

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

(970) 771-3943

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: One of the best happy hour spots in Breck. 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, half-priced draft beer and $7 classic cocktails
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the servers are super friendly and accommodating
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend whetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge, in our humble opinion).

Modis | 113 S Main St

(970) 453-4330

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Appetizers under $10, reduced prices on cocktails and wine pours
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

(970) 453-6974

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 2-5 pm daily
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to Mondays and Tuesdays, 5-10 pm
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

(970) 547-9595

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour and $5 appetizers
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great artistic atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic. Try the “Sexy Woman” martini with jalapeño-infused vodka, passion fruit and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

(970) 453-2572

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: $1 beer, wine and shots; $2 off house infusion cocktails and $5 food specials
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Check the events calendar for karaoke, trivia nights and late-night music. There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laid-back vibe with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch. Try the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your table.

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

(970) 453-2071

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, 3 tacos for $5 and $5 wings
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ top choice for après ski since 1981. They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 offerings.
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa during happy hour. Check out the specialty margaritas made with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila.

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

(970) 453-1148

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily in the lounge or on the patio in the summer
The Deals: Discounted appetizers and cocktails, $6 wines by the glass, $3 microbrews and domestic beers
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Gingered Gimlet.”

Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub | 520 S Main St

(970) 453-2243

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, gluten-free options available
Happy Hour: 3-8 pm daily
The Deals: 2-for-1 martinis, $3.50 empanadas and more
The Cherry on Top: Cecilia’s transforms into an incredible nightclub once the sun goes down. The dance floor is a riot and the cocktails are even better
Local’s Guide: Ask for the “Satan’s Soul Patch” cocktail. You won’t be disappointed! It’ll set your taste buds ablaze…literally.

Cheers!

 

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge happy hour hot spots, visit Grand Timber Lodge.

Top 5 Sunset Spots in Breck

Top 5 Sunset Spots in Breckenridge

A Breckenridge sunset is the perfect way to cap off a day of playing in the great outdoors. Here are our favorite Summit County sunset spots.

Summer drinks in Breck

BEAT THE HEAT: BRECK’S SUMMER HOT SPOTS

As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.

  1. MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
    • Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
  2. SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in. 
    • Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
  3. BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go! 
    • Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
  4. NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals. 
    • Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
  5. BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
    • Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
  6. BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
    • Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
  7. FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
    • Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
  8. RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
    • Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
  9. ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
    • Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
  10. KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
    • Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.

Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.