What I Ate: Breckenridge, CO

Photo courtesy of Modis Restaurant in Breckenridge, CO
Photo courtesy of Modis Restaurant in Breckenridge, CO

I’ve been traveling to Breckenridge, Colorado annually for about 10 years now, which has made me well acquainted with the local food scene. I have eaten at a majority of the restaurants in Breckenridge and here is a recap of my various culinary experiences in town!

Most of the restaurants in Breckenridge are clustered along Main Street, peppering a 2 mile stretch through the “downtown” area. Parking isn’t necessarily abundant in Breckenridge, so carpooling is usually a good rule of thumb. It is easy to walk along Main Street and hit a few spots in one trip, so don’t limit yourself!

Although Breckenridge caters largely to tourists, it is unique because the town is autonomous from the resort. This means a lot of the restaurants and bars have no affiliation with Vail Resorts, and can have the creativity and local flair that makes Colorado special! Also, the quality of restaurant is quite varied — some upscale, some towney, some cozy, some very Colorado.

A few things to note:

  1. Breckenridge is still a resort town so expect high prices. Things aren’t cheap!
  2. Because it is nearly all locals and skiers going to the restaurants, don’t expect fancy dress codes. Wearing a nicer shirt and pants is more than enough!
  3. Weekends are popular and places get crowded. If you don’t want to wait, make sure to book ahead or reserve your spot online.
  4. Most of the restaurants in Breckenridge are small, so it can be hard to accommodate big groups. If you want a big meal for over 10 people, I might recommend cooking at home or splitting up into smaller groups.

South Ridge Seafood — 500 S Main Street
Admittedly, I think it’s a little weird that there is a seafood restaurant in the middle of America where there is no sea in sight. But, this place is pretty legit. A small plate style menu, they (obviously) almost exclusively serve seafood, so be cognizant of who you bring there. I’ve had really great service the few times I’ve been here, and found it to be an inviting atmosphere. The menu does change, but I think all the small plates I’ve had have been great. I’m a big fan of the scallops and salmon as well!

Photo is courtesy of South Ridge Seafood Restaurant
Photo is courtesy of South Ridge Seafood Restaurant

Modis — 113 S Main Street 
Probably one of the most modern spots in Breckenridge, Modis has a beautiful 2-story loft style space with upscale New American fare. The menu feels a little quirky or disjointed, but everything I’ve had here has been awesome. Their cocktails are a real highlight as well! There are some really creative combinations, and I love that nearly all of them have some sort of herbal or floral component. Those are the kind of cocktails I love!

La Petite Paris — 161 E Adams Ave 

A hidden gem, I only ate at La Petite Paris on my last trip to Breckenridge in December but it has been around for 10 years. I have no idea how I missed it! Ran by a pair of sisters from France, this place the real deal. The food is homey and delicious French favorites, including the best French Onion soup I’ve ever had. The service is slow (per European style) but incredibly friend. We were greeted with hugs & kisses at the door and then cared for the entire meal. Their menu has limited dishes, but it is full of French history, photos and lessons about the country the restaurants’ owners are so proud of.

Hearthstone — 130 S Ridge Street
Located just off Main Street, this is one of my parents’ favorite spots. It’s located in an old Victorian house with a beautiful view (on a clear day) of Breckenridge ski resort and 10 mile mountain range. It has a cute yet romantic vibe and is a great spot for a more quiet or intimate dinner. Definitely a date place! The menu is small, but incredibly delicious. The chef uses primarily sustainable or organic fresh produce and meat prepared in a respectful and unpretentious style. I never get sick of the Pork Osso Bucco or the blackberry Elk.

Photo courtesy of Hearthstone Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Hearthstone Restaurant

Fatty’s Pizzeria — 106 S Ridge Street
Another Arzbaecher family favorite is Fattys Pizzeria. You will walk outta this place a Fatty, hence the name. It is nothing fancy, but the portion sizes in this family style Italian eatery are huge. It serves Italian classics  straight up, no frills. Always start with the garlic bread with its big ripped chunks of bread topped with garlic and cheese. Their pizzas are a personal favorite. I love the thinly rolled crust and their specialty pizzas have funky but wholesome ingredient combinations. My favorite is either the Italian or the White Chicken. If you’re not feeling pizza, the pastas are a huge hit and will leave leftovers for the next day. Super rich, but so comforting. Try their Carbonara or Eggplant Parmesan.

Crepes ala Carte — 307 S Main Street 
Right on Main Street, this is exactly what it sounds like — a cart that sells crepes. They have savory and sweet crepes that are totally decadent and delicious. Be prepared for at least a 30 minute wait because this place is always popping. But you get to watch them roll out the crepe and throw on all your toppings through the big windows so the wait goes quickly. The savory crepes are a perfect snack after skiing and are packed with flavor. Some of my favorites are the Pesto Turkey Crepe, the Country Special & the Philly Cheese. The sweet crepes are what I crave though! I’ve had just about all of them. Any of the fruit & chocolate ones are to die for! A word of warning — the ice cream ones get pretty messy — but no matter which crepe you choose, you will walk away from this place with a smile!

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Downstairs at Eric’s — 111 S Main Street 
Located in a basement on Main Street, Eric is probably the best sports bar in town. There are tons of TVs which are always playing a variety of games. Their food is decent, but the standard bar fare, so expect lots of fried goodies and mayo based sauces. It’s pretty popular at night with lots of bar video games.

C.B & Potts – 231 S Main Street 
A newcomer on the scene, C.B & Potts is part of a national chain of breweries that offers pub fare food & drink. The location is great and their patio is lovely. I wasn’t a huge fan of the beers I tried, but they certainly weren’t bad. I just thought the flavor was a little flat. The food is hearty, Colorado inspired food. Think bison, steaks, ribs and southwest inspiration. I loved the Mac and cheese I had there, and the ahi tuna poke nachos are surprisingly tasty.

Relish — 137 S Main Street
If you’re looking for a foodie spot in Breckenridge, look no further. It feels like a hole in the wall when you walk in, but the food packs some seriously creativity! The menu includes a lot of local Colorado ingredient, but done with a refined and gentle hand. The food comes out not too heavy, but very well-flavored. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu but a few favorites are the Bone Marrow, the pork loin, short ribs or trout. And don’t miss dessert — it’s excellent!

Photo courtesy of Relish Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Relish Restaurant

Salt Creek Steakhouse — 110 Lincoln Avenue 
Salt Creek feels quintessentially Colorado — big wood beams, family style tables, mountain decor — and the food matches that vibe! It is usually pretty rowdy and a good spot for larger group dinners. The food isn’t anything particularly creative or special, but the steaks are done right and the menu is approachable for groups with people of all different tastes and preferences.

Apres Libations — 130 S Main Street 
This is BY FAR my favorite bar in Breckenridge. It is just my style — cozy, small with high quality cocktails and great beer. The night life in Breckenridge isn’t exactly pumping, so this is a great place to just come and hang out for a while. It’s open until midnight on weekdays and 2am on weekends. There isn’t food, but it is BYO so you can order in or bring something along! For cocktails, I would recommend trying the Bee Knees, Old Fashioned, or Death of a Gentlemen. Their beer list always changes, but there are tons of local and regional brews to check out. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly, so feel free to ask for recommendations.

Blue River Bistro — 305 N Main Street 

This is one of my favorite brunch spots in town, and I often visit on my last day in Breckenridge. Their classy dining room feels upscale with modern chandeliers and sleek table settings, but the food is approachable. They have a few different types of eggs Benedict, which is my go-to brunch dish. So I can honestly say that’s the only thing I’ve ever gotten here, but they’ve been delicious. Below is a snap of the Southwest Benedict special they served on my last trip!

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

4 thoughts

  1. Wonderful blog reading. Your really are talented at this stuff!!

    Ok, maybe I’m a little biased.

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Ooo, that’s a tough one. I would probably say Hearthstone because it’s more of a “Breckenridge experience” but the food at Relish is a little more upscale and modern. I don’t think you could go wrong with either choice though. Sounds like a fun Valentine’s Day date night!

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