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Formerly a center of the gold rush and Colorado‘s largest historic district, Breckenridge is now well known for being one of the state’s most popular ski resorts. With a genuine old Western main street and friendly local community, it’s no wonder many people come to Breckenridge and end up staying for good.
While it’s a favorite among skiers, it was also the first ski resort in Colorado to allow snowboarders, hosting the World Snowboard Championships in 1986. So, after a long day shredding the high-altitude terrain, why not head to one of these top 10 restaurants in Breckenridge?
Long-time residents George, Mike and Greg met 25 years ago in Breckenridge. They set up the Canteen in 2014 with the aim of bringing comfort food, Colorado beer and funny stories to the table. Now it’s a cozy, wood-clad hangout, attracting those looking for a casual bite to eat. Grab a 90 Shillings amber ale and smoked-salmon dip with pita chips to share – or tuck into the ’Merica Burger. It’s definitely a good place to crash after a long day on the mountain – but be warned, once you sit down, you won’t want to get up.
Just off the main street in Breckenridge, Twist opened in 2011 on a mission to bring creative food to the town. From scallop risotto and lobster rolls to vegan tempeh stir-fry, it has the kind of menu that makes you want to order it all and, with a super cozy, informal vibe, it’s ideal for a casual date night. We’d definitely recommend trying the oak-smoked old fashioned cocktail. Patio seating is also available, so you can take in the mountain vistas on those sunny days.
For fast, reasonably priced food, head to Pho Real, Breckenridge’s Vietnamese drop-in restaurant. It serves pho, of course, alongside other traditional offerings, such as bánh mì sandwiches and fresh spring rolls. There are a couple of tablest, but this is definitely a quick eat-and-dash kind of place. Definitely a good antidote to the pizza and burger offerings that often dominate ski towns.
Additional reporting by Nina Zietman.