- The Best of Summit County
- Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone
- Twist, Breckenridge
- Bread and Salt, Frisco
- Cafe Profusion, Dillon
- Mint Steakhouse, Silverthorne
From white tablecloths to hole-in-the-wall curry joints, Summit County has an abundance of restaurants to fuel your pre- or post-ski appetite.
Eat in or take out.
Stop by for a coffee or linger over several courses.
Whether your tastes are posh or not, there’s no way you’ll leave a Summit County trip hungry.
Here are some of our favorite stops.
Ski Tip Lodge
It’s hard to say what’s most appealing about Keystone’s most intimate fine dining restaurant: the cuisine or the ambience.
On one hand, there’s the four-course, pre-fixe menu with options that range from wild game to fresh fish to poultry, with accompanying sides like pancetta and cheddar whipped potatoes.
And then there’s the cozy dining room and the library, warmed by the roaring blaze in the fireplace.
Perhaps it’s the synergy of delicious food served in an authentic, comfortable setting.
The hardest part of dining at the Ski Tip Lodge is leaving.
Dine here: Four-course meal: $75/person, does not include tax and gratuity; reservations required.
Review: Ski Tip Lodge
Ski Tip Lodge combines three things that make me melt into a big old ski-vacation puddle: authentic mountain history, old-school ski atmosphere, and amazing food.
The lodge was originally a stagecoach stop (yep, it’s a legit Wild West relic); it then became the heart of Keystone when it first opened.
Even if you’re not staying the night (we just had dinner reservations), you can stroll around the lobby and living areas and drink in the pioneering, ranching, and ski history lining the worn log walls.
The dinner here is a rotating four-course menu. We got our choice of five main entrées (think Moroccan Spice Rubbed Rack of Colorado Lamb or Spice Packed North American Elk Loin) plus at least two choices for the other courses (starter soup of Wild Game with Caramelized Parsnip and Pearl Barley? Yes, please).
The service was superb, and I was told the chef uses local produce, meat, and game whenever available. There were at least two farm-to-fork local ingredients in most of the entrées.
Service isn’t slow, but your dining experience is by no means rushed, which was just fine by us.
We took our dessert—we ordered the lodge’s signature apple strudel—and after-dinner drinks over to the large fireplace to eat on the comfy couches, which was the perfect way to end our night.
Sitting by the crackling fire, eating our melt-in-your-mouth strudel, and relishing the cozy yet sophisticated surroundings, we wished we’d booked a room so we wouldn’t have to leave.
Venture a block off of Main Street, and you’ll discover Twist, the latest endeavor of executive chef Matt Fackler, co-owner of Breck’s beloved Relish.
Twist’s name refers to Fackler’s unique take on comfort food, which can be summed up as a modern interpretation of traditional classics.
To wit: The cod comes crusted with corn flakes, and the Colorado lamb burger is enhanced with creamy brie cheese and Palisade peach jam.
Chances are, Mac ’n’ Cheese will appear on the menu, and it could very likely include bacon.
Dine here: Entrees range from $15 to $25
Bread and Salt
When Michael Ulehla and Joyce De La Torre opened Bread and Salt on Frisco’s Main Street in June 2014, they wanted to take breakfast to a new level.
Their secret? Use as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible.
This is how dishes like the beet, potato, and goat cheese omelet as well as roasted apple and walnut pancakes landed on the menu.
The pair already owns the successful restaurant Bagalis down the street, and opened Bread and Salt “for fun,” says Ulehla. “Some people go golfing to relax,” he says. “Me, I cook breakfast.”
Dine here: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bread and Salt’s menu changes daily, depending on available produce.
This tiny restaurant seats 14 people inside and 14 out, but space constraints haven’t restricted its skyrocketing popularity since opening two-plus years ago.
Maybe it’s because the entire restaurant is gluten-free (yes, they do serve a few wheat beers, but only in cans to ensure no cross-pollination).
This gourmet nook of an eatery should be on everyone’s list. And don’t worry about the lack of space, says Chef Dowd: “Everything on the menu lends itself to takeout.”
Or it could be how chef Bill Dowd fuses his homemade Asian curries with Italian and French techniques to produce dishes like the baby back ribs braised in pomegranate molasses and apple cider (tender and juicy barely begin to describe them).
He’s also a master of creating curries from across Asia and delights in mixing them from scratch.
“I let them sit so all the flavors can mingle,” he says. Finally, it could be the abundance of vegetarian dishes on the menu that’s helped build a cult-like following.
Whatever the reason, this gourmet nook of an eatery should be on everyone’s list. And don’t worry about the lack of space, says Dowd: “Everything on the menu lends itself to takeout.”
Dine here: Entrees range from $8 to $18.50.
The Mint Steakhouse
Located in Summit County’s oldest building, the Mint draws history buffs and carnivores alike with its unique take on the traditional steakhouse.
A word of caution: This is a DIY restaurant.
If you do not like the prospect of selecting your own steak, then seasoning and grilling it yourself, head somewhere else.
But if your idea of a good time is cooking choice meats or fish—the restaurant has access to some of the best cuts and catches around—customizing the flavor, and grilling to your specifications, then you’ll love it here.
The Mint dry ages much of the beef and also offers wild salmon, yellow fin tuna, shrimp kabobs, and chicken.
Plus, it’s got a kids’ menu, a hefty salad bar (free with the purchase of a grillable), and a full bar.
Prices vary depending on meat selection.