BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — With more than 75 restaurants and one of the nation’s top microbreweries, this Rocky Mountain town is a budding destination for the taste-conscious traveler.
A Breckenridge, Colo., trip itinerary could easily be built around the historic downtown’s thriving culinary scene — from breakfast to late-night dining and drinks.
Breakfast: Park & Main
Located on South Main Street, this wine and espresso bar and casually chic eatery is the newest establishment from local brothers and restaurateurs, Ken and Todd Nelson — the men behind Breckenridge’s casual Italian eatery and pizza parlor Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria, white-tablecloth dining at Briar Rose and quality burger joint Empire Burger.
At 7:30 a.m. daily, Park & Main begins serving breakfast burritos, build-your-own breakfast sandwiches and pancake stacks. Diners can choose from six cheeses and more than a dozen other tasty toppings — including kale, chorizo and pulled pork — to create their personalized sandwich.
With options to customize orders to personal preference or for dietary needs, the breakfast menu at Park & Main is well suited for gluten-free and vegetarian diners. Also, menu items such as the fruit plate with fresh berries, house-made granola and the Greek-yogurt-granola-and-fresh-fruit-layered parfait make the first meal of the day a healthy start — perfect for travelers planning to hit the slopes or hike Breckenridge’s scenic trails.
Travelers with less active itineraries planned may enjoy sipping a warm latte or one of the boozy brunch beverages served all day while taking in a stunning view of the mountain from the restaurant’s patio.
Lunch/Dinner: Empire Burger
Another Nelson brothers’ eatery, Empire Burger puts a flavorful twist on an all-American classic — burgers and fries. The one-third-pound burgers are made with all-natural beef, buffalo or turkey and can be topped with grilled onions, guacamole, a pineapple ring or barbeque sauce. Made fresh daily from hand-cut Idaho potatoes, the fries are served with a dipping sauce of the diner’s choice — and there are 20 sauces from which to choose. Try the mango chutney for a sweet and tangy taste!
Lunch/Dinner: Breckenridge Brewery
The original Breckenridge Brewery has earned a reputation as one of the best microbreweries in the United States, but it’s worth a visit for more than its 471 Double IPA and secret beer on tap. The hearty brewpub-fare like the elk meatloaf and duckadilla, made with duck confit and brie, make this a popular lunch and dinner locale among locals and visitors alike.
Known for its artisanal Colorado cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails, Modis is the place to go for late-night drinking and dining.
A blend of classic Prohibition-era cocktails and modern mixology, the extensive drink list has the classic Manhattan, Sidecar and Mint Julep as well as a mountain-town twist on the island-favorite Mai Tai, swapping tropical rum for the local Breck Bourbon but keeping that familiar tart citrusy flavor.
Late night happy hour begins at 9 p.m. and stretches until closing time. In addition to a discount on these creative cocktails, Modis also offers a late-night food menu at very reasonable prices, ranging from $5 for the “ever-changing” soup to $12 for the Modis Butcher Block, an impressive spread of meats and cheeses to share.