Of course, there’s plenty of American fare throughout Summit County, and a couple of them, such as Q4U Barbeque in Frisco and Steak & Rib in Breckenridge specialize in barbecue. Mountain Lyon Café in Silverthorne is favorite with locals for breakfast.
Brew pubs create specialty beers throughout the county. Check out the Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge, Backcountry Brewery and Restaurant in Frisco, Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon, Pug Ryan’s in Dillon and Wolf Rock in Keystone.
A few restaurants in Breckenridge are historic, including the Gold Pan Saloon, which opened in the late 1870s as a smoke-filled, whiskey-scented amusement hall. It’s documented as having the most continuous operating liquor license west of the Mississippi, but the building has also seen business as a dry goods store and a gas station. The Briar Rose Restaurant & Bar is an upscale establishment, which acted as a boarding house that served hearty meals to miners. Hearthstone Restaurant is another upscale restaurant, which is set in a Victorian mansion. Though the Dredge Boathouse isn’t historic itself, it replicates one of the largest and longest operating dredges in Summit County.
Dillon hosts the Arapahoe Café, a restaurant that moved from the old town of Dillon when the Denver Water Board decided to flood the area to create a reservoir in the 1960s.
The Mint Steakhouse in Silverthorne is one of the oldest buildings in Summit County, having been in business since 1862. Guests flame-broil their own steaks, chicken and seafood on large, specially-seasoned lava rock grills.
The Keystone Ranch blends the Wild West with award-winning cuisine in an original 1930s ranch homestead. It features a six-course meal and is AAA Four Diamond rated, a Wine Spectator DiRoNa winner and a top-ranker with the Zagat Survey. The Ski Tip Lodge was a 1880s stagecoach stop that offers a bed and breakfast and a four-course dinner menu that gets rave reviews.
Summit County has some great Chinese restaurants, which also offer carry out for a cozy night at home. Try China Szechwan Restaurant in Frisco, Imperial Palace at Copper Mountain, JJ Chinese Cuisine in Silverthonre, Red Orchid Asian Cuisine Restaurant and Bar in Breckenridge or Taipei Tokyo in Breckenridge.
If you’re looking for Italian food, go no further than the nearest town. From pizza to pasta, Summit County dining offers the best Italian food. Pizza places line Summit County, and range from thin crust to thick. For classic Italian menus, Copper Mountain has the Creekside Italian Café, a casual dining place at the base of the ski area. Breckenridge boasts Michael’s Italian Restaurant, an affordable, more upscale establishment and the Mother Loaded Tavern. Ti Amo in Silverthorne is similar to the chain Macaroni Grill. Tuscato Ristorante Italiano offers fine cuisine in an upscale restaurant.
Japanese and Thai
Mountain Flying Fish in Breckenridge is a favorite with locals for sushi. You can also try Denzaemon Noodle & Bowl Café or Taipei Tokyo. On the other side of the county, in Silverthorne, Nozawa offers great deals for lunch. My Thai provides affordable, amazing tasting Thai food in a casual environment.
If you’re craving Mexican food, you’ve come to the right county. Summit County dining offers plenty of variety when it comes to Mexican food. And, the best part is most of the food is authentic Mexican.
Though Colorado is land-locked, Summit County dining still has a variety of fine seafood cuisine. Some restaurants that specialize in seafood are: Boatyard Pizzeria & Grill in Frisco, and South Ridge Seafood Grill, Spencer’s Steaks and Spirits, Beaver Run Resort and Whale’s Tail in Breckenridge.
Gondola rides to dining
Keystone Resort’s gondolas whisk guests to the top of North Peak, where culinary masterpieces await at the Alpenglow Stube. The Stube has been ranked one of the best on-mountain restaurants in the country. If you’re looking for fondue, Der Fondue Chessel hosts Bavarian-style live entertainment and fondue, ranging from cheese to chocolate. Breckenridge gondola rides
Dinner sleigh rides
The gentle sound of jingle bells fall into rhythm with the two-thousand pound Belgium horses pulling a wooden sleigh. Snow glows in the moonlight as the sled sweeps through the wooded forest or across vast meadows.
Each dinner sleigh ride in Summit County has a slightly different feel. Breckenridge Sleigh Rides features a golf course setting, complete with private dining tables, a buffet, and a ride across the golf course. Copper Mountain Stables offers afternoon s’more rides, as well as a dinner ride, which takes you along the base of the ski area to a quaint miner’s tent. Nordic Sleigh Rides at Tiger Run in Breckenridge brings the Wild West into the mix with a dinner theater filled with crazy mountain men and saloon ladies. Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Rides in Frisco whisks guests through wooded paths to a miner’s tent. Keystone Resort hosts a sleigh ride through a large meadow, while guides tell stories of the historic use of the land.
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