One of the joys of living in Breck, and there are many, is the slew of new restaurants that spring up like snowflakes fall from the sky. Some fail and are gone before you visit while others do it right, find their niche and become welcomed mainstays in our historic town. From quick bites to elegant dining, Breck truly serves up a plate to please the most picky of palates. Enjoy yourself as you be the judge.
Traverse Bar & Restaurant in The Lodge at Breckenridge
The Goods: A handful of in-state distilled spirits, a dozen Colorado brews on tap & expansive views fit nicely alongside a sophisticated & eclectic menu. The renovated facility has a new look & a new chef (Brent Turnipsede formerly of Sweet Basil in Vail) who showcases his culinary creativity with such Colorado-inspired cuisine as The Traverse “Tatonka” burger, featuring house-ground bison chuck & brisket, an elk strip steak with garlic potato puree & a butternut squash gnocchi. Happy Hour up on the hill (3-6 p.m., 7 days a week) is also becoming a hit with $3 beers, 2-for-1 appetizers & $4 cocktails.
Hours: Dinner served Friday & Saturday – 5:30-10 p.m. // Sunday-Thursday – 6-10 p.m.
Address: 112 Overlook Drive
Blue Stag Saloon
The Goods: Forty bottled craft beers, a rotating selection of craft bombers & a well-executed drink list accompanies a casual atmosphere & delicious dining fare. Tasty tip: The shaved prime rib sandwich with jalapeno havarti cheese is not to be missed.
Hours: Opens at 11:30 a.m. 7 days a week // Full kitchen menu until 9:30 p.m. // Specialty pizzas until midnight
Address: 323 South Main St.
Czech It Out
The Goods: A fresh, modern & contemporary feel greets customers at this second story La Cima Mall restaurant along with a unique cocktail list & tasty signature European dishes. Spirits like the spicy walnut brulee & Czech wonder will kick-start your experience before enjoying enticing entrees such as the sauce-based Svickova (sliced marinated beef loin) & slowly braised Hungarian goulash, featuring bacon dumplings & braised cabbage. Authentic owners Tomas & Nikola Skoda own a sister restaurant in Georgetown & have definitely filled a much-needed dining niche on the south end of Breck. Panoramic plus: The upstairs outdoor deck will be a smash hit come summertime with unparalleled views of town, the ski resort & the Tenmile Range.
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lunch served until 4 p.m.
Address: 500 South Main St.
The Goods: With a new look and new owners, The Crown serves up delicious boozy coffee drinks, such as the peppermint patty & hot apple pie. It also has a slew of tasty made-to-order breakfast & lunch sandwiches. The scrumptious baked goods (cinnamon rolls, brownies & more) are all made in-house too.
Hours: Monday-Saturday – 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. // Sunday – 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 215 South Main St.
Base Nine Bar at Beaver Run
The Goods: The Breck craft beer scene is exploding right now & this ski-in/ski-out watering hole has taken its game to the next level as well. The bar has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, offers tasting flights of eight Colorado brews & a menu designed to enhance your tasting experience & complement your cold one. Pairing items such as an Ahi tuna & avocado tower with a Great Divide Collette or a chipotle black bean burger with an Odell Cutthroat Porter. Base Nine is also stepping it up with a handful of free beer-tasting specials. In the week after each event, the bar will dish out deals such as 2-for-1 discounts on the highlighted brew. Drink specials twice a day from 4-6 and 9-11 p.m. and two championship pool tables and dart board all free of charge
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to close — which ranges from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center – 620 Village Road #2
Luigi’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria
The Goods: This little basement joint serves up extra-large slices all day long & well into the night — sometimes as late as 3 a.m. for party-hardy Breck bar-goers. It also boasts a six-pack of Colorado brews on tap, a list of $5 lunch specials (2 slices of cheese; a slice of cheese & a Coors light; or a speciality slice (which changes daily) & a host of whole pies. Tasty tip: The Mountain Man (meat lovers), Mac & Cheese, Bronx Bomber (sausage, peppers & onions) or Fuggetaboutit (almost everything) are the top-sellers.
A handful of TVs will let the sports junkie in you run wild as well.
Hours: Full menu served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. // Slices served until 2:30 or 3 a.m.
Address: 411 South Main St. #5
The Canteen Tap House & Tavern
The Goods: This new bar & restaurant opened in December 2014 & occupies the longtime Steak & Rib building on the north end of town. The cozy log-cabin interior welcomes you in as does the handpicked small-batch all-Colorado craft beer selection. Hard-to-find brews such as the Station 26 Colorado Cream Ale, Elevation Brewery Apis IV, Barmen Pilsner & the Brainless on Raspberries Belgian Style Ale from Epic Brewing grace the taps. An uber-extensive wine list & a host of Colorado distilled spirits are also offered. Now the eats — The Canteen’s burgers are made with a trio of blended beef & an on-site smoker is used for the wings, turkey breast, pulled pork, brisket & ribs.
Hours: Monday-Friday – 2 p.m. to midnight // Saturday & Sunday – 11 a.m. to midnight
Address: 208 North Main St.