There are many places to eat in Breckenridge and each option has their own quaint charm or special appeal.  However, until recently, Breckenridge had no globally-inspired, dine-in or take-out eatery.  Enter “Park and Main”, located at the south end of town in La Cima Mall, directly across from Empire Burger.

Park & Main offers an internationally-inspired sandwich collection, including the Vietnamese Banh Mi. Wines by the glass are served in 100ml pours, which makes it easy to sample more than one. Photo by Liam Doran

Park & Main offers an internationally-inspired sandwich collection, including the Vietnamese Banh Mi. Wines by the glass are served in 100ml pours, which makes it easy to sample more than one. Photo by Liam Doran

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner between the hours of 7:30am-10:00pm.

It shouldn’t be surprising that the menu is simply delicious, as owners (and brothers) Todd Nelson and Ken Nelson, along with partner Chris Galceran, already own a variety of restaurants around town, including Giampietro Pizzaria, Empire Burger and the Briar Rose Chop House and Saloon.   All three are long time locals, with Ken moving to Breckenridge in 1989, followed by his brother Todd in 2001, and lastly Chris joined the crew in 2006.

It’s a toss up regarding which is more of a draw: the incredibly good (and reasonably priced) global inspired menu, or the flex service and modern décor that allows customers to dine in or take out.   To whet your appetite and make your mouth water, there are hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and salads galore for lunch options, including the  Zucchini ‘Parm’,  Vietnamese Banh Mi , Croque Monsieur, Cuban, and Gyro.   For dinner, they offer daily entrée specials, which can be ordered either a la carte or as part of a 3 course dinner.  And don’t forget….the desserts, including bread pudding and gelato.  Yum!

For those on the go, simply order at the counter and take your food with you.

For locals, the take out is a great option for a limited lunch break.  Either call ahead or order at the take out counter and within minutes, your meal is ready – no small feat.  Even during the busy holiday week for Fourth of July, lunch was served fast.

The eatery features daily dinner entree specials that can be ordered a la cart or as a 3 course meal, and has a large selection of beer and wine.   I asked Todd what his favorite item on the menu was, only to find out……..they all are!  According to Todd, he likes the flavors in all their food selections, and his choice depends only on what he feels in the mood for each day.  There are a lot of vegetarian options and customers are trying everything, just like Todd.

Park & Main serves incredible coffees by LavAzza, plus an assortment of hot cocoas and warm cocktails. Photo by Liam Doran

Park & Main serves incredible coffees by LavAzza, plus an assortment of hot cocoas and warm cocktails. Photo by Liam Doran

Opening a new business can be challenging, especially in a resort town, and I asked Todd what the biggest challenge has been.  Todd shared that training a newly hired staff on all the ingredients in their meals and the difference between them can be challenging.  For instance, do you know the difference between a 12 year-old balsamic vinegar and a 25 year-old cherry vinegar?  Don’t worry – the staff at Park and Main certainly does!

So when you want a break from burgers, pizza or pasta, head over to Park and Main and check out Breck’s newest restaurant for some tantalizing tastes and menu choices.  You’ll be glad you did!

If you go

http://parkandmainfood.com/

500 S. Main St. in the La Cima Mall, across from Empire Burger

– Jenise Jensen

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