Breckenridge dining: Myla Rose Saloon (sponsored)
Just south of town, an experience that stands out
Myla Rose Saloon is worth the short trip south of town.
With stunning views of Mt. Quandary and a passionate team dedicated to killer food, beer and service, it’s sometimes hard to leave the rustic, cozy environment that is Myla Rose Saloon.
Located just outside of Breckenridge in the Lodge by The Blue resort, this is one of Summit County’s hidden gems and it’s worth the short drive south of town.
“Myla Rose is a place to relax and meet your neighbors, or just marvel at the incredible Rocky Mountains,” says Bar Manager Rob Shofner.
It’s the kind of place that’s a welcome respite from the busy winter season in Breckenridge. It’s common to share stories from the ski day or for staff members to share locals’ tips about everything from the best ski runs to favorite outdoor recreation activities. The atmosphere is friendly and warm, and the service is personable.
The Myla Rose Saloon’s location means it has to work a little harder for its customers — they need to give people a reason to visit since in-town foot traffic doesn’t make them one of the area’s “successful by default” establishments.
“We are mountain-living locals that want our guests to take home a positively resonating experience,” says General Manager Mac McNamara.
Passion for good food
Alpine comfort food means a lot of different things, depending on where you are. At Myla Rose Saloon, the food reflects the passion of the people cooking it, says Executive Chef Jess Cant.
“If you have the passion for it the way my chefs and I have, you get better every shift and the food will always reflect that,” he says. “This manner of thinking allows my dishes to have a soul to them that wasn’t just read from a book.”
Using local, fresh ingredients whenever possible, this is mountain dining done right. Cant is always searching for products that give his menu some edge, while keeping true to the environment around him. A perfect example of this is the wild game blend he’s using from House of Smoke in Fort Lupton, Colorado.
“It’s a blend of elk, bison, antelope, venison and wild boar. They were able to blend together the meats in a way that balances out some of the lean meats with richer animals to craft a supreme blend for us to use in our meatloaf,” he says.
Customers have been raving about the beer-curried green lip mussels, which he creates using Broken Compass IPA blended with a yellow curry paste for a beautiful balance of flavors.
“I find in a kitchen, it’s important to always be flexing the creative muscle to keep it sharp and it’s fun for us to work together to figure how to make a dish work or find a sauce that could pair with the protein,” Cant says.
And crowd pleasers, too
While you could easily venture out and try one of Cant’s unique creations, there are plenty of crowd-pleasing favorites, too, but Cant elevates just about everything. Shredded bison short rib and fresh-cut fries complement classic poutine with Wisconsin cheese curds and house gravy. The juicy half-pound beef or bison burgers, or the five-cheese mac-and-cheese with all kinds of fun additions — such as fried pork belly croutons — are perfects endings to action-packed Summit County days, McNamara says.
The robust list of Colorado beers and innovative cocktail list round out the saloon’s appeal. There are 6 taps featuring crisp, cold suds from nearby Broken Compass and South Park Brewing companies, as well as many other Colorado favorites.
Hot toddies and other classic cocktails are carefully crafted. Myla Rose Saloon offers locally distilled spirits options, hand-squeezed margaritas, skillfully made Breckenridge Bourbon Manhattans and just about anything else you can imagine.
“Myla Rose is a labor of love from all of us, and our craft and our guests’ experience while they are here is our top priority,” Cant says. “We have the privilege of all being gathered together with 50+ years of experience among us, and there is nothing more we’d rather do than make you a drink and plate a food for you and yours.”
Myla Rose Saloon is located in Lodge by The Blue, 4192 Hwy 9, about 6 miles south of Breckenridge. The saloon offers a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and all night on Mondays. The bar and kitchen open at 3 p.m. daily, except on weekends when service runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.mylarosesaloon.com for more information.
Myla Rose Saloon
4192 Hwy 9, Breckenridge
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