Best of Summit 2005: Food |

Best of Summit 2005: Food

1. Dillon Dam Brewery

They have more than just good beer? Apparently, as locals have been boozing in the a.m. with the county’s best Dam Bloody Mary’s, and then dipping over for some Dam beer in the afternoon.

2. The Goat

3. Kenosha Steakhouse

1. Dillon Dam Brewery

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Pales, wheats and darks are a-plenty at the Dam Brewery, and there’s a seasonal specialty on tap too. Great pub food to go along with it, the big and bright Brewery is always pumping.

2. Breckenridge Brewery

3. Pug Ryan’s

1.Blue River Bistro

With more than 75 different varieties of martinis, Breck’s Blue River Bistro is hands down the run away winner in this category. If you need a chocolate fix go for the grasshopper. If you’re looking for something with a little more bite try the Blue Agave (it has tequila in it). They offer 2 for 1 martinis twice daily; 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

2. Cecilia’s

3. Blue Spruce Inn

1. Rita’s

With the perfect balance of tequila, lime and salt (or no salt, if that’s your preference), Rita’s serves up an excellent margarita. And at such a great price, having just one is a difficult feat.

2. Mi Casa

3. Fiesta Jalisco

1. Snake River Saloon

One step inside the “Snake”, and you know this is the bar every ski town needs. Live music, pool tables and good food combine to make this restaurant and bar more than just unique ” it’s a Summit County landmark.

2. St. Bernard

3. Blue Spruce Inn

1. Butterhorn Bakery

Stroll in to the Butterhorn Bakery on Main Street Frisco in the early morning and you’ll smell sumptuous treats. Cakes, pastries, bread and special orders are available as well as a full-service breakfast and lunch every day. They’re open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2. Blue Moon Bakery

3. Clints

1. Abbey’s

We all know how easy it is to be picky when it comes to lattes. Abbey’s in Frisco pleases even the finicky, and has a tempting

selection of baked treats as well as tea and ice cream.

2. Clint’s

3. Starbucks

1. Blue Moon

Pies, cakes, brownies, you name it, Blue Moon in Silverthorne has it. And, with your choice of scrumptious desserts, you can have a nice cup of coffee and a chat with the friendly staff.

2. Keystone Ranch

3. Cafe Alpine

1. Mi Zuppa

Who hasn’t heard of Mi Zuppa by now? The soup and wrap specialty restaurant in Breckenridge and Frisco makes a perfect fit to the winter crowds looking for a healthy boost in the middle of their day. Don’t forget the fresh-baked bread and a cookie, too.

2. Jersey Boys

3. Downstairs at Eric’s

1. Jersey Boys

Mmmmmm … meatballs. The voters came out and drooled over this

category, as chicken parmesan, meatball and Philly steak sandwiches top the local’s list for good eats.

2. Butterhorn

3. Charlie Dog’s

1. Jersey Boys

They bring the East Coast flavor to their pizza. Thin crusts and great toppings put Jersey Boys on the top of a long list of local pizzerias.

2. Giampietro’s

3. Wild Bill’s

1. Keystone Ranch

Fireplace dinners, great chefs and more awards then the service-oriented crew can handle, there’s a reason this is tops on the list of Summit’s restaurants. Even if you’re only in town for a night, call ahead and get a reservation. It will be worth it.

2. Hearthstone

3. Blue Spruce Inn

1. Blue Spruce Inn

This rustic little cabin has been landing the best award for years, and for good reason. You’ll never taste Brie like The Blue Spruce’s and the fish is always prepared with unusual, tasty spices. The Spruce is a place that knows gourmet, without the outlandish prices you’ll find in the city.

2. The Boatyard

3. Silverheel’s at the Ore House

1. Pug Ryan’s

Enjoy a meal of prime rib, steak or fresh seafood as you relax on the sunny deck of Pug Ryan’s. A compliment to any meal is Pug’s famous hand-crafted selection of beers. Don’t be afraid to kick up your heals to some Celtic music in the Irish tradition.

2. Dillon Dam Brewery

3. Arapahoe Cafe

1. Sunshine Cafe

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the Sunshine, which also won for Best Brunch and Best Breakfast, is also everyone’s No.1 place in all of Silverthorne to satisfy a growling stomach throughout the day.

2. TiAmo Ancora

3. Mountain Lyon Cafe

1. Alexander’s on the Creek

Fine dining at its best. Chef Michael and Chef Kimberly Nix prepare elegant meals in a warm environment. Check out the website at

2. JJ’s Tavern

3. Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe

1. Keystone Ranch

Already ranked best restaurant and service in the entire county, Keystone Ranch is on top of Keystone’s own set of four-star restaurants. It’s a cozy stop in the snowy woods in the winter and a sunny, bright place to find an exquisite dinner in the summer and fall.

2. Ski Tip

3. Alpenglow Stube

1. Keystone Ranch

Keystone Ranch has clearly won a handful of Best Of categories for a reason. The food will make you drool, you’ll never find a grumpy waiter and the atmosphere and view overlooking the ranch and golf course make you want to just live there.

2. Hearthstone

3. Blue Spruce Inn

1. Sunshine Cafe

All three of these are top-end when it comes to reasonable prices, but the Sunshine in Silverthorne has a special way of throwing its omelets that won it the top spot this year. Pancakes, French toast and egg specialities – it’s always a treat to wake up to Sunshine.

2. Mountain Lyon Cafe

3. Daylight Donuts

1. Alpine Market

Alpine Market has a new location on Main Street in Frisco that provides ample space for a variety of health foods including a deli and juice bar. You’ll find it amazing how everything seems to taste better when it’s being made with fresh, organic ingredients. Whether you’re a carnivore or herbivore you’ll find plenty of treats at the deli. You can enjoy your treats outside on their patio looking up to the majestic Peak 1.

2. Sunshine Cafe

3. Amazing Grace

1. Tuscatos

Here are what the readers said: “Great selection, friendly and the staff is knowledgeable.” And this came from more than one voter. Located on Main Street in Frisco, the mix of location and fine dining make this spot a must for pasta lovers.

2. Giampietro

3. Ristorante Al Lago

1. Fiesta Jalisco

Authentic Mexican in the mountains isn’t possible, right? If you’re a skeptic, give Fiesta Jalisco a try. Their menu offers, in addition to what you’d expect, many Mexican dishes with fresh seafood.

Clearly, the taste has caught on with locations now in Silverthorne, Breck, Frisco, and the Vail Valley.

2. Hacienda Real

3. Mi Casa

1. My Thai

It’s so good, it’s like something out of San Francisco. “My Thai” in Breckenridge offers big-city eats at a great location on Main Street.

2. Bamboo Garden

3. China Gourmet

1. Steak and Rib

Getting it the perfect pink is truly a fine art, and according to local carnivores, Steak and Rib has nailed it. Enjoy your juicy slab on the huge deck and soak up the friendly atmosphere of one of Breck’s classiest food haunts.

2. Pug Ryan’s

3. Blue Spruce Inn

1. Downstairs at Eric’s

Described by voters as “Yummie”, this isn’t just a local’s favorite. With a prime location on Breckenridge’s Main Street, Downstairs at Eric’s has been treating everyone the same ” as long as they’re hungry and looking for the best burger in town.

2. Moose Jaw

3. Woody’s

1. Hearthstone

The Hearthstone is more than just the best restaurant in Breck, it’s also the best Caterer in Summit County. It can accommodate nearly any party in any setting from casual to the most sophisticated. The town of Breck entrusts Hearthstone with all the summer barbecues at the Riverwalk.

2. Gilchrist

3. Blue Moon

1. Sunshine Cafe

Get there early or you may not get a seat. The Sunshine Cafe located in Silverthorne has been filling up locals in the mornings for years. From pastries to ham and eggs, this cafe has the patent on starting your day off right.

2. Swan Mountain

3. Arapahoe Cafe

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