Eating out in Breckenridge on a budget

Crepes A La Carte's Veggie Lovers crepe is pictured in March 2018 in Breckenridge.
Photo by Hugh Carey / Summit Daily archives

Editor’s note: Prices are subject to change.

Going out for a meal in a high-class resort community such as Breckenridge can be a luxurious experience. However, budgets and taste buds don’t always align. For those looking for options at around $15 per person (not including tax or tip), there’s more out there than happy hours or working lunch deals. This list focuses on affordable options no matter the time of day.

Casual counter service

Amazing Grace
213 Lincoln Ave.

What started as a natural eatery has evolved into a breakfast and lunch spot with baked goods and more. Hot breakfast items such as burritos and tacos top out at $9.50 while most sandwiches and salads won’t cost more than $10.50. It’s healthy for both body and wallet.

500 S. Main St., Unit 1R

As the name implies, BreckFast serves breakfast all day, with lunch starting at 11 a.m. Only a couple of items go over $10, and the extra bucks are worth it. The $12.99 10 Mile dish is marinated steak, eggs, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, spinach and habanero jack cheese on an everything bagel.

The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge
505 S. Main St., Unit B2-A

All sandwiches are $12.99 and come in a variety of styles. The San Sebastian has prosciutto, manchego cheese, quince paste, olive oil and greens. Or try the Southside with mortadella, salami, aged provolone and spicy giardiniera.

For more

Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House
131 S. Main St.

Coffee and ice cream is served upstairs while bagels and sandwiches are served downstairs. Try a ham and swiss breakfast croissant, a hot turkey and brie sandwich or a tuna salad wrap for about $7. Don’t forget to save room for biscotti, cupcakes or brownies.

Cool River Coffee House and Café
325 Main St.

Breakfast is served until 3 p.m. every day, offering smoothies, bowls, tacos, burritos and sandwiches that range from $7-$13. Lunch is similar, with the addition of soups and salads. 

The Crown
215 S. Main St., Unit L

A unique coffee shop that also serves alcohol, The Crown has bagel sandwiches, scrambled eggs or avocado toast for breakfast. For lunch, grab a flatbread, panini, soup or hearty salad. Most items are around $10 or less.

LoLo Juice
505 S Main St. B4b

Want a quick and cheap eat that won’t leave you bloated? Then opt for these wraps, salads and bowls that circle around $10. As the name implies, there’s also a selection of juices and smoothies to wash it all down.

Ridge St. Kitchen
500 S. Main St., Unit 2C

Along with catering and private chef services, Ridge St. Kitchen has a lunch deli with bites ready to go. Hot and cold sandwiches, salads, sweets and more are available at reasonable prices.

Soupz On
400 N. Park Ave., Unit 2B

The menu changes daily, but no matter the selection of hot soup or fresh bread, diners will spend only around $10 for a bowl, loaf and cookie combination or a soup and salad pairing.

Sitdown table service

Blue Moose Restaurant
540 S. Main St.

Blue Moose offers six eggs Benedict options costing $13.95 or less at this popular breakfast and brunch spot. On the lighter side of their menu, guests can enjoy fresh fruit and granola or various baked goods.

Columbine Café
109 S. Main St.

A breakfast and lunch spot serving all the homestyle favorites. Try a steak sandwich at $12.95, a Florentine omelet or breakfast burrito at $10.95 or a stack of three pancakes for $7.95.

Downstairs at Eric’s
111 S. Main St.

This family-friendly sports bar and arcade has a wide-ranging menu sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Enjoy a chicken-fried steak or a Mediterranean salad for $10.50, burgers for about $12 or a whopping 24-inch pizza for $42.00. While that pie goes over the $15 dollar limit, it isn’t more than $15 per person — unless you’re one very hungry individual.

Empire Burger
500 S. Main St

There’s more on the menu than burgers, like fish tacos and Cobb salads, but why ignore the restaurant’s specialty? Get a mushroom Swiss burger for $10.75 and a side of fries or chips for $3.50.

Giampetro Pasta & Pizzeria
100 N. Main St. Unit 212

There’s charcuterie, sandwiches and pasta, but the best bang for your buck is probably the pizza. An extra large, 16-inch pizza costs about $19. Guests can get it by the slice, too.

Ollie’s Pub & Grub
401 S. Main St. and 180 W. Jefferson Ave.

The pub favorites are right on the bubble budget-wise, but the filling burgers, like the Cali club burger with avocado and bacon, can be easily shared. Or go for an entree salad.

Luigi’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria
411 S. Main St.

Start with an order of eight wings for about $11. If that doesn’t do the trick, then get some friends to split the 18-inch specialty pizzas, like the $25.49 meatball parmesan.

Piante Pizzeria 
520 S. Main St., Unit 3M

This isn’t your usual pizza joint. Piante specializes in plant-based, wood-fired pies made mostly with seasonal and organic ingredients. While that selectively raises the price point, their 12-inch pizzas can be split between two diners, so that $18 white pizza with mozzarella, cashew ricotta, garlic, shiitake bacon and arugula is within the budget.

Rita’s Specialty Margs and Taco Bar
301 S. Main St.

Tacos start at $3, but go ahead and splurge on a fish or chorizo taco for only $4. Add a large side of avocado dip for $5.

Sancho Tacos and Tequila
500 S. Main St.

The menu at Sancho Tacos offers unique options such as pork belly, duck confit and sweet potato tacos in addition to more traditional fare. Most items on the menu won’t cost more than $4.50 each.

Windy City Pizza & Pub
400 North Park Ave., Unit 15A

Salads, sandwiches and wraps hover around $12, but it’s the pizza diners save room for. Though a 14-inch deep dish is $23.90 and a 16-inch thin or traditional pizza is $24.95, these pizzas can easily be shared.

Street food and snacks

Above the Blue 
41 S. Main St., Unit G

Have a late night craving for gyros? Then Above the Blue is the place to be. Along with $9 gyros, this restaurant makes meatball subs, sandwiches and falafel for $8 each, or try their Frito pie for $5.

Crepes a la Cart
309. S. Ridge St. Alley and 307 S. Main St.

With two locations — the original cart location on Main Street or the dine-in kitchen on Ridge Street Alley — Crepes a la Cart has a wide variety of handheld delectable food. Design a savory crepe starting at $7.25 or opt for a specialty like the Parisian, made with brie, smoked ham and Dijon mustard for $11. There are also breakfast crepes and dessert crepes.

Daylight Donuts
305 North Main St., Unit C

Of course they have a variety of delicious donuts, but there’s also Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, and quesadillas on the menu. A note for those who are budget conscious, the most expensive item on the menu is chicken-fried steak at $10.50.

Higgles Ice Cream
100 N. Main St.

This ice cream shop has some of the most unique flavors in the county, such as blueberry basil, honey lavender, earl grey, cereal milk and pumpkin cheesecake. Get up to three scoops for $7.

Mimi & Pin
301 N. Main St., Unit 5
970-393-2090 and 970-393-0962

One of Breckenridge’s newest specialty food joints focuses entirely on churros and waffles. Enjoy churros stuffed with Dulce de Leche, custard cream or chocolate or glazed with fondant. Wash them down with a cappuccino, macchiato or Spanish hot chocolate.

Stir-Pan Creamery
500 S. Main St., Unit 2R

That’s right, customizable rolled ice cream made to order. The cream and fixings are poured right onto a chilled surface, mixed and scraped into a cup. They have flavors like strawberry graham cracker, key lime pie or salted Oreo. Full-size is about $7 while a half portion is around $4. 

Trolley Crepes
505 S. Main St.

Found in Main Street Station by Maggie Pond, this mobile trolley serves up delicious crepes for breakfast, desert or heartier meals for around $10. They also serve grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and ice cream. Try the chicken mango chutney with arugula and goat cheese or the s’more crepe for something sweet.

Yo Mammas! Tacos Y Burritos
327 N. Main St.

Try the al pastor burrito for $11, or mix and match chicken tinga, carnitas and veggie tacos for $3.50 each. Get three and it only costs $10.

The Breckenridge Dining Passport

Want to enjoy Breckenridge’s fine dinning scene without paying full price? During the shoulder seasons, the Breckenridge Restaurant Association releases the Breckenridge Dining Passport. A $10 donation gives you access to deals at a wide variety of restaurants, like 20% off or buy-one-get-one promotions. The passports are usually available from late April through early June and late September through early November. Visit for the latest information.

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