Find international food flavor in Colorado’s mountain towns |

Find international food flavor in Colorado’s mountain towns

by Kim Fuller
Pho Noodle Cafe, Silverthorne
Photo by Sharon Anderson |

Take your taste buds around the world, without ever leaving Summit County. With so many international guests, and now-locals, the area is simmering with cuisine from nearly every continent. Here are just a few suggestions for places to start; don’t be shy to get out explore on your own.

Pho Noodle Café

102 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO

(970) 468-7428

New to Summit’s dining scene, Pho Noodle Café in Silverthorne serves fresh pho — traditional Vietnamese soup.

“We have a fairly small menu so far,” said manager Sharon Andrews, “but we are going to be expanding and adding more traditional rice and noodle dishes to the menu.”

Their fresh, hearty broth takes about three days to make. Andrews said the owner will never freeze the homemade broth, and would rather sell out of it than sacrifice its quality.

Until the town approves their liquor license, Andrews said guests are to bring-their-own beverages, with age identification too.

Café Profusion

119 La Bonte St., Dillon, CO

(970) 513-8336

Known for curries, ribs, soups and desserts, this international eatery hosts guests who want to sit in or take out their dynamic specialties.

“Café Profusion is ‘a little gourmet hole-in-the-wall,’ and the world’s highest gluten-free fusion restaurant,” said chef Bill Dowd.

The quaint space has a large variety of menu items, influenced by Southeast Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, North African and American cuisine. The kitchen makes its own spice blends, toasting whole spices and grinding them on premises.

“Some items are great examples of fusion food, carefully blending various ingredients and cooking methods from different cultures,” added Dowd. “Others, like our Hot & Sour soup, are a bit more traditional, but made from scratch — we call it ‘the real deal.’”

Himalayan Cuisine

409 E. Main St., Frisco, CO

(970) 668-3330

The mountain climbers of Nepal know how to nourish — combining warming spices to make traditional dishes, and a whole lot of happy taste buds. Himalayan Cuisine is on Main Street in Frisco, offering a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and dinner service daily.

It can be hard to veer away from ordering a classic rendition of chicken tikka masala, because it’s always so good, but the restaurant also has a variety of options with chicken, as well as lamb, seafood and vegetables. Don’t forget the naan bread — it’s a warm and fluffy scoop for all the flavorful sauces.

Czech It Out

500 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO

(970) 423-6033

There are not many places in Summit County where you can order a sausage plate. At Czech It Out Restaurant in Breckenridge, you can cook your sausage on a skewer over an open fire on their rooftop deck, or have it prepared in the kitchen.

This European-inspired establishment has traditional specials, like goulash soup and veal schnitzel, along with American favorites like Caesar salad. Try the Svickova, a dish with sliced marinated beef loin, served in a vegetable cream sauce, with herb dumplings and creme fraiche.

Hacienda Real

842 Summit Blvd #31, Frisco, CO

(970) 668-9956

This Mexican hot spot keeps locals and guests happy for lunch and dinner. It has been named “best margarita” and “best Mexican restaurant” many times in the Best of Summit publication – no doubt for its fresh ingredients and consistent, homemade flavors. Then there’s the bar menu, with 25 different flavors of margaritas.

Their Tres Amigos dish includes chile verde, chile Colorado and a chile relleno, served with rice, refried beans, coleslaw and warm tortillas. To order a little bit lighter, the fajita salad comes with chicken or steak fajitas, served in a tortilla shell filled with salsa mexicana, lettuce, guacamole and sour cream.

For dessert, try the dulce combination, which includes sopapillas, flan and two balls of deep-fried ice cream, garnished with whipped cream.

Der Fondue Chessel

Keystone, CO

(800) 354-4386

For an authentic, high-alpine dinner, head to Der Fondue Chessel at the top of Keystone’s North Peak. At an elevation of 11,660 feet, a fireplace warms the dining area as guests enjoy a traditional four-course fondue dinner.

The experience begins with a blend of Swiss gruyere and emmental cheese, or a chef blend of smoked and imported gouda cheese fondues for dipping.

“During the traditional raclette dinner, a variety of specialty options are available, including venison and sea scallops,” said Russell Carlton, senior communications coordinator for Keystone Resort.

For dessert, Carlton said the flaming turtle is a guest favorite, where an assortment of treats waits to be dipped into a blend of milk chocolate, whipped cream, toasted almonds and caramel.

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