Bite into a Blue breakfast in Breckenridge

Mon. June 17, 2024 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Colorado's culinary scene is anything but common and Breckenridge has several offerings to consider when dining out.

Bite into the Blue Moose at 540 South Main Street opening every day at 7 a.m. This popular early-morning haunt has been serving up breakfast since 1987. This establishment doesn't accept reservations so arrive early and wake up to their roasted organic coffee. Don't sleep on Mike's Benedict with spinach, avocado, bacon and brie. There's also merch so take home a moose plushy as a souvenir to commemorate your pancake!

Another hot spot to start your day is practically next door to the Moose at 500 South Main Street. BreckFast is a part of La Cima Mall and just follow the steps down to the order area. The Main Street BreckFast Burrito is guaranteed to hit the spot thanks to the unbelievably good BreckFast Potatoes. These are served both inside and outside the burrito and are mixed with cheesy goodness. There's even a BreckFast Plate titled The Jerry, so this joint beckoned to me by name.

Semplice Cafe presents many vegan and vegetarian options along with treats for the meat eater. The Malibu Ron smoothie mixes mangos, pineapples, agave and almond milk all together to form a satisfying concoction. Pair it with the Turkey Dawn sandwich packed full of farm-fresh turkey, raspberry, brie, basil and arugula.

Try lunch or dinner at Tin Plate Pizza as the establishment opens each day at 11:30 a.m. and continues service until at least 8:30 p.m. Thinly crafted artisan pizza is what this place is known for and fresh ingredients are what people return for. The braised buffalo short rib pizza is a must-try item on the menu and proves there's nothing rusty about this Tin Plate.

For Italian fare, there's no one in Breckenridge like Radicato on the River Walk. Chef Matt Vawter just won Best Chef: Mountain at the 2024 James Beard Foundation Awards and visitors will see why when visiting one of his two restaurants in Colorado. Vawter knows noodles like no other and diners don't have to be Italian to appreciate it. A ring-shaped stuffed pasta called the Cappelletti is not to be missed and the duck confit Cavatelli is as decadent as it sounds.

The high alpine climate can take one's breath away and The Carlin's cuisine will continue to have a person gasping. The owner Phil Armstrong has created several experiences all rolled into one location at 200 North Main Street. Guests can stay at the inn, dine at the restaurant and party at the bar below. Chef Zach Brace is not only personable but is king of the seafood tower. His big braised pork shank will satisfy any size queen and his mahi mahi captures just the right fish for the dish swimming in an English pea risotto.

For dessert, there's none other than Mimi & Pin Churros & Waffles. Pick up a family box of stuffed goodness containing 12 pieces and let your stomach decide what to crunch on first.

There's not many flaws to be found in the food offered in Breckenridge and there's a great deal to explore while strolling on Main Street.

At this altitude be sure to drink a massive amount of water to accompany the selections from each menu. For more delicious ideas head over to