Breckenridge is home to many restaurants, elegant fine dining, large sports bars and everything in between. Some are packed to the gills on any given day and have been for decades. There are a handful of hidden haunts, however, located slightly off the beaten path that you may have never tried, but should. Take a look:
On Ridge Street just across from the long-standing and hugely popular Fatty’s Pizzeria, Angel’s Hollow is a hole in the wall in the most literal sense. A one-room wooden shack, there are actually a few holes in its walls. Still, the food is fresh and flavorful, ranging from pastrami rubens to fish tacos to meat loaf, plus a wall of daily specials, usually with a Mexican flare. There are a variety of home made hot sauces to ramp up your taste buds. The Hollow’s fresh lime juice and high octane margaritas are locally famous. Two will more than do ya. Plus, not much on the menu costs more than $10.
Although it’s situated just a few steps away from the Peak 9 base area in Breckenridge Village, this Italian gem is surreptitiously tucked into a space overlooking the Maggie Pond. A pizza or bowl of homemade minestrone soup hits the spot for lunch on a chilly day while seared salmon with lemon risotto or pork chop with apple relish and pancetta dressing pair spectacularly with one of the wine list’s many chiantis. Don’t miss daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. for $3 beers and house wine, plus discounted apps.
Formerly known as Lucha, this little (and gringo-ized) Mex joint is in a somewhat obscured spot in La Cima Mall, but what it lacks in ambiance it more than makes up for in quality and price. It’s worth checking out if only for its yummy homemade salsas, mild with dill and yogurt to hot pineapple habanero. All of the tacos – from pork belly to mahi mahi to seitan – are served street-style, open face with super fresh ingredients (seasonal veggies, fresh mashed guac, etc) and the cocktails are equally creative (Red Bull margarita, anybody?). The place also has a fun $5 kids menu and stellar 2 to 5 p.m. happy hour with food, beer and margarita specials ranging from $2 to $8.
This scrumptious breakfast and lunch joint isn’t exactly tucked out of sight. It’s just off of Main Street along the Blue River path. If you don’t see it, just follow your nose along the waft of freshly baked scones, cookies and croissants. Cool River also makes its own soup, granola and bagels. Eggman sandwiches and wraps are good grab-and-go fare on the way to the mountain, but the coffee house is a pleasant place to kick back with your laptop or the newspaper.
Although it’s relatively new on the block, this modern little metro-style bistro is owned by brothers Todd and Ken Nelson, who own the frequently overflowing Empire Burger next door, Briar Rose and Giampietro. Park & Main, though reasonably priced, is in a league of its own, with several wines served in your choice of large or small pour, a slew of fresh and scrumptious bruschettas (even for breakfast), sandwiches and small plates as well as dolled up global favorites like schnitzle and roasted chicken.