Let’s face it: you need to get powered up before or after a long day on Copper Mountain’s glorious ski slopes. Here are four of my favorite dining establishments.
The Belgian Bean
Last year, I went to the Belgian Bean for my birthday breakfast and their Belgian-style Waffles did not disappoint. In fact, my daughter has been dreaming about how to recreate their carmelized crunchy sugar pieces. If waffles aren’t your speed, try the great selection of fresh pastries and drinks, frozen yogurt, and hot soups including a great vegetarian chili. For just $6 you can purchase a small coffee or hot chocolate and a waffle on your way to the chair. Try the various cookie bars; the coconut mounds is my favorite. Located in Center Village across from C.B. Grille.
If I’m a “regular” anywhere at Copper Mountain, it’s at C.B. Grill. Located in Center Village next to the Covered Bridge, it’s conjointly family-friendly but can double as a great place for a romantic dinner (or make that a triple as a cool après-ski location). While my kids love C. B. Grill’s burgers, my favorites are the Midwest Black Angus Grill Beef Tenderloin with horseradish mashed potato, Fontina-roasted tomato and truffle butter, the Basil Chicken Pizza (or any of their artisan pizzas) and their Saffron Shrimp Salad with pomegranate-citrus dressing is delicious. There is a full bar with live jazz music on the weekend so this is one hoppin’ hangout.
Incline Bar & Grill
Arguably the best patio dining in Copper Mountain, Incline Bar & Grill is all about location, location at the base of American Eagle lift. Despite often being crazy busy, service usually doesn’t suffer and their eclectic American grill specializing in rotisserie, barbecue, salads, sandwiches and fajitas is delicious. Don’t miss the Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak served with smoked Gouda, applewood smoked bacon and roasted jalapeño mac and cheese. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a winner as well with a half chicken breaded with southwest spices and served with cassoulet and asparagus. A warm bowl of French Onion soup also hits the spot after a day on the slopes.
Mexican food and mountain resorts don’t usually mingle in my world but we were pleasantly surprised with our early-season dining experience at Casa Sanchez. A kindly resort staffer gave us an informal tour of Copper Mountain in his glorified golf cart and it was there we discovered this slightly cossetted restaurant at the Village Square Condo at the Boardwalk. At this family-owned restaurant, expect authentic Mexican cuisine. The house salsa is always my first indicator of the quality of food and theirs was a wonderful, complex mix of roasted jalapenos, garlic, onions, tomatoes and cilantro with serious flavor and some legit heat. Everything we ate was good to great-- burritos, fajitas, and their carnitas. And their service was extremely friendly.
For a full list of Copper Mountain’s restaurants, be sure to go here.
Copper Mountain is just 6 miles Frisco’s historic Main Street, a bevy of shops, over 40 restaurants and lodging that includes:
Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe is a must for breakfast lovers and favorites include the popular Eggy Bread (a unique twist on French toast), the Eggs Butterhorn or Frisco Skillet. 408 Main St Frisco. (970) 668-3997.
Vinnie’s Euro-American Cuisine. That evening, carb load at this all-natural restaurant that locally-sources its ingredients. Choices go beyond Italian and pizza so be sure to branch out with local favorites such as the Mushroom Strudel with greens & champagne butter sauce. 310 Main St Frisco. (970) 668-0340.
Louisiana in Frisco. Have dinner at The Lost Cajun, a restaurant that opened after its Louisiana owners’ popular fishing lodge was temporarily closed due to the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of making lemonade out of lemons, they opted for delicious gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée and beignets. 204 Main Street, Frisco. (970) 668-4352.
International Lunch—Refuel by dining at Food Hedz World Café, a gourmet eatery that is furtively tucked away in a strip mall. Try the Wood Grilled Chicken Salad with curried mayonnaise, tangy cherries, organic lettuce, toasted pumpkin seeds and grilled organic bread with Louie Sauce. 842 Summit Blvd, Frisco. (970) 668-2000.
Blaze of Glory. There’s a new kid in the town of Frisco and Barkely Ballroom (610 Main Street) offers a rotating cast of Colorado’s best bluegrass musicians and live performances. Cap off your vacation with Prost, a quaint beer hall that serves up the best beer and sausages around (Buffalo Green Chili and Chipotle Sausage, anyone?)
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