Want a break from cheeseburgers? These Breckenridge eateries offer a trip around the world with varied, flavorful cuisine. (2024)

Want a break from cheeseburgers? These Breckenridge eateries offer a trip around the world with varied, flavorful cuisine. (1)

While cheeseburgers and fries make for a satisfying mountain meal, there’s a lot more to Colorado’s ski town cuisine.

In Breckenridge, restaurateurs are serving up a diverse array of food from around the world. From homemade pasta to fresh seafood, these spots offer a taste of worldly travels within the comforts of a quaint community surrounded by towering peaks.

Blue Fish: Japanese

112 Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge; 4-9 p.m. from Monday to Sunday; 970-517-3474; TheBlueFishSushi.com

At The Blue Fish in Breckenridge, guests can enjoy fresh-cut sushi prepared using traditional Japanese techniques.

General Manager Chris Clark said Blue Fish seeks to offer “things you wouldn’t traditionally see in the Breckenridge area.”

With fish flown in multiple times a week from Seattle, the restaurant provides a fresh taste of sea life in the middle of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Six different types of fish make up the restaurant’s signature sashimi — thin-sliced fish and seafood that can be paired with wasabi, ginger, soy sauce or enjoyed on its own.

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Toro — a fatty tuna known for its rich, buttery taste — is among the most popular sashimi dishes ($43), with other options including Pacific king salmon ($21.95) and octopus ($15.95).

Blue Fish also has around 20 sushi rolls, from simple tuna and salmon rolls ($13) to more elaborate creations like the mega lobster roll ($40), which features panko-crusted lobster tail, avocado, asparagus and masago, which are edible fish eggs. Dishes that go beyond sushi include Japanese fried chicken ($16), udon noodles ($31) and lobster ramen ($33).

Radicato: Italian

137 S. Main St., Floor 2, Breckenridge; 4-8:30 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and Sundays; 4-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 970-453-0989; RadicatoBreck.com

Executive Chef Matt Vawter has always been passionate about making pasta.

At Radicato in Breckenridge, Vawter and his team offer six rotating handmade pasta dishes inspired by Italian cooking. Whether it’s stuffed cappelletti or ribbon-like tagliatelle ($26), Radicato provides a number of traditional pastas inspired from across Italy.

Want a break from cheeseburgers? These Breckenridge eateries offer a trip around the world with varied, flavorful cuisine. (2)

Having visited Italy himself, Vawter said the country’s cooking ingredients and techniques are “inspiring and delicious” and something he tries to honor at Radicato.

“It starts with really great ingredients, and you don’t have to do too much to them,” Vawter said. “You let the ingredient speak on the plate by itself.”

Radicato’s full menu changes seasonally, but its pasta options usually include vegetable, meat and seafood. The menu also boasts share table options, such as carpaccio ($23) and grilled octopus ($28), as well as larger-portioned entrees.

But pasta remains its staple, with Vawter adding, “There’s just nothing better than fresh pasta.”

Oaxacan Bites: Mexican

327 N. Main St, Breckenridge; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day; 970-423-6341

Visitors seeking a more casual, grab-and-go option should look no further than Oaxacan Bites, a small food stand on the south-end of Breckenridge Main Street.

Owner Lisandro Hernandez said he and his cooks are hoping to showcase traditional food from their home city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

“They like to keep up with their tradition. They still like to keep up with their cuisine, and so we decided to open up a little restaurant here to help bring a little Oaxacan taste here to Breckenridge,” Hernandez said after the food stand opened in August 2021.

Taste of Summit County

Breckenridge isn’t the only town offering diverse food options. Check out these other spots around Summit County:

The Argentos Empanadas

273 Summit Place, Silverthorne; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day; 970-368-6512; TheArgentosEmpanadas.com

Mercado La Perla

1161 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day; 970-368-6767

QBole

265 Dillon Ridge Rd., Dillon; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day; (970) 455-8909; QBoleMexicanRestaurant.com

Summit Thai

842 N. Summit Blvd, Frisco; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. weekends; 970-668-2000; SummitThaiCO.com

Along with well-known favorites like tacos, burritos and quesadillas, Oaxacan Bites offers local authentic foods such as tlayuda, a form of Mexican street food that consists of a large, thin, crunchy tortilla topped with pork lard, beans, cheese, cabbage, tomato and avocado ($18).

Other options include tortas ($11-14), a type of sandwich, and meat options like cesina, a marinated pork, and tasajo, flap steak, that can be added to most meals.

Twist: A little bit of everything

200 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge; 4-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 4-9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 970-547-7100; TwistBreck.com

Randy LeMere and his wife have made traveling a mission.

“My wife and I like to travel, and we travel for food and adventure,” LeMere said. “We like to go to destinations where we know we’re going to be getting good food, something a little different.”

Those trips are what inspire many of the dishes at the couple’s restaurant, Twist, where LeMere is head chef and his wife runs the front of house. Per its name, the eatery offers a unique take on beloved recipes from around the globe.

Want a break from cheeseburgers? These Breckenridge eateries offer a trip around the world with varied, flavorful cuisine. (3)

A trip to northern Thailand last spring, for example, sparked the idea for the Twist’s mahi-mahi koi soi ($48), which consists of egg noodles, lobster stock, curried coconut milk, nam prik pao, which isa Thai chile jam, and wild mushrooms.

Thai cooking is a particular joy for LeMere.

“I feel like Thai flavors are very unique and bold and one of my favorite flavor profiles that I like to cook with,” he said.

Other trips have inspired dishes from Singapore, Indonesia and Peru while items like the Bordeaux braised short rib ($49) offer a more old-world European style of meal. For LeMere, keeping a diverse menu is an important part of the Twist experience.

“It’s important to us to not just have, say, one type of cuisine,” he said. “I like that people will come into the restaurant, try one thing on the menu, be looking at something else and say ‘I’ve got to come back and try this.'”

This story previously published in the summer 2024 edition of Explore Summit County magazine.

Want a break from cheeseburgers? These Breckenridge eateries offer a trip around the world with varied, flavorful cuisine. (4)

  • Pani puri, a common street food in India, is prepared at Twist restaurant in Breckenridge. The flavorful bite-size snacks consist of a deep-fried, breaded hollow sphere that can be filled with a combination of diced potato, onion, peas and chickpea.
    Twist/Courtesy photo

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  • Grilled chicken breast in a teriyaki sauce glaze served over vegetables and rice. Along with sushi and sashimi, The Blue Fish Breckenridge also serves other Asian fusion dishes.
    The Blue Fish Breckenridge/Courtesy photo

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  • A panko-crusted lobster tail, avocado, asparagus and masago roll served at The Blue Fish in Breckenridge.
    The Blue Fish Breckenridge/Courtesy photo

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