Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dining Options on Frisco's Main Street to the Rockies

This blog is the first in a series on Summit County dining. Many of the restaurants are members of the Summit County Restaurant Association and their menus, opening times etc. can be found on and these members are highlighted in red in this article. If not listed here a dining establishment can be found in the business directory under dining on the web site for the Town of Frisco at and these restaurants are highlighted in blue.

Frisco's Main Street is just a mile long from Highway 9 to the exit off  I70. The dining options packed within that mile are as varied as they are enticing.

Starting at the junction with Highway 9 and the beautiful Town of Frisco sign, on the opposite side of the street is the Backcountry Brewpub and Pizzeria at 720 Main Street, phone 970-668-BEER (2337), serving lunch and dinner, and their own award winning beers with locallly appropriate names including Wheeler Wheat, Ptarmigan Pilsner, Switchback Amber, Telemark Ipa and Peak One Porter, with seasonal brews also available.

On the same side of the street and actually in the same building is Abbey's Coffee also at 720 Main Street, phone 970-668-8710, serving coffee and ice cream with free WiFi - the barrista will give you the code on request.

One block up and downstairs is Ollie's Pub and Grub at 620 Main Street, phone 970-668-0744. This is Frisco's sports bar with lots of big screens to watch your favorite team and a game room for the kids while enjoying inexpensive pub food, with daily lunch and dinner specials. The $2 Burger night on Wednesdays is a local favorite and there are daily drink specials.

In the same mini mall if you would like a quick take out meal is Peppino's Pizza and Subs at 610 Main Street, phone 970-668-5128.

Across the street is the Kemosabe Sushi Bar at 605 Main Street, phone 970-668-2100, focusing the freshest sashimi and nigiri along with unique, western-influenced rolls.

Right next door is the Silverheels Bar and Grill at 603 Main Street, phone 970-668-3045, serving great aged steaks, fresh seafood, rocky mountain trout and southwestern specialties. By the side of the street is the Ore House, the restaurant's stand alone bar. 

There are no restaurants on the 500 block of main, but on the NW corner of 5th and Main is The Fifth Avenue Grill (formerly Farley's Chophouse) at 423 Main Street, phone 970-668-3733, serving dinner with the finest handcut steaks and chops (lamb and pork) with prime rib, fresh seafood, ribs, vegetarian entrees and daily specials.

On the same side of the street at the front of the newly remodeled Frisco Mall is Himalayan Cuisine at 409 Main Street, phone 970-668-3330, serving an authentic Indian and Nepalese dinner menu as well as a daily lunch buffet.

Upstairs in the Frisco Mall is Upstairs at Johny G's at 409 Main Street, phone 970-668-5442, Frisco's sports and music bar, with DJs and dancing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, serving New York style pizza and other menu items.

Across the street is a great breakfast, lunch and ice cream spot called Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe at 408 Main Street, phone 970-668-3997, with fresh baked breakfast items, homemade soups and deli sandwiches for lunch, as well as ice cream and milk shakes. 

Back across the street on the NE corner of 4th and Main is Pika Bagel at 401 Main Street, phone 970-668-0902, serving breakfast and lunch bagels and hot and cold beverages, for take out or sit down inside or on the patio in summer with a great view of Peak One and Royal Mountain.

The 300 block of Frisco Main Street has the most restaurants. On the SW corner of 4th and Main is Bagalis at 320 Main Street, phone 970-668-0601, a wine bar with seasonal Italian food, where you are able to create your own pasta dish.

Vinny's at 310 Main Street, phone 970-668-0340, with a Euro American menu based on the availability of seasonal ingredients, and was voted the best new business in Summit County in 2009.

The Boatyard Pizzeria and Grill at 304 Main Street, phone 970-668-4728, serving lunch and dinner and specializing in contemporary American cuisine including Mediterranean, Southwestern, Pacific Rim and Traditional American, with an excellent bar for happy hour and brunch on Sundays. Defnitely a favorite of Summit County locals.

On the north side of the 300 block is Prost at 313 Main Street, phone 970-485-0020, new for 2010 and featuring German sausages and beers in a casual dining atmosphere.

Further up on the north side of the street is Tuscato Ristorante Italiano at 307 Main Street, phone
970-668-3644, serving dinner with northern Italian cuisine with fresh seafood, steaks and pasta.

On the next block on the south side of the street is The Moosejaw at 208 Main Street, phone 970-668-3931, a locals' favorite since 1973, with late night menu, satellite TV, game room, patio seating, horseshoes & pool, with affordable pub food, including burgers, chicken sandwiches and fish & chips.

Just west is Frisco's newest restaurant, The Lost Cajun at 204 Main Street, Phone 970-668-4352, featuring Louisiana Cajun food, including gumbo and beignets.

Across the street is Deli Belly's at 275 Main Street, phone 970-668-9255, serving deli sandwiches and hot dogs.

On the 100 block right next to the gas station is a great breakfast and lunch spot the Log Cabin Cafe at 121 Main Street, phone 970-668-3947 featuring hearty, homestyle meals for breakfast including Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedic, with a great lunch menu as well.

Tucked back from Main Street a little and across 1st avenue from the Summit Daily is the Blue Spruce Inn at 20 Main Street, phone 970-668-5900, featuring class Colorado dining in two settings. The historic saloon has nightly specials, live music and pub food. The dining room features great steaks, fresh seafood, pasta and wild game specials, with an extensive wine list.

A little further up Main Street and closer to I70 is The Frisco Depot at 311 West Main Street, phone
970-668-0585, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with homestyle cooking.

Look for the next blog that will feature the Frisco restaurants on Summit Boulevard, south of Exit 203 from I70 located on Highway 9.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Shopping in Summit County

ChristKindlMart - Silverthorne
Holday Arts Market - Breckenridge
Snowflake Challenge
Frisco Wassail Days
The Outlets at Silverthorne
Another great article below by Caddie Nath in today's Summit Daily. I was thinking of writing about the same thing, but Caddie seems to be on my wave length about sharing what is going on in Summit County. Not only is there great shopping right now, but there is also a lot happening in the entertainment world, particularly with music. Check out in the events and entertainment sections for all the details.
What I like about many of the activities currently in Summit County is that they are benefitting a number of worthy causes in the county - and after all is that not what the holidays should really be about? High Country Activities just wishes there were more hours in the day to attend all these fun events, but there are mounds of fresh powder out there to be skied as well. I am not sure it is ever going to stop snowing this winter. I must also rush to Walmart to Adopt an Angel and buy a toy for a needy child to be distributed by Summit County's various police forces - what a great program.
If you do need to still do some of your holiday shopping why not check out some of the following options?

Summit Stop: Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

It is Sunday and somewhere someone, in their fresh-powder skiing or snowboarding bliss, momentarily forgot that it is nearly halfway through the month of December. With less than two weeks left before Christmas, some shoppers have already geared up into panic mode. But in Summit County, even as the holidays creep ever-closer, there is no need to panic. Because just beyond the slopes lies a winter wonderland of shopping options. So if you have made your turns in for the weekend, take Sunday afternoon and join the hustle and bustle for a few hours. With glowing snow-capped shops, twinkling with lights and set against a breath-taking mountain backdrop, shopping in Summit County is a world away from the average holiday mall madness. In fact, you might really enjoy it.

Find something one-of-a-kind Holiday Markets

Summit County becomes a hot bed for the little temporary villages overflowing with unique gifts around this time of year. Today, there are holiday markets in both Silverthorne and Breckenridge, offering hand crafted goods as well as seasonal food and refreshments. The Summit County Christkindlmart, at the Outlets at Silverthorne, offers a European shopping experience. Camped out in tents, vendors offer everything from jewelry, scarves and hats to artwork, mead and bees wax candles and soaps. Pick up some hot apple cider or German beer and stop in to the central tent to enjoy the live music. Over in Breckenridge, the third annual Holiday Arts Market is the place to find ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings. Both markets also offer the opportunity to spread a little extra holiday cheer. Sales at the Breckenridge Holiday Arts Market, open in the Fuqua Livery Stable from 12 to 5 p.m., will support the Arts District. The Silverthorne Christkindlmart, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will benefit Breckenridge's Christ Lutheran Church preschool and early childhood program.

Find variety Downtown Breckenridge and Frisco

Shopping on Main Street in Breckenridge or Frisco is a bit like stepping back in time. The pace is a little slower and the holiday atmosphere unmistakable. Both of the little towns offer a wide variety of shopping options that house countless gift ideas. Most of the stores are independently owned and operated, presenting an opportunity to meet locals as you browse their wares. Both Frisco and Breckenridge boast adorable toy stores, book shops and mom-and-pop clothing and winter wear businesses. In Breckenridge, as you stroll Main Street enjoy creative window displays (a competition among the merchants) and snow sculptures, art crafted by teams vying for first place in the Snowflake Challenge. In Frisco, take advantage of the last day of Wassail Days by stopping in to one of the participating stores or restaurants for a steaming mug of the traditional European cider. And again, an afternoon shopping in downtown Frisco or Breckenridge spreads a little extra holiday cheer to the local community. Shopping locally owned businesses returns more money to the local economy than shopping at chain stores. Plus, when you're hungry and ready for a break, both towns offer a great selection of excellent (and warm) restaurants.

Find an excellent price The Outlets at Silverthorne

The Outlets at Silverthorne bring together big-name stores and surprising prices in one unique shopping location. With over 50 well known outlet stores, most offering lower prices than their main location counterparts and many, special holiday season sales, it's a great place to pick up gifts without breaking the bank. The outlet stores are divided into green, red and blue color-coded villages and a free shuttle transports shoppers between the villages.