When we travel, we try to eat at the place we're staying as much as possible, both to eat healthier and also to cut costs. That being said, it's fun to also check out the local dining scene as well. Last week, in Breckenridge, we tried three new to us places that are worth checking out.
After a day of skiing, cooking dinner is not always the first thing on one's mind, though eating probably is. We were jonesing for something easy, when I remembered walking by Fatty's Pizzeria earlier in the week. A quick phone call was all it took, and our take-out pizzas were ready by the time we got to the car and drove over. Tasty sauce and toppings, great crust (just too much of it) - we went with the whole wheat option. Fatty's is locate doff the main drag and appears to be more of a locals hangout than some of the other places in town.
Technically not in Breckenridge, Dorothy's Homemade Tamales is an unlikely destination in Fairplay, a short drive over the Continental Divide. Drive through the old section of town, hang a right at the end, then wend your way over to the bowling alley, where this restaurant currently resides. This place is so well known it was featured on Food Network: "Behind Dorothy's Homemade Tamales is a 100-year-old recipe, plus 2 days of prep to get the shredded chicken and red chile sauce just right." We ordered one of each tamale to try, which is definitely the way to go. The only one we didn't taste was the mixed vegetable, which wasn't very good anyway, according to Dorothy herself. They keep it on the menu for vegans and other veggie lovers. Lots of variety amongst those we did try and the mix of green or red chiles kept things interesting, especially from a texture standpoint.
Located in the Village at the base of Peak 9, Quandary Grille is close by after skiing and takes reservations, if you have a big group like we did. A 2-for-1 Happy Hour for food and discounted drinks make this doubly appealing. Mostly typical bar and grill food done well, there are some more adventurous options as well. Decent local craft beer on draft list, though it would be nice if they included all the local options, like Broken Compass just down the road. The burgers and fish tacos were unanimously appreciated; in fact, only the Nachos fell flat (surprisingly). Good location, good, food, good beer, no need to ask for anything more.
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