7 new mountain restaurants to try this ski season

7 new mountain restaurants to try this ski season

Interior north bistro.  Photo courtesy of Bistro North
Interior north bistro. Photo courtesy of Bistro North

Eat and drink

Enjoy Kansas City barbecue, modern Mediterranean and French delicacies in these cozy mountain nooks.


No mountain getaway is complete without a few standout eats. From Dillon to Aspen, chefs greet guests with freshly printed menus and freshly decorated dining rooms. Here are seven places you should add to your winter food list.

north bistro

Eagle Rock Ranch Beef Carpaccio from Bistro North.  Photo courtesy of Bistro North
Eagle Rock Ranch Beef Carpaccio from Bistro North. Photo courtesy of Bistro North

Breckenridge’s famous spin-off of Blue River Bistro, Bistro North, opened in Dillon in October. A sleek wine wall, leather booths, and sleek, clean-lined design make it almost impossible to recognize the old Ruby Tuesday. Owner Jay Beckerman keeps the community at the fore, purchasing beer, olive oils, salts, vinegars, honey, coffee, ground beef and ice cream from Summit County vendors. Popular selections include seared diver scallops with goat cheese gnocchi ($18); a Sakura Farms pork chop dusted with boletus with Breckenridge bourbon bacon jam ($36); and a seafood paella with saffron ($32). 270 Dillon Ridge Rd., Dillon

Citreous

Exciting things are happening at Beaver Creek. (Did you hear they’re bringing back chocolate chip cookies at 3:00 pm after skiing?) Break after the cookies, kick off your ski boots, and stroll Citrea by the Beaver Creek Village ice rink for sophisticated Mediterranean interpretations made with Colorado ingredients. Citrea opened in November, drawing diners with fresh-baked pita and earthy, smoky Lebanese muhammara ($15) along with shrimp tagine ($34) and rapini and wood-fired Italian sausage pizza ($21). Beaver Creek Village, Beaver Creek

Suga Moon BBQ and cocktails

The owners of upscale Modis in Breckenridge will open sister restaurant Suga Moon’s in Frisco in February. Husband-and-wife team Teryn Guadagnoli and Chris Warren are bringing Kansas City-style smoked barbecue to the county, working with local ranchers and farmers to source high-quality brisket, ribs and pulled pork. The laid-back lodge (formerly the Log Cabin restaurant) is named after Prohibition-era Colorado sugar beet moonshine and will be open from 11 a.m. until the sign runs out. 121 Main Street, Frisco

A-Bar and Graze & Torreys

Soak up the vibes of a trendy boutique hotel at A-Bar inside the Pad at Silverthorne. The skier-friendly watering hole opened to guests and visitors in November as part of the eco-friendly development built from 18 recycled shipping containers. Find A-Bar near the lobby desk and choose from 26 taps serving a variety of beers, wines and cocktails on tap. Next ski season, look out for Graze & Torreys, a sustainable artisanal sandwich food cart turned brick and mortar, serving all-day breakfast, noodle bowls and smoked chicken wings on the Pad too. The restaurant opens in the summer of 2022 with a focus on ingredients sourced within a 200-mile radius. 491 Rainbow Dr., Silverthorne

Eclectic Bar and Grill

Riding the wave of Silverthorne renovation, Eclectic is located two blocks from the new Bluebird Market food hall in the center of all the new downtown action. Owners Britt and David Gilbert met in 2008 while working as bartenders at Keystone. The couple opened their own restaurant in mid-December, asking Executive Chef Jeff Wheatley to offer affordable and extensive menus for lunch and dinner in a cozy converted farmhouse space. Guests can discover their new favorites among Duck Empanadas ($12), Hand-Cut Colorado Bison Chimichurri Nachos ($48). 501 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne

catch fillet

Steak plates from Catch Steak Aspen.  Photo courtesy of Capture
Steak plates from Catch Steak Aspen. Photo courtesy of Capture

Steps from the Aspen Gondola and Gucci and Dior boutiques, Catch Steak Aspen is spread across 10,000 square feet of rooftop terrace and indoor dining, complete with a beautiful bar and elegant private wine cellar. Iconic meals are developed on the best cuts of steak in the world. Signature dishes include an eight-ounce Truffle Butter Steak ($65) and the Japanese Wagyu Trio ($80), featuring Hokkaido Prefecture’s famed Snow Beef (also known as the Holy Grail of Wagyu). Look on the menu under “No Steak” for a plant-based Chicken Parmesan Cutlet ($41) served in an old-school red sauce. 515 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen

La Francaise Bistro

Cocktail from La Francaise Bistrot.  Photo courtesy of La Francaise Bistrot
Cocktail from La Francaise Bistrot. Photo courtesy of La Francaise Bistrot

La Française Bistrot owner and chef Yvan Heraud attended culinary school in France and honed his skills in Michelin-starred restaurants in the south of France for more than a decade. Heraud and his wife opened their refined concept in mid-December next to their daughter’s La Francaise bakery in Breckenridge. The menu features modern takes on traditional French dishes like the namesake onion soup ($14) and roasted marrow with escargot ($24). Indulge in duck fat truffle fries ($12) and beef tartare ($28) with pickles, capers and egg yolk as romantic French music sets the homey tone. 411 S. Main St., Unit 4, Breckenridge

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