Summit County’s assortment of restaurants – casual and gourmet, downtown and mountaintop, Himalayan, Mexican, Thai and more – offers something for everyone. But when you have kids, sometimes the best meal is less about the food and more about the experience.
Families on a budget love Old Chicago in Silverthorne, where kids eat free on Wednesdays and it’s noisy enough you don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone if your toddler throws a fit.
Downstairs as Eric’s in Breckenridge is another popular choice. With an arcade and wide selection of burgers, nachos, pizza and fries to choose from, even the pickiest kids will be happy. (Don’t worry – there are healthier options, too.)
If you’re visiting Keystone’s Kidtopia, Luigi’s Pasta House offers a “polished casual” atmosphere and home-made, family-style Italian dining in River Run Village.
Looking for something a little different? The Motherloaded Tavern in Breckenridge “is the best and the worst of Americana,” explains Manager, Stacy Schonell. It serves traditional comfort food along with more unusual items, like fried cheese curds, fried pickles and a side o’ spam. But leave room for dessert. There are s’mores that you roast at your table, popcorn brownie sundaes (with Cracker Jacks!) and – get this – deep-fried Twinkies. It may sound awful, but the crunchy, fried Twinkie has a hot, sweet, creamy center and is very popular.
Next time you’re in Copper, be sure to swing by Sugar Lips Mini Donuts, where kids can watch owner, Jasmine Listou, making donuts as they’re ordered. Choose from powdered or cinnamon sugar or a “fancy schmancy” topping, like Nutella or s’mores. Not sweet enough for you? Then try a mini donut ice cream sundae. I don’t even like donuts but these crispy, warm treats were like candy. As one customer warned as he was leaving, “The only problem with those is they’re seriously addictive!” Indeed. We went back for another dozen.
Downstairs at Eric’s
111 South Main Street, Breckenridge.
560 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne.
Sugar Lips Mini Donuts
275 Ten Mile Circle (by West Lake in Center Village), Copper Mountain.