Local Favorites: Any Time of the Day
Exit 205 Classics
Don’t explore Dillon and Silverthorne on an empty stomach! Enjoy a great local breakfast first.
The award-winning Arapahoe Café in Dillon has been run by the father/daughter team of Doug and Bonnie Pierce for more than 15 years. Stop by this historic landmark for a delicious breakfast, and enjoy the outstanding hospitality and family-style atmosphere. “We love what we do,” says Doug. “It’s like we’re having family come over. The breakfast menu covers all the classics, and there are a couple of creative spins. I like the huevos rancheros, but most people would say that the corned beef hash and eggs is the best it gets.”
In Silverthorne, don’t miss the Blue Moon Bakery, a favorite for both locals and visitors. Opened in 2004 by the husband/wife team of Ben and Kim Reil, longtime Summit County residents, the unique bakery focuses on high quality, freshly baked products and friendly service. “Our most popular breakfast is the Blue Moon Special,” says Ben, of their $3.50 egg sandwich on an English muffin. “We get a lot of locals who come in for that. We also do French toast on our homemade bread, which is really good. It takes a little longer to cook, but it’s worth the wait.”
Also on the menu are breakfast burritos and a variety of freshly baked goods, like muffins, scones, and coffee cake.
More breakfast favorites:
Arapahoe Café: www.arapahoecafe.com
Blue Moon Bakery: www.bluemoonbakery.net
Blue River Special at the Sunshine Café www.sunshine-cafe.com
Chicken Fried Steak and eggs at Mountain Lyon Café 970-262-6229
Bennys at Red Mountain Grill’s brunch www.redmountaingrill.com
Quick and Easy Breakfast sandwiches at Cheba Hut www.chebahut.com
We like to eat well in the middle of our busy days, but it’s got to be convenient and affordable, too. Head to one of Exit 205’s great Mexican restaurants for lunch on your next visit.
In Silverthorne, you can’t go wrong with the delicious, authentic Mexican options on the menu at Carniceria La Perla, a popular and affordable diner. Our favorite? Chili Rellenos. Also in Silverthorne, try classic dishes and refreshing margaritas off the extensive menu at locally-owned Fiesta Jalisco. Or stop by Fritangas for house specialities like taquiza Mariscos or traditional platillos, menudo, tacos, mole, caldo de res and much more.
In Dillon, order tacos at Tacos Tequila. Try asada (steak), pollo (chicken), lomo (pork loin), and even lengua (beef tongue). “People know us for our authentic flavor,” says Tacos Tequila owner Victor Casillas. “We’re traditional Mexican food, not Tex-Mex.” Another Dillon favorite? White Boots Restaurant – try the enchiladas!
Carniceria La Perla: 970-468-0101
Fiesta Jalisco: www.fiestajalisco.net
Tacos Tequila: 970-468-0326
White Boots Restaurant: www.whitebootsrestaurant.com
MORE LOCAL FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN SUMMIT COUNTY
Here’s a selection of everything from hearty breakfast and elevated pub fare to classic Italian and genuine Mexican stops in Dillon and Silverthorne. Enjoy!
240 Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon
Northern Italian dishes with a family feel. adrianosbistro.com
Angry James Brewery
421 Adams Ave., Silverthorne
The newest brewery to the area scene. angryjamesbrewing.com
626 Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon
Award-winning barbeque and hearty breakfast.
The Bakers’ Brewery
531 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne
The spot for craft beer and American fare. thebakersbrewery.com
Bamboo Garden Restaurant
190 Meraly Way
A taste of Asia.
Blue Moon Bakery
253 Summit Place, Silverthorne
Breakfast and lunch, topped off with delectable baked goods. bluemoonbakery.net
119 La Bonte St., Dillon
Curries and fusion Mediterranean/Asian-inspired ribs.
Cameez Fro Yo
135 Main St., Dillon
Crepes, coffee, ice cream, smoothies and more.
Carniceria La Perla
161 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
Popular stop for affordable Mexican food.
265 Dillon Ridge Road, Dillon
Laid-back toasted sandwich shop. chebahut.com/location/Dillon
Chimayo Mexican Grill
324A Dillon Ridge Way, Dillon
Scratch-made fish tacos and tasty burritos. chimayogrill.com
Chipotle Mexican Grill
247 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne
Fast-casual spot for tacos and burritos. chipotle.com
Dillon Dam Brewery
100 Little Dam St., Dillon
Two-story brewpub featuring tasty burgers and other pub faves. dambrewery.com
324 US-6 #20, Dillon
Delivery and carryout pizza.
120 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
Donuts and coffee, a good combo.
35 Dillon Ridge Road, Dillon
Chain featuring bagels, breakfast sandwiches and more.
269 Summit Place, Silverthorne
An extensive menu with classic Mexican dishes.
102 Annie Rd., Silverthorne
Traditional tastes, including mole and menudo.
149 Tenderfoot St., Dillon
Counter-served pizza and subs, with fun appetizers like jumbo wings and fried ravioli.
Lake Dillon Tavern
119 East La Bonte St., Dillon
Stone-baked pizza and sandwiches.
Mountain Lyon Café
381 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
A classic diner with hearty breakfast and lunch dishes. 970-262-6229
Murphy’s Food and Spirits
501 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
Irish pub with classic bar fare.
122 W. 10th St., Silverthorne
Made-to-order dishes from Nepal, India and Tibet.
277 Summit Place, Silverthorne
Your spot for take-out pizza. nicknwillyspizzasilverthorne.com
Noodles & Co.
265 Dillon Ridge Rd., Dillon
Fill up on tasty noodles dishes and salads.
282-B U.S.-6, Dillon
Asian fusion and sushi bar.
Pug Ryan’s Restaurant and Steakhouse
104 Village Place, Dillon
Rustic spot serving steaks, seafood and standard pub fare.
265 Dillon Ridge Rd, Suite F, Dillon
Bowls, burritos and tacos in a fast-casual setting.
Red Mountain Grill
703 W. Anemone Trail, Dillon
American cuisine with a Southwestern flair.
270 Dillon Ridge Rd, Dillon
Casual chain with American fare. rubytuesday.com
Sauce on the Blue
358 Blue River Parkway, #H, Silverthorne
Spacious and modern classic Italian restaurant.
265 Dillon Ridge Rd. Suite B, Dillon
Fast-casual burgers, milkshakes and fries.
324 US-6, Dillon and 246 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne
Coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.
250 Summit Place, Silverthorne
Big hearty breakfasts to fuel your adventure.
135 Main St., Dillon
Authentic and delicious tacos and tortas. 970-468-0326
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
247 B Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne
Great spot to pick up some sandwiches for a picnic.
White Boots Restaurant
119 La Bonte St., Dillon
All-day breakfast. Try the chorizo enchiladas.