Whether you’re getting ready for a day of kayaking on the river or making your way from one of the many nearby ski resorts, you’ll need to keep yourself charged on your Colorado vacation.  It has been said that the brisk mountain air stimulates the appetite, and as such you should always know your options when it comes to satisfying your hunger.  Luckily for active outdoorsmen and women, Frisco has a number of eateries ready quell your appetite.

Butterhorn Bakery and Café

You’ve heard it your entire life: “breakfast is the most important meal of day.”  The good people at Butterhorn Bakery and Café in Frisco take this saying very seriously and this is certainly evident in the gargantuan portions of food they serve.

Offering everything from traditional biscuits and gravy to their house specialty Eggy Bread, four slices of freshly made cinnamon fruit bread dipped in egg batter and cooked to a golden brown, the Butterhorn will make sure their patrons are well attended, fed, and ready for whatever the day has in store.  If their delectable Eggy Bread and oozing sticky buns don’t appeal to your watering mouth, they also have a number of ample skillets or their El Burrito Grande breakfast burrito which are sure appeal to your taste buds.

Vinny’s Euro American Cuisine

As the name implies, Vinny’s menu combines foods from Italy, France, and the US, which gives it a wide range of tastes to partake in.  Their dishes range from their traditional Boulder Valley free range Rib-Eye with roasted shallot brandy demi glaze to their Duet of Crispy Duck Leg Confit with apple smoked bacon with white bean cassoulet.

The bar at Vinny’s Euro and American Cuisine

To complement their dishes, Vinny’s provides their patrons with a very extensive wine list, having a wide selection of whites and reds, which can enjoyed by the bottle or by the glass. Vinny’s also offers something to contrast its homey family-style sit down area with its pub section, where patrons can choose from a number of different sandwich options.

Ollie’s Pub and Grub

When hearing the word “pub,” most will think of a dark and dimly light bar where the town hooligans go to get rowdy.  Ollie’s, on the other hand, is a pub of a different kind.  In an attempt to reinvent the pub scene, owners Rob Pantle and Adam Bullock place great importance on two ideals: To create a place “where everyone knows your name” and preparing traditional bar food that exceeds the usual standard.

Ollie’s has everything you would expect in a pub (pool tables, air hockey, and foosball) and it sports a matching menu of sliders, nachos, tater skins, and the like.  While they are known for their juicy half-pound burgers, their menu provides items you won’t find on a typical pub menu, like their deliciously spicy Voodoo Chicken, Chicago Style Gyro Platter, or their Tai Vegetable Stir fry.  Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make on your vacation in Frisco is passing this place up as just another pub.  Go for the atmosphere, but stay for the superb burgers and friendly staff.

A pork filet dish at Food Hedz

Food Hedz World Café

A fine dining restaurant in a strip mall?  It’s not the first time that this has been encountered, and the simple and modest “café” situated above the door gives it an unassuming appearance.  While some may overlook or shy away because of its location, Food Hedz fills its menu with a variety of dishes from around the US and Europe.  With a décor that showcases deep reds and rich shades of gold, the café exudes a warm and inviting amber glow.

Chef David Welch, an Iowa transplant and former head chef for Keystone Ranch, has spent decades in the food world honing his skills and reinforcing his commitment to serving high quality cuisine.  This establishment also has a solid wine list, including both reds and whites. Zagats says this place is worth the trip during your Colorado vacation, but Chef David will let his King Canyon Buffalo Loin with Tempura Shrimp and Warm Berry Cobbler do all the talking.

If You Go

For a full menu listing on Butterhorn Bakery and Café visit: http://www.butterhornbakery.com/. Location: 408 Main Street, Frisco, Colorado. Phone #: (970) 668-3997.

For Menus, Wine Listings, and how to get to Vinny’s visit: http://vinnysfriscorestaurant.com/. Location: It’s complicated L, visit their “location” section on their site or call (970) 668-0340 for precise directions.

For Menus and information on Food Hedz visit: http://www.foodhedzcafe.com/. Location: 842 N. Summit Blvd. #19, Frisco, CO.  Phone #: (970) 668-2000.

For information and menus for Ollie’s visit: http://www.olliespub.com/. Location: 620 Main Street, Frisco, CO.  Phone #: (970) 668-0744.

Evan Witt is an Illinois native with a degree in English Literature from Lake Forest College, and as a frequent visitor to Colorado, he enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, and photography.

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