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Where between Idaho Springs and Vail for lunch

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Sorry if this should be in the Food section but it looks kinda dead over there.... 

 

Flying into DEN on the 19th - Driving to Aspen ...

 

We should be good an hungry somewhere between Idaho and Vail..... 

 

Its just me and my young daughters - just looking for a cool mountain vibe for a quick good lunch ..

 

Thinking Frisco Main Street maybe ?

 

Thanks

 

NNN 

post #2 of 12

Frisco Main street will be fine

 

lots of choice although I'm not sure all of the places serve lunch but most of them do.....I'd hit the cajun place for lunch

post #3 of 12
Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs is good spot
post #4 of 12

I'll second Frisco as an option but many of the places are NOT open for lunch.  For lunch I go to the mostly Indian buffet at Himalayan Cousine as well as the Log Cabin and Butterhorn Bakery.  The last two are breakfast/lunch diners that are closed for dinner.  The Boatyard and Backcountry Brewery should also be open for lunch but will not be as quick.

 

In Dillon, the Dillon Dam Brewery, Red Mountain Cafe, Arapahoe Cafe and Sunshine Cafe are all reasonable choices. 

post #5 of 12
If you're flying into DIA, it'll be at least 90 minutes to Idaho Springs, if you're hungry by then the Buffalo Bar in Idaho springs has a cool wild west vibe, stuffed buffalo in the front window. my favorite stop on the way to the front range.
post #6 of 12
FYI:
Without traffic I'm normally at the tunnel in an hour, 3:15 to Aspen.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.... We land at 11am Thursday ... So there shouldn't be much traffic ? 

post #8 of 12

Thumbs UpThumbs Up  echo the Butterhorn Bakery in Frisco.  Good sandwiches, soups, chili.  Kids always have liked it.

Agree, on Thursday, assuming you miss rush hour from DIA across Denver, and that is likely w/morning arrival times at DIA and picking up luggage and a rental, no traffic worries.  Saw last night on the news that the tunnel widening project is done at Idaho Springs too.  So that should stop the slowdown both directions w/all that construction.

post #9 of 12
I usually make a quick pit stop at Chipotle in Silverthorne and get back on the road. It's nothing special, but it's fast, reliably good, and relatively healthy.
post #10 of 12

+3 on the Butterhorn Bakery in Frisco.  Great mountain vibe.   If the wait is too long, pick up pastries for the road and head a block west to Bagalis.   We really like Bagalis for lunch.  It's quieter and the food is great.  Frisco is a great stop to walk around and look at shops and do the tourist thing too.

 

Looks like you'll get to Aspen just in time for our next storm, nice timing!

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

post #11 of 12
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Looks like you'll get to Aspen just in time for our next storm, nice timing!

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

 

I noticed Joel is calling for a some snow starting late Thursday thru the weekend......  We got very lucky indeed !!!!  

 

Also getting new boots fitted from Jim @ bootech .......  This is gonna be a good trip :-) 

post #12 of 12
Jim fitted my wife last night, very professional & personable.

Today was off the hook, really best in years! Your in a very good position.


Might want to power through and get here before dark, if your not a seasoned winter driver?
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