Five of Winter Park's Best Places to Eat
Winter Park, Colorado is the perfect alpine escape for families, friends and couples alike. During ski season you can enjoy the vigor of the slopes and either retire to a quiet evening in your vacation rental or for a lively and fun night out at one of Winter Park’s numerous and outstanding restaurants. When you stay in Winter Park, you have many great dining options, but there are a few choices that stand out above the rest. Here's a guide to help you find the best during your time in Winter Park.
1. Back Country Grill
Back Country Grill is where you want to head for a night of drinks and laughs with friends and some outstanding food. This is a place serving hearty, fantastic fare. Foodies will appreciate the inclusion of regional proteins that are usually harder to find in mainstream restaurants such as elk, while people with more mainstream palates will enjoy the magnificent filet mignon with a red wine reduction, trout or the seafood pasta. They make a habanero jelly on-site that is out of this world. If you are not too stuffed after dinner, share an order of their unique and scrumptious mango bread pudding.
2. Mountain Rose
If you decide to go out for a lovely mountain breakfast, Mountain Rose is the hot spot for you. Mountain Rose is where the locals head when they want a delicate quiche or a filling frittata. Biscuits and gravy are the perfectly hearty start before a day of skiing and snowboarding. If you want something on the sweeter side, try their rich cinnamon roll French toast.
After a long day hitting the powder on the cold slopes, heat yourself up from the inside out at Fontenot’s with authentic Cajun and Creole food that will add a kick to the end of your active day. Start with drinks to bring the feeling back to your icy toes while you wait for your order. If chicken fried steak is your thing, Fontenot’s does it best with actual andouille in their chicken gravy. Fontenot’s really excels at seafood, so try their scallops, cod or their famous crab and crawfish cakes.
4. Star of India
If you are going to eat at Star of India, give yourself plenty of allotted time to enjoy everything they have to offer. Start off with one of Star of India’s beers from among a wide selection. Order a few of their popular appetizers like the aloo tikki chaat to share around as well as a few orders of naan bread to start off your meal. If you like to challenge your taste buds and eat a level of spice that will make you sweat, Star of India can accommodate you. If you have a much more reserved palate, Star of India will make sure that you are served a heat level that is comfortable for you and that you will enjoy the savory spices that excellent Indian food is known for.
5. Gasthaus Eichler
This German fusion restaurant combines high-end food and service with an unpretentious attitude toward their guests. Try one of their German specialties like their Wienerschnitzel or their Jaegerschnitzel which are both award winning. If you do not want to venture too far off the beaten culinary path, they boast the very best fresh seafood and fine steaks. Gasthaus Eichler has an amazing selection of wines with some terrific values on delicious wine selections. They also have some amazing, authentic German beers. Finish off your meal with their exquisite apple strudel and you will have a meal never to be forgotten.