Disclaimer: I do not have Celiac disease and, therefore, was not overly concerned regarding possible cross-contamination when making my selections at the following restaurants. If you have Celiac disease, I certainly recommend asking the appropriate questions of your server regarding “GF-marked” items.
When we last left off, us girls had just driven to Breckenridge to meet the guys for a day in the mountains. We spent Monday evening and Tuesday soaking up the mountains, eating more delicious food, and walking throughout the cutest little Main Street ever. And I managed to do it all while keeping things gluten-free.
Eating Gluten-Free in Breckenridge and Denver, Colorado
We arrived to our hotel, The Lodge at Breckenridge, in the late afternoon. It was a really cute and quaint hotel with the most amazing views. The only downside? No air conditioning. I had not even thought to check on something like that, but from now on I definitely will. Most months out of the year it is probably no big deal, but we happened to be there during a hot spell. Would I stay there again in the cooler months? Absolutely. But it probably would not be my top choice during the summer months.
After we checked in and got settled, we decided on Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina for dinner. Mexican food sounded delicious, and they had an extensive gluten-free menu. They even asked if I had Celiac disease when I requested the menu, which is generally pretty unusual for most restaurants.
Even though I do not have Celiac disease, I really appreciated how attentive they were to my gluten-free requests. They brought me gluten-free chips (they were just Tostitos, but still so good) and my own bowls of salsa. I had a hard time picking a favorite salsa, but I think the tomatillo version would win if I had to choose.
I splurged a bit on dinner because one of the house specialties sounded so good. And after the waitress told me that it was her favorite menu item, I had to get it. I ordered the Chorizo Stuffed Chicken Breast. It was topped with a habanero cream sauce and served alongside grilled zucchini and a sweet corn gratin. It was definitely spicy, but everything was so good. I shared a couple of bites with Jeremy and then cleaned my plate.
After a nearly sleepless night due to the heat, stuffy noses, and snoring (ahem, Jeremy), we woke up and got moving after a stop by the hotel’s continental breakfast. One of my favorite things to do in Breckenridge is to walk along Main Street and check out all of the shops, restaurants, and bakeries.
After we spent a couple of hours browsing and feeding, we split up for lunch. Jeremy and I decided to eat at The Canteen Tap House and Tavern. I saw that they had several gluten-free items on their menu, and I was so excited to finally be able to try my first bowl of Colorado pork green chile.
We started things off with something a bit different. Yes, that is Spam. Your first reaction might be, “why?” But when we saw it on the menu, we knew that it was a must-try. The combination of grilled teriyaki spam, white rice, nori, daikon radish sprouts, and sriracha sounded like something we couldn’t pass up. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone, and I am so glad that we did. I can absolutely see why it was listed as a Hawaiian favorite.
Once our “fancy” Spam was eaten, my delicious Pork Green Chile soup arrived. It was topped with cheese and sour cream, and was served alongside housemade chips. While it may have been a bit of a dairy overload, it was insanely delicious. I now understand why the people in Colorado are crazy about their pork green chile.
We finished off our time in Breckenridge with stops at a few more shops and Mary’s Mountain Cookies bakery.
I was so stinkin’ thrilled when I saw that they had a gluten-free option and that it was not just your traditional chocolate chip cookie. How could I pass up this double-chocolate coconut crunch cookie?
I was still full from lunch, but made sure to open up my cookie bag as soon as we arrived back to Denver. I was a nice fiancée (that is still weird to say) and shared it with Jeremy. I totally could have eaten it all by myself.
At this point, we were all pretty tired, so we lounged around the house for a while before heading to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their Film on the Rocks event. After a quick rainstorm, the skies cleared and we enjoyed meat, cheese, crackers, carrots, popcorn, and plantain chips with guac all while watching Jurassic Park outdoors at the most beautiful venue. If you ever get the chance to go to an event at Red Rocks, you must grab it. It is unlike anything that I have ever experienced before. I have seen two movies there, and someday I hope to add a concert to my list.
That’s a wrap for Breckenridge and Red Rocks. Be sure to check out my first Denver recap below and catch my third recap next week!
Have you ever been to Breckenridge, Colorado? Do you love it, or what?