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Winter Park Family Dining Guide

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite before hitting the trail, or looking to refuel after spending the day outside, Winter Park plays host to a wide variety of outstanding dining options.

From delicious breakfasts to unique dinner experiences, Winter Park and the surrounding area will ensure that you and the family have just what you’re craving during your time spent in the Rockies. Check out some of our favorite places to enjoy mountainside patios, sunset views, and unique vibes all while enjoying a memorable meal.

Breakfast – On Mountain

Waffle Cabin

We know you’re in a hurry to hit the trail and with a quick stop by the Waffle Cabin in the Village, the entire gang can fuel up on the fly. This easy grab and go breakfast is located near the Cabriolet – perfect for those staying in the Vintage and a quick walk from any lodging at the base. Offering chocolate covered waffle creations, the Waffle Cabin is the perfect fuel to get the kids up and at ‘em and ready for a day of playing outside. Talk about morning motivation!

Where: In Winter Park Village

Best Time to Go: Before your morning adventure

What to Order:  Sugar Waffle with Chocolate Topping

Goody’s

This is a local favorite! With both savory and sweet crepes, this is a good way to fill hungry bellies before a day on the mountain. This place, like most good food spots, is NOT a secret. They open as early as 8am, so get there first thing to try and beat the rush.

Their website says they have online ordering coming soon! So check that out and get your food order in before you even leave your condo. Check out the full menu, but be careful, you might start feeling pretty hungry!

Where: In Winter Park Village

Best Time to Go: Early (They open at 8am on weekends)

What to Order:  Goody’s Breakfast Crepe (the owner traveled to France to master the art of making delicious crepes!)

Back Bowl Soup Company

Start the day with a hearty breakfast burrito smothered in green chili for energy that’ll last through any morning in the mountains! Only a short walk from all base lodging accommodations, Back Bowl features an outdoor patio and a breakfast menu perfect for filling up the crew before venturing out.

Where: In Winter Park Village

Best Time to Go: Early (They open at 8am on weekends)

What to Order:  Breakfast burrito topped with green chili

Breakfast – Downtown Winter Park

Wake N’ Bacon

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and no one does breakfast quite like Wake N’ Bacon. They serve breakfast all day so regardless of when a craving hits you’ll be able to refuel at this Fraser Valley gem.

Where: 78415 Us-40, Winter Park (across from Winter Park Pub)

Best Time to Go: As early as 7am!

What to Order:  Table Bacon to start! Everything is delicious so order whatever your heart desires

Sharky’s

This is one of the best stops for breakfast. Located in Fraser, it offers a cozy atmosphere and one of the best breakfast burritos in town. Note that parking and seating are limited. Order ahead for pick up (970) 726-TOGO.

If you’re staying in Fraser, you can ride the town shuttle right to Sharky’s before picking it up again and continuing to the resort.

Where: Down the street from Safeway

Best Time to Go: ASAP, they open at 7am

What to Order:  Chocolate chip pancakes or something from their list of Benedicts

Caffe Giocondo

Start the day with the peace and quiet of a European café with a trip to Caffe Giocondo. Known for their outstanding coffee creations and gourmet pastries, this small café is located just a quick trip away from the resort. Looking for an extra special way to start the day? Ride your bike to breakfast via the Fraser River Trail for some gorgeous morning views and the potential to spot some wildlife!

Where: Just past McDonald’s when driving north into Winter Park

Best Time to Go: Early morning for the fresh baked goods

What to Order:  A cappuccino and a pastry

Lunch – On Mountain

Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge

Feel the magic of the mountains with a midday break at Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge. Located at the top of the Gondola, Sunspot features an expansive outdoor deck featuring impressive views of the surrounding peaks. Grab a late lunch to be there for the afternoon Happy Hour to experience double the fun! Buy a ticket to ride the Gondola up to Sunspot or hike up the Ute trail to work up an appetite.

Where: Top of the Gondola

Best Time to Go:  After a morning hike or e-bike tour

Lime

Sit down and soak up some sun with a lunch at Lime in the Village. With a menu featuring a collection of delicious Mexican options, and thirst-quenching margaritas, Lime is the place to be for a relaxing meal only feet away from all the fun that Winter Park has to offer.

Where: Across from Starbucks in the Village

Best Time to Go:  When that margarita craving hits!

What to Order:  Tacos and a margarita

Lunch – Downtown Winter Park

Fraser Valley Hot Dog

Fraser Valley Hot Dog has a lot of options so you may want to just order for the kids if they get overwhelmed! This spot offers outdoor seating, so we highly recommend stopping by if it is a sunny day and you’re looking to soak up the rays!

Where: After the first stop light in downtown Winter Park heading north from the resort

Best Time to Go:  When they open at 11:30am

What to Order:  Dogfather

Mountain Grind

Grand County’s first organic coffee shop. Featuring a menu incorporating local ingredients and sustainably sourced foods, Mountain Grind is a perfect place for a healthy and delicious lunch in downtown Winter Park. Vegetarians and vegans will have no problem finding something to order and with an outdoor patio next to the Cooper Creek fountain you can enjoy your lunch in the fresh Colorado air.

Where: Cooper Creek plaza

Best Time to Go:  11:30am to avoid the lunch rush

What to Order:  Chicken Lick’n (organic grilled chicken salad on sourdough with provolone & chutney – yum!)

Rudi’s Deli

Delicious and nutritious, Rudi’s specializes in creations that taste good and are good for you! They also have a great variety of vegetarian options. Check out their full selection of sandwiches and paninis.

Rudi’s opens at 11am and then picks up traffic around noon, making it a great stop for early lunching or give them a call to order take out!

Where: Plaza North of Hideaway Park

Best Time to Go:  11am for early lunch

What to Order:  Avocado Turkey Melt

Dinner – On Mountain

Doc’s

This resort favorite has a delicious kid’s menu and adult options that you’ll enjoy! The meals are hearty and just what you need after a day of exploring the mountain via a hike or bike. Doc’s also sports an outdoor patio and rooftop porch, the perfect spot to unwind after a long day while taking in excellent views of the resort.

Where: Winter Park Village beside the Mountain Adventure Center

Best Time to Go:  After a day spent out on the trails

What to Order:  Mini Corn Dogs (for the kids) | Pot Roast Grilled Cheese (for the parents)

Pizza Pedal’r

Pizza is always a hit! Order the kids something traditional and then grab one of the specialties (like a Hardtail) for the adults! This village pizzeria has limited seating, but you can order ahead for pick up and then picnic at the base! View their menu and call ahead: (970)- 726-5944.

Where: Winter Park Village

Best Time to Go:  Order ahead for pizza pickup

What to Order: The Hardtail (for the parents)

Vertical

For another dinner option right in the Winter Park Village, check out Vertical! Located close to the Cabriolet, you can easily access this Village favorite. Enjoy a glass of wine and a small plate during happy hour, or explore the wide range of beers on draft during a delicious dinner out on the large patio. They are open until 11pm on weekends, so find your spot on the patio and close your day out with a relaxing evening of delicious food and drinks.

Where: the Winter Park Village

Best Time to Go: Happy Hour or later dinner

What to Order: House Pinot Noir and charcuterie board to start

Dinner – Downtown Winter Park

Hernando’s

Probably the top spot for families, this is also a top pizza place and offers a laid-back environment for family dining. This is a MUST to check out, but keep in mind getting there EARLY. You’ll probably want to eat in this unique restaurant. They open as early as 4pm! Call ahead to reserve your seats or to place your take-out order (970)-726-5409.

Where: Plaza North of Main Street and Kings Crossing

Best Time to Go:  Right when they open (4pm) or call ahead!

What to Order:  Any of their pizza!

Casa Mexico

Adjacent to the Cooper Creek playground is the best Mexican in town. With friendly service and lots of free parking, you’ll love this choice. Don’t feel like driving? Cooper Creek is a short bike ride away from the resort so load everyone up on their two-wheeled rides and peddle into town for a Mexican meal to remember!

Where: Cooper Creek Square – 2nd level

Best Time to Go: Early dinner before a ride back to the resort

What to Order:  It’s all good

Dining in Winter Park is really about enjoying your time in the mountains with family and friends. If you put some time into planning, you’ll be able to enjoy all the great food options both at the Resort and in downtown. Come hungry!

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