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A vegetarian’s guide to Breckenridge

Some of the best grub in Breckenridge is of the non-carnivorous variety. Diehard vegetarians to occasional bacon sneakers to the steak-obsessed — these veggie-based dishes are pretty delish.

VailResorts_dcoffey_20120309_breckenridgef&b_053_smallOn-mountain dining no-meat picks span the housemade soups and Salad Station at Ski Hill Grill to a morning spread of fruit, eggs, bagels and pastries from chef-inspired American bistro 9600 Kitchen.

Mac and cheese tastes even better at 10,010 feet. Try the gourmet mac of the day at Sevens at the base of Peak 7. Or create a veggie-loaded pizza and watch it crisp to perfection in their 2½-ton open-hearth oven.

Just off Main Street downtown, everyone’s favorite little yellow house Amazing Grace Natural Eatery whips up healthy, organic and regionally sourced goodies. Treat yourself to their homemade granola or gluten-free breakfast tacos (served til 3pm).

Up the street, smoky barbecue wafts have hungry diners lining up daily at Moe’s Original BBQ. Vegetarians can get in on the saucy action with the Southern institution’s barbecued tofu. Next door, laid-back Fatty’s sports bar has terrific pizza and pastas, along with a long list of salads.

Head to Twist for seasonally inspired epicurean sides that could comprise a fine meal. Try the pumpkin parmesan risotto and Wisconsin fried cheese curds or ask about the chef’s vegetable moment of the day. Entrées marked with a V/C on the menu are sans meat. (See the vegetarian spaghetti and “meat”balls, made of quinoa baby kale meatballs, spaghetti squash and pistachio sundried tomato pesto.)

VailResorts_BRK5708_Carl_Scofield_smallSample the daily changing concoctions at Soupz On. The menu always includes a couple vegetarian/vegan soups, including a to-die-for artichoke, jalapeno and asiago soup; and a baked potato, cheddar and scallion bowl of bliss. Their hearty vegetable green chili would please even the biggest meat eater.

Clint’s Bakery is very veg-friendly with vegan pastries, soy and rice milk for your coffee, bagels and croissants with vegan butter or vegan cream cheese and sandwiches that include veggie sausage for breakfast and a caprese sammy or veggie wrap for lunch.

Wine and cheese from around the world can be found at Breckenridge Wine and Cheese. Don’t miss their famous $10 and under rack of bottled wine.

The newly remodeled Food Kingdom grocery on Ridge Street has an impressive selection of all natural and vegetarian snacks, a salad bar and made-to-order deli with vegetarian options.

If you’re looking for a familiar favorite, Summit County gained a Whole Foods over the summer in Frisco. The highest Whole Foods Market in the world carries most vegetarian and vegan fare found at its Denver stores.

What are your favorite vegetarian-friendly spots in and around Breck?

– Lisa Pogue

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