Restaurant Review | Empire Burger in Breckenridge, Colorado
Arriving in Breckenridge, I was hungry. Clearly, the first order of business was to find a lunch spot. After walking up and down Main Street, I landed at Empire Burger.
It was a sunny September afternoon with temperatures in the 60s, so I considered dining outside on the restaurant’s patio that overlooks Main Street out to the mountains. The location and mountain view are pretty killer. Empire Burger is on the upper level of a strip of restaurants and shops on Main Street in downtown Breckenridge. It’s also within walking distance of the rest of Breckenridge’s retail and dining district, ski lifts and downtown lodging, like the Tannhauser vacation rentals where I stayed.
I took a seat at the bar, where I was greeted by a friendly barkeep and placed an order for the sangria. It was fruity and so refreshing, especially after driving to Breckenridge from Colorado Springs that morning. The margaritas seemed tempting, too. I stuck with sangria though, and it was a welcomed break from all the craft beer I consumed in Colorado.
The overall vibe at Empire Burger was utterly cool. Classic rock played in the background. Natural Colorado sunlight poured into the open layout. The servers were friendly and chill. Even the menu has a clean and modern design. And, despite all that, it was clear the quality of the food and drinks was what really made dining at Empire Burger a “cool” experience.
For food, my bartender suggested a few of the all-natural beef burgers from an inventive burger list that includes a Kona burger topped with Swiss cheese, ham, a pineapple ring and “firecracker” sauce. Based on the bartender’s approval, I chose the 1/3 lb. Western burger topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, pickles, grilled onions and mustard. The burger was so flavorful. I highly recommend it.
A la carte, you can order hand-cut fries made daily from Idaho potatoes, onion rings or kettle chips. With an order of fries or onion rings, you also get your choice of a sauce from a selection of 20 sauces. I ordered the fries with the sweet mango chutney, which I was told is a customer favorite. It sounds like an odd flavor to pair with fried potatoes, but it was seriously delicious. Plus, it worked well with the sweetness of the sangria and tangy BBQ sauce on my burger. The fries are definitely worth ordering on the side, but given the size of the burgers, you can probably share the fries and just order an additional sauce for 75 cents. I bet the Sriracha Mayo would go really well with the fries or onion rings — especially late at night! Empire Burger serves most of its menu until 1 a.m.!
Know before you go …
Menu: 1/3 lb. all-natural beef burgers, buffalo burgers, turkey burgers, sandwiches, salads, hand-cut fries, onion rings, appetizers
Drink List: Margaritas, seasonal cocktails, small selection of wines by glass or bottle, beer (domestic, craft and import)
Price: $4.25-$9.50 starters, $6-$12.75 burgers and other entrees, $8-10 cocktails
Location: 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424
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