by Lisa Blake
Toast & Co. is one of those warm-you-from-the-inside mountain spots you want to keep all to yourself and, at the same time, share with everyone you encounter. Copper Mountain’s attractive Center Village brunch nook has the deliciously sophisticated buzzing breakfast ambiance Summit County has been craving. An inspired and driven crew brings gourmet morning cuisine and creative cocktails together in a hip space outfitted in gold-brushed antique mirrors, miniature chandeliers, community tables and funky leather and wood mismatched-on-purpose seating.
In February, Toast rolled out a new evening menu, speaking to the après and dinner crowds. The pared down breakfast-for-dinner-themed menu is served on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m., or whenever the party winds down, and comes packing heaping portions ideal for skiers and riders that have been hitting the hill hard all day, says Toast & Co. manager Caleb Tavill.
Dive into plates of disco fries loaded with maple gravy, black pepper cream, Cotija cheese and two eggs your way. Try the scratch-made fried chicken and waffles or the crisp layered gluten-free and vegetarian huevos rancheros for hearty satisfying dinner options. Look under “Build the Cakes!” for inventive fluffy flapjack offerings that span peanut butter cups, farm strawberries and candied pecans. (Add the fresh-whipped Chantilly cream for $1. It’s incredible.)
For those seeking more traditional evening fare, a seven-ounce Colorado beef burger on brioche with beer mustard and all the fixings awaits, along with an adult grilled cheese hugging bacon and egg between two buttery bakery-fresh slices of sourdough. Both are served with Toast’s signature thick-cut sidewinder fries.
If you’re popping into Toast for breakfast—they open at 7 a.m. so you can still score first chair on a pow day—be sure to try the premium barista-made coffees or a morning mixology specialty drink. The lavender kombucha mimosa and the pomplamoosarita made with tequila, Leopold Bros. orange liqueur, grapefruit, jalapeno and toasted coriander agave are both house favorites.
Breakfast unfolds over benedicts, omelets, a smothered breakfast burrito and banana bread French toast dipped in custard and topped with candied pecans, salted caramel and spiced mascarpone. The seared Cuban sandwich and the chorizo hash with roasted poblanos and caramelized onion never disappoint.
Regionally sourced ingredients such as Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy cheeses, Sara’s Sausage, Pueblo green chiles and Boulder-born Ozo Coffee make Toast & Co. a genuine Colorado dining experience.
Find Toast & Co. in the Taylor's Crossing building near the fire globe. Enjoy happy hour’s $2 off beer and wine and $5 well cocktails Friday and Saturday 4 to 6 p.m.