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(from left) Pure Kitchen’s Thai bowl, spring rolls, duck wings, and wild rice bowl (Photo by Lindsay Sevec)
Eat and Drink

Dietary Restrictions Are No Problem at This Must-Try Restaurant in Frisco

Vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian dishes have found a home in the mountains at the organic, farm-to-table Pure Kitchen.

Summit County vegans, gluten-freers, and plain old conscious eaters let out a collective and joyful sigh when Pure Kitchen opened last December in the budding Frisco Whole Foods lot known as Basecamp Center.

The upscale lunch and dinner sanctuary brings a long-desired organic option to the Colorado resort town. The formula is simple: from-scratch everything and proprietors invested in sourcing Colorado ingredients, often plucked from Western Slope farms and chef Jason Payne’s personal greenhouse.

Pure Kitchen was born of a partnership between Breckenridge restaurateur Terry Barbu and Pinnacle Companies’ real estate ace Chris Renner, resulting in a sleek restaurant (which shares a door with high-end interiors boutique Collective Design & Furnishings). It’s all very high-country hip, but without a sliver of pretension. Reminders to eat pure and live pure are scrawled throughout the space, and the farm-to-table menu speaks clearly via symbols that appear next to most dishes denoting which are vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian (or can be made so).

The summer menu satisfies earthy cravings with a grilled romanesco hummus hybrid that arrives dusted with smoked paprika and organic activated charcoal, alongside handmade seed-loaded ancient grain crackers and crisp raw veggies. Meaty duck wings are tossed in a sweet, smoky cherry mezcal Sriracha that’s tamed with a buttermilk drizzle. And the super food salad is a shot of natural energy: a vibrant bowl filled with mixed greens, chia, avocado, Manchego, miso-glazed organic mushrooms, peppadew peppers, and toasted coconut dressed in a turmeric vinaigrette.

Flatbreads come on gluten-free cauliflower crusts; try the Thai chicken version with aged New York cheddar and crunchy Marcona almonds. Locals consistently ask for the juicy Colorado lamb burger with creamy Boulder-sourced goat cheese on a toasted sweet potato bun. Even the cocktail menu and kid’s offerings contain a healthy dose of farm love—sip a house-infused blueberry-thyme vodka martini with your zoodle bowl while your littles devour Kosher hot dogs or hormone-free pepperoni pizza while sipping on a fresh-squeezed juice.

Our recommendation for this summer? Land yourself on Pure Kitchen’s stylish southwesterly patio, grab a seat on a couch, order a cocktail, and soak in a mountain-flanked après-hike scene that’s just about as green as it gets.

116 Basecamp Way, Frisco, 970-455-1330

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