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

Lisa Blake
Lisa Blake
Lisa Blake is a freelance writer and children's book author living in Breckenridge. When she's not writing about food and mountain adventures, she can be found on the river with her son, pug and husband.