Copper Red Hots
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.0
Address: 209 10 Mile Cir, Copper Mountain (located at the base of American Eagle lift in Copper Village)
Hours: 11a – 3p
Located right next to the main lifts, Copper Red Hots understands what skiers want for lunch—satisfying, stick-to-the ribs kind of foods that won’t cost a week’s salary. Their menu is limited to basic fare—hot dogs done five different ways, mac and cheese and other offerings usual to this kind of eatery—chili, nachos, fries and tater tots and onion rings.
What They’re Known for: Made-to-order macaroni and cheese. Although it’s named for the hot dogs it sells, Copper Red Hots gets the biggest raves for its six varieties of mac and cheese, which are put together in a frying pan as you watch. The options range from the classic blend made with American and sharp cheddar to the Mediterranean Mac with sundried tomatoes, green peppers and baby spinach mixed with Feta cheese. The lobster mac, another patron favorite, features chunks of lobster mixed with heavy cream, cheddar and peas. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly meal, try their $5.95 Devil Deal (hot dog and small drink—refills available—or a Coors or Coors Light. The $9.95 Demon Deal (hot dog, mac and cheese and the same drink offerings).
What to Watch for: Staff can be a little abrupt, especially during the busy times when the lines can get a little long. If you’re feeling cold, you may want to find another restaurant; Copper Red Hots offers only limited, bar-style seating inside. And don’t make plans to stop by for a hot dog after you’re finished skiing for the day, since the restaurant generally closes the same time as the lifts.
Price: $4 – $10