VAIL: Dinner

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Apr 282011
 

Top PickSweet Basil

Sweet Basil, which opened in 1977, is one fo the best restaurants in Vail according to Wine Spectator, Gourmet Magazine, Gayot, New York Times, Denver Post … (the list goes on and on).   In the heart of Vail Village, the space may have evolved over the last 4 decades, but their passion to provide each and every guest with the most memoriable experience possible has never wavered.

Offering the finest in contemporary American cuisine and service, Sweet Basil is a must.

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Lancelot

The original prime rib house (since 1969) located in the center of Vail Village, Lancelot offers more than slow-roasted prime rib like tuna sashimi appetizer, Rack of Lamb Lancelot and coconut crusted sea bass.  Yum!  open nightly.

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8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill (Beaver Creek)

This live action bar and grill specializes in local, natural and organic dishes featuring Colorado’s best microbrews, wines and spirits. The grill is the showpiece of the open kitchen, capturing smoke infused flavors befitting the Colorado Mountains.  The fresh produce and ingredients are hand-selected from Colorado farms and other natural purveyors in the country and arrive fresh daily.  8100 features a menu that changes according to seasonality and availability of only the freshest ingredients.

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Vail Chophouse

Located slopeside at the base of the Gondola in Lionshead, the Vail Chophouse sits amidst all of the action and all of the beauty of Vail Mountain.  The Chophouse features an incomparable dinner selection filled with fantastic steaks and fresh seafood.  This restaurant melds delicious cuisine with stunning views, a welcoming staff and a luxurious atmosphere to create an unparalleled dining experience.

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La Bottega

“Celebrando La Vita!,” a lovely phrase in Italian that means, “Celebrate Life!” At La Bottega, it’s a clarion call to enjoy the food, wines and hospitality that are the hallmarks of this relaxed, yet gracious place.  Whether you’re planning a high-energy après, a romantic dinner for two, a lively family gathering, or a sumptuous feast after a long day of business, La Bottega is the place.

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Campo de Fiori

Offering authentic Italian cuisine, Campo is a hip, chic restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients with an extensive wine collection to complement the fare.   They also specialize in group events.

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Agave (Avon)

This live action bar and grill specializes in local, natural and organic dishes featuring Colorado’s best microbrews, wines and spirits. The grill is the showpiece of the open kitchen, capturing smoke infused flavors befitting the Colorado Mountains.  The fresh produce and ingredients are hand-selected from Colorado farms and other natural purveyors in the country and arrive fresh daily.  8100 features a menu that changes according to seasonality and availability of only the freshest ingredients.

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Asian Spice Bistro (Edwards)

9 Iron Grill, Cordillera’s casual family-friendly spot, offers classic smokehouse fare, contemporary classics and breathtaking mountain panoramas at the Cordillera Valley Course.

Open Thursday thru Monday nights in winter; open for lunch in summer.

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9 Iron Grill (Cordillera)

9 Iron Grill, Cordillera’s casual family-friendly spot, offers classic smokehouse fare, contemporary classics and breathtaking mountain panoramas at the Cordillera Valley Course.

Open Thursday thru Monday nights in winter; open for lunch in summer.

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Atwater on Gore Creek

Atwater offers creative American cusine served creek-side on the deck or fireside in thier dining room. Inspired by fresh, local ingredients, dishes come to life with delightful twists and bursts of flavor amid a unique mountain setting for a distinctively different take on creative American cuisine.

Worth noting, Atwater offers gluten-free and vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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VAIL: Lunch

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Apr 282011
 

Top PickMain St. Grill (Edwards)

If you love New Orleans, this is your place for cajun flair!  But it’s more than cajun.  Owners Chris and Nikki Heiden aim for the “Cheers” atmosphere that leaves visitors thinking “that was really a good meal!”

The Grill is centrally located in the Riverwalk shopping center directly across from the movie theater, so stop in for lunch and then grab a movie! The Grill serves both lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers breakfast items during their Sunday brunch. And they’ve got lots of TVs for sports fans.

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Los Amigos

Located at the top of Bridge Street, Los Amigos offers traidionatl mexican fare.   Fun atmosphere, good food and affodable prices … it’s tried and true.  You won’t go wrong when you order a margarita and fajitas for 2.

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Kirby Cosmos

In the mood for some BBQ?  Head on out to Minturn and have a heapin’ helpin of BBQ that satisfies!  Sit at the bar and meet a new friend and be sure to try their famous mac and cheese!  They’ll have another location in Edwards soon, and they cater too.

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Apr 282011
 

Top PickLudwig’s at Sonnenalp

The Sonnenalp may have five restaurants, but Ludwig’s is the place for a breakfast buffet.   They offer contemporary American cuisine witha  classic influence.  Executive Chef Richard Beichner sets the stage here, serving breakfast from 7 am to 11 am daily (til noon on Sundays).

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Pazzo’s Pizzeria

This is where you come to meet all your friends. Having been in the Valley for over 20 years, Pazzo’s may be known for their wood fired pizzas, but their breakfasts are the best in the village.  Dine here for lively atmosphere and friendly service.

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Blu’s Beanery

Although Blu’s serves continuously from 9 am to 11 pm (7 days a week), they offer some quirky alternatives to the tried and true standards that always delight.   Who wouldn’t love their ‘green eggs and ham’ dish?  When you visit Blu’s you’ll enjoy the experience of being part of their family of valued guests.

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Cucina Rustica

Designed to ensure you are energized for a day on the mountain during the winter months, Cucina serves a vast breakfast buffet admist a cozy rustic ambiance.  Breakfast buffet served from 7 am – 10:30 am daily.

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Vail Village Popcorn Wagon

Try the breakfast egg-mcwagon.  Delicious!

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VAIL: Solo Dining

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Apr 282011
 

Top Pickto come

The wood fired pizzas are delicious. If you’re solo, grab a paper, sit at the bar and meet a stranger or watch tv (friendly bartenders).

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