VAIL: Happy Hour

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Dec 262011
 

Top PickRed Lion

While the voice of Phil Long (co-owner) might be new to visitors, few locals are unfamiliar with the musician’s upbeat covers of classic songs (think Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel) and more current hits (Five for Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls, Train).  The Red Lion’s front patio is to die for and is the best place to relax and watch the world go by.  He performs two shows nightly in the winter, Wednesday thru Saturday, from 4-6 pm and 9-11 pm.

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The Club

Starting at 5 pm on most Th/Fri/Saturdays, Steve Meyer (known as “The Good Times Man”) entertains at  The Club on Bridge Street.  Expect a good time.  After all, their motto is “If you don’t come to party, don’t f***ing come!”

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Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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Splendido at the Chateau (Beaver Creek)

Sophisticated Splendido features one of their two pianists nightly starting at 7 p.m. Bob Finnie plays popular piano tunes, and his repertoire ranges from Steely Dan to Elton John to the Beatles. Peter Vavra relaxes those dining at the restaurant with classical music.

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Cima at the Westin Riverfront Resort (Avon)

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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King’s Club at Sonnenalp

Vail’s best apres ski and apres dinner gathering spot is right here in the King’s Club with live entertainment from 3-11 pm. Comfortable seating, a roaring fireplace, your favorite cocktail and plenty of entertainment make the King’s Club the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the mountains!

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Grouse Mountain Grill (Beaver Creek)

Tony Giliza, or “Tony G” as the locals call him, is a pianist who has been providing the Grouse Mountain Grill with smooth jazz tunes and some cool conversation for more than 20 years. He will perform every Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tony G offers a smorgasbord of jazz styles — big-band, Latin, New Orleans, contemporary — that jives with the restaurant’s lively atmosphere.

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Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor’s Gulch

Enjoy après ski this winter at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in a warm and rustic setting. The Buffalo Bar offers an extensive bar menu daily, complemented seasonally by live music.  With his smooth southern drawl that accompanies soulful songs on guitar, Eagle-resident McKinney is a local favorite.

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Bear Fish Bar & Grill

If you want genuine tailgate jamming, go here.  Great food; nice locals!  The West Vail bar hosts a mid-week jam Wednesdays with George Hilliard and Skip Dog at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.  The Dead Rednecks perform each week too.

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Vista at Arrowhead (Edwards)

Mickey Poage will play six days a week Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After playing at the Lodge at Vail for 35 years, Poage has found at new home performing for the audience at Vista restaurant. Still with his Yamaha grand piano, Poage continues to do what he does best by being a class-act après entertainer.

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Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle

The Tavern on the Square is one of Vail’s most happening spots for delicious food and drink after you’ve hit the mountain.  The acts featured here perform everything from piano, jazz, acoustic, and some good-old-fashioned rock n’ roll.  They play a great variety and it’s always consistent!  Start times change so visit their website for more details.

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VAIL: Ambiance

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May 132011
 

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VAIL: Local Hangouts

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May 132011
 

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from 7 am to 11 am daily (til noon on Sundays).

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VAIL: Coffee Shops

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May 132011
 

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Loaded Joe’s

A little hard to find (cross the covered bridge and it’s on your right, down some steps), Loaded Joes serves up some delicious coffee as well as a great selection of bagels.  Voted the “Best Caffeine Fix,” Loaded Joe’s is a gourmet coffeehouse by day and a live entertainment lounge by night. Surf the internet, sip a scrumptious latte. Feel free to place your order to go and grab a seat on one of the picnic tables outside by the river.  The strawberry-banana smoothie won’t disappoint.

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Big Bear Bistro

Owned and operated by long-time locals, the Big Bear Bistro — home to a variety of Vail’s finest coffee — is conveniently located at the very top of Bridge Street and only steps from the Vista Bahn.  Their morning focus is on providing you with the ideal caffeinated experience, featuring locally roasted direct-relationship coffee products and teas from Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea.

Big Bear strives to use locally sourced, natural or organic ingredients to produce the best breakfast burritos, salads, wraps and sandwiches, soups and chiles, cheese plates and assorted appetizers for your dining pleasure too.

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Covered Bridge Coffee and Deli

Covered Bridge Coffee has been a Vail institution for 20 years or more. You can get coffee anywhere. Here, you can get coffee, smoothies, baked treats and more — all in the shadow of Vail Village’s famous Covered Bridge. Even the coffee itself is a cut above the rest, with selections such as the Coffee-Mocha-Choca-Vanilla-Snickers Latte, your thirst for uniqueness will be quickly quenched.

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Marketplace on Meadow Drive

The pastries, breads, cakes and cookies in their Café are the perfect indulgence after a day in the beautiful Vail outdoors. Their gourmet pastries are baked daily with only the finest ingredients. They also offer a full array of coffee, espresso, and teas.  You can sit down and relax with one of the daily newspapers or latest magazines … or check your e-mail with their wireless internet access.

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Express Lift Coffee House

In addition to coffee, espresso, cappuccino and lattes, enjoy breakfast sandwiches, muffins, Danishes, croissants, fruit breads, bagels and drinks to get your morning started.  Located in Vail Village (steps away from the Vista Bahn), the Express Lift Coffee House is obviously great for coffee!  They’re good for lunch too —offering brats, dogs, Panini’s, soup and chili.  Yum!

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VAIL: Late Night

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May 132011
 

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VAIL: Kid Friendly

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May 132011
 

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 — bring the kids!

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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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VAIL: Delis

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Apr 292011
 

Top Pick

Avon Bakery and Deli

Voted best deli in 2010, the Avon Bakery & Deli has been a long standing staple of excellence for both food and service in Vail Valley. Founded in 2000, ABD set out to be the best bakery in the Vail Valley. Many of the fine dining establishments from Eagle to Edwards to Vail all use the Avon Bakery & Deli’s Breads every day.

A note about their Artisan Breads: they are made each day with certified organic flours, milled according to the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. Organic flour is the unique quality of the Avon Bakery & Deli. Most bakeries bake breads using low quality flour that contain pesticides and bleach, but this deli does not agree with that approach at all. They believe that by producing the best quality food possible, they are not only respecting their customers and what fuels their bodies, but also setting the bar for excellence in great healthy food.

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Big Bear Bistro

Owned and operated by long-time locals, the Big Bear Bistro is conveniently located at the very top of Bridge Street and only steps from the Vista Bahn.  Offering the best gourmet sandwiches in Vail Valley, featuring Boar’s Head meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily.  Big Bear strives to use locally sourced, natural or organic ingredients to produce the best breakfast burritos, salads, wraps and sandwiches, soups and chiles, cheese plates and assorted appetizers for your dining pleasure.

A true local’s hangout, Big Bear offers relaxation, a good time, pick up and delivery (in Vail Village) — and of course, fast and free WiFi.

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Joe’s Famous Deli

Located on Bridge Street, Joe’s Famous Deli has some of the best Panini’s around! Pesto, mozzarella, tomato and balsamic vinegar is deli-icious.  The sandwiches are huge and you may not fit back into your ski pants if you eat the whole thing, but go for it anyway!  Heck, you might as well go all out and get one of their home-made ice cream cones to0.

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Cascade Village Market and Cafe

Offering a delicious assortment of pastries, sandwiches, salads and gourmet house-made pizzas, the Cascade Village Market and Cafe is a casual and quick eatery.  Grab pizza-by-the-slice or “Build Your Own Lunch.”  The Cascade offers complimentary WiFi too!

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Columbine Bakery (Avon)

The Columbine Bakery in Avon is an authentic European style cafe & bakery. Great fresh baked bread daily, lunch specials that change daily. It’s a family run operation.

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Express Lift Coffee House

Located in Vail Village, the Express Lift Coffee House is good for coffee…and great for lunch!  They offer brats, dogs, Panini’s, soup and chili.  Yum!  Come hungry.

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VAIL: Vegetarian / Organic

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Apr 292011
 

Top PickLa Tour

La Tour Restaurant has been voted the best restaurant in Vail since 2006 by the Vail Daily Readers Poll and is conveniently located in the heart of Vail Village directly across from the west-end of the Vail Village Parking Structure.

Chef Paul Ferzacca’s modern French-American cuisine is famous in the Vail dining scene. Utilizing the best organic, natural and sustainable products available, La Tour is known as the restaurant “Where the chefs eat.” Sporting one of the best wine lists in Vail, La Tour is a winner of the Wine Spectator “Best of” Award Winning wine list.

The comfortable, inviting atmosphere of the dining rooms are adorned with world class sculptures, paintings, photographs and glass art.

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Avon Bakery and Deli

Voted best deli in 2010, the Avon Bakery & Deli has been a long standing staple of excellence for both food and service in Vail Valley. Founded in 2000, ABD set out to be the best bakery in the Vail Valley. Many of the fine dining establishments from Eagle to Edwards to Vail all use the Avon Bakery & Deli’s Breads every day.

A note about their Artisan Breads: they are made each day with certified organic flours, milled according to the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. Organic flour is the unique quality of the Avon Bakery & Deli. Most bakeries bake breads using low quality flour that contain pesticides and bleach, but this deli does not agree with that approach at all. They believe that by producing the best quality food possible, they are not only respecting their customers and what fuels their bodies, but also setting the bar for excellence in great healthy food.

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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: Fine Dining

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Apr 282011
 

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Kelly Liken

Winner of OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award for 2011, Kelly Liken is a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Vail that serves a simple, yet exciting Seasonal American Cuisine that relies heavily on locally produced and cultivated products.

The menu changes frequently to offer the highest quality ingredients of each season. And certainly worth noting are their sixty+ wines by the glass.  You’ll be blown away.

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La Tour

La Tour Restaurant has been voted the best restaurant in Vail since 2006 by the Vail Daily Readers Poll and is conveniently located in the heart of Vail Village directly across from the west-end of the Vail Village Parking Structure.

Chef Paul Ferzacca’s modern French-American cuisine is famous in the Vail dining scene.  Utilizing the best organic, natural and sustainable products available, La Tour is known as the restaurant “Where the chefs eat.”  Sporting one of the best wine lists in Vail, La Tour is a winner of the Wine Spectator “Best of” Award Winning wine list.

The comfortable, inviting atmosphere of the dining rooms are adorned with world class sculptures, paintings, photographs and glass art.

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Sweet 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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The Left Bank

Serving French cuisine in a warm atmosphere since 1970, The Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world. The Left Bank has cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 40 years in order to bring selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. Since 2006, Jean-Michel and Kimberly Chelain have continued the Left Bank traditions.

The Vol au Vent de Homard et Crevettes Sauce Homardine (Thin puff pastry shell, lined with spinach and filled with fresh lobster and shrimp, served with a creamy saffron sauce) is to die fore.  À votre santé…

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Splendido at the Chateau (Beaver Creek)

Splendido at the Chateau offers fine Rocky Mountain dining featuring imaginative and refined American-European cuisine in the warmth and tranquility of a French chateau. Dinner is served nightly, with entertainment by Peter Vavra and Bob Finnie in the piano bar. 

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Grouse Mountain Grill (Beaver Creek)

Considered the best kept secret in Vail Village, Grouse Mountain Grill is an award-winning restaurant located in The Pines Lodge, a chic European Ski Lodge nestled in the forest hillside of Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The dining room exudes a comfortable mountain ambiance with spectacular views. 

Grouse Mountain Grill is one of only 33 AAA Four Diamond award winners from Colorado.

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Spago (Beaver Creek)

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck has teamed with The Ritz-Carlton and esteemed hospitality designer Tony Chi to create Spago locaBeaver Creek.  The 120-seat, AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant captures the essence of the surrounding mountain landscape while weaving rustic and modern elements to produce an elegant restaurant with a touch of the pioneering spirit of the American West.

Spago offers an exhibition kitchen which provides a dynamic staging area for the culinary team while offering guests an up close and personal experience of the celebrity chef’s kitchen, creating culinary masterpieces right before their eyes. A hip and sophisticated 37-seat bar and lounge is the ideal place to see and be seen and to grab an après-ski cocktail. 

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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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