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: 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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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (2/4/11)

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Jan 312011
 

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Top PickJames Hunter

How about an international twist for a change? 

Brit retro-soul-rock master James Hunter brings his high-energy performance to Aspen for the first time. Tickets are $28.

The concert is from 8 pm – 10 pm at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday 2/5.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (2/2/11)

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Jan 312011
 

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Top PickMobile Food Pantry

The Food Bank of the Rockies in cooperation with the Salvation Army hosts a food pantry. Everyone is welcome to take advantage of a wide variety of food items; bring your own bags and boxes if you can.

The Mobile Food Pantry will be “open” from 11 am to 2 pm on Thursday 2/3 at the Health and Human Services Building, 0405 Castle Creek Road, Aspen. Call 970-945-6976 (extension 11) with questions.

ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (2/1/11)

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Jan 312011
 

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Top PickPhillip Gibbs (Carbondale)

How about a little music to go with your pizza and beer?   Austin, Texas songwriter who is known as a “Prince who writes his own ballads,” makes another stop on his 2011 Winter Rockies Tour tomorrow.

He’ll be entertaining us at 7 pm at White House Pizza in Carbondale on Wednesday, 2/2.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/31/11)

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Jan 312011
 

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Top PickKraddy with Archnemesis

Start the month off with a little bit of hip hop. 

A founding member of The Glitch Mob, Kraddy’s break-out song “Android Porn” was featured on “America’s Got Talent” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.” His style mixes dancehall, dubstep and hip-hop.

The concert starts 10 pm; doors open at 9 pm at Belly Up on Tuesday, 2/1.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/30/11)

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Jan 282011
 

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Top PickAnthony B.

This Jamaican-born reggae artist has appeared on more than 100 albums, including 10 of his own. His songs widely reflect his beliefs in fighting for the poor and oppressed, and against political injustices.  He has toured through North America, South America, Africa and Europe, as well as collaborated with Bone Crusher, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg and R. Kelly.

Doors open at 9 pm on Monday, 1/31.   Tickets are $20 ($22 day of show).

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/29/11)

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Jan 282011
 

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Top PickXGames – Last Day

Here’s the lineup for Sunday, 1/30.  Have some fun! Get outside!  Go!  Games start at 10:30 am and go until 8:00 pm at Buttermilk.

10:30-11:15 a.m. — Snowboard slopestyle women’s final
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. — Skiercross men’s & women’s final
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Snowmobile snocross Round 1
12:15-12:30 p.m. — Snowmobile snocross last chance qualifier
12:45-1 p.m. — Snowmobile snocross adaptive final
1:15-1:45 p.m. — Snowmobile snocross final
1:45-3 p.m. — Snowboard slopestyle men’s final
3-3:15 p.m. — Mono skiercross semifinal
3:45-4 p.m. — Mono skiercross final
5:30-6 p.m. — Snowmobile best trick final
6:30-8 p.m. — Snowboard superpipe men’s final

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/28/11)

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Jan 282011
 

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Top PickBig Boi

Free, outdoor concert featuring hip-hop artist and Outkast member/rapper Big Boi who just received a grammy nomination for the single “Shutterbug.”  Part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi concert series and the XGames, the event is sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Company. 

The outdoor concert takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Saturday 1/29 at the base of Aspen Mountain.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/27/11)

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Jan 272011
 

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Top PickCarbondale Beer Works

It’s the Grand Opening!  Carbondale Beer Works – Ale House and Wienery is going to be the first Cooperatively Invested Brewpub in Colorado!  Great ale and “wieners.”

Featuring the Defiance Sirens belly dancers on Friday, Jan. 28 and Pastor Mustard and the New National Swing Band on Saturday, Jan. 29. Donations both nights will be taken for the Aspen Hope Center. Space is limited; for those 21 and up. 

And consider becoming a member!  Let’s support this local business.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/26/11)

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Jan 232011
 

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Top PickX Games!

For an unprecedented 10th year in a row, more than 200 ski, snowboard and snowmobile athletes from across the globe will land in Aspen/Snowmass to compete in ESPN’s Winter X Games 15 on Buttermilk.

Starting at 9pm on Thursday, 1/27, you’ll see: Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination, Skiing Slopestyle Women’s Final*, and Skiing SuperPipe Women’s Final.  See details for the detailed schedule of events.

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ASPEN: Our Top PICK of the Day (1/25/11)

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Jan 232011
 

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Top PickThe Butchers

Weekly rock ‘n’ roll party featuring a local band. Collectively, they call themselves Aspen’s loudest locals. Show starts at 10 pm on Wednesday, 1/26 at the Palace and lasts until 1:30 am.

Get out and have some fun!