COPPER: Happy Hour / Apres Ski

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May 222011
 

Top PickSalsa Mountain Cantina

A local favorites, Salsa Mountain Cantina offers tex-mex and southwestern fare. Located in Snowbridge Square, they have a sunny deck for those bluebird days! Kick back and enjoy a margarita (or two).

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Jack’s Slopeside Bar & Grill

Located in The Village at Copper at Copper One Lodge. Jack’s Bar is the  location for Rip-Roarin’ aprés fun! Live Entertainment from 3:30-6:00pm with Lefty Lucy.

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Pizza Carlo

Copper’s newest and best Pizza joint, Pizza Carlo specializes in New York style signature pizzas, pizza by the slice, stuffed calzones, fresh salads & a variety of hot & cold subs. Near American Eagle lift, Pizza Carlo is a can’t miss after your fun on the mountain. Located at Copper Junction in the Center Village.

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JJ’s Tavern

Enjoy a casual “chop house” meal in this turn of the century tavern based on the legacy of historical figures JJ and Molly Brown.  Happy hour is 3:00 – 5:30 every day.  Check out the happy hour menu details below.

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Jill’s Umbrella Bar

Copper’s only outdoor Umbrella Bar located next to the American Flyer lift, Jill’s Umbrella Bar has a distinctive European setting with great views of the Superpipe…it’s the perfect place to enjoy food, drinks and the sunny days of Colorado.  Apres starts at 2:30.

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Incline Bar and Grill

Enjoy aprés ski on their huge sunny patio!  The aprés at Incline Bar and Grill starts at 2:30 and happy hour is everyday from 4-6 pm.  Gotta love the pork carnitas or their incredible wings!

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Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe

With bar specials all day, every day, Endo’s is especially fun from 3-6 pm since they’re at the bottom of the lift in Center Village.  Check it out; they even have a $7 beer and bump special (shot of jager and a draft beer) or get the $20 shot ski made up of 4 shots of jager!

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COPPER: Coffee Shops

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May 222011
 

Top PickCamp Hale Coffee

Check out this coffee and espresso bar that serves Seattle’s Best Coffee drinks, pastries, cookies, muffins, hot chocolate, sandwiches and salads.  Located on the first floor of Copper One in the Mountain Adventure Center.  Open daily from 7:30 am – 4 pm.

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Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe

If you ain’t flyin’, you ain’t tryin’. Visit Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe daily from 10.30 a.m. and capture the spirit of Colorado’s high alpine sports. Endo’s is located at the best of the American Eagle lift, in the heart of the Village at Copper. Endo’s features an all day menu too.

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The Belgian Bean

The belgian bean offers organic, fair trade coffee…not to mention the best waffles in town (you can even get them to go)!

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COPPER: Fine Dining

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May 222011
 

Top PickC.B. Grille

Comfortable, upscale dining at C.B. Grille features the freshest selections of Colorado cuisine with a high-end chophouse flare. Chef Adam Jess and Manager/Sommelier Michell Kane personally invite you to enjoy Copper Mountain’s most intimate and elegant dining experience.

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TELLURIDE: Dinner

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May 222011
 

Top PickAllred’s

Telluride’s most unique dining can be found at Allred’s, where culinary excellence, an award winning wine list, exquisite views and impressive ambiance mesh to create an unforgettable experience at 10,551 feet above sea level.  They have a chef’s table and a concert pianist who performs Wed-Sun.

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Cosmopolitan

Elegant, yet fun, Cosmo is located just steps from the gondola in the Hotel Columbia. Chef/Owner Chad Scothorn overall approach is “fusion,” delighting his customers with generous portions made from of outstanding ingredients.  They even have an “old world” tasting cellar or unwind here after skiing.

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Telluride Bistro

Really an Italian bistro by size, not by service. Once you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by the delicious smells floating out of Chef Sergio’s kitchen.  Great pizzas.  Tuscan wines.  Espresso machine.  Reasonably priced.

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La Marmotte

La Marmotte, has provided elegant bistro fare for over 20 years now.    The restauarnt is located in the historic, 125-year-old building named the Ice House which once provided ice to the locals.  La Marmotte has ample sunny patios, a private 12 person chefs table, quaint dining room and separate bar.  Popluar amont tourists and locals, it’s the place to go for French cuisine.

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Siam

In the mood for Thai food?  Go here.  Favorite dishes include the Crispy Duck in Red Curry Sauce, Pad Thai with  Squid, Jungle Curry and Beef with Green Curry.  The atmosphere is fun and intimate.

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Brown Dog Pizza

Formerly known as Pacific Street Pizza, Brown Dog Pizza kept the delicious recipes in tact when they changed names, ensuring loyal locals remained happy and fed.  It’s voted best pizza in Telluride, which sums it up.

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Chop House

Located in the New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street, the Chop House is world renowned for its succulent dry aged USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily. Chef Erich Owen creates delicious fare using only organic free range fowl, non-threatened fish species and local ingredients. Pair a red or white from Telluride’s only nitrogen wine bar with a scrumptious meal for an unforgettable experience.

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La Cocina de Luz

If you are in the mood for whole foods Taqueria-style mexican cuisine, this is your place.  Enjoy their handmade tortillas, a juice bar and daily soups.  They offer organic, free-range, additive-free and locally-grown ingredients prepared with traditional recipes including many vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.  Dine inside or out in a casual atmosphere.  Kid-friendly too!

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221 South Oak

Chef Eliza Gavin owns 221 which is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. Known for its intimate atmosphere, fresh ingredients and extensive wine list, 221 prepares each dish to order.  If you want an “homemade” dishes prepared with thought and care, go here.

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9545 Restaurant

Garnering its name from its elevated perch of 9545 feet above sea level, 9545 is The Inn at Lost Creek’s Southwest style bistro.  9545 has a relaxed atmosphere and the best outdoor patio vantage point for concerts in the summer and après hot toddies in the winter.  Breakfast features classic dishes and crave-worthy chef signatures, while lunch and dinner pay homage to everything South of Telluride – from Arizona to Mexico and into South America with the flavors of chilies, coriander, cumin and cilantro playfully woven into unexpected and delicious creations.

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TELLURIDE: Lunch

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May 222011
 

Top PickPalmyra at the Peaks

One thing’s for sure — Palymyra offers dining with a view! Organic produce; free-range bison, lamb and beef; and signature pastas all expertly prepared.  Or order an all-time favorite: grilled cheese (“croutes de fromages”) and tomato soup!  Deck opens at 11 am.

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Poacher’s Pub

A comfy and casual watering hole, Poacher’s Pub serves a full menu thru midnight and it’s a fun place to be at anytime.  Order the mountain sized nachos, the steep ‘n deep salad or the Bix Texan “creation.”  Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Telluride Bistro

Really an Italian bistro by size, not by service. Once you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted by the delicious smells floating out of Chef Sergio’s kitchen.  Great pizzas.  Tuscan wines.  Espresso machine.  Reasonably priced.

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Brown Dog Pizza

Formerly known as Pacific Street Pizza, Brown Dog Pizza kept the delicious recipes in tact when they changed names, ensuring loyal locals remained happy and fed by their brick-oven pizzas.  It’s voted best pizza in Telluride, which sums it up.

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Chop House

Located in the New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street, the Chop House is world renowned for its succulent dry aged USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily. Chef Erich Owen creates delicious fare using only organic free range fowl, non-threatened fish species and local ingredients. Pair a red or white from Telluride’s only nitrogen wine bar with a scrumptious meal for an unforgettable experience.

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Hop Garden

Formerly known as the Skier’s Union, the Garden’s now operated by the ski resort, but the favorite Skier’s Union burger—a blend of sirloin, tenderloin and ribeye—is still the heart of the menu. Located slopeside, the Garden offers live music on the patio most winter weekends and summer afternoons.

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The Llama

The Llama offers standard American fare: appetizers, tacos, $11 burgers, dessert.  They even have a kids menu.  Go here is you’re hungry and happy.

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La Cocina de Luz

If you are in the mood for whole foods Taqueria-style mexican cuisine, this is your place.  Enjoy their handmade tortillas, a juice bar and daily soups.  They offer organic, free-range, additive-free and locally-grown ingredients prepared with traditional recipes including many vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.  Dine inside or out in a casual atmosphere.  Kid-friendly too!

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Floradora Saloon

The menu features fresh, crisp flavors using natural and organic  ingredients  from the region. Arguably, one of the best burgers in town  and don’t skimp, get  the onion rings!  Don’t miss brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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9545 Restaurant

Garnering its name from its elevated perch of 9545 feet above sea level, 9545 is The Inn at Lost Creek’s Southwest style bistro.  9545 has a relaxed atmosphere and the best outdoor patio vantage point for concerts in the summer and après hot toddies in the winter.  Breakfast features classic dishes and crave-worthy chef signatures, while lunch and dinner pay homage to everything South of Telluride – from Arizona to Mexico and into South America with the flavors of chilies, coriander, cumin and cilantro playfully woven into unexpected and delicious creations.

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COPPER: Lunch

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May 222011
 

Top PickJJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern

Voted the best restuarant at Copper in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Summit Daily Readers, JJ’s is the place to go for lunch (and dinner)! Enjoy a casual chophouse meal in their turn of the century style tavern. Try their kobe beef burgers, bbq, or stone oven pizzas. Yum!

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Salsa Mountain Cantina

A local favorites, Salsa Mountain Cantina offers tex-mex and southwestern fare.  Located in Snowbridge Square, they have a sunny deck for those bluebird days!  Kick back and enjoy a margarita (or two).

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STEAMBOAT: Lunch

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May 222011
 

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Bistro C.V.

A local favorite, Bistro C.V.’s goal is to celebrate and showcase the freshest ingredients of the season. They love the region they live in and pride themselves on supporting local and organic farmers.  They believe in cooking simply, honestly and with innovation. Their restaurant design provides a dining experience of superior quality within a comfortable atmosphere, unique to Steamboat.

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The Paramount Colorado

You’ll find no cans in their kitchen! That’s because The Paramount believes that fresh is always best when it comes to food. Choose from one of their sandwich selections (the pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes, the Crab BLT and Veggie melt are all delicious) or order the steak and gorgonzola salad.  You may want to grab a cup of soup or chili too!  Lunch is served until 3 pm.  Yum!

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Truffle Pig

Truffle Pig features casually elegant cuisine crafted from the finest and freshest ingredients. Organic fruits and vegetables, free-range game and meats and line caught seafood paired with outstanding wines from around the region and the world.  If you want a quiet romanic dinner with that special someone and dessert by candlelight, the Truffle Pig Restaurant is the place in Steamboat to escape winter and warm up with friendly folks.

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Winona’s

Winona’s is a long-time favorite, especially for breakfast. It’s super casual and mountain-friendly, and service is quick so you can get on the slopes (although you may have a brief initial wait — this place is popular, but the table turnover is fast). Winona’s offers a nice selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch.

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Steamboat Cantina

Fun, casual dining in historic downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Cantina is one of Steamboat’s oldest dining establishments and serves creative Mexican cuisine and award winning fresh squeezed margaritas for lunch and dinner daily.  Order the tequila-fired fajitas and the delicious guacamole — muy bueno!

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Canton Chinese

A true local’s favorite since 1983, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. Dine in or take-out is available.

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Fiesta Jalisco

Family owned and operated, Fiesta Jalisco offers authentic Mexican fare for families.  Relax and unwind in the festive  atmosphere and indulge in hearty and satisfying fare.  Order the signature dish, Arroz con Pollo: sliced chicken breast, fresh mushrooms, onions and green peppers on rice with melted jack and cheddar cheeses and a special mild sauce.

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Azteca Taqueria

Craving Mexican?  Azteca Taqueria has been serving the fastest and freshest Mexican food to Steamboat locals and visitors for over 11 years. Whether it’s a breakfast burrito on your way to the slopes, a sit-down or take-out lunch or dinner, or appetizers and tasty margaritas and beers during our two happy hours, they have something for everyone.

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STEAMBOAT: Dinner

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May 222011
 

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Riggio’s

Who’s hungry for delicious, homemade seafood ravioli stuffed with lobster, shrimp, scallops, crab and salmon and served in a delicate saffron broth accompanied by mussels, broccoli, and pear tomatoes?  Well, that’s an example of what’s in store here.  Chef Most is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  His culinary inspiration, complemented by exceptional service in a warm inviting atmosphere, has made Riggio’s a locals favorite for over 20 years.  It’s just heavenly!

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8th Street Steakhouse

This downtown Steamboat tradition is known for serving the finest handcrafted steaks and fresh seafood, in a magnificent western ambience. Exclusively serving 100% certified Angus Beef, specializing in Buffalo, Bone-In Ribeyes, USDA Prime Grade NY Strips, and Kobe Beef. With our steaks starting at $15.95 and all entrees including unlimited salad bar and Texas toast, it’s no wonder 8th Street Steakhouse has been Steamboats best family restaurant for over 25 years.it.

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Bistro C.V.

A local favorite, Bistro C.V.’s goal is to celebrate and showcase the freshest ingredients of the season. They love the region they live in and pride themselves on supporting local and organic farmers.  They believe in cooking simply, honestly and with innovation. Their restaurant design provides a dining experience of superior quality within a comfortable atmosphere, unique to Steamboat.

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Cafe Diva

In the kitchen, Chef Kate Rench imbues her winter menu with hearty, nourishing dishes, and decadent flavors. Only the most select cuts from regional ranches as well as impeccably fresh, sustainable harvested seafood pass the scrutiny of Kate’s watchful eye.  Cafe Diva transforms nature’s best gifts into plates pleasing to both the palate and the eye. Definitely worth a visit.  Limited seating, so make a reservation.

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La Montana

The Finest Southwestern & Mexican food in the valley, La Montana has been a locals favorite for 25 years. Located at the foot of the mountain within walking distance to the gondola, their culinary offerings include pecan crusted elk loin, crab, bacon wrapped stuffed prawns, pepita crusted ahi tuna, sizzling fajitas and chili rellenos.  Margaritas are their specialty; hand crafted and served ice cold.  Open nightly at 5pm.

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Mahogany Ridge Brewery

Mahogany Ridge Brewery offers eclectic dining from world-inspired appetizers like spicy tuna ceviche to fresh salads and  distinctive dipping entrees with dozens of homemade sauces.  Be sure to compliment your dinner with one of their award-winning hand crafted beers (they have a full bar and wine list too).

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Harwigs 

In business for 32 years, Harwigs is a family owned restaurant that delivers an elegant dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Menus change seasonally, with a focus on local agriculture and fresh ingredients. Order the Yampa Valley Lamb (or the lamb slider if you’re in the wine bar).  Yum!

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The Sweetwater Grill

The Sweetwater Grill, with their modern vibe, is committed to serving you healthy, natural, eco-friendly, local, fresh food with astonishing service. They use natural Colorado products to create many gluten free items, so in addition to being gluten free … everything is delicious!

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Three Peaks Grill

Steamboat’s only raw bar, Three Peaks Grill offers the freshest East and West coast exotic oysters, Northeast clams and Alaskan crab — guaranteed to satisfy the most refined palette.  A wonderful array of hand-cut steaks, jet fresh seafood and incredible wines await you when you visit.  (They have a kid’s menu too).

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Mazzola’s 

You’ll feel part of the family here.  Mazzola’s service is not formal or stuffy.  They strive for warm, attentive service where you can be yourself.
Dress down, eat big, talk loud and break a few rules!

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Truffle Pig

Truffle Pig features casually elegant cuisine crafted from the finest and freshest ingredients. Organic fruits and vegetables, free-range game and meats and line caught seafood paired with outstanding wines from around the region and the world.  If you want a quiet romanic dinner with that special someone and dessert by candlelight, the Truffle Pig Restaurant is the place in Steamboat to escape winter and warm up with friendly folks.

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Canton Chinese

A true local’s favorite since 1983, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. Dine in or take-out is available.

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Ragner’s (Sleigh Ride)

Dinner at Ragnar’s is a night out you’ll not soon forget, and one any local will recommend. The adventure begins with a nighttime gondola ride, followed by a snowcat-driven sleigh ride under the stars and across the mountain to Ragnar’s. Relish a five-course Scandinavian-inspired dinner with selections like the Vinter’s Natural Beef Filet or the Pastry de Fjord, a Fresh Seafood Puff Pastry. It’s a unique Steamboat experience few get to enjoy.  Open Friday, Saturday and holiday nights. Reservations required.

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Azteca Taqueria

Craving Mexican?  Azteca Taqueria has been serving the fastest and freshest Mexican food to Steamboat locals and visitors for over 11 years. Whether it’s a breakfast burrito on your way to the slopes, a sit-down or take-out lunch or dinner, or appetizers and tasty margaritas and beers during our two happy hours, they have something for everyone.

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COPPER: Dinner

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May 222011
 

Top PickC.B. Grille

Comfortable, upscale dining at C.B. Grille features the freshest selections of Colorado cuisine with a high-end chophouse flare. Chef Adam Jess and Manager/Sommelier Michell Kane personally invite you to enjoy Copper Mountain’s most intimate and elegant dining experience.

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Double Diamond

Locally owned and operated, the Double Diamond offers award winning baby back ribs, homemade soups, mouth watering burgers and fresh fish specials — all served in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere.

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JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern

Voted the best restuarant at Copper in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Summit Daily Readers, JJ’s is the place to go for lunch and dinner!  Enjoy a casual chophouse meal in their turn of the century style tavern.  Try their kobe beef burgers, bbq, or stone oven pizzas.  Yum!

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Incline Bar & Grill

Located at the base of American Eagle Lift, Incline Bar and Grill specializes in prime rib, seafood, sandwiches, pasta of the day and salads. They’ve got a great apres too!

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Pizza Carlo

Specializing in signature pizzas, pizza by the slice, calzones, salads, hot subs and daily specials.  Got the late night munchies?  They’re open late.

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Top PickHearthstone Restaurant

For over 22 years, the historic, 125- year-old Kaiser House known as the Hearthsthone Restaurant has been a local’s favorite for hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood. Come as you are, take in the views, enjoy a perfectly chilled martini with delicious appetizers followed by a dinner of Colorado Lamb, Ginger Sea Scallops and a bottle of your favorite California Cabernet.

Needless to say, Hearthstone is a local favorite!

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Mountain Flying Fish

Mountain Flying Fish, Breckenridge’s newest sushi restaurant, has already earned a great reputation among locals and visitors alike. Chef and owner Tetsuo Shimoda brings his experiences in New York and Japan to Breckenridge, creating some of the best raw dishes in town. It has incredible views to match the incredible sushi. Come early, because the dining room fills up quickly at this popular night spot.

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Relish

Looking for a light and airy restaurant with a great view to go with delicious food?  Then you’ll relish Relish! Chef/owner Matt Fackler welcomes you to relish. A bold dining experience that blends his extensive culinary experience with regional influences, creating a menu full of diverse flavors.

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Le Petit Paris

Located on Adam Avenue, Le Petit Paris serves traditional French cuisine in an elegant bistro setting.
The dining room is cozy with white linen table cloths, French decorations, and fresh cut flowers throughout. The menu changes frequently, based on the seasonal ingredients, so check back often to see their latest offerings.  Enjoy the Bouillabaise for a nice change and don’t miss the creme brulee!

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Ember

Ember achieves its motto of “Let us warm your soul.”  Built on the reputation and talent of Chef/Owner Scott Boshaw, Ember’s globally-influenced menu and contemporary Victorian home setting are second to none.  This is the spot for après-ski at the bar, a casual dinner with friends or a romantic evening full of sparks with your significant other.

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Lucha Colorado Cantina

Known for having the best burritos in the high country, Lucha Cantina is so much more than that!  We also have Tacos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Homemade Salsas, and all your favorite drinks. Open until 2 am or later to satisfy your late night cravings, and now open early for amazing breakfast burritos. Grab one to go before you shred the mountain!

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South Ridge Seafood Grill

This place serves up some of the finest seafood in the mountains! Although the menu relies heavily on the freshest seafood, it also includes pasta, hand cut steaks & Colorado lamb.  It’s the perfect spot for drinks and appetizers or a multi-coursed dinner served by Summit County’s finest waitstaff & bartenders.  Great (daily) happy hour too!

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Modis

Great atmosphere here!  Modis is where the mix of red brick, dark woods and warm light typifies Breckenridge’s evolving aesthetic of Victorian charm and urban swank. It serves an eclectic menu of bistro and Asian-flavored fare, like smoked duck and wild mushroom tart, Thai bouillabaisse and a New Zealand blue nose grouper. Sit in the upstairs loft overlooking Main Street.

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Rasta Pasta

After a long day of skiing or snowboarding, there’s no better place to relax, rehydrate and eat!  The best value in Breck, Rasta Pasta’s exquisite pasta creations have been feeding hungry mountaineers for 15 years.  Kick back with a local micro brew and some reggae music while you take in this unique atmosphere.  This is a perfect family restaurant, bring the kids to a restaurant they will never forget!  Heaping portions fill you up without leaving a dent in your wallet.

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Empire Burger

Craving a burger?  Then Empire Burger is the place to be.  Open daily from 11 am to 1 am, their all-natural-Harris-Ranch-choice-Black-Angus-ground-daily-in-house burgers satisfy your cravings all day and night.

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Fatty’s

Fatty’s is the oldest pizzeria in Breckenridge for a reason. Come to Fatty’s and experience the best of the past with the best of the present with a beer or coctail of your choice.  All your favorite sports coverage.  Their hand-made pizzas are placed directly on stone shelves in their pizza ovens, so you know you’re going to love ’em!

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Downstairs at Eric’s

Got the munchies?  This is your place for standard American fare:  soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, beer, beer, and beer. They even have a bar cam so you can see how much fun it is!

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The Dredge Restaurant & Bar

A Piece of History! From the early 1900’s up to 1942, there were a total of nine dredges operating in Summit County. Since there was a railroad, there was a reason to build these huge dredges. This two million pound floating restaurant is a replica of one of the largest and longest operating dredges. It was the last dredge operating and stopped forever in the Blue River in 1942.  Try the shrimp and crab stuffed red trout or the Elk Tenderloin.

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Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon

The Briar Rose Restaurant & Bar, named after the old Briar Rose Silver Mine located on top of Peak 10, was once a boarding house that served hearty meals to tired miners. Enjoy cocktails in our trophy bar with its aged diamond dust mirror. The Victorian ambience and moderate prices make the Briar a must when dining in Breckenridge.  Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

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Blue River Bistro

Do you crave a little city dining in the mountains?  Blue River Bistro’s inviting sophisticated, yet casual, restaurant offers contemporary Italian-American menu (imagine escargot, bruschetta, tortellini carbonara, new york strip, risotto….).  Be sure to enjoy the live music (jazz) from 5-10 pm.

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Crepes a la Carte

The secret to Crepes a la Carte is the batter…a secret recipe developed over many, many months of trials and tastings.  Two batters are used: one for savory crepes and one for sweet crepes.  Stop by for a versatile, healthy, hand-held meal any time of the day!

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The Motherloaded Tavern

Do you need some TLC?  If so, head over to The Motherloaded Tavern and have some of ‘mom’s’ home-cookin’.  Whether you’re in the mood for some down home comfort food, a thick juicy steak, Asain seared Ahi Tuna, or a healthy salad with homemade dressing, they’ve got everyone in the family covered.  They don’t take reservations, so get there early.

(oh…they have gluten-free options too!)

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VAIL: Ambiance

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VAIL: Local Hangouts

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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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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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