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Going to Vail this weekend- tips on restaurants and Bars

post #1 of 10
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Wife and I are getting away from NY and the children for a few days at Vail.  First timers to Vail. 

Any recommendations on good places to eat in the village.   Under $30 per entree please. 

Good places for live music and beers around 4 pm?

Any other general recomendations would be appreciated as well. 

Thanks!!
post #2 of 10
One of my better dining experiences in the mountains was at Latour -- in the Village. This place serves cuisine with French influence (obviously), it is not casual, so pick a special evening and enjoy the experience. It may be a little over your $30/main, but would be worth it for a special night.

Almost faultless service to match the cuisine, and a very international wine list. The list is biased towards Burgundy though. One of my biggest confusion about the wine list is that it surprisingly does NOT have its namesake wine, Ch. Latour. It does, however, have a collection of DRC wines (various communes) -- great to take a glance at......

Another good fine dining choice would be Larkspur.... reliable, modern menu, very extensive wine list. Mains around the $30 range.
Edited by jkc22 - 4/7/10 at 10:45pm
post #3 of 10
The Swiss Chalet in the Sonnenalp Resort was fantastic both times we ate there in 2009 and 2010.  Nice ambiance for you and your wife and hopefully you like fondue!

http://www.sonnenalp.com/dining/swiss_chalet.html
post #4 of 10
The Red Lion in Vail Village is on the slopes at the top of Bridge St. is a classic.

Garfinkels is another slope side fixture, this time at Lionshead Village.

Both these places have the same cache as the Red Onion in Vail. Fun, classic, timeless.

Too bad they tore down the old gondi building that housed the Kaltenberg Castle brew pub.
post #5 of 10
Always had good meals at Vendetta's whether upstairs for pizza or downstairs for pizza and very nice meals.

Favorite, but haven't gone in a few years due to cost, is Terra Bistro - excellent food.
post #6 of 10
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Always had good meals at Vendetta's whether upstairs for pizza or downstairs for pizza and very nice meals.



 

+1 on Vendettas--great pizza and good for lunch--don't know about dinner.  Red Lion is a must for a drink and great people-watching.
post #7 of 10

+1 on Vendettas. I tried to find the name which was alluding me (I don't walk Bridge Street anymore). It has good people watching too if you get the window overlooking Bridge Street. Its always fun to see how the 'other' people get along in Vail.

post #8 of 10
My personal favorites:

Happy Hour - Rod Powell at Pepi's; the guy is entertaining
                  -watching people come down Pepi's Face from the deck at Los Amigos
                  -the deck at Garfinkel's in Lionshead

"Low-brow" dinner - Moe's Barbecue in Lionshead
                           -Pazzo's Pizza

Relatively inexpensive dinner - Vendetta's
                                          - Campo De Fiori
                                          -Minturn Country Club

"High-brow" dinner (but worth the money, in my opinion) - Sweet Basil
                                                                                 - Terra Bistro
                                                                                 -Up The Creek
                                                                                 -La Tour
                                                                                 -Left Bank (for the wine list)

We don't have a lot of high-end dining in Jacksonville, so when I'm in a place like Vail I tend to gravitate in that direction.  I don't know where in NY you're located, but I'll assume you have access to better dining options than I do, and may, therefore, be underwhelmed by the higher-end options.
post #9 of 10
 +1 on Pazzo's.  Great New York style pizza, casual, inexpensive, and not crowded due to being a couple of blocks away from Bridge Street.
post #10 of 10
The powder is now all gone at Vail. All the Vail instructors in my clinic mentioned it did get tracked out pretty quick on Wednesday.  It was somewhere between coral reef and concrete until about 3pm yesterday.

The terrain park at Golden Peak was alot of fun once the concrete started loosening up.
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