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Vail recommendations

golfgod Nov 13, 2006 02:32 PM

I'm going to Vail in early December and it's been a couple of years. Any recommendations other than the "well known" standards.



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    Booger RE: golfgod Nov 13, 2006 08:52 PM

    Sweet Basil is well known, but really good. One of the top 5 best meals I have ever had in my life (might have been a factor of my dining companion, and other factors, but I have fond memories).

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      River Rat RE: golfgod Nov 13, 2006 11:41 PM

      There are some fairly recent posts on this board that you can access using the search feature. Do a search for "Vail Valley" and you will come up with lots of fairly recent stuff. As I noted in another thread, the local expert there is Blue Moose. I get up to that area five or six times a year, but Blue Moose lives there and is extremely knowledgeable about food and wine and what is available in the valley.

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        BlueOx RE: River Rat Nov 14, 2006 04:39 PM

        The usual suspects for high end dining in the Valley are Sweet Basil, Larkspur, and Juniper (Edwards). The first couple of weeks in December are a good time to visit, we've had lots of early season snow and its not crowded.

        Where are you staying and what do you like? I'm traveling now and will post more when I return to Colorado.

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        golfgod RE: golfgod Nov 16, 2006 12:45 PM

        Thanks RiverRat I'll do that.
        BlueOx, not sure which condos we're staying in, just that it's ski-in/ski-out. I'm going with a ski club from Houston.

        I like French, Italian, Thai and seafood, unfortunately many of my running buddies tend to limit themselves to steak and seafood, as a result I often eat with a different crowd than I skied with!

        Thanks for the recos.


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          BlueOx RE: golfgod Nov 18, 2006 02:27 PM

          Hey GG, in addition to the top 3, take a look at the local newspaper "Vail Daily" for dinner deals which should be around until December 15th. The other places to consider are the Lodge at Vail (Mickey's is a great place for drinks and music), the Bar at Terra Bistro for apps, La Tour (overpriced and stuffy locals), Monutak for seafood (which has to travel 2000 miles to get here)and Saffire (nice setting). I've also heard good things recently about Bully Ranch (Sonanalpe). Bagali's in West Vail is very funky, but OK food.

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            salad man RE: golfgod Nov 22, 2006 01:42 AM

            Left Bank-french,expensive,perfection. Bighorn Bistro-ecletic,inventive. See my response to Jfla.

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            ClaireWalter RE: golfgod Nov 22, 2006 12:42 PM

            La Bottega is/was a terrific and relatively moderately priced Italian restaurant in the heart of Vail Village, but someone told me recently that they go there for cheesesteak (!!!), so I'm not sure if it's changed. Cucina Rustica in the Lodge at Vail is also good. The Left Bank is indeed a fine French classic. Also try La Tour. All are in Vail Village.

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              jscott17 RE: golfgod Dec 8, 2006 02:19 PM


              I am going to Vail over the holidays with 2 families including kids. Generally, though, want really really good food and an occasional kid fun restuarant that still has decent food for adults. Have seen the rec's in the posts and have lots of good ideas.

              Didn't see much on Sushi - the whole family loves Sushi.
              Anyone know the best Sushi?
              Also, what is good for kids but still has good food for adults? Thanks much.

              Jeff Scott H.

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                River Rat RE: jscott17 Dec 10, 2006 08:13 PM

                A very kid-friendly place with excellent food for adults is Ti Amo in Vail-Eagle. Also reasonable prices for the valley.

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                ClaireWalter RE: golfgod Dec 9, 2006 06:51 PM

                Masato's in Avon is the best bet in the Vail Valley. You can get there by bus fr the Vail Transportation Center.

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                  jscott17 RE: golfgod Dec 10, 2006 01:07 PM

                  Thanks much - We'll give that a try.


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                    LMWW RE: golfgod Dec 10, 2006 10:00 PM

                    Everyone has their own opinion, but I actually think that Sato in Edwards beats Masato's hands-down - especially for freshness of the fish.

                    However, depending on the age of your kids, Masato's might be more family-friendly.

                    Another place that kids *love* is the Minturn Country Club - you grill your own meat.


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                      EP3 RE: golfgod Dec 10, 2006 10:03 PM

                      Sato was an amazing suprise when we went there last year, great sushi. Also had a great meal at frittes in edwards.

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                        ClaireWalter RE: golfgod Dec 10, 2006 10:23 PM

                        Thnx for the tip on Sato's. I'll try it.

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