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Nov 13, 2006 02:32 PM

Vail recommendations

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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  1. 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).

    1. 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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      1. re: River Rat

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: golfgod

          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.

          1. re: golfgod

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

          2. 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.

            1. Hi,

              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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              1. re: jscott17

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