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Blue Plate Bistro & Vin48 in Avon, CO (Lower Beaver Creek)

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I’ve been to Blue Plate 4 times and had takeaway twice, the food has always been good. BP is in the Christy Lodge and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is home cooking with a flair. The best dishes I’ve had were based upon slow cooked beef (burgundy, stew and burrito). The service at tables has been very friendly and well paced. The couple (he’s the chef and she is out front) pay close attention to details. They are still training their staff, so I’m not sure how things are when they aren’t there. The prices are great for lunch and fairly priced at dinner. They have a deck and will be serving al fresco, if we ever see spring in the Eagle Valley.

We tried Vin48 in the “boat” building last Wednesday (the Popes Hat on the building was suppose to be a ski tip). I, of course, waited until the “mud season specials were on before trying it, 48% off wine and large plates. Up until then the only comments I had heard was the place was expensive. For the quality of the food, I didn’t think prices on the menu were that out of line.

It was better than anyplace else I’ve eaten in Avon (not saying much until now). The wine bar is well set up, there is a lot of room with a big “machine” that pumps inert gas into open bottles. The bar folks were very good and friendly. They said they have been busy since they open right before last New Years. The dining area is very nicely done with a glass wine vault separating the room.

We had mussels with leaks and coconut milk, very nice plump mussels and good sauce. Had a large plate of rabbit (never thought I see that served in Avon). The meat was OK but the brown sauce was excellent. And did the $15 cheese plate at the end. Very good and nicely presented on slate. Wines were from every geography, however, I thought the French ones were not well selected, the Burgundies were mostly Jadot.

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  1. I visited Blue Plate today and WOW! I had the best sandwich I've had in a long time. I tried their Colorado Lamb Sandwich....amazing soft pita, a creamy sesame sauce that I had to drizzle on my fries as well, and thinly sliced lamb that was seasoned better than any gyro I've tried. The fries were really good too. AND...the sandwich was only $9. On my way through on Sunday I'm definitely gonna stop and scoop another one up to eat on the road.

    1. I think the "big 'machine'" that pumps inert gas into opened wine bottles to prevent the contents from deteriorating as a Cruvinet System. See http://www.cruvinetsys.com/