Saddleridge in Beaver Creek, CO is more of a museum than a restaurant
Saddleridge (Saddleridge Restaurant, http://www.saddleridgebeavercreek.com..., tel. 970-754-5450) is a living museum of frontier artifacts such as Geronimo’s tomahawk and General Custer’s hat and canteen. It’s also a testament of the excesses of the U.S. investment banks. It was built by Shearson-Lehman as a private retreat for its clients and executives in 1987. The cost was $27 million and it had 27 bedrooms. The interior design, art and artifact collections were done by Naomi Leff and Associates of NYC. She was asked to create the largest living museum of Western artifacts outside of a museum and given a blank check. With that as background, we can now tell you that we weren’t impressed (except by the excess) but it has to be seen to be believed. We changed tables because there was a large table with screaming kids seated near us. The room is large and the night we were there, many kids were also there (so there was no escaping them). The chairs in the dining room are antiques and boy are they hard and uncomfortable. We shared everything as usual and chose not to have wine. We started with rabbit loin appetizer and it was very dry and tasteless. ($12) For our main, we had a pork loin chop that had been brined. It was tender and moist but tasted like ham. ($29) For dessert we chose the Banana foster ($9). It was terrible—the bananas were not even sautéed. They were served cold and raw with whipped cream. The meal cost $55 with tax and the B.C. assessment. We would not recommend the restaurant.