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Denver and vail high end itinerary

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For the easy part
I love larkspur, terra bistro and sweet basil in vail
I have a long time without going to kelly liken and i know that matsuhisa is new any thoughs on those two ?.?
And does any body has any new or better recomendations?

Regarding denver for me the best places are fruition and mizuna
Any better bets in and over all food experience ? And which is better now. A days?

Thanks

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  1. LOVE Matsuhisa!!! Haven't been to Kelly Liken. Larkspur is still one of my favs too! Can't quite decide if I want to try Elways or not...

    1. Hi,
      You should check out Cima at the Westin in Avon. We thought it was innovative and delicious. Follow this link for what we said:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837878

      Try Flame at the Four Seasons in Vail. It's not just a steakhouse. Here's what we said about it:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811457

      We've been disappointed by Kelly Liken and Larkspur. Elways has not been getting any good reviews (and people have been complaining, actually). All of our Vail restaurant reviews are posted here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790196

      In Denver, we haven't been to Fruition in years but we liked it very much 4 years ago.

      1. In Vail skiing for the week from NYC - ate twice at Splendido at The Chateau at Beaver Creek. Have to say it was the BEST meal I have ever had in Vail. The Elk Loin was absolutely perfection - wrapped with an ever so thin piece of bacon & served medium rare with a lovely cherry sauce & tempura squash rings. I also had the Colorado rack of Lamb on my first visit, absolutely splendid! Best piece of Lamb ever. Served with cartelized Brussels sprouts & a delicious goat cheese herb popover. I highly recommend the cuisine!

        Although I had read on Chowhound that the atmosphere was "stuffy", I have to disagree after visiting twice. There was an amazing piano player/singer keeping it lively during dinner and then she cranked it up a notch after dinner, to the tune of a sing along in the bar area, which was still going strong at 11pm!

        The general manager/sommelier Brian was very warm & friendly. He remembered us on our second visit, which was a nice touch.

        I have also heard excellent things about Sweet Basil.

        i agree that Cima has a very inventive Latin inspired menu & delicious food. Their butternut squash soup was delicious with apple & black beans. I also love Kelly Liken. For a fun adventure try Game Creek Club - the snow cat ride is a blast & food is fantastic.

        1. When I was doing my research for best restaurants for a trip to Denver a few months ago, the names that kept coming up were Fruition and Kevin Taylor in Denver, and Flagstaff House and Frasca in Boulder. I don't know how close to Denver you need or whether Boulder qualifies. In my case, I was willing to drive the 80 miles to Colorado Springs for the Penrose Room at the Broadmoor, often mentioned as the best restaurant in Colorado, and it was outstanding (as was Flagstaff House). HTH.