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By Kiefer Thomas, Examiner.com 

Every town has its restaurants that one should probably stay away from and of course, restaurants that rise above all expectations of food, service, quality and atmosphere. Every establishment will excel in certain areas, run a mediocre coarse in some and hopefully, not always, falter from time to time. A good, well established restaurant is very similar to a living organism. The overall impression and features that give it its character will always be the same but depending on the time of the day, week, who’s working etc. the mood can change frequently making for a wonderful experience or slighting the impression.

Vail has plenty of quality restaurants that more then hold their own on the world stage of gourmet dining. Many are chef-owned like a decent, high-end establishment will be and a few others are directed by the resort that they reside in. In either case, service, food and quality are rarely if ever, compromised.

The following list though certainly NOT exhaustive is indicative to what Vail has to offer. In each case, the food is superior, service is generally remarkable and quality is an orchestration of multiple reviews and opinions and no matter what selection one makes, there is no wrong choice in pleasing the palate.

The first place that comes to mind and has been voted Vail’s best restaurant for four years running is the contemporary French-American hide-away, La Tour. La Tour is directed by chef and sommelier, Paul Ferzacca. The dining room is open nightly at 5:30pm and reservations are generally recommended during high-season. La Tour is known for their impeccable service and as far as the cuisine goes, the Veal Sweetbreads, Pan-Roasted Duck and the Crème Brulée Flambée are exceptional. La Tour is located in Vail Village along E. Meadow Drive.

Lancelot’s (favorite!) has a considerably more relaxed and less pretentious atmosphere. The overall feel is casual comfortable although blue-jeans would not be recommended and suit & tie would be over-doing it. In business since 1969, there’s one reason to dine at Lancelot’s, Prime Rib. They offer three varieties: the Knight’s Cut, the thicker King Arthur’s Cut and the ubiquitous, Surf & Turf. In terms of Prime Rib, one absolutely cannot do any better anywhere in the Vail Valley. Lancelot’s is located in Vail Village next to the Children’s fountain.

Located inside the Lodge at Vail is the Italian restaurant, Cucina Rustica. The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful and downright romantic. The dining area retains a warm and tranquil feel of home. The Buffalo Carpaccio and Spit-Roasted Bronzino Puttanesco are standout dishes.

For further exquisite choices, the following will leave you smiling:

By Monica Lammers, Examiner.com 

Nozawa’s Sushi and Asian Kitchen is a wonderful place to eat if you are looking for Bento Box lunches and quality sushi for non-Vail prices.  You don’t necessarily go to the restaurant for ambiance, but the kitchen food is hot and the sushi is always fresh.

The Bento Box lunch options range from Teriyaki or Kung Pao Chicken, to Thai Curry.  They also include tempura vegetables, a small California Roll, rice, salad, and soup.

The sushi is absolutely delicious.  Highly recommended is the yellowtail/Hamachi nigiri sushi which just melts in your mouth.  If you would like to venture into the specialty rolls but want something cooked, try the Shredder Roll…the only way to describe it is to say that “it’s a party in your mouth”.  Amongst the party-goers are eel, cream cheese, krab, avocado and rice…all rolled together in seaweed, coated in very light tempura batter and fried.  They also have the usuals, like the Rainbow and Dragon Rolls.

Nozawa’s restaurant in Dillon, CO also serves Teppanyaki as a dining option.  This is the open grill when a chef comes out to cook the food…meats, veggies, and rice.  This is often times accompanied by some tricks that the chefs have up their sleeves for entertainment purposes.

During the off-season when there is no snow to ski on, Nozawa’s offers 50% off their sushi rolls.  This makes a great deal even greater.  Click Here for their menus.

Nozawa’s Sushi and Asian Kitchen ~ In the Holiday Inn ~ 2211 North Frontage Road West ~ Vail, CO 81657 ~ (970) 476-9355

Nozawa’s Sushi ~ Chapel Place ~ Avon, CO 81620 ~(970) 949-0330

Nozawa’s Sushi and Teppanyaki ~ 282-B US Hwy 6 ~ Dillon, CO 80435 ~ (970) 262-6600

By Regan Dickinson, Examiner.com

Maya, a Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar by Chef Richard Sandoval, is now open at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain. It offers a fun and casual dining experience with a very approachable menu. Fresh ingredients are sourced seasonally from Maya’s on-site garden.

Maya’s menu features may varieties of guacamole, each made table side. Additional tasty starters include tuna tartare, as well as mahi mahi ceviche, queso fundido and chicken flautas. Chef’s specials range from decadent lobster and shrimp yucatan, Colorado bass to traditional favorites like carne asada and slow roasted pork carnitas.

Special summer offerings at Maya Beaver Creek include:

·         June 15 Banfi Wine Event: $40 per person, featuring six wines, a sampling menu and the chance to interact with Wine Maker Sebastián Rodríguez and Chef Sandoval

·         Friday Maya Patio Parties: Every Friday from June 21 to Aug. 30 – Deck opens at 4 p.m., live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., drink specials

·         Maya Happy Hour – Daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. serving $2 Tacos, $5 Margaritas and $4 Bites

·         Bottomless Margarita Brunch – Every Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Additional Chef Sandoval restaurants can be found in New York, Dubai and Denver. “We are excited to bring Maya to the Vail Valley as the concept has proven to be so popular in New York and Dubai,” said Chef Sandoval. “Summer is the perfect time to launch Maya Beaver Creek with the restaurant’s amazing patio overlooking the Eagle River and the menu’s refreshing flavor combinations.”

The Westin Riverfront offers free on-site valet parking for Maya diners and bar patrons. For more information on Maya at The Westin Riverfront or to book a reservation, call 866-949-1616 or visit www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com.

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