EAT Directory Avon

Avon's new Boxcar walks the line between casual gastropub and upscale bistro

What’s cool about Boxcar is that you can go in for burgers or you can sit down for several courses of fine-dining quality food, in a setting that somehow manages to walk that perfect line between casual gastropub and upscale bistro.

The menu walks that line perfectly, too, with chef owners Hunter Chamness and Cara Luff finding their ideal concept in an elegant gastropub theme that allows them to showcase their impressive creativity.

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Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen — a tequileria with terrifc flavors and style

Across Colorado, taquerias are a dime a dozen. No wonder Richard Sandoval, the founding chef of Maya in Avon, calls his flagship restaurant a tequileria.

Yes, you read that right: tequileria, as in a sly play on taqueria, the word whispered by Mexican-food disciples to describe a small, no-frills taco shop known for otherworldly grub. Oddly enough, these hush-hush hotspots attract hordes of faithful foodies to small strip malls or wandering food trucks, but the setting hardly matters. Flavor is the superstar — forget the rest.

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Minturn Country Club

You know the party always ends up in the kitchen — which is why Joe Honnessy and Tom Ricci put two party-sized grills smack in the middle of the dining rooms when they opened Minturn Country Club 32 years ago. And there they’ve stayed. The thinking goes, if the party ends up in the kitchen, then why not start there? Minturn Country Club is a lot of things to a lot of people, but at its core it’s a gathering place for friends and family to kick back, let off some steam and have a helluva good time.

“We talk about this all the time, but when we boil it all down, it gets down to the fact that families can bring their children and memories are made here on their vacations,” says Ricci. “Now we’re getting 3rd and 4th generations. And it’s fun for the whole family. Where do you go eat where there’s action for your children? Americans, Mexicans, South Americans, Europeans — it doesn’t matter where you’re from. When the kids are done eating, how are you going to entertain them? So we have a couple of arcade games and shuffleboard. And they’re out of your hair.”

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Unless you live within Cordillera, driving to the uppermost reaches of this gated community to dine at one of its restaurants is like going on a little culinary road trip and finding more than a plate full of deliciousness at the final destination. As is true with every good road trip, the journey counts, and on the winding way up to Mirador, located within the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, you’ll see elk tracks and festive holiday lights and, hopefully, snowflakes falling. Plus once you get there, you’ll find that the restaurant’s name holds true. In Spanish, the word “mirador” refers to a scenic viewpoint, and at this one, you’ll behold mountain peaks above with twinkling city lights below.

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