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Best wine selection (restaurant) – Best of Vail Valley 2019

  1. Vin48
  2. Drunken Goat
  3. Root & Flower

Entering its 13th year in business, Vin48 is the perfect place to discover a new wine over some small plates, or order that special bottle over dinner. Vino lovers especially appreciate the restaurant’s extensive wines by the glass selection — at any given time you can choose from 32 wines by the glass, ranging from reds to dessert wines.

Co-owner and wine director Greg Enyon is always on the hunt for wine gems, sometimes from lesser-known wineries and vineyards.

“We seek out producers who are like-minded with what we like to do here at the restaurant, and that often turns out to be smaller, family-owned wineries,” he said.

While Vin48 largely focuses on its consistency, excellent service and eclectic pours, look for fresh talent in the kitchen this season. The restaurant also continues to offer its popular happy hour, featuring $9 small plates and $6 glasses of wine.

-Melanie Wong

Best ski run at Beaver Creek – Best of Vail Valley 2019

  1. Rose Bowl
  2. Royal Elk Glade
  3. Harrier

Rose Bowl is a hidden gem tucked in the heart of Beaver Creek Mountain. Every type of skier or rider will find something to like here, from open fields, to dense trees, to breathtaking steeps and challenging moguls.

C Prime and Stone Creek Meadows make up Rose Bowl’s main thoroughfare. This wide intermediate run is a great spot to fly on a powder day, or to escape the crowds on a weekend. Mogul masters will not want to miss Rose Bowl’s bump runs, which include the never-ending Ripsaw and the off-camber Cataract. Advanced skiers will appreciate the thick trees that separate each of the mogul runs, as well as the solitude of Keller Glade.
From the bottom of the bowl, hop onto the four-seater Rose Bowl Express. The lift takes you right back to Beaver Creek’s mid-mountain area, and you dive right back in for another glorious run.

-Melanie Wong

Best of Vail Valley 2019: See the full list of winners

Category Winner#
Art GalleryMatt Inden Photography1
Art GalleryFormation Boutique2
Art GalleryArtspace3
Day Trip From Eagle CountyIron Mountain Hot Springs1
Day Trip From Eagle CountyLeadville2
Day Trip From Eagle CountyHanging Lake3
Late-Night SceneShakedown Bar1
Late-Night SceneBonfire Brewing2
Late-Night SceneRoot & Flower3
Local ArtistJames Van Fossan1
Local ArtistPamela Olson2
Local ArtistAustin Chow3
Local Musician/BandAndy Cyphert1
Local Musician/BandPhil Long2
Local Musician/BandAustin’s Rose3
Local Summer FestivalBonfire Block Party1
Local Summer FestivalGoPro Mountain Games2
Local Summer FestivalBravo! Vail3
Local Winter FestivalBurton US Open1
Local Winter FestivalPowabunga2
Local Winter FestivalVail Snow Daze2
Local Winter FestivalTaste Of Vail3
Music VenueGerald R Ford Amphitheater1
Music VenueBonfire Block Party2
Music VenueShakedown Bar3
PilatesLara Shapiro1
PilatesBarre Rhythm2
Place For A Romantic DateRistorante Ti Amo1
Place For A Romantic DateJuniper2
Place For A Romantic DateThe Rose3
Workout SpotAvon Recreation Center1
Workout SpotCrosstraining Fitness of Vail2
Workout SpotThe Westin Riverfront2
Yoga StudioYoga Off Broadway LLC1
Yoga StudioRevolution Power Yoga2
Yoga StudioMountain Soul Yoga3
Adventure OutfitterVail Valley Anglers1
Adventure OutfitterMinturn Anglers2
Adventure OutfitterAlpine Quest Sports3
Backcountry Ski RunMinturn mile1
Backcountry Ski RunWest Vail Trees2
Backcountry Ski RunStone creek chutes3
Bike TrailBoneyard1
Bike TrailHaymaker Loop2
Bike TrailEvercrisp3
ChairliftGondola One – Base1
ChairliftLionshead Gondola3
Cycling RouteGlenwood Canyon1
Cycling RouteWolcott to Eagle2
Cycling RouteColorado River Road3
Fly-Fishing OutfitterVail Valley Anglers1
Fly-Fishing OutfitterMinturn Anglers2
Fly-Fishing OutfitterFly Fishing Outfitters3
Fly-Fishing SpotEagle River1
Fly-Fishing SpotVail Valley Anglers2
Fly-Fishing SpotPiney River Ranch3
Fly-Fishing SpotUpper Colorado River3
Golf CourseEagleVail Golf Club1
Golf CourseRed Sky Ranch2
Golf CourseVail Golf Club3
HikePiney River Ranch1
HikeBerry picker2
HikeMissouri Lakes Trailhead3
Nordic TrackVail Nordic Center1
Nordic TrackMaloit Park2
Nordic TrackBeaver Creek Nordic Area3
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Rose bowl1
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Royal Elk Glade2
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Harrier3
Ski Run (Vail)Riva Ridge1
Ski Run (Vail)Geghis Khan2
Ski Run (Vail)Cloud 93
Snowshoe TrailMeadow Mountain1
Snowshoe TrailMcCoy Park2
Snowshoe TrailStrawberry Park3
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotNottingham Lake1
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotColorado River2
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotRancho Del Rio3
ViewTop of Vail Mountain1
ViewGore Range2
ViewEagle’s Nest3
Asian FoodMatsuhisa1
Asian FoodHenry’s Chinese Restaurant2
Asian FoodJoy Sushi3
AtmosphereVBC/Rocky Mountain Taco1
AtmosphereAlmresi Vail2
AtmosphereBonfire Brewing3
Baked GoodsHovey & Harrison1
Baked GoodsVillage Bagel2
Baked GoodsAvon Bakery & Deli3
BarbecueMoe’s Original BBQ1
BarbecueKirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar2
BarbecueRed Lion3
BreakfastThe Little Diner1
BreakfastWestside Cafe & Market2
BreakfastVillage Bagel3
BrunchRocky Mountain Taco2
BrunchWestside Cafe & Market3
BurgerSouthside Benderz3
BurritoRocky Mountain Taco1
BurritoLa Cantina2
BurritoFiesta’s Cafe & Cantina3
CatererRocky Mountain Taco1
CatererSeason to Taste2
CatererRed Maple Catering3
CocktailThe Rose1
CocktailRoot & Flower2
CocktailMountain Standard3
CoffeeYeti’s Grind1
CoffeeColor Coffee Roasters2
CoffeeVail Mountain Coffee3
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Vail Brewing Company1
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Bonfire Brewing2
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Craftsman3
DeliBelmont Deli1
DeliAvon Bakery & Deli2
DeliRed Canyon Cafe3
Event/Festival FoodRocky Mountain Taco1
Event/Festival FoodBonfire Block Party2
Event/Festival FoodVail Farmers’ Market3
Family RestaurantSauce on the Creek1
Family RestaurantPazzo’s Pizzeria2
Family RestaurantEtown3
Fast FoodRocky Mountain Taco1
Fast FoodLarkburger Edwards2
Fast FoodLa Cantina3
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Juniper1
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Vin482
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Zino3
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Splendido At The Chateau1
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Beano’s Cabin2
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Grouse Mountain Grill3
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Hooked Beaver Creek3
Fine Dining (Vail)Sweet Basil1
Fine Dining (Vail)Mountain Standard2
Fine Dining (Vail)La Nonna Ristorante Vail3
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Vail Brewing Company1
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Vin482
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Sauce on the Creek3
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Coyote Cafe1
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Dusty Boot Saloon2
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Hooked3
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)Bonfire Brewing1
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)7 Hermits Brewing2
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)Color Coffee Roasters3
Happy Hour (Edwards)Etown1
Happy Hour (Edwards)Drunken Goat2
Happy Hour (Edwards)The Rose3
Happy Hour (Vail)Vail Brewing Company1
Happy Hour (Vail)The George2
Happy Hour (Vail)Red Lion3
Healthy FoodHovey & Harrison1
Healthy FoodColor Coffee Roasters2
Healthy FoodGreen Elephant Juicery Avon2
Ice CreamSundae- Vail and Edwards1
Ice CreamGrand Ave Grill2
Ice CreamKiwi International Delight3
ItalianRistorante Ti Amo1
ItalianLa Nonna Ristorante Vail2
Local BreweryVail Brewing Company1
Local BreweryBonfire Brewing2
Local BreweryGore Range Brewery3
MargaritaMountain Standard3
MexicanRocky Mountain Taco1
MexicanFiesta’s Cafe & Cantina2
MexicanLa Cantina3
PatioVBC/Rocky Mountain Taco1
PatioDrunken Goat2
PatioBonfire Brewing2
PizzaPazzo’s 1
PizzaVendetta’s Restaurant2
PizzaPickup’s Pizza Company3
SaladThe Rose1
SaladDrunken Goat3
SeafoodMontauk Seafood Grill1
SeafoodHooked Beaver Creek2
Side DishesMoe’s Original BBQ1
Side DishesSendy Sauce2
Side DishesZino3
Signature DessertSweet Basil1
Signature DessertJuniper2
Signature DessertThe Rose3
Sports BarBobs Place1
Sports BarEtown2
Sports BarVail Ale House3
SteakRussell’s Restaurant1
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Rocky Mountain Taco1
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Village Bagel2
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Avon Bakery & Deli3
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Vin481
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Drunken Goat2
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Root & Flower3
Worker’s LunchRocky Mountain Taco1
Worker’s LunchBelmont Deli2
Worker’s LunchVillage Bagel3
Bike ShopBuzz’s Bike Shop1
Bike ShopKind Bikes and Skis2
Bike ShopMoontime Cyclery3
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)Boone’s Wine and Spirits1
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)West Vail Liquor Mart2
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)Avon Liquor3
Dispensary Product SelectionHigh Country Healing1
Dispensary Product SelectionRocky Road Remedies2
Dispensary Product SelectionSweet Leaf Pioneer3
Home StoreHygge Life1
Home StoreVintage Magnolia2
Home Store714 Home3
Jewelry StoreThe Golden Bear1
Jewelry StoreFormation Boutique2
Jewelry StoreWild Heart3
Kids’ Clothing StoreKidSport / Vail Toys1
Kids’ Clothing StoreSkipper & Scout2
Kids’ Clothing StoreWishes Toy Store3
Men’s Clothing StorePtarmigan Sports1
Men’s Clothing StoreTransition Sports2
Men’s Clothing StoreBuzz’s Boards3
Outdoor Gear StorePtarmigan Sports1
Outdoor Gear StoreTransition Sports2
Outdoor Gear StoreAlpine Quest Sports3
Pet ShopFresh Tracks Pet Shop1
Pet ShopPet Spot2
Pet ShopKady’s Kollars3
Shoe StorePtarmigan Sports1
Shoe StoreTransition Sports2
Shoe StoreColorado Footwear3
Ski ShopBuzz’s Ski Shop1
Ski ShopVista Bahn Ski Rentals2
Ski ShopChristy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals3
Snowboard ShopBuzz’s Boards1
Snowboard ShopTransition Sports2
Snowboard ShopChristy Sports Ski & Patio3
Tire StoreMeadow Mountain 1
Tire StoreBig O Tires2
Tire StoreCostco Wholesale3
Toy StoreWishes Toy Store1
Toy StoreKidSport / Vail Toys2
Toy StoreBookworm of Edwards3
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)Avon Liquor1
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)Boone’s Wine and Spirits2
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)West Vail Liquor Mart3
Women’s Clothing StoreWild Heart1
Women’s Clothing StoreFormation Boutique2
Women’s Clothing StoreValleygirl Boutique3
Bartending StaffVail Brewing Company1
Bartending StaffBonfire2
Bartending StaffVin483
BudtendersHigh Country Healing1
BudtendersRocky road remedies vail2
BudtendersSweet leaf Pioneer3
Hair SalonNoni’s Hair Bar1
Hair SalonFusion Hair Studio2
Hair SalonShear Colour Hair Studio3
Hotel StaffWestin Riverfront1
Hotel StaffFour Seasons2
Hotel StaffSonnenalp3
Insurance AgencyCathy Thompson1
Insurance AgencyState Farm2
Insurance AgencyAlpine Insurance Agency3
Mechanic ShopLeadfoot Linda’s 1
Mechanic ShopRich’s Auto Body2
Mechanic ShopKiwi Auto3
Offseason DealJuniper1
Offseason DealNozawa1
Offseason DealBuzz’s Boards3
Pet-Friendly BusinessBonfire Brewing1
Pet-Friendly BusinessDoggie Style Pet Grooming2
Pet-Friendly BusinessAuntie Lizzie’s Pet Sitting3
PharmacyVail Valley Pharmacy1
PharmacyCity Market2
SpaSpa Anjali Westin Riverfront1
SpaSimply Massage2
SpaRevival Med Spa3
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceRide Taxi1
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceEpic Mountain Express2
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceUber3
Veterinary PracticeCastle Peak1
Veterinary PracticeVail Valley Animal Hospital2
Veterinary PracticeAvon Pet Center3
Wait StaffDrunken Goat1
Wait StaffEtown2
Wait StaffVin483

Best Patio — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Vail Brewing Co. / Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Drunken Goat

3. Bonfire Brewing

There are few things better than ending a busy day with a cold beer and a fresh taco. At the patio outdoor seating between Vail Brewing Co. and Rocky Mountain Taco in EagleVail, you get both at the same time. Chances are if you stop by the patio in the evening you’ll see coworkers and friends hanging out over Hot Mess Blondes and White Chick tacos, either fresh off a mountain hike or straight out of the office for post-work Happy Hour. As the sun sets, the patio is coated in golden sunlight, a great setting for enjoying loved ones’ company or just flying solo.

-Casey Russell

Best Happy Hour in Eagle/Gypsum — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Bonfire Brewing

2. 7 Hermits Brewing Company

3. Color Coffee Roasters

You can’t really call it a happy hour at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. The business is basically happy most of the day.

“I think that one of the things that people like so much is we have happy hour every day from opening until 7 p.m.,” said Amanda Jessen, one of the business founders. “When people ask if it is happy hour, I ask if they are happy and tell them ‘Then it is happy hour.’”

When Bonfire first launched, it started daily business at 4 p.m. But the tap room has since extended its hours and the happiness begins at noon daily with $1 off pints.

But the beer special is just one of the reasons locals love happy hour at Bonfire. They also cited the tap room’s great atmosphere and patio where the business’ motto — Gather ‘round — is the theme.

“We have a bonfire outside so people really can gather ‘round,” Jessen said. “Sharing a pint with good friends on a nice day. There is just nothing better than that.”

-Katie Coakley

Best Mexican Food — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Fiesta’s Cafe & Cantina

3. La Cantina

With the witty self-proclaimed “world’s most best taco” plastered on the side of the Rocky Mountain Taco Truck, the traditional menu also features burritos, quesadillas and tortas.

Owners Chris McGinnis and Dan Purtell combine their Southern California upbringing — “basically the Mexican food we grew up on,” Purtell said — with José and Noemi Reza’s flavors from Chihuaha, Mexico.

The Alambre features grilled steak, crispy bacon, chorizo, peppers, onions and avocado spread topped with cheese, a popular combination in Mexico, Purtell said. Other options include pork, chicken and a meat-less choice.

Choose your item, then choose your filling and sit back and enjoy some of the Vail Valley’s favorite Mexican food — or take it to go.

-Ross Leonhart

Best Happy Hour in Beaver Creek — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Coyote Café

2. Dusty Boot Saloon

3. Hooked

Opened in 1983 as the first bar in Beaver Creek, Coyote Café has been a favorite of the locals for over 35 years.

Located a short escalator ride from Centennial Express lift with a welcoming patio, Coyote Café serves happy hour every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and will be expanding its happy hour menu this winter. Taqueria platters, margaritas, nachos, sliders, beer, wine and wells — happy hour at the ’Yote has something for everyone.

“We’re just trying to always stay ahead of the trends and make sure the guests from out of town feel like the locals have for the last 30 years,” said Joel Mize, general manager.

Happy hour at Coyote Café is as much about the culture as it is the food and beverages, a favorite spot for Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and other skiers and snowboarders swapping stories after a day on the mountain.

-Ross Leonhart

Best Brunch — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Vintage

2. Rocky Mountain Taco

3. Westside Café and Market

Because brunch without cocktails is just breakfast, Vintage serves up a variety of cocktails during its Champagne Brunch on Fridays through Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch cocktail menu includes Bloody Marys, mimosas, Champagne floats, Champagne cocktails, coffee cocktails as well as specialty brunch cocktails.

Choose from one of four Bloody Marys, including the Vintage signature and the Don’t Go Bacon My Heart, made with bacon-infused vodka. Specialty brunch cocktails include the One Night Stand, made with Tin Cup whiskey, and the Morning Glory, made with Espolon tequila.

Vintage offers a variety of classic breakfasts, from benedicts to pancakes and huckleberry bacon French toast. There’s also avocado toast, salmon toast, vegetarian options as well as filling lunch options, such as steak frites or fish and chips. Being a French brasserie-style restaurant, Vintage also serves cheese boards, croissants and other dishes perfect for brunch.

-Ross Leonhart

Best Burger – Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Craftsman

2. Larkburger

3. Southside Benderz

Three years ago, Chris Schmidt helped open Craftsman in Edwards because he wanted a simple, chef-driven sandwich shop. And when it comes to burgers, the best burger in town keeps it simple: two all beef patties, American cheese, bacon, griddled onion, shrettuce, special sauce dill pickle all sandwiched between a Harvest Moon bun.

“It’s our no. 1 selling item,” Schmidt said of the burger — the Schmidt Mac.

The Schmidt Mac is the local chef’s take on Americana.

“The Big Mac, all of those double cheeseburgers have been around forever for a reason,” he said. “For me, I love a thin patty, American cheese.”

Schmidt uses grass-fed beef from Colorado Meat Co. as well as a pickle recipe from a family friend in the Schmidt Mac.

“I still to this day love eating it,” he said.

-Ross Leonhart

Best Fast Food — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Larkburger Edwards

3. La Cantina

Fast food that’s delicious is better than food that’s just fast. That’s why Vail Daily readers have again named Rocky Mountain Taco the best fast food in the Vail Valley. But due to Rocky Mountain Taco’s popularity, co-owner Dan Purtell now calls service at the business “fast-ish.”

The business’ main location is the truck parked in EagleVail between Vail Brewing Co. and the Native Roots dispensary. At lunch, it can take 20 minutes to process an order, thanks to the fact that everything is made to order — and the place is wildly popular.

“People are used to it,” Purtell said. “We go as fast as we can,” he added, “but we want to make sure everything looks good and tastes good.”

Rocky Mountain Taco has a second truck parked near Avon’s Westin Rivefront Resort and Spa. That one isn’t as busy as the original.


-Scott N. Miller