Dusty Boot offers casual, comfort fare in Beaver Creek
Call it comfort, call it casual, call it easy going and familiar, call it what you will. The Dusty Boot in Beaver Creek is one of the best places in the village to kick back and enjoy a meal after a long day on the slopes. It’s also a home run for families looking for some hearty American cuisine cooked with local ingredients.
It’s a place filled with classic rock and Western icons, cowboy boots and Texas stars. It’s warm and it’s friendly and from any vantage in the restaurant you’ll see towering plates of food flying out of the kitchen — burgers, fajitas, poke, salads, tacos and sandwiches, each dish looking more delicious than the last.
“We specialize in burgers and steaks but we have a variety of things that touch all palates,” says General Manager Scott Walling. “We’ve always been one of the most family-friendly places in the village.”
The Boot’s Fat Burger is one of the most cherished items on their menu. Stacked with fat onion rings and thick applewood-smoked bacon, sprinkled in blue cheese crumbles, and sandwiched between a sliced Aspen Baking Company brioche bun, this burger is no ordinary culinary creation — it’s a local magnum opus.
If you aren’t in the burger mood, though, that’s okay. There are remarkable options throughout the menu, fit for every appetite.
On the more delicate side, the beet salad is packed with earthy flavors. Red and golden beets are roasted and tossed with arugula, shaved radish, farro and a citrus-mint vinaigrette — garnished with a light dusting of creamy goat cheese. There’s also their new “Power Bowls,” if you’re looking for lighter fare, like the tuna poke bowl and the chipotle shrimp bowl.
Or, the nachos are a house favorite. It’s a mound of corn tortilla chips, served under a blanket of shredded cheese, black beans, jalapeños, pico de gallo and your choice of thickly diced steak, chicken or shredded pork. At $15, it is not only one of the most delectable options on the menu, but one of the biggest bangs for your buck. These nachos are made to share.
Pop into the Dusty Boot at Beaver Creek during happy hour, and you’re in for a treat. For $8 you get a draft
beer or a glass of house wine and your choice of snack: chips and salsa, fish tacos, beef sliders, Brussels sprouts and more.
“It’s one of the best deals around anywhere in the valley, hands down,” says Walling. “It’s great for après.”
As far as drinks go though, the Boot is famous for their “Mondo Margaritas.” Big enough to raise a school of fish in, these monster margs are a marvel of cocktail craftsmanship.
There’s a reason the Dusty Boot has been a local favorite for more than 20 years — between their incredible drink specials, and their mouthwatering American comfort cuisine they’ve become a Vail Valley treasure, a place where you just can’t go wrong.