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Bistro Fourteen presents extravagant dining without the extravagant bill

Kimberly Nicoletti
EAT magazine
Ricotta Gnocchi with Lobster | Sautéed Mushrooms, Heirloom Tomato, Artichoke Hearts, Jim Beam Citrus Beurre Blan from Bistro Fourteen on Vail Mountain.
Justin Q. McCarty
If you go ... What: Bistro Fourteen, a family-friendly dining amongst majestic views of Colorado mountains. Where: Eagles Nest via Eagle Bahn gondola, Vail Mountain. Cost: Apps: $15-$28; Entrées: $21-$28. Signature dish: Hunter’s Meatloaf (with elk and bison) and Turkey Pot Pie. More information: Call 970.754.4530 or visit vail.com.

Bistro Fourteen presents all the elements of delicious, memorable dining without the extravagant bill. It’s a family-friendly restaurant that’s also perfect for couples or large après ski parties, with made-from-scratch cuisine, spectacular mountain views and knowledgeable, attentive wait staff.

Located at 10,350 feet atop Vail Mountain, Bistro Fourteen offers inspiring views of Mount of the Holy Cross and Vail’s peaks from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Even on partly cloudy days, light streaming in contributes to the bright atmosphere, as maroon and natural wood tones wrap guests in a warm environment.

With its close proximity to Adventure Ridge, Bistro Fourteen caters to families by entertaining kids with coloring pages and serving a three-course, $14 meal for younger ones, complete with kid favorites, as well as healthy options, all topped off with an ice cream sundae or hot chocolate. Its gluten-free menu offers four appetizers, four entrées, and plenty of fresh salads and desserts. Meanwhile, its servers, some of whom have been there for over 20 years, love to chat with guests. As one waiter said: “Happiness is our concern.”

The cornerstone of any restaurant lies in its food quality, and Bistro Fourteen pleases on every level. Its chefs insist on using all fresh ingredients — preferably locally sourced — in their made-from-scratch dishes, and this kind of freshness tastes absolutely delightful amidst a frozen, snowy environment. In building its winter menu, chefs zeroed in on both hearty options, like the 1.5-pound turkey pot pie for starving skiers finishing their day, and lighter options (including desserts) so lunch guests can eat and tear up terrain all afternoon without feeling weighed down.
Chefs perfectly balance flavors, so no one flavor overpowers another; beets and hummus blend seamlessly in the beet hummus, and ricotta gnocchi with lobster reveals various flavors of spice, citrus and savory cheese as it melts in your mouth. They also focus on creating colorful plates, fusing orange, red, yellow, green and purple entrées and accompaniments.

Bisto Fourteen’s menu revolves around comfort food with a gourmet twist; take, for example, a favorite sharable: cheese pizza with a bowl of creamy burrata to spread over the flatbread. It also includes international influences, from Asian to the Middle East. “We try to hit every corner of the world and give it a bistro flair,” says Connor Metevier, Bistro Fourteen’s
Chef de Cuisine.

Petite desserts by renowned Pastry Chef Anne Armstrong comprise house-made sweets, often featuring local produce. One petite is enough to satisfy, but the three for $9 deal begs for tables to sample each work of art, be it apple crisp served in a miniature cast iron skillet or gingerbread cake paired with lemon sorbet.

Bistro Fourteen’s extensive wine list provides perfect pairings for everything from glazed salmon and grilled portobello sandwiches. Its long bar, showcasing glowing glass bottles, is nearly as extensive, accommodating plenty of après ski guests. Hot drinks are popular picks, especially the S’mores, made with marshmallow vodka and hot chocolate, and the Hot Apple Pie with tuaca and apple cider. The Epic Margarita heads the bistro’s hand-crafted cocktails, while beer selections emphasize local brews.

So, whether it’s a quick lunch, comfortable après, or a relaxing, romantic night out, Bistro Fourteen has something for everyone.