Black Diamond Bistro
December 29, 2016
The Charter at Beaver Creek | 120 Offerson Rd
970.845.3198 | bdbistro.com
If you're looking for ski-town ambiance, Black Diamond Bistro in Beaver Creek is one of the Vail Valley's best-kept secrets. Tucked away in The Charter at Beaver Creek, Black Diamond Bistro is a ski in/ski out gem with access to and from Beaver Creek Village. If you're lucky, you'll be served by Chris Morin, who will not only give you the insider's scoop on each of the menu's items, but will also delight you with interesting facts about Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley. Serving contemporized alpine cuisine, Black Diamond Bistro has sweeping views of Beaver Creek, so you'll want to grab a window seat.
Chef Dan Kent, who came to Black Diamond Bistro via Sweet Basil and Larkspur Restaurant, makes everything from scratch, using solid French techniques, but with a contemporary, comfort-food flair. Chef Kent creates an atmosphere that is unpretentious and perfect for families with a range of casual foods, such as pizza, to more sophisticated offerings.
“I designed the menu to meet all of our guests’ needs. You can eat here three nights in a row and have something different each time,” says Chef Kent.
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Begin with one of the Bistro's exquisite starters such as the beer-steamed mussels, which includes\ chorizo, giving the broth and mussels a smoky depth, and grilled bread perfect for soaking up the deliciousness. Moist and savory, the Maryland crab cakes, served on a BLT salad, are a far cry from your grandmother's renditions. The flavors will whet your palate with every bite.
The Bistro's signature pan-roasted Colorado half chicken never strays from Chef Kent's philosophy of creating consistently good, hearty food that guests know will be served every time they visit. The petite tenderloin with braised short rib is mouthwatering and tender beyond your wildest carnivorous dreams and is complemented with bacon-blue cheese grits and seasonal vegetables. Both dishes will have you pining for just one more bite.
Join the Bistro for daily après from 3-6 p.m. The attitude-free bar serves the restaurant's signature artisan pizzas and drinks. New York or Chicago may be the hot spots for the classic slice, but they don't hold a candle to the Bistro's pizzas, made by chef de cuisine Tim Dixon. A pizza maker originally from the Front Range, Dixon makes eating pizza an addiction. Of course, you can order a traditional Margherita (delicious!), but The Omnivore (seriously, has everything) or The Carnivore (pepperoni, sausage, capicola and salami) truly bring forth a mixture of flavors that captivate your senses.
Dixon is also the Bistro's pastry chef. A must-try, the Lemon Curd with blueberry granita and shortbread cookies is the perfect palate cleaner and end to your evening.
The Black Diamond Bistro offers complimentary valet parking. Arrive just in time for a breakfast sandwich at The Terrace (also managed by Chef Kent), do a couple of runs and return for après •
Contemporary with stunning views
Pan-roasted Colorado half chicken; artisan pizzas
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