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Flame is a steak-lover’s destination

Traci J. Macnamara
EAT magazine
EAT Flame 3 KA 12-1-17 Kristin Anderson Flame's icy blue mussels with coconut and red curry broth, lime, cilantro and sour dough baguette.
If you go ... What: Flame at Four Seasons Vail, a modern mountain steakhouse. Where: one Vail Road | vail. Cost: Appetizers: $14-24; Entrées: $34-$155. Signature dish: 18-ounce 7x Ranch Wagyu NY strip steak. More information: fourseasons.com/vail/dining/restaurants/flame/ | 970.477.8650

Editor’s note: This story first ran as a paid feature in EAT magazine.

Tucked inside of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Flame is a steak-lover’s destination, but it’s also a place to go for an elevated dining experience, whether the occasion is a first date or a family-friendly night out. With an elegant lodge-style dining room, high ceilings, and wide windows that open up to the outdoors, Flame has a classy ambiance but yet radiates the comfort of its mountain surroundings.

Winter’s the time to get cozy with a cocktail before dinner, so choose from among several flavor-bursting options including the Burning Leaves, which has Yuu Baal Mezcal, Chartreuse, Aperol and lime. Sip and savor alongside the steamed mussels, which arrive bathed in a coconut and red curry broth that also includes fresh cilantro and lime; it’s so good you’ll use every bit of the sourdough baguette for dipping.

This winter, Flame Restaurant will elevate après Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Head to the Flame terrace and take in the breathtaking views of Vail Mountain while enjoying the world-famous Haute Chocolate bar, live music and raw bar.

The main attraction at Flame is its meaty entrées, from dry-aged ribeye and T-bone steaks to lamb chops and the melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon. Feeling saucy? Here’s where dining at Flame becomes fun—and creative. With an array of sauces that come out as colorful as an artist’s palette, it’s possible to dip and dunk until you discover the perfect flavor combination. Customize your plate even further by choosing from a variety of house-made rubs and irresistible toppings such as the seared foie gras or the blue cheese butter, which offer additional opportunities for flavor and decadence. Exciting new takes on classic sides include the crispy Brussels sprouts kimchi and the smoked Gouda dill mac and cheese.

Executive Chef Marcus Stewart remains at the helm of the Flame kitchen, but with such buzzing energy about the place, it’s obvious that he works with an inspired crew, including Flame Restaurant chef Zachary Rozanski. “At Flame, our kitchen is like the heart that pumps life into everything we do,” says Rozanski. “We have established relationships with local suppliers to bring the freshest, highest quality ingredients into our kitchen.” Such amazing, locally sourced flavor comes from Colorado’s own 7X Ranch and Rosen Farms, which supply several Wagyu steak options and the lamb chops, respectively.

With its locavore mindset and sustainable approach to cuisine, Flame gives you one more reason to feel good about this dining experience—from start to finish. But don’t walk out the door without at least tasting a few sweet bites. The maple bacon doughnuts are standouts among Flame’s desserts, made more exciting by the ride-alongs maple pecan ice cream and cherry bourbon jam. The Flame atmosphere is refined, and very fun, which makes it an inviting place to come after an adventure-filled day—and linger beyond sunset in the company of good food, family and friends.