Eat, drink and bowl in Vail at bol restaurant
February 22, 2018
Editor's note: This article was previously published as a paid feature in EAT, a compendium of restaurant snapshots featuring the best in Vail Valley dining. Look for it on newsstands everywhere.
Finding delicious food, upscale drinks, a sleek contemporary setting and family-friendly entertainment all in one place can be a challenge in the valley. One-stop-shops like that aren't overwhelmingly common up here. But in Vail, it certainly isn't unheard of.
Bol is Vail's only restaurant, bar and bowling alley. It's an in-vogue blend of classy dining, music and entertainment — a hip, modern place, furnished with shining white tables, comfortable circular booths and a full 60-foot bar. Whether you're on a date, with your family, or just a few friends, Bol offers a reliably posh evening out.
From the back, behind the dining area, the crashing, pin-bouncing, ball-rolling sounds of bol's bowling lanes accent the upbeat dance hits spilling from some unseen speakers. Regardless of where you sit, out front in the restaurant proper, or in back enjoying a few rounds of bowling glory, you've got access to everything the kitchen and bar have to offer.
And, everything they have to offer is exquisite. Diners are encouraged to explore the Snacks & Sharables portion of the menu, for smaller bites you can appreciate with some company. Try the ahi tuna poke, a bright and light fusion of ahi chunks, avocado and crunchy English cucumber. Or, if you're looking for something a little heartier to start off with, don't hesitate to order the baby back ribs.
"We're kind of famous for our ribs," says Executive Chef Paula Turner.
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As well bol should be. Covered in a sweet and sour honey glaze and festooned with roasted peanuts, scallions and cilantro, the baby back ribs are unlike any you've tried before. And they are the perfect precursor to one of bol's main courses: perhaps the 10-ounce New York strip with broccolini, parmesan-roasted tomatoes (bursting with flavor) and tempura onions. Or, if you're craving fish, order the hamachi. Served with a miso-citrus-glazed sticky-rice cake and bok choy, it's a gratifyingly fresh experience. The Duck Noodle Bowl with five-spice duck confit and a 64-degree egg is warming.
Bol also regularly hosts DJs for holidays and events. So, when the night is young, and you're looking for an electric setting to get your groove on, stop in, or check their website for upcoming performances.
Just this year, bol also opened up a grab-n-go next door, where guests can buy sandwiches, salads, snacks, cold drinks, hot cocoa and bol's signature Eaton Ranch Chili, to take up onto the slopes for a savory afternoon delight, or to bring home for a vibrant feast in the comfort of your own space.
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