Alpenrose offers a bit of Europe in Vail Village |

Alpenrose offers a bit of Europe in Vail Village

Katie Coakley
EAT Magazine
At Alpenrose, the Oktoberfest Hax'n includes a crispy pork shank with fresh baked German pretzel, mustard and Obazda cheese.
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For more info... Alpenrose 100 E Meadow Dr. #25 Vail, CO 81657 970-476-8899
Rockies and Roses Schnitzel includes a pounded and fried pork cutlet with spätle, lingonberries and cream sauce.
Joshua Thoma/Courtesy photo

There are many different ways to après in Vail Village but if you’re looking for a prime people-watching deck with tasty German, Swiss and Austrian food, look no further than Alpenrose. For more than 40 years, Alpenrose has been charming guests with its Bavarian-inspired architecture and décor, bringing the flavor and feel of a European getaway to Meadow Drive in the Vail Village.

If it’s a bluebird day, there’s no better spot than the expansive deck: It’s now covered so that it’s enjoyable even on those “winter wonderland” days of falling snow. Looking for a cozier setup? Opt for a comfortable corner inside or make reservations for a gondola — there’s not a bad seat in the house. And though the décor (think “chic family cabin” with bright, white walls and reclaimed wood from a farmhouse in Switzerland) is worth an “ooh” and “ahh,” the menu will transport you to the Alps — no passport required.

The menu at Alpenrose features something for almost any situation. On days when the fastest way to warm up is from the inside, try one of Alpenrose’s soups: Choose from classic tomato, erbsensuppe (vegetarian pea stew) or opt for bergsteigersuppe, or “mountain climber soup” — a hearty beef stew studded with spätzle and topped with cheese.

If you’re sharing, try the new rösti bällchen (an appetizer portion of the all-time favorite rösti stuffed with cheese); the Herzhaftes Käsefondue (a hearty cheese fondue for two) or carpaccio with tomato-garlic salsa and arugula. For more hearty appetites, the classic Schnitzel “Rockies and Roses” — a Bavarian pork schnitzel with spätzle, cream sauce and lingonberries — is always a crowd-pleaser. But Alpenrose is more than traditional fare — there are plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten-free. Try the Gemüse curry or the quinoa rösti.

Alpenrose’s cocktails are both beautiful and delicious.
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Whether you’re soaking up the sun during lunch or staring at the stars before dinner, a beverage might not go amiss. Schnaps are traditional and the zirbenschnaps (a traditional stone pine liquor) is an all-time favorite. Or try a new option: Alpenroses’s minibeer. Made with Licor 43 (a Spanish liqueur) and heavy cream, this drink is perfect for dessert or, actually, whenever.

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“Mix it up in your mouth and then it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream,” explained Alyssa Thoma. “It looks like a mini beer as well.”

Though it’s easy to satiate your appetite early, be sure to save room for dessert. Take a lap to the display case to discover Alpenrose’s homemade treats; the Dampfnudel is another culinary classic that will conjure up the love from an Austrian Oma in every bite. From pretzels and Weisswurst to veal goulash and gnocchi, a meal at Alpenrose gives guests the feeling of traveling across the world without the wait at customs.

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