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At Elway’s, precision and perfection are part of the nightly play-by-play

Ashlee Bratton
EAT magazine
If you go ... What: Elway’s Vail, a casual, yet upscale, steakhouse. Where: 174 East Gore Creek Drive | Lodge at Vail | Vail Cost: Appetizers: $9-$29, Mains: $11-$68. Signature dish: Lamb Chop Fondue, Elway’s Salmon, Bone-in Rib-eye. More information: 970.754.7818 | elways.com/vail

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

To say that Elway’s in Vail Village is known for its steaks is like saying John Elway played a little football. Precision, practice and perfection are part of the nightly play-by-play action that makes this steakhouse popular among both locals and tourists alike. USDA prime hand-cut beef is the star at Elway’s of Vail, whether a diner’s palate preference is a thick porterhouse, tender filet or juicy ribeye.

To find this upscale eatery and be an active participant in the Elway legacy, stroll over the bridge and head towards the Lodge at Vail where a spectacular menu awaits. The sleek wooden beams nestled among modern stonework and crisp white linens beckon guests to enjoy the action of the main dining area, the privacy of the rounded atrium, or the crisp mountain air on the private patio.

Executive Chef Alex S. Vargas has crafted a terrific menu that includes old favorites and exciting new options. When asked the secret to their success, Vargas pointed directly to using “the finest hand-cut quality Prime beef combined with Elway’s famous steak seasoning.”

But simplicity can be found in pristine ingredients, such as the signature steaks that have delighted so many diners. From a demure 8-ounce filet to the succulent rib-eye and bone-in filets, part of the fun is choosing one of the sauces — béarnaise, peppercorn, blue cheese and more. But the seafood list is just as deep: Maine lobster with drawn butter, Elway’s Salmon with roasted shrimp and lump crab and much more.

Starters and Ride-alongs
But don’t dive right into the main course. Starter menu all-stars include the must-have lamb chop fondue that is so tender Vargas boasts, “It can almost be eaten like a lollipop.” Also lining the A-list are the West Coast Goose Point oysters (seasonal) that are smooth enough for oyster newbies, followed by a touch of briny hurricane harbors that connoisseurs will love.
On the Elway’s team is longtime sommelier Nicole Jeffrey who is more than willing to be the coordinator for any one of the 350 options on their wine list. From deep reds to light whites, there’s a perfect match for the bone-in rib-eye with mouth-watering truffle butter or the dashi-braised sustainable Chilean sea bass. The final play of the evening should be a move towards the baked-to-order Chocolate Chip Cookies, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They are guaranteed to entertain the senses and warm the soul.