Breakfast fuels rule
Several local institutions have extended their breakfast hours with the advent of ski season. Be it dine in or take out, Vail is crawling with options. The following are listed in order of opening time, from earliest to latest.
An institution unto itself, **DJ McCadams** serves all breakfast, all the time. Proudly declaring themselves a toast-free zone, the frittatas and omelets sell like, well, frittatas and omelets. Seating is primarily at the bar surrounding the griddle, with two window tables in front. Don’t be afraid to sit next to strangers, as it’s too cozy a place to mind. For those in a hurry, the breakfast burrito can be eaten while walking. Beginning Friday night, they’ll be open from midnight through the morning and afternoon, until 2 p.m. Later in the season they’ll be open 24 hours a day. They are located upstairs in Concert Hall Plaza in Lionshead. (Do not ask for espresso.)
**The Daily Grind** on Bridge Street is good for grab-and-go options. Breakfast burritos and sandwiches are their most popular items. They serve a wide selection of high-octane coffee drinks. For those needing an extra jolt they’ll add a shot of Bailey’s. They open at 7 a.m.
At **Cleaver’s Deli**, owner Tom Cleavland has dished up literally thousands of his Infamous Stuffer. Stuffable options include pitas, bagels and croissants. Eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese – he’s got a boatload of toppings. Still at mud season prices, Cleaver’s opens at 7 a.m. It’s located next door to The Club in Vail Village, and has dine in or take out options.
Joe Joyce of **Joe’s Deli** recommends the Egg McDeli. Sandwiched between two hulking slices of English muffin are a fried egg, cheese and a breakfast meat. If you choose the American, you get thyme-roasted potatoes to boot. Located midway up Bridge Street, they open at 8 a.m. on weekends, and serve food for pockets or tables.
For those wanting the full meal deal with all available decadence, the **Half Moon Saloon ** has some serious options. Chicken fried steak with eggs, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy … with eggs of course. Detecting a theme? Service is fast. They’re located in the West Vail mall next to Gart Sports and begin serving breakfast at 8 a.m.
Finally, for Seussian slowpokes, **Blu’s** in the village on Gore Creek is famous for its Green Eggs and Ham. Similar to eggs Benedict, an English muffin is topped with smoked ham, poached eggs and a spinach and asiago caper cream sauce. Joe’s Special is another favorite, eggs scrambled with ground sirloin, onions, spinach and asiago cheese. And according to Chef Rich Kellogg, the world’s best hangover cure is the pork green chili fries – home fries smothered in green chili, onions, cheese and topped with a couple of eggs. Blu’s is open for business at 9 a.m.