Broadway Cafe, Eagle, American cuisine
Vail CO, Colorado
225 Broadway, Eagle
At the Broadway Cafe you’re just as likely to be dining next to a ranch hand as a local CEO, says owner Pete Woodward. And that’s not surprising considering the restaurant has the feel of a neighborhood joint, with food you might expect from a fancy establishment further west.
Exposed red brick walls flank each side of the cozy dining room. On the back wall, large chalkboards detail the daily specials ” Prime Rib on Wednesdays, Crab on Thursdays, Burger Blitz on Fridays and Mussel Madness on Saturdays.
From Buffalo chicken wings to pork dumpling potstickers; or a thick burger to Thai barbequed salmon, the philosophy behind Brush Creek’s menu is this: “we’re a neighborhood joint and you should be able to walk in a say, ‘that’s exactly what I wanted to eat,'” owner Pete Woodward said.
The butternut squash ravioli has a thick rosemary cream sauce studded with whole roasted garlic cloves, slices of green granny smith apples and sun dried tomatoes. If you’re in the mood for a good steak, cooked exactly as requested order the grilled top sirloin covered in Gorgonzola butter and caramelized mushrooms and onions.
And don’t be surprised if it’s the owner, rather than a bus boy, offering to grind fresh pepper on your crisp, iceberg wedge salad. That’s just how it works at the Broadway.
Don’t miss the fresh mint Mojito. The refreshing rum drink is chock-full of chopped mint, grown just a few feet away, on the restaurant’s patio. The Bloody Mary features vegetable-infused vodka and housemade mix. If wine is more your style, there’s a broad range of red, blush, white and bubbly that run from a reasonable $19 a bottle up to $95 for that really special occasion.
The Alaskan Dungeness Crab, dipped in melted butter, is a truly succulent way to end a summer day day. Speaking of crab, the Maryland Blue crab cakes topped with mango salsa and served with a side of spicy chipotle aioli are swimmingly good.
Whatever your inclination ” don’t skip dessert. The warm bread pudding is drizzled with a bourbon caramel sauce and finished with homemade whipped cream. It’s worth the splurge.