Buffalos at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Starters: $10-$20; Main: $18-$32
Casual, mountain sports bar with base area views of
Cast Iron Nachos
and Bison Burger
0130 Daybreak Ridge | 970.748.6200 | ritzcarlton.com/bachelorgulch
The Ritz-Carlton takes a sophisticated, yet casual, take on sports bars with Buffalos.
With an open, stainless steel kitchen on the far end of the restaurant and a long, marble bar accented with hefty stone surroundings, at first glance, Buffalos appears more Ritz-Carlton restaurant than sports bar, but with six HD TVs strategically located both above the bar and in corners, it’s clear Buffalos is intended for sports fans with a foodie-type flair.
While sports play on the TVs, located along one side of the eatery, large windows open to relaxing mountain views on the other. In addition, Buffalos spills out into the terrace, shared by Daniel’s and The Grill.
Buffalos serves its starters, sides, greens and mountain entrées from 4-10 p.m. and keeps the drinks flowing until 11 p.m.
Guests frequently come in for the favorite — and huge — Cast Iron Nachos, piled high with cheese, chicken, pico de gallo and chips in a cast-iron pan, as well as the spinach artichoke dip. But it’s hard to pass up tasty artisan cheese plates or sweet corn soup naturally flavored with coconut and ginger.
Specialty salads like the Mandarin Strawberry Salad define lighter fare, while whimsical sides like house-made potato tots taste like an entire loaded baked potato.
And then there are the main dishes, or Mountain Favorites, as Buffalos likes to call them. Think bison and beef burgers with the culinary works; braised short ribs complemented with citrus risotto and honey-glazed carrots; tacos filled with sirloin steak, bacon and salsa; and Buffalos’ Brioche Sliders, which come in a trio and can be ordered with smoked pork, achiote chicken, short rib beef, or a mix of all meats.
Desserts range from a Cast Iron Cookie (oh, yes, this is a big one) or salted caramel cheesecake to a lighter Limoncello Parfait or ice cream — including ever-rotating-spiked Boozy Ice Cream.
And, speaking of liquor, Buffalos offers craft cocktails from the likes of Woody Creek Gin, Knob Creek Bourbon and Goslings Dark Rum. A hand-selected list of white and red wines satisfies wine aficionados, while 13 local beers on tap, including Aspen Brewery’s blonde ale, Tivoli’s helles lager, Left Hand Brewing Company’s nitro milk stout and Tommyknocker Brewery’s non-alcoholic root beer, deliver a well-rounded drink menu.
The Ritz-Carlton has created a unique sports bar in Buffalos — one that offers both sports fans and non-watchers a full experience, from the mountain modern stone columns accented by wood and comfortable seating near sundrenched windows to spread-out TVs that allow groups to congregate and cheer. And, of course, there’s Buffalos’ unforgettable cuisine, beer and cocktails to help sports fans celebrate their wins or forget their woes.
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