Eagle County meal steals
VAIL, Colorado – There’s a reason that Tuesdays are extra popular at e-town in Edwards: burger night. And this isn’t just a burger night just for carnivores. For $6, you can get either a half-pound hand-packed hamburger with your choice of cheese, or a homemade veggie burger, rife with garbanzo beans, peppers, onions and dozens of other ingredients. “They’ve definitely been a big hit,” said owner Kevin Egan. Served alongside is your choice of carb: French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, or sweet potato tater tots.”We get a lot of comments about the sweet potato tots,” Egan said.While Egan would like to claim the idea for sweet potato tots as his own, when he suggested the concept to Cisco food reps, he found out a few companies had been working to make them already. “They allowed us to be one of the first people in Colorado to carry them, to be a test market,” Egan said. “People love them … I haven’t heard of any place else in the valley that has them.”The newest Food Network star, former Vail chef Rahm Fama, longs for the meal deals he used to enjoy, he said during a recent interview with the Vail Daily.”I miss the great food deals most,” said Fama, the host of the show “Meat & Potatoes” who now lives in L.A. “Stuff like the wings at the Tap Room.”We are lucky – plenty of local restaurants offer meal deals sure to keep even the tightest budget balanced. Read on for a round-up, by day, of some of what we think are the best deals in town.
• If wings are your thing, join the crowd at the Tap Room in Vail. The eatery goes through cases of wings each week, proving that valley residents love their chicken parts. On Mondays from 5 to 10 p.m., $7.95 gets you as many wings as you can put down. There are three sauces – traditional buffalo, barbecue and “Basian” -style, which starts out sweet and then brings on the heat. “It’s a sweet honey Siracha sauce that’s our most popular sauce,” said bartender Casey Wassum. “The locals who know about it get it every time.”Call 970-479-0500 for more information.• Appetizers like jerk chicken wings, jalapeno poppers and fried raviolis are only a $1.99 at the Back Bowl in Eagle on Monday nights. Stay for the late night happy hour – $2.50 drafts and $3 wells – which is offered Sunday through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to midnight. Call 970-328-BOWL.
• Burger night at e-town. On Tuesdays, $6 gets you a 1/2 pound burger (or homemade veggie burger with chipotle aioli) with either gorgonzola, cheddar, Swiss, American or pepperjack cheese and all the trimmings and either French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots or sweet potato tots at E-Town in Edwards. The deal is good all day long.Call 970-926-4080 for more information.• We all scream for ice cream. On Tuesdays, head over to Marble Slab in Edwards or Vail for $2 ice cream cones all day. Additional toppings are less than $1 a piece. Call 970-479-1705 or 970-766-7522.
• Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle offers half priced appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Try the fried calamari, or their Italian nachos. The restaurant also offers drink specials during this time. Call 970-328-4043.• It’s mussels and music at Zino’s every Wednesday. The old/new (it’s a long story) eatery in Edwards returns to its roots with its Wednesday night special. From 7 to 10 p.m. a platter of skillet-roasted mussels, served with lemon butter sauce, is $8. Live music is a bonus. Call 970-926-0777.
• The trek to Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff is especially worth it on Thursdays when the eatery’s fish tacos – made with grilled wild-caught Alaskan pollock and topped with homemade jalapeno white sauce, lettuce, tomato and cheese – are only $3. House margaritas made with Sauza Gold and shots of Jagermeister are only $3 as well. The special is good all day long, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 970-827-9109 for more information.• During lunch at Cafe Milano in Edwards, buy one sandwich and get the second sandwich free. You must dine in to get the special (per two people) and it goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week days. Try the Gambino, an Italian sub thick with salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, oil and vinegar on a roll. It’s served with a side salad or chips for $10. Call 970-926-4455.
• Vin me. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. each night at Vin 48 in Avon small plates are on special for $8. Premium drafts are $3 while glasses of wine – one white, one red – are $5, and well drinks are $5. Call 970-748-WINE. • The Margherita pizza is perfect in its simplicity – fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes. ZaccaZa in Traer Creek Plaza in Avon offers double happy hour – 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. – every day of the week. During that time 10-inch Margherita pizzas and six-inch deep dish pies are $5. The Za hot wings are $5 and you can score a Chicago dog for $3. Drinks are cheap too – $2 Coors drafts, $4 select red and white wine and $3 microbrews and import beers.”We try to be the everyday, value-priced locals’ restaurant,” said Matt McConnell, dining room manager. Call 970-748-4848 for more information.
• Staying in for college game day? Order some garlic knots from Marko’s in Edwards, with hot sauce and parmesan on the side. Six are just $2.99 – all the time. Call 970-926-7003.• The Dusty Boot location in Eagle Ranch offers six of their appetizers – including the chicken lettuce wraps, green chile cheese fries and fried mac and cheese wedges – for $6 each during happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. During happy hour, domestic beers are $2, microbrews, imports and house wine are $3, but on Saturday, college game day no less, the drinks are on special all day and all night. Call 970-328-7002 for more information.
• Though the $7.50 Bento box lunch from Nozawa in West Vail is offered every day of the week, it’s particularly satisfying after a Sunday on the slopes. Even better, the “lunch” is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so really it can serve many purposes – lunch, apres or even an early dinner. Along with your choice of entree (we suggest the green curry or the Szechuan, extra spicy), you get tempura veggies, three pieces of California roll sushi, rice and choice of miso or hot and sour soup.Call 970-476-9355 for more information. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or email@example.com.