Foxnut, Beaver Creek, sushi/Asian fusion
Vail CO, Colorado
45 Thomas Place
Beaver Creek Village
With its prime location right in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, Foxnut is one busy restaurant during high season. All the same, try to hold out for a spot at the sushi bar, where Executive Chef Riley Romanin holds forth nightly with a sharp knife and everything you’d want to know about what goes into his sushi rolls.
The Vail Valley has chefs from all over the world, but Romanin is a local. Having graduated from Battle Mountain High School, he did internships at top local restaurants before gaining his culinary degree, then honing his sushi chops in California.
What’s fun about Foxnut is hearing its chef talk with boundless passion about the food he’s creating. He reels off the ingredients in full detail, even letting you know which ocean the fish was swimming in until recently ” and outlining every spice and flavor present.
Asian fusion and sushi
Foxnut does Asian fusion cuisine in addition to sushi, and its wildly colored interior is reflected in the menu. Start off with one of Foxnut’s 15 different sakis and a signature “Sushitini” ” a wonderful concoction of sushi, spices and seaweed served in a martini glass.
Fans of traditional sushi and sashimi will find a menu worthy of any city, with FedEx-fresh fish expertly prepared and served by a staff as enthusiastic as Romanin.
“We have a lot of fun here,” the chef says. “It’s our passion.”
Like most sushi chefs, Romanin exerts his individuality in his rolls. The most popular is the Foxnut ” a potent combination of spicy tuna, crab, avocado and cucumber that’s got another layer of tuna on the outside.
Another house hit is the Dragon roll: crab, eel and veggies decked out in multi-colored fish roe and topped off with octopus-sucker eyes and a carrot tongue.
Foxnut also features nice options for non-sushi fans, from glazed pork ribs and ginger shrimp to chicken satay and nightly specials. Wrap it up with some delicate green-tea ice cream or an apple-pie style spring roll.
Here’s a high-end restaurant with the panache to pull off great food with a low-key ambiance that makes it a fun, casual place for lunch or dinner.