Handful of new restaurants in Eagle County
If God didn’t want you to eat well, he wouldn’t have put so many good new restaurants here.
Several new eateries opened recently, so, in the name of investigative journalism we took a tour. We found some old friends and some new acquaintances who’ll become old friends.
Open: Monday from 10 a.m. to midnight; Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
More information: 970-949-7019 or montanasavon.com.
At Montanas Cantina and Grill you not only eat salsa, you dance salsa.
The new restaurant and night club is a pleasant replacement for a long line of the utterly forgettable – so we we’ll forget them except to say it’s where Finnegan’s used to be.
“People are blown away when they come in and walk around, and we want them to be,” said Tom Beaver.
Montana’s (the second “N” is supposed to be a tilde, but the up-tight types at the paper refused to put it in) is southwestern fare with flare. They do a dandy job on the traditional menu items, but go well beyond. For example, you really oughta try the ahi tuna lettuce wraps.
The restaurant is 3,000 square feet on the first floor with a 3,000 foot night club upstairs.
They’re starting salsa dancing lessons and a salsa dance night this week. Sundays is country dancing, lessons and hours of open dancing.
The dancing starts around 7 p.m.
Open: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More information: 970-949-1339 or cafedeluna.com.
You’ve enjoyed Debbie Marquez’s High Country Mex fare for years. You know Debbie. She’s the former co-owner and proprietor of Fiestas! in Edwards.
You’ll be happy to know that the girl’s still got it.
“I have a good staff and good food,” Marquez said.
She signed the lease with the Christie Lodge Dec. 23, and was open five weeks later.
“I had some old friends who helped me get it done quickly,” Marquez said. “The hotel had been without a restaurant for a couple months, so they were eager for us to get open.”
She had agreed to sell her half of Fiesta’s to her sister, and had planned to put her feet up for a while. We plan, God giggles.
About that time the Christie’s space opened up and she thought she heard God asking for her white jalapeno sauce.
“God doesn’t want me to be out of the restaurant business,” Marquez laughed.
Cafe de Luna has the classics – it’s a Mexican menu so it has the traditional items – and she’s made some modifications.
“Why mess with proven recipes? Why mess with success?” Marquez asked.
Cafe de Luna makes everything in-house, from scratch, with fresh-from-the-farm ingredients from farms that have been supplying her family for generations.
“Everything is still home made and hand made. These are the recipes and methods that made me successful.
“I wanted to bring my signature family dishes Avon,” Marquez said. “I am passionate about my recipes, some of which have been in the family for generations.”
Open: Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
More information: Call 970-949-6393.
When Horace Greeley said, “Go West, young man,” he didn’t say how far.
Ollie Holdstock is moving his Route 6 Cafe just down the road, west on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, into the old Paddy’s location.
And that, Holdstock said, is far enough.
Today is the last day Route 6 Cafe will be open in a location where gas pumps are out front.
Holdstock will spend three days moving, then open in the new location on Sunday.
“April Fool’s Day, that’s my goal,” he said.
When we caught up with him, he was getting his liquor license, which means the location will again have a full bar when they open. It’ll be worth the wait, and they’re rearranging as fast as they can. He and his friends been cleaning and moving stuff.
They’ll serve breakfast and lunch, and soon expand into dinner the first week of May.
Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
More information: 970-926-6628.
Why should you have to decide which Asian cuisine you want?
The folks at the Spice Restaurant say you don’t have to.
But you do get to decide is what their name will be.
They were the Asian Spice Bistro, but they had a Name-That-Restaurant contest (they’re announcing the results during a party Friday) and customers tended toward the high-minded – things like “Divinely Inspired” because they really are pretty good.
Dial the phone and they’ll answer “Spice Restaurant,” at least for a couple more days.
The restaurant features a Mongolian barbecue grill with Asian food. Manager Kelly Yeap calls it, “A melting pot of cultures and cuisine.”
“People want the variety of southeast Asian flavors now, instead of traditional Chinese food. If you go to Malaysia, you will find Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian influences in the food there.”
Yeap manages the place. Her husband, Long Foong, is the chef. He has more than two decades of experience cooking Asian food in China, Singapore and the slightly less Asian location of Penang restaurant in New York City.
And now they’re here.
They brought recipes that have been handed down for generations. Foong mixes his own spices and makes his own curries. You’ll spend $8-$10 for lunch and $15-$18 for dinner.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.