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Mango’s Mountain Grill

BY THEO STROOMERThe lasagna at Mango's is cheese-rich.

Trust me when I say you want to take the shuttle to Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff. With a phone call and enough notice, you’ll not only enjoy a scrumptious dinner in the new state-of-the-art totally green building, but you won’t have to worry about making the drive. The trip is about 15 minutes from the Forest Service lot, but the restaurant will pick you up anywhere in Avon or Vail. The three-level building seamlessly melds coziness with environmentalism. The walls boast plenty of pictures to show you days past, but the building mixes modern, energy-saving gadgets.

Since you won’t be driving feel free to partake in an excellent margarita. Not too sweet and not too sour this drink, on the rocks, is refreshing all year round. Tequila not your bag? Then look no further than the Bloody Mary. The drink is made with vodka infused in-house with onions, garlic, pepperocinis and a host of plastic toys. The vodka is so good a cobra guards it. The mixed drink has a bite with the comfort of good tomato juice. Of course, they serve really good beer, too.

Try the fried mac’n cheese. Seriously, give it a shot. One bite of the ultimate finger/hang over/comfort food and you will be hooked. These triangles are downright tasty and the perfect thing after a long day of skiing to leave you warm and satiated inside. Looking for a lighter finger food? Obviously their fish tacos are known throughout the valley. The fish is thankfully devoid of breading and the fresh-tasting treat is helped with generous portions of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese.

A complete burger section has something for everyone and cooked to your specification. Feeling adventurous? Try the mahi reuben. This sandwich is a twist on the classic. It has all the elements of an East Coast deli ” the marble rye, the sauerkraut, the swiss and the Russian dressing. But the mahi adds that something different so you know this isn’t your average sandwich.

A new feature to their menu is the daily special. It ranges from Chinese to Mexican to Italian – really whatever they can think of. The lasagna’s a hit. But go early or it might be gone.

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