May Palace, West Vail, Chinese
Vail CO, Colorado
2109 North Frontage Road
West Vail, near City Market
Auspicious changes After 23 year in Vail, May Palace’s Emma and Henry Woo are relinquishing ownership, but they’re keeping things in the family. The Woos will slip into well-deserved retirement leaving the job to Henry’s brother Rick Woo.
A veteran restauranteur, Rick has ideas pouring forth about how to elevate May Palace. “It was too good of an opportunity to let it slide,” Rick said. “It’s the family business.” An even happier Happy Hour Everyone’s favorite time of day is getting longer at May Palace, which now features Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m.
“We kept on hearing, ‘We’re just getting started,’ so we said, ‘OK, let’s make it longer,” Rick said. The mouthwatering fried chicken wings and potstickers will stay on the Happy Hour bar menu – a bargain at $8 and $6 per dozen respectively – but Rick is also adding shrimp cocktail and crawfish to the list of munchables.
The peel-and-eat seafood will be served up by the pound with accompanying cocktail sauce, drawn butter and a Chinese soy ginger sauce. Big Bahama Mama and Friends Those with a mighty thirst or a good buddy can indulge in the Big Bahama Mama, a spiked punch that comes in a huge dragon bowl with a few jumbo-sized straws for sharing.
Now, even if “Dawn of the Dead” didn’t tickle your fancy, the Zombie cocktail – a refreshing combination of orange and pineapple juices, grenadine and rum – probably will. Or try its cousin, the Mai Tai, which mixes passion fruit and other juices with rum.
Such fruity drinks will be on special during Frou Frou Drink Night, just one of a new series of themed drink nights Rick recently dreamt up. Pay a visit during Martini Night or Sake Night and tour the world through alcohol.
Covering Asia Serving Chinese cuisine has served May Palace well for nearly a quarter of a century, but Rick is branching out to include more Asian options. Vietnamese specialties like Vietnamese spring rolls and egg rolls are new additions, along with savory Thai coconut curries and Phad Thai. More traditional Chinese dishes, like honey-walnut shrimp, have also been added. For those who have memorized the extensive May Palace menu over the years, never fear – very few menu items will get the ax.
The succulent Peking duck, sweet sesame chicken and explosive volcano shrimp will still be available for your dining pleasure.