Meal steals in Eagle County |

Meal steals in Eagle County

Caramie Schnell
Eagle County CO, Colorado
HL Happy hour 2 KA 02-02-09

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado “-At 6 p.m. on a recent Wednesday evening, Vin 48 in Avon was packed with diners ” at least the bar area of the restaurant.

A group of women sipped glasses of red wine and grazed alternately from a cheese plate and an antipasti plate. At another table, a couple cozied up to a bowl of steaming mussels with thick slices of housemade chorizo swimming in fragrant broth.

The dishes are part of Vin 48’s happy hour, held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every night. Four “small plates” ” tender pork sliders paired with homemade Napa coleslaw and crispy house-fried chips, a three cheese plate with sheep, goat and cow’s milk cheese, an antipasti plate with homemade charcuterie and mussels with grilled crostini ” are $8 apiece. Pints of Bitburger and Stone IPA are $2 and a glass of white and red wine is on special each day for $5.

And while co-owner Collin Baugh said the restaurant doesn’t make much money on the happy hour specials, it doesn’t matter because that’s not the goal, anyway.

“We want to be known as the neighborhood wine bar and we want to put locals first and generate business that way, because it’s the locals that are here year round … (the specials) get people into the space, to come in and see what we’re doing in here,” Baugh said.

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It’s no secret that local’s are a little tighter with their purse strings these days. Really, it seems most people are trying to eat at home a little more and cut back on expenses. But that doesn’t mean you have to revisit your college diet of Ramen and rice. 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.

– For many local residents, Monday nights mean half-price pizza at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. Try the Hawaiian shrimp pizza with red sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple, shrimp and roasted red peppers. A 16-inch large, which normally sets you back $18.95, is less than $10. The special runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

Call 970-949-6093 for more information.

– If wings are your thing, join the crowd at the Tap Room in Vail. The eatery goes through about 30 cases of wings a week, proving that valley residents love their chicken parts. On Mondays from 5 to 10 p.m., $5 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.

Call 970-479-0500 for more information.

– Two words: tater tots. On Tuesdays, $6 gets you a 1/2 pound burger with your choice of cheese and all the trimmings and either French fries, sweet potato fries or tater tots at E-Town in Edwards. The deal is good all day long.

Call 970-926-4080 for more information.

– Main St. Grill in Edwards offers “2 for Tuesday” each week. From 5 to 10 p.m. each Tuesday, buy one dinner entree and get the lesser-priced entree free. You must mention the ad to get the deal, and 18 percent gratuity will be added to the tab.

Call 970-926-2729 for more information.

–From 5 to 6:30 p.m. each night at Vin 48 in Avon, four small plates ” cheese plate, antipasti plate, mussels and pork sliders with coleslaw and chips are on special for $8. Starting this weekend, the restaurant will offer all of the small plates on the menu for $8 during happy hour. Pints of Bitburger and Stone IPA are $2 while glasses of wine ” one white, one red ” are $5.

Call 970-748-9463 for more information.

– WOW, otherwise known as Wine on Wednesday takes place at Vista at Arrowhead every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through the winter. For $20, you get four wines (three-ounce pours) and four passed appetizers. This week’s theme is “On Tapa the World,” and features Spanish wines and foods, like Raia Cabernet Sauvignon paired with spicy lamb meatballs. Visit to sign up for an e-mail listing the week’s menu. Reservations are suggested for the event.

Call 970-926-2111 for more information.

– 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 pollock and topped with homemade jalapeno white sauce, lettuce, tomato and cheese ” are only $3. Likewise, 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.

– Balata, the restaurant inside the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree, offers up the “dirty dozen” on Thursday nights. Martini’s are $5 and mussels are $7.

Call 970-477-5353 for more information.

– “Appy Hour” at Vail’s Terra Bistro is not your typical wing/pizza/burger/beer special. There are 11 appetizers to choose from that are roughly half prize and range from $5 to $8. Try the sweet potato ravioli with mixed greens, sherry vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and crumbled gorgonzola ($6) ” a staple on the menu for more than 10 years, according to restaurant manager Jim Williams. Beers are $3 to $4, glasses of wine (three white and three red options) will set you back $6 and specialty drinks martinis like the Razmo ” a raspberry cosmo ” are $6.50. Appy Hour runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily.

Call 970-476-6836 for more information.

– 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. ” four days a week, including Fridays. During that time 12-inch Margherita pizzas are half off, which means you can score one for less than $6. Additionally, well cocktails, all beers and two wine choices are half off.

Call 970-748-4848 for more information.

– The newest Dusty Boot location in Eagle Ranch offers half-priced appetizers, draft and bottled beers, glasses of wine and well drinks every day of the week from 3 to 6 p.m. Try the chipotle shrimp. Tender shrimp are sauteed in a spicy pepper sauce and served with avocado and tortilla strips. Normally $12.95, the tender crustaceans are a steal at $6.50.

Call 970-328-7002 for more information.

– Each day during lunch, Ticino, located in the Avon Center, offers a 12-inch pizza and dessert special for $8.95. During apres, from 3 to 5 p.m., the deal gets even better ” score a glass of wine or a domestic beer and a Margherita pizza for $5.95. The restaurant is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Sundays.

Call 970-748-6792 for more information.

– In an effort to become the breakfast spot in Avon, Restaurant Avondale, located in the Westin in Avon, is offering two-for-one breakfast buffets. Two people can eat the spread, which includes bacon, sausage, potatoes, eggs, smoked salmon, oatmeal, pastries and cereal for $19. The buffet (and special) is offered on Saturdays from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.

Call 970-790-5500 or visit 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), you get tempura veggies, three pieces of California roll sushi, rice and soup or salad.

Call 970-476-9355 for more information.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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