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Mustang Bar and Grill

Harry Brooks
Preston Utley/Vail DailyMustang General Manager Chris Lloyd recommends the spinach salad with a zippy dressing and the blue cheese steak with balsamic onions.

After an exhausting day on the slopes, I felt in need of a good meal and gladly headed toward Mustang Bar and Grill in Edwards.

Although situated in an unassuming building, the interior does a good job of conjuring up an Old West feel, with mining certificates and faded photographs of stern-looking ranching types adorning the walls.

Unlike many bars located in restaurants, Mustang’s is appealing enough to warrant a drink or two even if you aren’t planning on eating there.

Wishing to preserve my journalistic objectivity, I reluctantly passed up the chance of a few cold ones and took a seat in a roomy booth.

The menu is commendably unpretentious, and includes a varied appetizer selection, several Southwestern specialties with spicy inclinations, and no less than three signature steaks.

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The service was prompt and friendly, and in no time I was presented with a hearty-looking spinach salad, with caramelized walnuts and a punchy dressing. The flavor is great for robust palates. The marinated chicken wraps were very tasty, the spicy marinade working well with the cilantro-flavored sour cream.

The shrimp was next up, and came with a mountain of rice and two bread rolls. Served in a lemon and Worcestershire sauce dressing, the shrimp’s pungent flavor was soaked up by the mild rice.

Finally, I moved on to the blue cheese steak, which was enjoyably juicy and not overwhelmed by either the cheese or the balsamic onions which were liberally heaped on top of it. The house potatoes were a good choice for side, and were rather like twice-baked potatoes made into fries.

Served in generous portions by a friendly staff, Mustang’s food is ideal for hungry families and fans of Southwestern-influenced dishes with plenty of flavor. With an almost exclusively local clientele, the laid-back atmosphere is comfortable and no-fuss.

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