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Offseason dining

Cassie Pence
AE Falling Creek Restaurant DT 9-4

VAIL VALLEY ” Fall in the Vail Valley is locals’ little secret. Tourist numbers drop off to a trickle, leaving the last of the warm weather and vibrant autumn leaves all to the residents.

Like a cherry on top of this slow, sleepy time of year, restaurants offer killer deals on dinner and wine to drum up business. It’s the restaurants’ way of showing appreciation for the workers who make the valley tick. With 50 percent off or two-for-ones, it’s just a matter of choosing where to go.

When getting half off, there’s no other choice than to go big with your order. Select something expensive. Montauk is offering 50 percent off entrees and 25 percent off wine, making the eatery’s pound of king crab legs around $18. That’s only $4 more than City Market’s price. It leaves you with some extra dough to order a higher priced bottle of wine or a couple glasses of champagne to make the evening special.

“You don’t need a special to get a good deal at Blu’s,” Rich Kellogg, executive chef, said. “But we decided to give away the product.”

Blu’s, located in Vail Village, usually doesn’t run offseason deals, but decided to play the game by offering three courses for $30, which includes appetizer, entree, glass of wine or dessert, or three courses from a select menu for $15.

“It’s a great value because some of our wines run $12 a glass,” Kellogg said. “It’s not a profit thing, we’re trying to build back up the local clientele.”

Pepi’s, also in Vail Village, is offering a three-course dinner for $17.95. Diners choose soup or salad, beef stroganoff or blackened halibut and an apple strudel for dessert. Entrees may change.

There’s only four more nights left to take advantage of Larkspur’s specials. The restaurant in Golden Peak, known for its wine list and natural cuisine, is offering 50 percent off all wine from 6-8 p.m. and a $35 three course meal, including one starter, entree and dessert.

For those who are most hungry in the morning, Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp Resort has cut the price of its full-service European breakfast buffet in half to $9.95. Feast on eggs prepared at the omelet station or homemade pastries and European meats outside on the restaurant’s garden terrace. The deal lasts until Nov. 17.

Even the more “local” restaurants are getting in on the mix of specials.

“We’re doing 50 percent off all steaks because that’s the most expensive food on the menu,” said Chris Lloyd, general manager and co-owner of Mustang Bar and Grill in Edwards. “All our other food is $8-$12 bucks so we can’t do 50 percent off.”

Mustang will continue its $5 burger special every Monday, a bargain, Lloyd said, he can’t take away or locals might “burn the place down.”

Whether it’s 50 percent off sushi rolls at Nozawa or 23 percent off the entire bill at Falling Creek in Arrowhead, dining out this month will be easy on the pocketbook and tasty on the tongue.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or

Vail, Colorado

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