Only Larkspur would take a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup and turn it into four star fare with panache. That’s what the lunch menu is all about. Sure you can get fancy with a lobster and rocket sandwich, but sometimes your ski legs need a little boost with comfort food. Enter the Lark burger with truffled fries or a medley of three gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of creamy Palisade tomato soup. American cheese and Campbell’s it ain’t. “It’s not a typical ski lunch,” says Executive Chef Mark Curran. “There’s no apres singer or moose heads. But we give the same attention to detail at lunch as we always do.”
Right at the bottom of the Vista Bahn, Los Amigos is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Vail. “We’ve refined our recipes over the years,” says Tim Curran, manager. For those who prefer to eat at the top of a lift or two, Two Elk offers impressive views and a wide variety of lunch items. Mezzaluna in Lionshead used to be a secret, but chefs Bill Lewrence and Cliff Mullins are changing that. The duo sends out signature items such as penne with rock shrimp, blackened tuna salad and pesto pizzas starting at lunch and continuing straight through to late night.