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The Chophouse: Best views in Vail Valley

Shauna Farnell
Special to the Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyBoth Vail Valley Chophouse restaurants boast mountain views. At the Beaver Creek Chophouse, pictured, the view also includes mountain bikers, climbers and the occasional game of bocce ball.
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Anyone you talk to at the Beaver Creek or Vail Chophouse will steer you in the right direction – that is to say, everyone’s favorite dish involves some kind of steer. The rib eye is the hands-down favorite when it comes to steaks but the fare certainly doesn’t end with red meat.

Though the steaks and chops section of the menu is a mouth-watering tour through every type of classic preparation a person could want of their beef (filet mignon to slow-roasted prime rib to lamb), both the shrimp in the starter cocktail and the king crab legs redefine the word “jumbo,” not to mention juicy.

Also, don’t scoff at the ample offering of gourmet mac n’ cheese. Addictive for everyone in the family, you’ll be surprised to discover how succulent chunks of lobster can enhance the chewing experience of those puffy tubes of pasta. The blue cheese, truffle and smoked bacon varieties have similarly enchanting affects on the taste buds.



The summer kabob not only comes on a stick, but swings elegantly like a metronome (though swinging is not encouraged), and each giant prawn, chunk of sirloin, tomato and carrot slice contains an extra supply of juice courtesy of the grilled lemon wedges lining the spear.

Other not-to-miss, less-traditional items include the “Fugassi” starter, consisting of crunchy flatbread piled with salami, pepper Genoa and arugula salad and the very refreshing (yet dangerous) fruit-infused martinis.



Sweet-tooth fixes collide with the gooey crunch of the chocolate pecan pie or the soft sweetness dotted with huge crunchy walnuts in the apple bread pudding.

No visit to the Chophouse is complete without a visit by magician Danny Archer. He is sure to stop by your table anytime between 5:30 p.m.. and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday evenings to puzzle you with his multiplying foam rabbits, astrological card draws and other unearthly feats that have earned him – among other honors – an invitation to Dick Cheney’s most recent private local gathering.

If a resident magician isn’t enough for ambiance, both Chophouse locations offer the best view in town of Vail and Be



Specials nights

If a resident magician isn’t enough for ambiance, both Chophouse locations offer the best view in town of Vail and Beaver Creek mountains and it’s not uncommon to see the magical fluttering of hummingbirds in and out of the trees next to the Beav’s deck, which is also bolstered by its own bocce court.

Bocce enthusiasts should pencil Wednesdays onto their calendars, when ball-tossing tournaments are fueled by free Champagne. The pace becomes more fluid on Sundays for Lobster Jazz Night, featuring whole lobster specials and live music, and by the time Friday rolls around, keep an eye out for $29 three-course extravaganzas rotating each week. aver Creek mountains and it’s not uncommon to see the magical fluttering of hummingbirds in and out of the trees next to the Beav’s deck, which is also bolstered by its own bocce court.

Bocce enthusiasts should pencil Wednesdays onto their calendars, when ball-tossing tournaments are fueled by free Champagne. The pace becomes more fluid on Sundays for Lobster Jazz Night, featuring whole lobster specials and live music, and by the time Friday rolls around, keep an eye out for $29 three-course extravaganzas rotating each week.

Base of Gondola, Lionshead

970-477-0555

http://www.vailchophouse.com

Base of Centennial, Beaver Creek

970-845-0555

http://www.beavercreekchophouse.com


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