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Vail/Beaver Creek Chophouses

Sarah Dixon
Vail, CO Colorado

Something old, something new

With a new location in Arrabelle at Vail Square, the Vail and Beaver Creek Chophouses allow diners to walk the line between what they are used to – and a uniquely Vail experience.

The Traditional

Red banquette chairs. Dim lighting. A gentle jazz melody playing the background. Walk into either location and find all the trappings of a timeless steakhouse.

The menu is no exception, with traditional items like the iceberg wedge salad (a perfect balance of indulgent cheese, bacon, cream dressing and crispy lettuce) and the crab cake (meaty and delicious, served with a vibrant roasted red pepper aioli). The beef carpaccio is perfection, sliced with the impossible-to-achieve consistency that is at once melt-in-your-mouth and yet still substantial. And the natural star of any steakhouse: served with a choice of outstanding dipping sauces (including Bernaise, cabernet demi and my favorite – peppercorn demi), the Chophouses’ array of different certified Angus Beef cuts are prepared to perfection.

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The Inventive

Traditional… is safe. But what sets the Chophouses apart from the competition is an inventive edge and unique identity.

The venues set the scene. Traditional Peter-Morton style ambience is a dime a dozen. But the Chophouses, serving lunch and dinner, boast base-of-the-mountain locations in their respective resort settings, each with sprawling, sunny decks. Enjoy panoramic views of Vail or Beaver Creek mountains while dining alfresco – a true summer treat.

Another way the Chophouses break the mold is by remaining ever family-friendly.

“You won’t find white linen tables at these restaurants,” said owner Brian Nolan. “We wanted to create a fine dining establishment that the whole family can enjoy. That was our goal – great food in a laid back setting.”

Step away from tradition once again with the more intriguing menu items. The quail lolli-chops are succulent grilled packages of poultry, served with the Chophouse signature spicy chimichurri. And don’t let the red meat entree selection distract you from the seafood stars on the menu. The Applewood smoked bacon-wrapped shrimp is a true menu standout, as are the live Maine lobsters.

And then there’s my favorite – the gourmet mac n’ cheese menu. Losbster mac’, bleu cheese mac’, truffle mac’ – it’s a veritable culinary Disney Land, for kids of all ages.

So whether you prefer things done the old fashioned way – or are looking for inventive cuisine in a laid back setting – the Chophouses promises to exceed your expectations.

Beaver Creek Chophouse

15 W. Thomas Place, Slopeside

P.O. Box 5549

Beaver Creek, CO 81620 (970) 845-0555

Vail Chophouse

Base of Gondola, Lionshead

P.O. Box 5566

Vail, CO 81658 (970) 477-0555

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