Beaver Creek Village has all kinds of choices for families of all shapes and sizes when it comes to finding something to please everyone after a day on the snow. Whether you’re eating out with the family, or manage to slip away on your own on a date, there are wonderful options all over the resort. You can go low key, or slightly fancy, and it’s always possible to find solid options.
Here are some of our favorite culinary spots to check out while you’re visiting, both with and without the kids:
Starting with the kids:
Toscanini is located in the heart of the village at Beaver Creek Mountain, right next to the ice-skating rink. The atmosphere is jovial and they serve home-cooked Italian food. The menu is very family-friendly and offers smaller portions of dishes for the kids, including build your own pasta or cheese and pepperoni pizza. They serve plentiful antipasta dishes for $10-15 that are shareable, as well, ensalada options for $12-$15 and piatti dishs for $27-$39 that includes lamb t-bone, risotto and gnitted hanger steak with pancetta. When we were there, they were offering 30% off every bottle of wine on the menu, and on a regular basis, if you are attending a show at the Vlar Center, you can show your ticket to get 10% off your entire check. We tried the pan fried parmesan crusted artichoke hearts, the mediterraneo salad and the risotto with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sage pumpkin seed oil and shaved pecrino cheese and everything was cooked to perfection. This is a good place to go after a day of skiing when everyone is hungry.
Toscanini is located at 60 Avondale Ln Avon, CO 81620, Tel: (970) 754-5590 and you can make a reservation using Open Table.
Chop House is located at the foot of Beaver Creek Mountain and offers great views of the action on the slopes. It’s a great place to chill out with the family after a morning either skiing or snow-shoeing. There is something for everyone on the menu as it’s basic American fare. The kid’s menu offers pasta, chicken fingers, mac & cheese, burgers, pizza, and if you’re kids are more adventurous than my own, mahi mahi. We were there for lunch and tried the Hand Diced Organic Salmon Mixed with Lemon, Dill, Eggs, Capers and Panko, as well as the Mahi Fish Tacos which has Fresh Mahi in Corn Flour Tortillas with Cabbage, Cheddar Jack Cheese and Chipotlé Mayo with Avocado-Tomato Relish. Both dishes were delicious, very reasonbably priced and quite filling, but the best part about it was the low key atmosphere and time to recover from a day on the mountain.
Chop House is located at 15 West Thomas Place, Avon, CO 81620, Tel: 970-845-0555. No reservation is required and the restaurant becomes a big bar scene at night.
And without the kids:
The Coyote Cafe is a great night stop. If you want a pint of beer, a plate of nachos, cheese and guacamole, quesadillas, some margaritas, this is the place for you. It’s very laid back and the most inexpensive food you can get in Beaver Creek. Our waitress was from Rhode Island and happy to have some neurotic New Yorkers in there for a change. We had just arrived from NY and needed somewhere to compress after a long plane ride. They also have a simple lunch and dinner menu with burgers and the cheapest kid’s menu in town ($6 per meal). The atmosphere is lively and fun and attracts a lot of Beaver Creek employees late at night.
The Coyote Cafe is located at 210 the Plaza, Avon, CO 81620, Tel: 970-949-5001.
The Osprey Lounge is located in the Osprey at Beaver Creek, the closest hotel to an actual ski lift in North America. It’s a great spot for tapas, small plates and cocktails. It offers custom cocktails and a tapas-style menu with options such as lobster nachos and deep fried snicker bars. Chef Michael Wilganowski won the Beaver Creek Master Chef Challenge put on by Bon Appétit magazine two years in a row. They have very original dishes lime sweet potato ravioli, marinated ahi tuna tostada, truffeled meatballs and other delicacies. We tried the yummy spicy carrot soup, brussel sprouts, mushroom pizzas and steak tapas. This is a great date night spot or when you’re traveling without the kids. Of course, if your kids are more adventurous than mine, they’ll like it, too.
The Osprey Lounge is located at 10 Elk Track Lane Beaver Creek, CO 81620, Tel: (970) 754-7400.
Disclosure: The meals at Toscanini and the Osprey Lounge were complimentary to facilitate this review, but the others were out of pocket. However, all opinions expressed are my own.