Quick notes about recent meals in the Eagle Valley and beyond:
Spago at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch -- Good pork osso buco, tuna tartar and house brownie. Poor crab/lobster "Louis", striped bass and an allegedly "prime" NY strip that was about half of a NY strip for $49 that was about the quality of a grocery store steak. Although not busy, at least 30 minutes between the apps and the main courses. Our server apologized twice before the entrees appeared, but at the prices they have the audacity to charge this place should be much, much better.
Golden Eagle Inn in Beaver Creek -- Lunch was excellent as usual. Elk burger, Greek salad, turkey sandwich and curried chicken salad sandwich were just right for lunch. Sitting outside watching people in the middle of Beaver Creek Village is priceless.
Mango's in Red Cliff -- A favorite funky place for excellent fish tacos, burgers and such. Fish tacos this time were great, as expected. Outside on the third floor deck is, in our opinion, the place to be.
Foxnut in Beaver Creek -- Excellent squid salad, chicken and vegetable potstickers and Firecracker Roll. Pretty good scallop roll and not so good tuna tataki. Excellent service and worth the price.
Fiesta's in Edwards -- Got my New Mexican fix with excellent chicken enchiladas. Wife had the chicken chile rellenos, which is a great dish. A great place for a casual late lunch if you are going to skip dinner, but I can't recommend it if you intend to eat again the day you eat there.
Centre V in Vail -- Last year I swore I would never go back, but did go there for lunch and it was very good. My wife had a dish of salmon and cous cous that was light and delicious. I had the Colorado Cobb Salad with wonderful roasted corn instead of boiled egg and with smoked troup instead of ham. Excellent! Service was also very attentive and being able to dine al fresco in August is a revelation for a Texas boy.
Ti Amo in Eagle-Vail -- Without a doubt our favorite Italian place in the Valley. This time called in an order and brought it home. Grilled artichokes, salad a la griglia, chicken scarpariello and roasted pork medallions were good old comfort food at its finest.
Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle -- First time to this surprisingly large place. Huge menu and everything we had was very good. Fish and chips were crispy and moist. Reuben sandwich was excellent. A nice place for a quick, casual lunch.
Six 89 in Carbondale -- We loved this place the first time we went and last night did not change our minds that this is one of the best restaurants in Colorado. Service was top-notch, the atmosphere is casual and open-air, but almost upscale. The food is definitely upscale. Heirloom tomato salad, tempura fried stuffed zuchini blossoms and field green salad were all excellent. An oven-roasted halibut, roasted salmon and a special veal t-bone were all wonderful. A shared bread pudding for dessert brought dinner to a lovely close. Highly recommend this place.