Wife and I made a quick trip here this week. Here are some brief thoughts about the food this time.
Larkburger in Edwards -- wonderful burgers, including the Truffleburger with truffle aioli. Great thin-cut fries, regular and with truffle oil and parmesan.
The Bear's Den in Grand Lake -- not the Vail Valley, but on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park and the beautiful Ridge Road. Wouldn't recommend it. Just typical diner food served to a bunch of tourists.
E-Town in Edwards -- good, not great. Wife had a Caesar salad with salmon and I had the special fish and chips. Just OK. I really liked the space -- very open and inviting.
Picnic at the top of Spraddle Creek Road -- picked up some roasted chicken, cheeses, crackers, salads, olives, pickles, etc. from Vail Gourmet in Avon and took it all up on the mountain for a great lunch far, far from any manmade noise.
Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek -- This place is consistently outstanding. Good crabcake appetizer and spinach salad. Excellent take on walleye with Ritz cracker crust. Over the top lamb dish, with medium rare roasted rack and braised shank. Tres leches cake is incredible.
Ribeyes and fixings at home -- Stopped by Middle Park Meat Co. in Kremmling, Colorado for the first time. We had heard of a good meat market in Kremmling and finally found it. They have Choice grade beef that they age themselves. Had them cut two thick ribeyes that had a superb flavor when grilled medium rare. They do beef, pork, sausages, deli meats and jerky. A neat little place to stop in and visit with the owners.
Fiesta's in Edwards via Ala Car -- Pretty good way to do Saturday night dinner is to call up Ala Car with your Fiesta's order and let them bring it to you. Had good shrimp enchiladas in blue corn tortillas, excellent chile verde and great chicken rellenos, an off-menu item they will prepare on request. Not bad for a TV tray meal.
Didn't have the time to do a full-blown culinary tour. Maybe next time. There really are lots of great places to eat here. Hope to be back sometime with an extended amount of time to do it right.