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LARKSPUR -- VAIL -- EXCELLENCE AT A BARGAIN PRICE

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LARKSPUR -- VAIL -- EXCELLENCE AT A BARGAIN PRICE

ddavis | Aug 29, 2009 09:23 AM

Bet you never thought you would see "Larkspur" and "bargain" in the same sentence. Well, everything is relative, and right now Larkspur is offering specials that are, if not bargains, certainly good value. All appetizers are $10, all entrees $25, all desserts $8 and all half-bottle and bottles of wine are 1/2 off. And they are still providing the same expected wonderful service in a calm, beautiful atmosphere with seriously great food.

After being warmly greeted and remembered from previous visits, we received a "gift from the kitchen" -- vichyssoise topped with slivers of smoked salmon, tiny croutons and caviar. A delicious start. Appetizers were Heirloom Tomato Salad and Shaved Torchon of Duck Foie Gras. The salad was large and made of several kinds of great-tasting tomatoes accompanied by buffalo mozzarella, garden herbs (from Larkspur's own garden), sourdough croutons and Mansur extra virgin olive oil. The foie gras was a presentation I have never seen nor heard of. A base of peaches, pistachios, ginger snap tuille and Manodori balsamico was topped with a mound of shaved foie gras with an airy texture. The savory foie gras flavor was offset perfectly by the sweet/sour peaches.

My wife's main course was Zucchini Wrapped Alaskan Halibut with stuffed piquillo peppers, brandade, tempura squash blossoms and piquillo vinaigrette. I had the Duo of Dry Aged Black Angus Beef. It consisted of a portion of perfectly cooked medium rare New York strip and a small portion of braised short ribs with peas, heirloom carrots and bordelaise sauce. Both main courses were excellent -- the beef shortrib is ethereal! We ordered two sides -- fried green tomatoes and Anson Mills grits -- both were comfort food at its finest.

For desserts we had Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Cointreau macerated berries and lemon sorbet and a Trio of Chocolate Cake, which was small portions of German chocolate cake, Gianduja crunch and white and dark truffle cake. Spectacular!

Once again I was reminded of why Larkspur is my favorite restaurant in Eagle County. It is just superlative every time.

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