Grouse Mountain Grill, in the Pines Lodge, is getting better. I have eaten there many, many times and have always enjoyed it, but last night was especially enjoyable. We asked for a table in the bar, where Tony Gulizia performs jazz classics most nights.
The Grill's special bread service includes parmesan crisps, focaccio and sourdough with spreads of butter, sweet red onion marmalade and hummus. Service is attentive but not intrusive. You can take as much time as you like listening to Tony before ordering (we made the evening a two and a half hour affair) or ask for expedited service.
My wife started with Crispy Sweet Corn, Cheese & Bacon Fritters with sauteed Chanterelle mushrooms and thyme butter sauce -- real comfort food and simply delicious. My appetizer was a dish I nearly always order -- Warm Lobster & Mascarpone with baby red lettuce and tomato vinaigrette. This night it was over-the-top good. Moist, rich and tasty!
My wife's Pan Seared Scallops with roasted carrott and ricotta raviolis, sauteed carrot, fennel and saffron cream sauce was excellent, but with the richness of the scallops and the raviolis, four huge scallops was simply too much for my wife to eat. Fortunately she had someone with her to take up the slack. I had one of the signature dishes which I have had often -- Pretzel Crusted Pork Chops with house-made chorizo, crispy cauliflower, spinach spatzle and orange mustard sauce. The chops were thick and juicy and perfectly cooked.
For dessert we shared a rich chocolate cake with raspberries, whipped cream and chocolate ice cream. It was also great. All the food was great, the service top notch and the entertainment was, as it always is, just wonderful. If you are in the Beaver Creek - Vail area, don't miss this very special restaurant.