Back from 10 days of hiking and eating. We had many great meals.
Cosmopolitan--Ate here twice. The wine list is a little weighted toward the more expensive wines, but good choices in all ranges. The beef filet was absolutely wonderful with a green peppercorn sauce. Top sirloin filet the second time around was certainly a bit tougher than the previous filet mignon, but very flavorful. The halibut in lobster sauce was good, but to me halibut is pretty bland, so...Fantastic, traditional creme brulee. My husband loved his kind of sushi tempura appetizer too. A nice cozy place. Good service too.
La Marmotte--What a great bargain. $25 for 3 courses. I wasn't too impressed with my stuffed zucchini blossom appetizer, but all else was wonderful. Coq au vin was delicious and my husband's short rib on mashed potatoes was so good that we both had it the next time. Fabulous mushroom soup too. Small, but well thought out wine list.
221 South Oak--2 great meals here too. Mussels were great both times. Hubbie tried elk and loved it. The roast duck breast was wonderful and served with a confit mixed with spinach and pine nuts, which was a little less successful, but good. Good wine list, cozy place. We loved it.
Bluepoint Grill--Had heard great things, but our visit was awful. One of those that gets worse the more I think about it. We were seated at a table in the back (with many other tables) that was across from the open kitchen. The fish smell was just horrible, but since hubbie said he couldn't smell anything, I thought I was just supersensitive that night. Other surrounding diners seemed fine. When we switched seats later in the meal because the air vent across the way was drying out my contacts, he almost gagged from the fish smell. The mussels here came out cold. How could that be with the kitchen so close by? The wine service lagged. My crab cake was kind of hard and had too much starch mixed in. My husband's ponzu glazed fish was good, but the accompanying asparagus was grassy tasting and undercooked. (Probably served us right for ordering it out of season). Lousy meal. Not great service.
Excelsior Cafe--A little noisy but fun atmosphere. Pork osso buco was unusual, but very good. Huge portions. My salad had way too much vinegar, but the olive oil on the table balanced it out. Great foccaccia bread. Would go back.
Tidbits--Beware the end of season. We missed dining at Allreds and the New Sheridan Chop House as they closed at the beginning of Oct. for the off season. Clarks Market makes a mean sandwich for hiking. Big enough to share and cheaper than Baked in Telluride for a single.