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Winter Park and Fraser, Co trip review

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Winter Park and Fraser, Co trip review

TNC | Apr 10, 2006 01:44 PM

Went to WP for a end of season ski weekend, and ate out twice. The Shed in the town of Winter Park was Sat night, and Crooked Creek for breakfast sun morn.

The Shed has changed their menu and quality significantly over the past two years. From the collective group memory(not mine) it was southwestern food, and now is french-influenced cooking with some California and Meditteranean type dishes. Our group of 10 arrived sat night about 7:30, immediately after another group of 11. The first group ahead of us was seated in 15 min, it took an hour for us to be seated. Not the restaurants delay, they were busy and got us in as soon as possible(I walked through the dining room).
We sat down at the bar and ordered beer and apps. Beer was local micro's, and really tasty. The apps were all over; an olive bowl that contained at least four different varieties, garlic shrimp that I could have skipped, a very good tzatziki(sp?) and hummus with pita bread, and some middling at best calamari fritti. The pita with dips and olives were excellent, and I would have made a meal of them another night.
We were seated and the waitress immediately came over to get our order, she knew we had been waiting and got things going quickly. Knowledgeable about the menu and decent wine list, the pick she made for us was excellent. Winners for food of the night had to be the pork...both the Tuscan pork loin(mascarpone? cheese, spinach, rolled in a pork loin and cooked) and my pork over potatoes were excellent. Mine was thin(tenderized) chops with homemade breading cooked in white wine with capers and something citrus, then put over garlic mashed. Filling and interesting, great dinner after a hard day of bump skiing at MJ.
The halibut(several people ordered) was a bit overdone in all cases. Not dry enough to be sent back as unacceptable, but everyone said a couple minutes less would have made it a great dinner. Prices were ski-town high, averaging $20 per entree. Best dinner food we have found in WP so far.

Crooked Creek in Fraser on sun morning has become a tradition. Their southwestern breakfasts are well balanced, great flavor without too much heat or reliance on any one thing. Breakfast burritos and the mexican frittata are my fav's, and we always have to include one of their bloody mary's. Great breakfast for $12(including bloody mary).

TNC

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