Our Favorite Quick Vail Bites
Eight Eateries Worth A Nibble
When it comes to Vail’s dining scene, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the sheer number of options. Read on for information about some of our favorite fast (and affordable) bites.
In Vail proper otherwise known as Vail Village, you can score breakfast all day long at Big Bear Bistro in the form of breakfast burritos, sandwiches and omelets. Come lunchtime, the sandwiches are big and loaded with gourmet ingredients. Try the Masterpiece: maple-glazed ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, provolone cheese, honey balsamic glazed arugula, banana peppers and cracked pepper aioli.
Longtime locals and visitors alike might remember Swiss Hot Dog, which has been family owned since 1967. After a few locations and name changes, you can now find The Blu Cow, a veritable institution, near Seibert Circle in Vail Village. The menu is small and super solid: Opt for a brat (or two), served on a French baguette with chopped onions, curry seasoning, sprouts and brown mustard. It’s also easy to eat on the go, if you prefer.
Located near the Covered Bridge, Loaded Joe’s sells ready-to-eat options like sandwiches and burritos along with a slew of caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. If you find yourself in Avon, the original Loaded Joe’s location in the center of town just launched an $8 lunch special they’ve dubbed the “Shift Meal” – a home-cooked option like Fettuccine Alfredo or turkey loaf that you can snag for less than you’d spend at the Burger King a few blocks away.
If hunger kicks in while you’re spending time in Lionshead Village, it’s easy to score a fast and friendly meal. Over in Lionshead Circle, sidle up to the Little Diner’s counter for breakfast classics like German pancakes and the not-as-classic apple-bacon-cheddar crepe, or hearty lunch items like Philly cheesesteaks and BLTs.
Next door, you’ll find Alabama-style pulled pork sammys, mac and cheese and banana puddin’ at Moe’s Original BBQ, a franchise with Eagle County roots that you can now find in 15 states.
Across I-70, score ready-made soups, salads, and killer doughnuts at Northside Grab & Go. If you want to stay in for the night but don’t want to order take out, try one of their take-and-bake dinners. This is the market concept of the original restaurant, which is located in Avon on the north side of the interstate.
Is the whole fam famished? The Family Meals at Yellowbelly are a great way to feed a hungry group right off the mountain. Plus health-conscious folks will appreciate its wholesome approach – you can get roasted chicken instead of fried, if you’d like, and healthful (and tasty!) sides include crunchy red slaw or organic citrus quinoa.
Craving something a little fancier than fast casual fare? Fair enough. Come early evening, duck into Terra Bistro for Happy Hour, which takes place each day from 5 to 6 p.m. and includes both food and drink specials. If you’re chilled after a long day on the hill, warm up with the butternut squash soup with spiced pepitas, chive oil and apple cider reduction. Other home runs include the duck fat fries with truffle aioli; the warm mushroom salad with pistachio puree, pickled sunchokes, radish and cilantro; or the housemade chorizo-stuffed dates, with roasted peppadew sauce.
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