Best of the Vail Valley: All American Cuisine


These American classics are always finger-licking delicious, especially when found at one of the winners of our 2021 Best of Vail Valley survey.

Best barbecue

This year’s Best BBQ category winners are two must-haves in our community and an unlikely newcomer.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que has done it again. What started in our valley and has grown into an international franchise of over 60 locations; Moe’s is a seasoned heavyweight in this category. Bama pulled pork sandwiches are a staple, and if you’re lucky enough to be around when they offer blood sausage balls, don’t be shy.



Moe’s Original Bar B Que, with locations in Vail and Eagle, continues its long history as a Best of Vail Valley barbecue favorite.
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If you’re in the mood for barbecue in Minturn, Kirby Cosmo’s is clearly the local’s choice. Its delicious variety of smoked meats is accompanied by mouth-watering sides and appetizers, such as pork wings or fried green tomatoes.

And now for the unlikely newcomer: Riverwalk Theater. As the pandemic worsened and restrictions tightened, Edwards’ little cinema decided to do big things by guaranteeing a smoker outside. The breast sandwich is naughty and gorgeous; and it goes well with any movie.



Best burgers

Lovers of plain burgers, these three joints turn over the best patties in the valley, according to our readers:

In Avon, the Benderz Burger has taken over. Served at the Northside Kitchen and Southside Benderz locations, this burger is customizable and you can stack it all the way to the moon. A delicious galette will satisfy the average guest; those who dare to triple it will have no regrets but may have tasty leftovers.

The Benderz Burger, served at Northside Kitchen and Southside Benderz in Avon, is customizable and you can stack it on the moon.
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Edwards’ artisan has earned a reputation for making incredible sandwiches, and the Schmidt Mac Burger comes with two patties, cheese, grilled onions, shrettue, dill pickles and a special sauce. on a sesame bun. For something smaller, the cheeseburger on the children’s menu offers a little taste of one of the biggest burgers in our valley.

Meanwhile, a longtime Downvalley favorite, Brush Creek Saloon offers a separate burger menu with over a dozen creative and delicious options. The Patty Melt, Green Chili Burger, and Dirty Chipotle Burger each deserve their own visit, and if you’re feeling extra spicy, try the Eagle Fire Truck.

Best steak

There are those of us whose idea of ​​a good meal includes a big, sizzling piece of beef. When Vail Daily readers want a good steak, they head to these places.

Elway’s at Vail Village is a traditional steakhouse. Choose your favorite appetizer, then add side dishes as you like. The restaurant’s namesake knew a bit about football. Turns out ex-No.7 knows a bit more about steak.

Elway’s, a chophouse in Vail Village, took one of the top three spots for steak in the valley.
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Near the Covered Bridge, Russell’s has a long-standing local tradition for great meals, from steaks to crab legs. A number of people at Russell have worked there for decades. They will treat you well.

In Minturn, the Minturn Country Club is another local institution, with a bit of a twist. Order your favorite good bite on a counter, with your sides, then cook your own steak on the restaurant grills. Have a drink while you cook to keep cool and make a new friend or two.

Best cold cuts

If you want something quick and delicious, the Vail Valley has some delicious delicatessen shops.

Avon Bakery & Deli has satisfied locals’ hunger for years with bagels, burritos and breakfast sandwiches in the morning and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. For those who prefer their sandwiches lighter, try the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich.

The Boardroom Market & Deli in Edwards also offers traditional charcuterie dishes. And, like everywhere in the world, there are many sandwiches with names. The Pepi’s Face, a submarine of hand-rolled meatballs, is hearty. If you go away hungry, it’s your fault.

Eagle’s Red Canyon Café is another place with named sandwiches. The Bonfire bagel owes its name to the famous local brewery. For lunch, try the Mussolini Fondant Panini, a combination of hard salami, mozzarella, pesto, tomato and spinach. Get it on a ciabatta roll for the full effect.

Boardroom Market & Deli in Edwards serves delicious, creatively named sandwiches.
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