This place is still feeling its way, but does some good things. First, lets talk about the ambiance. It is not set up for dinner. It is a breakfast place. A long communal table is in the middle of the room, and you sit on either side and their isn't much room. That may have worked at Durgin Park, but it doesn't work too well here, The other choices are stools at a bar, and at a counter. The waitress told us that this used to be a Pizza Hut, but they took out the booths and went to this setup which is OK for a breakfast bar, or a warming hut at a ski lodge, but not so great for a quiet dinner.
Other reviews have dealt with breakfast, and it looks like a good place for that. However, I will deal with dinner. We had the prime rib, which is their special, and goes for a very reasonable (for Vail Valley) $19.95 We ordered it medium rare, and that is how it came, closer to rare than medium. It was very tasty, thick and juicy, and was too much for us to finish. Our portions were not uniform in size. Mine looked to be about 18 ounces in size and my wife's was closer to 14 ounces. We both took home about half of our portions for lunch tomorrow.
It comes with a salad, and there are mashed potatoes under the beef. The salad was adequate, and the potatoes were nothing special. They also said it came with gravy, which sounded weird. We asked them to hold the gravy, but the beef came covered with gravy anyway. It was a red wine gravy, and very good, but more appropriate for a steak than prime rib. We asked them to fix it, and they brought us new and bigger portions.
We went on a Tuesday, and there weren't a lot of people there for us to look at the other choices. We did see a few orders of spaghetti and meat balls, and they looked like a pass.
They have steaks on the menu, but we didn't see any being served. They were substantially more expensive, so I would suggest sticking to the prime rib.
For desert my wife had the frozen mousse. It was as tiny as the prime rib was huge. Stick to the prime rib.
My conclusion is that this is the best prime rib in the Vail valley, and the price is right. It is worth the weird table setup. In fact, if you like chatting with the neighbors, the seating is kind of fun. Don't know how long they can afford to sell this much beef at this price, but while it lasts, take advantage. They have some really good Colorado craft beers on tap also, and they go good with the prime rib.. The waitress bought me a small beer to make up for the gravy mixup.
No one working here seemed to be over 25, and were very friendly and attentive. I rate the service as excellent. It wasn't too busy, and t,he young chef came out and asked us how the dinner was. We asked him to sit down, and gave him our suggestions.
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