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“Stick to the Prime Rib” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Northside Coffee Kitchen

Northside Coffee Kitchen
20 Nottingham Road, Avon, Beaver Creek, CO
970-949-1423
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Ranked #6 of 32 Restaurants in Avon
Cuisines: American, Bakery, Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Grand Junction, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Stick to the Prime Rib”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

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.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dillon
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118 restaurant reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Great food great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

happening local's place, great value, fun, great food! GO what is holding you back?

Visited June 2012
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Austin, Texas
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53 restaurant reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Not!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stopped by for dinner on the glowing recommendation of the hotel's concierge...I won't trust any more of her recommendations. As previously noted, the seating leaves a lot to be desired, community table with very hard metal seats and setups for 16 people...way too close for comfort and it was very uncomfortable, barely enough room for our two plates, plus water and a beer. Felt very cramped. The food left a lot to be desired too. The wife's chipotle-lemon roasted 1/2 chicken came out on the raw side, pink juices accumulating on the plate. Sent it back and even when it came back out, there was still some pink which, according to the waitress, the chef said it was just tendon???? My wife chose to only eat the polenta and veggies. The waitress did remove the item from our bill. My medium rare rib eye was more on the medium side. The creamy garlic and horseradish mashed potatoes were more runny than creamy and the fresh veggie saute (yellow squash and zucchini) were slightly over seasoned, though sauteed perfectly.

They may have great coffee and donuts, but at this point I don't believe that this is a restaurant worth visiting for dinner and it won't be on our "must go back to" list.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food especially their 2-for 1 dinner specials with Chef Noah!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Went a few times for their 2 for 1 dinner specials (which has ended) and the food was awesome. Atmosphere is casual but not a problem for us! Also been going there for their breakfast and haven't been disappointed. Delicious coffee!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The place for good beans.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

whomever fixes the coffee-it always taste great!The deserts are over the top!

Visited August 2011
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