The New Sheridan Chop House is pretty much the only game in town for serious meat eaters. Luckily, it doesn't disappoint. The menu offers the standard complement of properly-cooked steaks (plus a tasty dry-aged bison ribeye), in addition contemporary mountain preparations of fish, game, and other proteins. Appetizers run the gamut from salads and steakhouse favorites to more innovative dishes like a lox-tasting tea-smoked salmon with microgreens that perplexed on a recent visit. You want oysters? They've got 'em--although I wonder why anyone would want an oyster at 8,700 feet.
While I have never considered the cuisine at The Chop House to be cutting edge, I hear that the proprietor and chef recently traveled to New York to gather some ideas to bring back to Telluride. We sampled the new menu just a couple of days after it debuted, so I can forgive the trespass of an overcooked Danny Meyer-style tuna burger. Yet somehow, to eat foo-foo food at the New Sheridan is to miss the point. The best evenings there are boozy and beefy and, naturally, it doesn't come cheap. The room is sexier than most in town, the bar more adept, and the service a notch more responsive than many places around town. Telluride's Victorian opulence is most effectively celebrated with a leisurely dinner at The New Sheridan.
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