Best of Vail Valley: All American Food

Best of Vail Valley: All American Food

These American classics are always scrumptious to die for, especially when found in one of the winners of our 2021 Best of Vail Valley survey.

Best barbecue

The winners in this year’s Best BBQ category consist of two staples from our community and one unlikely newcomer.

Moe’s Original Bar B Which has done it again. What started in our valley and has grown into an international franchise of more than 60 locations; Moe’s is an experienced heavyweight in this category. Bama-style pulled pork sandwiches are a must, and if you’re lucky enough to be there when they offer boudin balls, don’t be shy.



Moe’s Original Bar B Que, with locations in Vail and Eagle, continues its long history as a favorite of the best Vail Valley barbecues.
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If you fancy a barbecue in Minturn, Kirby Cosmo’s is the locals’ clear choice. Their delicious assortment of smoked meats comes with tempting sides and appetizers, like pork wings or fried green tomatoes.

And now for the unexpected newcomer: Riverwalk Theater. As the pandemic worsened and restrictions tightened, Edwards’s small theater decided to do great things by parking a smoker outside. The brisket sandwich is spicy and superb; and blends well with any movie.



Best burgers

Burger fans unite, these three joints flip the best burgers in the valley, according to our readers:

At Avon, Benderz Burger has taken over. Served at the Northside Kitchen and Southside Benderz locations, this burger is customizable and can be stacked on the moon. A delicious burger will satisfy the average diner; Those who dare to triple-stack it won’t be disappointed, but they can have some delicious leftovers.

The Benderz Burger, served at Northside Kitchen and Southside Benderz in Avon, is customizable and can be stacked on the moon.
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Craftsman in Edwards has built a reputation for offering amazing sandwiches, and the Schmidt Mac Burger comes with two patties, cheese, grilled onion, shrettuce, pickles, and specialty sauce on a sesame bun. For something smaller, the children’s menu cheeseburger offers a small glimpse at one of the best burgers in our valley.

Meanwhile, a longtime Downvalley favorite, Brush Creek Saloon offers a separate burger menu with more than a dozen creative and delicious options. The Patty Melt Burger, Green Chili, and Dirty Chipotle are worth a visit of their own, and if you’re feeling spicier, try the Eagle Fire Truck.

Best steak

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

Elway’s in Vail Village is a traditional steakhouse. Choose your preferred main dish, then add side dishes as desired. The restaurant’s namesake knew a little about soccer. Turns out old Number 7 tastes a little steak too.

Elway’s, a chophouse in Vail Village, ranked one of the top three steak spots in the valley.
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Near the Covered Bridge, Russell’s is a long-time local tradition of great food, from steaks to crab legs. Several Russell’s people have worked there for decades. They will treat you well.

In Minturn, the Minturn Country Club is another local institution, with a different twist. Order your favorite piece of goodness on a counter, along with your sides, then grill your own steak at the restaurant. Have a drink while you cook to keep cool and make a new friend or two.

Best Deli

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

Avon Bakery & Deli has been satisfying the hunger of the locals for years with bagels, burritos and sandwiches for breakfast in the morning and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. For those who prefer their sandwiches on the lighter side, try the Grilled Veggie Sandwich.

The Boardroom Market & Deli in Edwards also has traditional deli food. And, like deli menu boards everywhere, many of the sandwiches have names. The Pepi’s Face, a hand-rolled meatball sub, is filling. If you leave hungry, it’s your fault.

Eagle’s Red Canyon Café is another place with named sandwiches. The Bonfire bagel is named after the popular local brewery. For lunch, try Mussolini’s melted panini, a combination of hard salami, mozzarella cheese, pesto, tomato, and spinach. Get it on a ciabatta roll for the full effect.

Boardroom Market & Deli at Edwards serves delicious sandwiches with creative names.
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