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Agave — Located across from the Bear parking lot of Beaver Creek in Avon, Agave serves authentic Mexican cuisine with veggie and gluten free options. Their Taco Tuesdays is super popular with locals. The bar frequently features entertainment nights with local or nationally touring bands.
Coyote Cafe —Beaver Creek‘s first bar and restaurant is a local‘s favorite, serving Tex Mex favorites, renowned margaritas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and often has Warren Miller ski movies playing in the background. Each day, it’s a favorite spot to meet after a day on the hill (skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer), and they have one of the most popular mug clubs in our valley, too (proud owner of mine since 2009!). One thing I love about the ‘Yote is how amazing their nachos are—they have the perfect chip to stuff ratio, so you’re not stuck with a plate of chips after the goodies are gone. Oftentimes, I need a fork just to finish up the “stuff” after the chips are gone! Perfect.
El Segundo — El Segundo is Vail’s newest restaurant, and has fast become one of the best aprés spots in town. They serve more modern Mexican cuisine, with ceviche, tacos, and fresco entrees. It’s high energy, and overlooks the beautiful Gore Creek.
Fiesta’s — Fiesta‘s is an established and beloved family owned restaurant and has been open in Edwards since 1989. The family owned and operated establishment serves fresh, authentic, made from scratch recipes from their New Mexican family. They also have a wonderful selection of gluten free and vegetarian items.
Fiesta Jalisco — Fiesta Jalisco is a family owned and operated restaurant, and Jalisco is the Mexican state where the owner’s father first started the family’s restaurant business! Their recipes are passed down from generation to generation and everything is made from scratch. Everything from their artwork to their food is authentically Mexican, and made with vibrant colors and flavors from Guadalajara.
Maya — Maya is a Richard Sandoval restaurant with spectacular views of Beaver Creek and the Eagle River in Avon. They serve modern Mexican cuisine, rooted in tradition yet adventuring into contemporary tasted and techniques as you’d come to expect from the “Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine.”
No Se Hagan Bolas — Every town has a hole in the wall restaurant, where you may feel like you’re not in the right place….is this right…this can’t be right….? No Se Hagan Bolas is this place, and like the other holes in the wall, it is absolutely delicious! The menu for this taqueria is very limited and predominantly in Spanish. It’s TINY, with maybe 6 seats, and nestled between a mattress store and barber shop. This humble restaurant is absolutely worth the venture if you like venturing off the beaten path, and like every good taqueria, also has delicious hamburgers!
Rocky Mountain Taco — Rocky Mountain Taco has a cult following of locals, and originally started by longtime locals as a taco truck with the “World’s Most Best Tacos” outside of Vail Brewing Company and Native Roots. They’ve since expanded to a second food truck at Avon Station, and their first brick and mortar location in Minturn. Their following is well-earned, and while their menu is more focused, these gents make phenomenal food.
For Mexican cuisine, the more upscale restaurants will accept reservations (El Segundo & Maya) and Coyote Cafe even though they are more casual due to their location. Most are open for lunch and dinner, with reservations for dinner only. When you are travelling with your family, please keep in mind prime dining hours for dinner are 5:30 – 8:00PM and reservations are highly recommended if they are accepted, especially if you are travelling over the winter season or during the height of the summer season. It’s difficult to “wing it” for these preferred hours, and cancellations are rare. For the more casual restaurants which may not accept reservations, please note your wait time may be quite long during the height of the season during the most popular hours, so I would recommend either dining early (closer to 5) or late (8 or later) to avoid the longest lines. Don’t be surprised if the restaurant requires a credit card to hold the reservation and has a 24 hour cancellation policy—this is to help protect themselves against last minute cancellations and to be able to staff accordingly. Remember, many of the restaurants in the Vail Valley are very small, especially in comparison to larger cities.
As for timing for making your reservations, if you are travelling during the winter, I would recommend booking your reservations for Christmastime in October/November (depending on when the restaurant opens), and for the rest of the winter you can begin in December. For summertime, you can begin making your reservations approximately 1 month prior to arrival, unless you are coming for 4th of July weekend—if so, I’d start calling when the restaurants open in May! It’s always better to have a reservation and cancel it than it is to risk not being able to get into your favorites because you waited too long. It’s counterintuitive, especially in this day and age of instant-everything, however our valley is small and popular restaurants fill up quickly.
Remember—if you can’t find the restaurant on OpenTable, just call them! Not every restaurant out here utilizes OpenTable, and if they do, not every restaurant puts every table on the platform so it’s always worth a call.