There’s nothing worse than coming to a new town and starting off the day with soggy toast and a bad cup of coffee…for $50! It takes time and lots of trial and error to uncover the best breakfast spots in a new town. Some are a bit upscale, some are greasy spoons, but we are confident that in this list you will find something just right for you.
Flame, Four Seasons Resort Vail
In the heart of Vail Village, at the foot of Vail Mountain, Flame, located in the Four Seasons Resort at 1 Vail Road, offers a breakfast buffet and an a la carte breakfast menu daily in its formal wood lined dining room. There is a wide assortment of omelets and pancakes available. The pork belly in the pork belly hash is house cured. The Bananas Foster stuffed French toast features caramelized bananas and mascarpone cheese. Smoothies with protein powder are served.
Beignet Café, Sebastian Hotel
A short distance away, at 16 Vail Road, at the boutique Sebastian Hotel, the Beignet Café offers those famous light donuts with a variety of toppings, both sweet and savory. The donuts are also available at Market, another of the hotel’s restaurants. Signature dishes at Market include Eggs Benedict on cheddar cheese biscuits and lemon soufflé pancakes.
Ludwig’s Café, Sonnenalp Resort
Further down Vail Road, at the Sonnenalp Resort, Ludwig’s Café serves a European style breakfast buffet with some German touches. There is a terrace for outdoor dining in fine weather.
Terra Bistro, Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa
Just east of Vail Road, in the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa at 352 East Meadow Drive, Terra Bistro offers a breakfast buffet for those in a hurry and specialty plates of omelets, skillets and whole grain pancakes for those who can wait for the made to order dishes. There are a wide variety of smoothies available. Breakfast is complimentary for guests of the hotel. The dining room has light, airy, expansive windows and exceptionally high ceilings.
Atwaters on Gore Creek, Vail Cascade Resort and Spa
Another dining room with large windows providing extraordinary views is Atwaters on Gore Creek, the creek-side restaurant at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa at 1300 Westhaven Drive. While enjoying the scenery, diners can choose a full breakfast buffet or continental options. Made to order omelets are also available.
While hotel restaurants are reliable choices for breakfast, there are independent breakfast joints in Vail that offer a good start to the day. Loaded Joe’s, at 227 Bridge Street, is a local favorite that serves an excellent cup of coffee along with a limited menu of breakfast sandwiches, pastries and bagels.
Blu’s Restaurant, at 193 Gore Creek Drive, is casual. It serves an adult version of green eggs and ham, green chili hash browns, steak and eggs and other hearty fare. A children’s menu is available all day and includes an ice cream sandwich with every meal.
The Little Diner
The Little Diner in the Lionshead area, at 616 West Lionshead Circle, is owned by a family named Little, but is also little in size. There is bar seating around an open kitchen. Its food is renowned locally for the signature Dutch pancakes, crepes and hash browns.
The Westside Café in West Vail, at 2211 North Frontage Road, serves a wide variety of American comfort food. The choices run from bagels and lox to corned beef hash to biscuits and gravy to quesadillas and burritos. Cap’n Crunch French toast, Mickey Mouse pancakes and varieties of Eggs Benedict, omelets and waffles are available. The atmosphere is relaxed and cordial.
From high-end restaurant dining to greasy spoon tucked away diners there is something for everyone in Vail. Reservations definitely not required, just a hearty appetite will do!
**top photo credit Terra Bistro Vail