The most sophisticated menu at the resort, which is saying a lot, Grouse Mountain Grill is know for making everything they serve, from bread to sausage, in house. The restaurant has been Zagat rated, and won Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since the mid 90s. 970-949-0600; www.grousemountaingrill.com
Fast food with a fine dining background, Larkburger is an offshoot of Thomas Salamunovich’s Larkspur restaurant in Vail. The menu is small, just a few varieties of burger, fries, and milkshakes, but everything is high quality, and made with all-natural and organic ingredients. Don’t miss the truffle and parmesan fries. They’ve expanded into Denver and other major Colorado cities, but the original location, in Edwards, is right at the base of Arrowhead. Larkburger.com; (970) 926-9336
You might have to fight through a two-deep crowd of locals to put your order in, but Avon’s version of Cheers serves up the best pizza in the Beaver Creek area. The wait can be monumental, up to two hours on a busy winter night, and they don’t take reservations, but the Cabo pizza, with shrimp, jalapenos, and cilantro, is worth it.
Before or after skiing, for breakfast or après, the Coyote Cafe is a Beaver Creek favorite.
Coyote Café; Beaver Creek
Near the ticket office and only a short walk from the lift, the Coyote Café is a convenient breakfast spot, as well as the perfect place for you to stumble to with aching limbs after a full day on the slopes for après ski. Featuring quick and inexpensive lunch service, the place also serves meals in the morning and full-service dinners.