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This Vail restaurant is the originator of the Larkburger.
posted: 07/13/2010
Vail’s third main base area doesn’t get a lot of love. It’s purpose-built and recently reworked, but GP’s main identity is as a wait-free access point to the slopes. Don’t be so hasty. Larkspur is an après and dining oasis that gets overlooked. It delivers spacious outdoor seating, an open-air kitchen and glass-enclosed wine room. For après, the scene is relaxed but sophisticated, complemented by a creative but not overly precious menu. And there’s usually no wait for a stool at the bar or even a table.

Larkspur is always on. Perhaps it’s the friendly nature of the staff, who will happily pour you a martini and feed you frito misto at the striking glass-backed bar. Maybe it’s the delicate origami hummingbirds that flock an entire dining room wall or the subtle Italian lighting or alderwood décor. Most likely, it’s the appeal of the open kitchen and 7,500-bottle, glass-enclosed wine cellar. The restaurant is located inside the Golden Peak Lodge, and at lunchtime it fills with skiers looking to refuel with the all-natural Coleman beef Larkburger—hearty enough to inspire the launch of a casual restaurant by the same name in nearby Edwards. By dinnertime the pace slows, and executive chef Armando Navarro’s dishes take the spotlight.
Vail, Colorado | 970.479.8050 |

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