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The Best Restaurant in Beaver Creek: The Golden Eagle

August 14, 2013

I realized a little while ago that even though I’ve mentioned my favorite restaurant in the valley – and perhaps anywhere –  The Golden Eagle Inn, a few times on this blog, I had yet to write a full post about it.  Since I had the good fortune to eat dinner there not once, but twice in the last few weeks, I made sure to keep my camera handy so I’d be able to take you to dinner with me, virtually at least!  Care to join me?

The Golden Eagle Inn Beaver Creek

The Golden Eagle’s flower-lined patio is the primo place to dine and people-watch during the summer.

The Golden Eagle is located in Beaver Creek village, just a stone’s throw from the ice skating rink and a quick escalator trip to the slopes.  In the name of full disclosure, my uncle Don owns this restaurant, but it is so freaking phenomenal that I know I’d love it regardless of any family connections.  Stick with me and I’ll show you.

The Golden Eagle Beaver Creek

The Golden Eagle Beaver Creek

During the summer, the restaurant’s flower-ringed patio is open and is the primo spot to dine if the weather allows.  It’s already starting to get cool at night, so we opted to sit inside the restaurant both nights, right on the edge of the opened glass doors – the best of both worlds!

Let’s start by recapping dinner #1, shall we?  The Golden Eagle is my favorite place to go for a special-occasion dinner, so when our recently engaged friends came to visit for the weekend, it was a no-brainer to take them there to celebrate.

Dinner at the Golden Eagle

At the Golden Eagle

All big red wine drinkers, we were in the mood for a Zinfandel, so I asked Don to pick us one from the list.  He selected a Jacuzzi Primativo (I’m pretty sure that’s Italian for Zinfandel) that we all loved.  It’s big, bold, a little spicy and plenty fruity with hints of chocolate, and at less than $40, we had no problem ordering two bottles.

Jacuzzi Wine at the Golden Eagle

We kicked the party off with a couple of appetizers – a charcuterie plate featuring meats, local cheeses and a killer Strawberry-Rhubarb Preserves, along with an order of Crispy Duck Wings.   They were both delicious and both quickly polished off.

Duck Wings at the Golden Eagle

For my dinner, I ordered the North Dakota Buffalo Tri-Tip Steak that was a perfect medium-rare, so flavorful and tender.

Buffalo at  The Golden Eagle

The corn flapjacks served on the side along with grilled zucchini and pesto were also phenomenal.  I didn’t leave a single morsel on the plate and was so happy with this dish.  However, that didn’t stop me from lusting after my companions’ dinners.  A beautiful fish special:

Seafood at the Golden Eagle

And a juicy Pork Porterhouse:

Pork Porterhouse at the Golden Eagle

Yum!  After enjoying appetizers and entrees, you might think we would have been too full for dessert.  But if you thought that, you clearly don’t know me very well.

Dessert at The Golden Eagle

We started to dive in before I snapped this picture, but we shared a perfect Creme Brulee and a peanut butter and jelly inspired dessert.  The PB&J blew me away.  I love peanut butter, and the smooth, rich, peanut buttery mouse topped with a strawberry compote was to die for.  If you’re a peanut butter lover and have the chance to try this dessert, promise me you will.  Thanks.

Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite or taste another sip, Don offered to bring us out a little sampler of dessert wines.  Never too full to wine taste, we enthusiastically said yes please!

Dessert Wine at the Golden Eagle

We tasted two different kinds of port, a Botrytis Semillon and another sweet dessert wine that I unfortunately can’t remember the description of.  I preferred the light-colored dessert wines to the ports but thoroughly enjoyed getting to taste all of them.

Dessert wine at the Golden Eagle

From beginning to end, it was a phenomenal meal.  The next day, one of my dining companions said that it was one of those meals that she’ll remember for the rest of her life.  If that’s not high praise, I’m not sure what is.  The Golden Eagle is the kind of place that invites you to linger over your meal, and we spent upwards of two hours eating, drinking and enjoying one another’s company.

Dinner at the Golden Eagle Beaver Creek

A couple of weeks after this fabulous dinner, my family came to visit.  Every time they do, The Golden Eagle is on our agenda for at least one meal.

At the Golden Eagle

I refrained from photographing our entire dinner-for-nine, and we repeated a few of the dishes from my previous visit, so here are just a few highlights… The Duck Liver Mousse Brûlée appetizer:

Duck Liver Mousse at the Golden Eagle

After my experience trying an overly-sweet Goose Liver Brûlée in Istanbul, I was a little skeptical of this dish.  Until I tried it, loved every bite and used a piece of bread to scrape the bottom of the dish.  It was savory, a little sweet, rich and decadent.  Feeling totally indecisive, my sister and I decided to split three dishes for our main course: a delicious Organic Kale Salad, North Dakota Buffalo Tri-Tip Lettuce Wraps (one of my favorites of the night) and the Natural Colorado Chicken Breast.

Chicken at the Golden Eagle

I hardly ever order chicken when out at a restaurant with more interesting fare, but the potato gnocchi on the side sold me on this dish.  The Hazelnut-Pancetta Encrusted Idaho Trout was also a big favorite at our table and I loved the bite I snagged from my mom.

Trout at the Golden Eagle

We finished with an array of desserts – the same PB&J (just as good the second time), a decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse, the Lemon & Elderberry Frozen Mousse and another Creme Brûlée.  Both dinners were knock-your-socks-off fabulous.  I owe a big thanks to Don for treating us so well and our server, Toni, for taking great care of us!

If you find yourself in Beaver Creek around lunch time, The Golden Eagle also does a terrific lunch – amazing food, but quick enough to get you back on the slopes and wonderfully affordable.

So that’s my rave for the day.  Tell me – what’s your favorite restaurant?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2013 7:47 am

    What an amazing restaurant to have in the family! These dishes look amazing. Is it okay to go to Beaver Creek just for the food..?? 🙂 My current favorite restaurant is hard question.. but since moving to Denver I am loving ethiopian, Watercourse (vegetarian), and had an amazing meal at Potager when my dad was visiting.

    • August 14, 2013 8:58 am

      It is absolutely ok to come to the Beav for the food! If I were you I’d come when the aspens are turning in a month or so and hike around, too. There are SO many great restaurants in Denver – I like Watercourse but have never eaten Ethiopian down there or tried Potager. A few of my favorites are Trattoria Stella for brunch or Italian, Pho 95 as a go-to lunch and Vesta Dipping Grill for a fun night out.

  2. August 14, 2013 9:44 am

    Thank you for taking us to this wonderful restaurant Lauren!! I would have to say that my favorite spot would have to be Linger in the Highlands of Denver. The unique small plates that Linger offers lead to a fun sharing experience with the table. Still uber popular after at least 4 year open 2-3 weeks advance notice is needed for a table. Happy hour is also amazing on there rooftop patio overlooking Denver, no reservation needed!

    • August 14, 2013 2:11 pm

      You’re welcome – let’s go back any time! I love the scene at Linger but have only ever done it for happy hour and never dinner… maybe time to remedy that on one of our next trips down?!

  3. paigehelene permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:16 pm

    Sounds delicious! We’ll be in Beaver Creek in a few weeks for my boyfriend’s birthday. I made reservations at Grouse Mountain Grill (we are staying at The Pines Lodge…yay for employee discounts 😉 ), but maybe I will change it up and we’ll head to The Golden Eagle Inn.

    • September 13, 2013 10:53 pm

      You should! I’ve heard Grouse Mountain is great too but I’m definitely partial to the Eagle. If you go, tell Don that Lauren sent you. Enjoy Beaver Creek!


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