dining scene in vail, co is substantially focused towards high-end, fine dining
which makes sense as this mountain town caters towards a major tourist population.  Yet, some nights, you just want to kick off
your ski boots and have a tasty meal without breaking the bank (relatively
speaking as we are still talking about a tourist destination).  Enter tavern on the square.  This approachable but classy spot has
high-arched ceilings and dark wood trim to bring some sophistication to the
space.  However, the flat-screen tvs,
smattering of high-top tables and kid menus aplenty, shows that this dining scene
is made for the masses.
Steps away
from the eagle bahn gondola inside the arrabelle hotel, diners will find
typical bar fare such as chicken wings, a handful of burgers and a couple
higher priced items like steaks and chops. 
The burger options range from a traditional cheese burger with all
natural angus beef to a black label burger with honey mustard on a pretzel roll
to, my personal favorite, the ahi tuna burger; lightly seared and topped with
creamy avocado, wasabi mayo and peppery arugula.  Sadly the kitchen had some inconsistencies with
their grilling skills as the beef and bison burgers were all pretty dry and
leaning towards well-done.  Not my
favorite when you are craving a juicy, drip down your hand kind of burger.
on the square does offer more diverse menu selections through their
starters.  Options range from pork belly
sliders, baked brie with a huckleberry jam, lobster mac n cheese and the crowd
pleasing chili con queso.  The queso has
a hint of heat with the addition of spicy chorizo and is served with doughy pretzels
and also crispy tortilla chips.  I feel
like this could be the perfect location for an après-ski scene where skiiers
could congregate for a frosty cold beer and a few shared snacks. 
it comes to amicable, low-key and budget conscious fare, tavern on the square
is a great option if you are coming in from a day on the mountain or looking
for a understated evening out.  The menu
offers conventional options that are sure to please the masses and great noshes
for sharing.  Hopefully the kitchen can
get their cook-times in order to better the consistency of their food.  Though, I don’t think diners will mind much
as they are just looking for a causal meal without the pretentiousness many vail
restaurants have.  
Written by Jaime
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