The Vail Valley is not for the faint of pocket. Lift ticket prices are creeping deep into the triple digits ($150 for a high-season single day), and even parking, which runs $25 in the main garage, ain’t cheap. But, luckily for dirtbags, there are still a handful of cheap, delicious places to eat.
People complain that you can’t get good pizza in Colorado because of the elevation. Those people have not been to Pazzo’s, which serves the best pizza in the valley, as well as killer calzones. There are two locations in the Valley; the one in Avon, accessible by bus at the main roundabout, is the slightly more laid back local’s go-to. Beers are abundant, and a large Azteca pizza is $21.
Northside Grab n Go
Maple bacon donuts the size of your face, breakfast biscuits, and more. The Northside Grab n Go is easy, quick and delicious. Their wall of fresh donuts is worth the trip to West Vail. They do lunch sandwiches, too, or snacks for the car ride home. They open at 6 a.m., and you can get out of there, caffeinated and with a full stomach, for under $10. There’s a slightly more sit down location in Avon, too, which has options like waffles and huevos.
Moe’s Original Barbecue
In 2001, three friends from Alabama started selling the barbecue they knew from back home out of a double-wide down by the river. Their operation has grown significantly since then (and expanded to other ski towns, like Tahoe City), but you can still get their original pulled pork sandwich, ‘bama style, in Lionshead Village. Get the banana pudding, too. A sandwich with two sides and a drink (like sweet tea), is $9.
Rocky Mountain Taco
La Cantina, in the Vail Transportation Center, used to be the go-to cheap burrito restaurant, but that was before some former Pazzo’s employees bought a food truck and started selling what they call “the world’s most best tacos.” They’re not that far off. Their barbacoa alone is worth tracking down the truck. They’re often posted up at places like Vail Brewing Company, but you can find them on Instagram @rockymountaintaco. BYO picnic beers.