Every time I go to Beano's I find myself greatly disappointed. Come on, Vail Resorts, this is suppose to be your top star, on mountain dining?
The anticipation of going to Beano's, be it in summer or winter, is exciting.. More so in winter as you're cosy p with the person next to you, sharing a blanket - of course, it's a better experience when you know the person.
Nevertheless, during summer, this particular restaurant plays host to a large amount of weddings and other events. One wedding this year I was excited to attend was taking place at this very venue. During the summer you take the village transportation to the venue... so the bumpy ride to Beano's allowed me to not only get car sick but shared views of the new Redtail Camp, World Cup runs and Beaver Creek's most challenging section of terrain, Grouse Mountain. Finely reaching the on mountain restaurant, we are greeted by the friendly staff.. Whom are worth every penny and more - probably the friendliest staff I've experienced out of all the VR restaurants. However, when it came to the cocktails and dinner, this is why I marked this dining experience as "poor". The drinks served were, needless to say, a bit potent. I like to enjoy my beverage with the perfect balance of liquor and whatever mixings that may be included (even though I know the majority of the attendees of this particular event were of "Greek college decent", no good bartender should sacrifice his/her art to make a mess). And the food, which is why I title this review as I did, hit way below expectations. The portions were quite small, and the food was only okay, it wasn't one of those meals that knocked my socks off. I had ordered the Elk from the menu, which was perfectly cooked.. However, as I took my first bite, I noticed something on my plate. My friend sitting next to me also noticed it, and being that she works for a local venue in their food and beverage department her eyes widened as I pulled this very long, black hair from my elk. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I believe Bigfoot was here and left his mark on my plate. I did lose my appetite which really didn't combine well with the liquor / mix ratio I had been drinking. In years past, I had joined my family to this restaurant during the winter season, even had a chance to experience it with colleagues, but every time I go, the food disappoints and doesn't meet expectations. And yes, Iron Chef Cat, the sweet potato wedges/fries are delicious, but I believe they took them off the menu. A bummer, I know.
If all else fails, Maybe the next time you visit you'll probably get a look at their mascot the porky pine that lives there who is adorable, but if not, you may very well see Harry Bigfoot from "Harry and the Hendersons"..