Downvalley Tavern debuts in El Jebel
The Downvalley Tavern is the newest addition to El Jebel's surprisingly robust restaurant offerings.Drew Scott, ex-chef of Elevation in Aspen, and his wife, Bonnie Scott, opened the Downvalley Tavern on July 3 at 64 El Jebel Road, site of the old Blue Creek Grill, which shuttered at the end of May.
The Downvalley Tavern fare is a modern interpretation of simple Southern Italian food. The remodeled space exudes a casual but hip ambiance where you can sit down for a full mean or just grab a drink.
Looking for a drink and an appetizer that won't bust your budget or gut? How about a $$3.50 bottle of beer and $5 rosemary parmesan fries? Or a $5 cabernet and and mozzarella-stuffed fried rissoto for $6?
Other appetizers include crispy calamari for $8, roasted asparagus for $6 and crostinis with choice of chicken pate with balsamic fig, tomato, basil and ricotta or salami and olive tapenade.
Eleven pasta dishes — including a rigatoni bolognese and oricchiette al forno — go for $12-$15.
Entrees run the gamut and feature burgers for $9; chicken cacciatore or lamb meatballs for $13, eggplant parmesan for $14; grilled pork shoulder or pork skewer for $15; a $16 barbecued skirt steak; a $17 mountain trout: or an $18 salmon with arugula, tomato caper relish and risotto cake.
The Downvalley Tavern is open for lunch too (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) The lunch menu features $5-$9 salads and $7-$9 freshly made sandwiches. There is also ample outdoor seating featuring umbrellas in the front and even more seating wrapped around the side of the building.
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