Exploring Breckenridge: Blue Stag Saloon offers delicious surprises

The Blue Stag Saloon is deceptively ordinary on the outside – ordinary that is for a restaurant on a Main Street filled with 100-year-old buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Step inside the Blue Stag Saloon or grab a seat on the streetside patio. You won’t be disappointed.

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The centerpiece of the patio is a stone firepit surrounded by heavy wooden benches – the perfect place to catch up with friends or while away the afternoon with a glass of wine and a good book. The dining room feels like a mountain cabin hideaway. Recycled beetle-eaten and barn wood line the walls and ceilings, and a stone fireplace warms the room, giving the space a rustic feel.

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As for the food, four words: Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna. Seared rare and served with wasabi aioli, teriyaki reduction, and won ton crisps, this was an amazing way to begin dinner. The blend of flavors and textures was inhaled by our table. We thought about ordering another, but were distracted by other appetizers, including housemade Asiago Spinach and Artichoke Dip and a Guacamole and Salsa Sampler.

Other items of interest included Smoked Salmon Chips and, yes, Rocky Mountain Oysters. The Chili Colorado consisted of braised elk, beef, venison, and buffalo in dark chili. Blackened Ahi Salad incorporated fresh grilled pineapple.

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It was hard to pick a favorite between Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf drizzled with barbeque sauce, Honey Bourbon Glazed Salmon with wild rice, and Marinated Skirt Steak. Other tempting entrees included Rocky Mountain Trout with lemon-dill beurre blanc sauce, Colorado Lamb Chops, and Wild Mushroom Venison Stroganoff.

To wash it down there were beers from nine states and Spain, as well as wines from California and Latin America, signature cocktails, and a selection of Scotch and whiskey.

Until our next adventure in wine and food…

Blue Stag Saloon
323 South Main Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424
970-453-2221

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