Base Village Newcomer: Ricard Brasserie & Liquor Bar

linda hayes | May 23, 2014 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

1 - Base Village Newcomer: Ricard Brasserie &…The private dining room at Ricard Brasserie & Liquor Bar offers glimpses of Snowmass.

No need to brush up on your French to enjoy the classic brasserie fare at Ricard. Opened by Southern California–based chef-restaurateur Tim Goodell this past winter, Ricard’s concept and menu translate easily into a tasteful summer repast. “The brasserie concept of rustic, flavorful food cooked properly fits perfectly with the mountain locale,” explains Executive Chef Jeff Armstrong. “Tim and I have worked together on and off since ’97. We’re both classically trained chefs, so it’s in our comfort zone.”

Whether your comfort zone is out on the patio with picturesque vistas of Fanny Hill on Snowmass Mountain—a popular summer playground for hikers and bikers—at the convivial bar, or in the dining room, expect a vivacious vibe. “It’s a big-city, bustling, have-a-good-time feel,” says Armstrong. “A brasserie is not supposed to be formal dining, but you can have a fine-dining experience here as well.”

Either way, the food is the focus. East and West Coast oysters on the half-shell, little glass jars of velvety chicken liver pâté, frisée aux lardons topped with a perfectly poached egg, and hand-chopped steak tartare with black olive tapenade are classic starters. Follow up with traditional dishes: steak frites, skate wing sautéed in brown butter and capers, and roasted chicken with locally sourced summer vegetables, or check out the daily specials. Pair it all with one of 20 or so wines by the glass with even more available on the ample wine list. Ricard Brasserie & Liquor Bar, 110 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, 970-429-4163

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