Nick & Neil’s Best of 2020

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Travel was somewhat limited in 2020, but we still managed to eat and drink some amazing things and stay in some great lodging. This year’s list leans more heavily on pizza and beer than usual due to pandemic-related convenience (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Cheers to what will hopefully be a mid-2021 return to our more usual routine of seeking out the best classic cocktail bars.

Best Food (Ordered chronologically)
1. Smoked Salmon Sandwich – Uncle Wolfie’s : Milwaukee, WI
2. Alicia Sandwich – Obo’s Deli : Pinedale, WY
3. Pappardelle – Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
4. Meatloaf – Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
5. Chickenator Pizza – Papa Brunee’s : Stanley, ID
6. Korean Street Tacos – Sawtooth Brewing Public House : Ketchum, ID
7. Idaho Trout – Tundra : Hailey, ID
8. Cornish Hen – Cucina : Salt Lake City, UT
9. Brunch Bibimbop – Avenues Proper : Salt Lake City, UT
10.
Raspberry & Chocolate Roulade – Maison La Belle Vie : Palisade, CO
11.
Vegetable “Risotto” – Bin707 : Grand Junction, CO
12. Hog Heaven Pizza – Pal’s Brewing : North Platte, NE
13. Asparagus & Fontina Pizza – The Copper Trout : Bayfield, WI
14. Cherry Bacon Marmalade Burger – Cherry Republic Brewing : Glen Arbor, MI
15. Berry Croissant Breakfast Casserole – Cottonwood Inn B&B : Empire, MI

Best Overall Meal:
Cucina : Salt Lake City, UT

Other Outstanding Restaurants:
Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
Tundra : Hailey, ID

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Best Drinks (Ordered chronologically)
1.
How Dare You Speak To Me IPA – Hacienda Beer Co : Milwaukee, WI
2. Alphabetical Order Pink Guava Gose – Company Brewing, Milwaukee, WI
3. Kringle Monster Pastry Stout with Raspberry – MobCraft : Milwaukee, WI
4. Ghost Town Hazy IPA – Wind River Brewing : Pinedale, WY
5. Sunbeam Imperial IPA – Sockeye Brewing : ID
6. Pika Peanut Butter Milk Stout – Sawtooth Brewing : Ketchum, ID
7. The View – Palisade Brewing : Palidade, CO
8. Villard Blanc – Maison La Belle Vie : Palisade, CO
9. Rosé – Mesa Park Vineyards : Palisade, CO
10. Un-Oaked Chardonnay – Restoration Vineyards : Palisade, CO
11. Operation Dark Snake – Tres Litros Brewing : Salida, CO
12. Smash Face – Hop Lot Brewing : Sutton’s Bay, MI
13. Fun Guv’nr Black IPA – Stormcloud Brewing : Frankfort, MI

Best Drinking State this year: Colorado

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Best Hotel:
1.
Sawtooth Hotel – Stanley, ID

Other Outstanding Lodging:
2.
Farm Airbnb – Clifton, CO
3. Cottonwood Inn B&B (Carriage House) – Empire, MI

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