Aspen: A Foodie’s Dream Come True

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) – With more than 80 eateries in downtown Aspen alone, every block of our town brings old favorites together with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please any palate. And if that doesn’t whet the taste buds, any of the city’s lounges, bars, specialty wine shops, and clubs most certainly will, almost all offering beautiful al fresco dining in summer months.

New Plates: Here’s what’s currently new in the dining scene:

  • NEW. The co-owners of the restaurant Bonito in St. Barth recently opened a new restaurant called Betula in downtown Aspen this winter. The restaurant blends French and Pan American cuisine. (525 E. Cooper Ave.)
  • NEW. Scarlett’s recently opened in downtown Aspen serving brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes options such as avocado toast, quinoa and poke bowls, burgers and more. The new restaurant’s outdoor patio boasts great views of Aspen Mountain and is enclosed with plants for a “living wall” concept. (515 E. Hopkins Ave.)
  • NEW. The Winter Market, located inside Grey Lady Aspen’s heated outdoor tent, is open every Saturday throughout the winter season with rotating vendors, many of whom are participants in the summer Aspen Saturday Market. New this year, The Biscuit Food Truck, a popular midvalley eatery, will serve biscuits during the Winter Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter season only. In summer, visitors can enjoy the Aspen Saturday Market from mid-June through mid-October every Saturday in downtown Aspen from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. The Aspen Saturday Market offers Colorado grown fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, james, as well as a food court for lunch.
  • NEW. Eleven Madison Park recently opened a pop up restaurant, EMP Park Winter House, over the winter season in Aspen in partnership with American Express. The restaurant space, located within the St. Regis Aspen, includes indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor space features a yurt village with eight private-dining heated yurts as well as an outdoor seating area for après-ski. The pop up will remain in the space through April.  (315 E. Dean St.)
  • NEW. Hao House: Far East Street Food is located in the Bodega space on the Mill Street pedestrian this winter as a pop-up restaurant. The new concept from chefs David Wang and Kiyong Kim includes a menu with a rotating set of shareable items inspired by Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. The restaurant is open during après hours and dinner. (307 S. Mill St.)
  • NEW. A new supper-club called 7908 opened in downtown Aspen this July. Guests can enjoy fine dining along with live music and entertainment nightly. (415 E. Hyman Ave.)
  • NEW.The Cottage is the newest addition to Rustique Bistro and The Cooking School of Aspen. The new 700-square-foot event space is available to rent for private parties, dinners, cooking or product demos, pop-up stores, art shows, and more. (305 E. Hopkins Ave.)

Plant-Based Menus

  • Spring Café offers a full organic food and juice bar. Aspen’s first all organic eatery serves breakfast and lunch offering salads, hearty vegetarian sandwiches, soups and baked goods.  (632 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.429.8406)
  • Pyramid Bistro, located in Explore Booksellers, leads Aspen’s “nutritarian” movement with its nutrient-rich menu, presenting dishes to fit vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, raw-food and gluten-free diets – even the wines are bio-dynamic, organic and sustainably produced. Owner Martin Oswald led Aspen’s adoption of Meatless Mondays, making it the first city to join the national campaign. (221 E. Main St., 970.925.5338)

Go Euro: From Italian to French Bistro, International Cuisine Meets the Rockies

  • L’Hostaria brings authentic Italian fare and ambience to the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It offers an extensive list of light appetizers, carpaccios, homemade pastas and sumptuous main dishes. (620 East Hyman Ave., 970.925.9022)
  • Cache Cache confidently blends Aspen style with classic French country fare. Owned by longtime Aspenites Jodi Larner and Chef Chris Lanter, Cache Cache’s dining room is typically populated by Aspen’s chic locals and jet-setting visitors, but the divine cuisine is unpretentious, modern and deeply satisfying. (205 South Mill St., 970.925.3835)

Not Grandma-Style American Cookin’

  • Pine Creek Cookhouse. Located 12 miles outside of Aspen at the base of the Elk Mountain Range, the Pine Creek Cookhouse provides a gourmet dining experience in an authentic mountain atmosphere, complete with log cabin and wilderness surroundings. It is best known for creatively prepared, naturally raised game specialties. (11399 Castle Creek Rd., 970.925.1044)
  • Jimmy’s American Restaurant & Bar. With a sophisticated, “everybody knows your name” atmosphere and a traditional yet upscale American surf-and-turf menu, Jimmy’s is a consistent crowd pleaser. The restaurant also features more than 70 varieties of tequila and mezcal and a lively bar scene. (205 S. Mill St., 970.925.6020)
  • Woody Creek Tavern. This home-cooked hideaway in Woody Creek serves up steaks, burgers, Mexican food, and mixes a mean margarita.  (2858 Woody Creek Rd., 970.923.4585)

From the Sea

  • Austin-based eatery Clark’s Oyster Bar expanded with a new location in Aspen in June 2018.  Clark’s serves up seafood dishes, burgers, and a daily selection of fresh oysters. (517 E. Hyman Ave.)
  • Matsuhisa serves up mouthwatering sushi and Japanese dishes with fine wines and an extensive sake list. A member of the Nobu restaurant family, this establishment is always in demand. (303 E. Main St., 970.544.6628)
  • Kenichi. A place to see and be seen, this popular sushi den is constantly buzzing. Talented chefs bring global tastes to the extensive sushi menu. (533 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.920.2212)


On the Go

  • Big Wrap. There is always a hungry crowd at this wrap and smoothie shop. Homemade vegan soups and fresh tacos add to the diverse wrap menu and daily specials. (520 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.4977)
  • Victoria’s Espresso & Café is a local favorite with gourmet coffee, housemade breakfast specialties, lunch, après and dinner, including an extensive wine-by-the-glass selection. (510 E. Durant Ave., 970.920.3001)
  • Located in the shadow of Aspen Mountain, CP Burger is Aspen’s version of fast food with everything from kid-friendly burgers to spicy Chicano burgers to healthier Ahi Tuna burgers, kale salad, genuine milkshakes and all the fixings.  CP Burger also operates CP Putt Putt, a favorite for kids, and grownups can sip on wine or beer while the kids play. (433 E. Durant Ave., 970.975.3056)
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