Dec 152012
 

Top Pick

Pacifica

This is the place to go in town if you want the best seafood.  Order the Lobster Bisque and the Sea Scallops!  Great martinis too.  And people watching.  A romantic spot as well.

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Elevation

Elevation just celebrated their 12th anniversary on 12/12, and they’re still as much a favorite as when they opened.  One of the originals located on Restaurant Row, Elevation combines great service and ambiance with really delicious food and wine (over 400 choices).  And they have a late night menu too.  Definitely worth a visit. (Order the lamb … oh, and the beet salad! yum!)

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Ute City

If you want to see and be seen, and have some really good food and wine, this is your place.  Walt manages this almost new hot spot above Syzygy on restaurant row.  Everything on the menu is delicious — definitely a top pick with a great atmosphere.

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L’Hostaria

Don’t walk by this underground goodie!  L’Hostaria is the choice for Italian lovers offering all the  classics (love the Pappardelle alla Bolegnese).  For a more casual experience, order off the bar menu, kick back and listen to the music (live some nights).

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Finnbarr’s

Don’t you just love a great Irish pub? Finbarr’s Irish Pub and Kitchen is owned by long-time Aspen local, Denis Finbarr O’Donovan. Finbarr’s brings Aspen a traditional Irish restaurant and gathering place. Serving gastro pub cuisine to fit every palette, Finbarr’s is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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Ryno’s

There’s a new “pies and pints” place in town (located on Cooper Street).   Open til 2 am, Ryno’s is another option for those with the late night munchies!

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Creperie du Village

If you’re looking for a hot new spot with character and to-die-for crepes, this is it.  It’s offers a full bar, patio, al fresco dining, takeout and to-go and every kind of  sweet and savory crepe imaginable (and fondue!).  As they say, “we melt for you!”  Open til 1:30 am.

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Justice Snow’s

Located in the iconic Wheeler House, Justice Snow’s opened up in January 2012 to much fanfare by the locals.  Colorado inspired and ridiculously affordable, Justice Snow’s open 365 days a year for lunch and dinner.  Named after the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Snow in the 1880’s, it’s is a place where day laborers, business people and the elite meet and mingle and enjoy some grub.

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Steakhouse No. 316

Formerly known as LuLu Wilson, this new eatery reopened the summer of 2011 as a bordello-y steakhouse with an ambiance of 1920s-style decor, complete with old photos of Aspen’s early days (oh, and they have all new staff).  So what sets this one apart? Steakhouse No. 316 is serving wine on tap. It’s a new concept — wine in a keg that holds up to 30 bottles and is air tight.  The owners (the Cordts-Pearces) also own CP Burger, the Wild Fig and Brexi Brasserie in town.

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Cache Cache

Cache Cache always delights.  Another recently transformed restaurant, this establishment serves delicious food and wine.  Great for people watching too in the “tres chic” bar area.

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Meatball Shack

Who doesn’t love a good meatball?  Get three balls in a bowl (you can choose the sauce). They even offer delicious mini-balls (and salads) if you’re on a diet.  Gotta check it out!

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Kenichi Aspen

A step or two up from Takah, Kenichi just underwent a gorgeous makeover to reflect their contemporary Asian cuisine.  Sit at the sushi bar and watch the funny and talented sushi chefs work their magic.  Or for a more intimate dining experience — grab a booth. Order the Blake roll, named after a former employee who passed away.

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Plato’s

Located at the Aspen Meadows Resort, Plato’s boasts one of the most picturesque views in town with their floor-to-ceiling windows!  Chef Todd Slossberg, known for his locally sourced cuisine and innovative technique, serves up a Harris Ranch Manhattan-cut strip steak which is sizzled to perfection at this unique, dining gem.

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Wild Fig

A more intimate restaurant in the heart of Aspen that delivers some really great mouth-watering mediterranean cuisine.  Nice outside dining in the summer.  Very charming!  Order the “Flavors of the Sun” appetizer, a sample platter of hummus, tapenade, pita…

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Takah Sushi

This has been a long-time local favorite since the 80’s (different location).  If you want good sushi (caterpillar roll ~ yum!), great sake, lots of locals and fun entertainment (Guitarist Cameron Williams even plays there on occasion), go here.

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Zheng Asian Bistro (Basalt / Glenwood)

Zheng is most definitely one of our all time favorites.   It never disappoints.  Some of the best food and the nicest staff in the Valley.  And every day is fun day from 4-6 pm ($7.00 drink and appetizer).  Rock the wok for lunch and dinner.

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Cuvee Bistro (Basalt)

One of my all time favorite restaurants in the Roaring Fork Valley.  You’ve got to try the BBQ salmon salad…it’s out of this world!  Everything tastes great at this Basalt restaurant.

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Phat Thai (Carbondale)

The atmosphere alone makes a visit to Carbondale worthwhile, but the food is even better.  Some of the best thai food around.  Love the coconut pumpkin soup and the Nonya shrimp and pineapple curry.  Don’t forget to try the specialty cocktails.

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