BRECKENRIDGE: Breakfast

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Jan 072013
 

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Amazing Grace Natural Eatery

Get off the beaten path to experience an authentic slice of life in Breckenridge.  Amazing Grace Natural Eatery is passionate about good food and great conversation, sweet powder days and warm connections.  Breakfast burritos, Veggie and Sausage Scrambles, Homemade Muffins, and lots more goodies for the soul. 7 am to 3 pm on Lincoln Street.

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Blue Moose Restaurant

If you’re looking for hearty home-cooked meals, generous portions and a family atmosphere, Blue Moose is for you.  A local favorite for years, stop by Main Street’s Blue Moose and enjoy some down home cooking! 7 am to 1 pm.

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Daylight Donuts

Head on over to the Fire station, then just cross the street to find Daylight Donuts!  Breakfasts made to order and freshly baked donuts.  Daylight Donuts is a local favorite for an affordable breakfast.  Open 6:00 am to noon daily.

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Columbine Cafe

A unique breakfast spot in Breckenridge, Columbine serves up hearty and nutritious home style entrees. Best part?  Breakfast is served all day long (well, at least until 1:30 weekdays / 2:30 weekends). So hop on over to main street for some breakfast grub.

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La Francaise French Bakery

As you can imagine, everything is made fresh daily in La Francaise French Bakery.  Scrumptious french pastries, bread, crepes, croissants and even paninis.  Also, don’t miss out on an espresso, latte, or cappuccino (they carry Lavazza coffees).

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ASPEN: Dinner

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Dec 152012
 

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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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ASPEN: Late Night

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Dec 082012
 

Top PickNew York Pizza 

Got the munchies before heading home?  Hit New York Pizza on the Hyman Avenue Mall (upstairs) for a slice.  Delicious pizza, especially if you’ve been out carousing around town.  And thank heavens they’re open til 2:30!

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Elevation

Elevation just celebrated their 12th anniversary (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 that makes it worth your while for a late night visit ~ order the Thai Green Curry.

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Jimmy’s Aspen

If you are running late for dinner and want a better place than pizza that’s still taking orders, try Jimmy’s.  Food is delicious and the waiters try their best to accommodate you, even if it’s later than usual.  Or, order a drink from Farrah the bartender while you wait for dinner! BTW: their Mac ‘n Cheese side dish is sinfully good!

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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

Bentley’s used to be the hot spot in the Aspen Wheeler Opera House (I’m flashing back to the ’80s now!), but now it’s the friendly and affordable Justice Snow’s.  Still a favorite local hangout, Chef Jonathan cooks up some delicious dishes: grilled Idaho red trout, ribeye, roasted acorn squash, Angus burgers, tempura asparagus and good ole 4 cheese mac & cheese.  You won’t leave hungry. (open until midnight).

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Zane’s Tavern (Snowmass)

A sports bar, restaurant and most definitely locals’ favorite, Zane’s Tavern is fun every night (at least that’s always been the case for us!).  Play pool, foosball, and of course, Golden Tee…or jam out to their Internet Jukebox.  You’ll always find lots of locals hamming it up here.  Great place.

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ASPEN: Fine Dining

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Dec 052012
 

Top PickPinons

A recently renovated local establishment, Pinons was as much a favorite 22 years ago as it is today.  Everyone’s a VIP here; you won’t leave disappointed.   An extensive wine list to go with the incredible menu.  And their expanded bar offers great specials.

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Element 47

Named for silver on the periodic table, the newly opened (November 2012) Element 47 toasts the glory of Aspen’s flavorful mining history.  Super sleek design, distinctive and artistic cuisine from Chef Robert McCormick, a wine wall to die for with a team of sommeliers to pour it, Element 47 is located in the distinguished Little Nell Hotel.

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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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Syzygy

This long time favorite recently changed locations to Restaurant Row, and their already incredible menu got even better.  Chic ambience.  Incredible wine list.  This restaurant is most definitely a special treat all the way around.

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Matsuhisa

The best sushi in Aspen, Matsuhisha is definitely worth a visit.  The freshest sushi, a great ambiance, and wonderful sake (and martinis!).  Order the black cod with miso which is to die for (same goes for the yellowtail jalapeno)!   It’s always a great time here, upstairs and down.

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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.

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STEAMBOAT: Breakfast

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Mar 132012
 

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The Paramount Colorado

You’ll find no cans in their kitchen! That’s because The Paramount believes that fresh is always best when it comes to food. All of their jams and jelly are made during peak season and canned in-house. Breakfast is served all day long.  Pumpkin pancakes, home-made granola and green-eggs-and-ham are just a few of the scrumptious selections.  Yum!

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Lil’ House Biscuits

How about some country biscuits and coffee to start your day?  Located on the West Side, Lil House is affordable and convenient. Order the three-item combo for only $5.50; opens at 6:30 am daily.

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The Shack Cafe

The Shack Café has been a favorite breakfast and lunch restaurant since 1969! At The Shack, breakfast is served all day and includes omelets, waffles, French toast, and specialties like the Hobo Special. The lunch menu features a wide array of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. The Shack Café also serves beer, wine, and drinks like Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Sit at the counter or grab a table if you can at this popular local favorite.

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Winona’s

Winona’s is a long-time favorite, especially for breakfast. It’s super casual and mountain-friendly, and service is quick so you can get on the slopes (although you may have a brief initial wait — this place is popular, but the table turnover is fast). With enough choices to suit just about everyone, the French toast (made with day old cinnamon buns) has become something of a local legend.

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Chocolate Soup

Chocolate Soup has fresh baked pastries and croissants, specialty breads and delicious homemade breakfast burritos.  Great for a quick bite (closed Mondays).

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Mountain Mama’s Crepe Caboose

Craving a crepe?  Mountain Mama’s is your place (or should we say “caboose-bus?”).  They have a crepe for every mood: savory and sweet, light and hearty!

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Johnny B Good’s Diner

Johnny B. Good’s is a 50’s style diner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Everyday from 7am to 9am, you can grab the early bird breakfast.  For only $3.99, you’ll get 2 eggs, hash browns, toast & jelly AND your choice of bacon, ham or sausage (you can’t be that)!

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KEYSTONE: Lunch

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Feb 252012
 

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Dos Locos Cantina

Dos Locos offers some of the best authentic Mexican food in Summit County.  Famous for their burritos (try the “Loco” filled with just about everything), chili and crab rellenos, and an endless variety of fajitas.  The buffalo tacos are a favorite, stuffed with tender Mexican-marinated buffalo meat. Anything you can grab that is smothered in the Dos Locos Chili Verde is always a good call.  Try your luck at the  lobster claw machine to snag a fresh lobster at just $2/try.

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Haywood Cafe 

Our lunch and dinner menu is loaded with your favorites, like our Summit-style Cheese Steak, the Cuban, and of course Spicy Buffalo and BBQ wings. The Wood not only offers the best Bloody Mary in town, but it’s the best sports bar in Summit County to watch your favorite teams.

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Red Mountain Grill

Red Mountain Grill is a great, elegant restaurant located in Keystone. With daily specials always changing and great food, the atmosphere is low-key, but elegant and sophisticated. The food is great and takes on south western cuisine and contemporary American favorites. With everything from pizza, pasta, burritos, and sandwiches, the Red Mountain Grill will have something for everyone!  Take out menu too.

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Wolf Rock Steakhouse

Keystone’s legendary steakhouse offers a mouth-watering rotisserie menu and a plethora of microbrews—there might not be a better way to end the day.

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Pizza 101

Pizza 101 has one of the best slices in Keystone! Pizza 101 offers unique Italian specialties and hand-tossed & brick oven fired pizza. Fresh ingredients are prepared daily. Free delivery.

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Kickapoo Tavern

Kickapoo Tavern is exactly what you’d expect from a Colorado-style bar and grill.  With good eats, Kickapoo Tavern takes pride in the fact that their food is prepared from scratch and cooked to order for all of their guests. In addition to great customer service and a friendly atmosphere, Kickapoo is the best apres ski bar in Keystone and a great place to meet your friends. Kid friendly menus too.

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Arapahoe Cafe and Pub

You’ll find that Arapahoe Cafe has lots of history, some of the best BBQ in Summit County and a friendly staff. The lunch menu features many late breakfast dishes as well as 16 different burgers and sandwiches with some with their famous barbeque sauce. The lunch menu also has delicious salads and hearty soups to fill any palate. Happy Hour is also available from 4 – 6 PM and features ½ price Appetizers and daily specials.

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Labonte’s Cabin

If you are on the mountain in Keystone, feel free to grab a beachside chair and chow down a burger or BBQ sandwich at Labontes Cabin.  You won’t be driving here, as this is Keystone Resorts on mountain dining at the base of North Peak.  Labonte’s features gorgeous views, live music, Adirondack chairs and some great Barbecue!  It’s located at the Base of the North Peak.

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Nozawa Sushi & Kitchen

Nozawa Sushi & Kitchen is a delicious sushi and grill restaurant. Order one of their specialty rolls (Caterpillar, Dragon, etc.) or try one of their specialty grilled items. Even though it is nestled in the mountains — far away from the ocean, Nozawa has fresh items and tasty food.  In addition to sushi, the grill section has all those delicious entrees such as steak and teriyaki chicken.

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Boatyard Pizzeria & Grill

Specializing in contemporary American cuisine including Mediterranean, Southwestern, Pacific Rim and Traditional American.  Try one of their fresh wood-fired baked pizzas.  Great Sunday brunch and extensive wine list too.

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Edgewater Cafe

Located on Keystone Lake, Edgewater Café is a deli/café/bakery style restaurant that is relatively inexpensive and offers a great selection for breakfast and lunch.  It offers hearty cuisine and has a great patio dining option in the summer, with great views of Keystone Lake and the mountains in the distance.  Try their specialty sandwiches and homemade soups!

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CRESTED BUTTE: Dinner

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Jan 262012
 

Top PickMaxwell’s

David Wooding, Executive Chef at Maxwell’s Steakhouse, loves to feed people!  And he does a good job doing so.  Maxwell’s restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue. features hand cut steaks of the highest quality, pastas, lamb chops, elk, pork chops, fresh garden salads and more.  Hungry yet?

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Slogar

Craving comfort food? The Slogar Restaurant serves up skillet-friend chicken and steak dinners served family-style.  The toughest part is deciding what tastes the best: mashed potatoes, fresh biscuits, creamed corn, chutney, steak, chicken.

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The Wooden Nickel

The Nickel, Crested Butte’s oldest saloon and great steak house, has been hosting visitors and locals alike under the current ownership since 1981. It’s a tradition not to be missed. Dating prior to 1929, The Nickel bar and building will take you back to the early mining era of the Rocky Mountains. Quality food, friendly staff and a 600+ bottle wine selection.

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Ryce

Craving Asian?  Bringing you the best culinary treats from Thailand, China, Japan and Vietnam, Ryce is an Asian bistro in the heart of Crested Butte. Spacious riverside dining room and an atmosphere that is perfectly casual.

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Avalanche Bar and Grill

Just steps from the lifts, the Avalanche is a family friendly eatery and sports bar with a large, diverse menu.  A local’s favorite, the Avy serves dinner all winter … and all summer. Soup and Salad. Chicken and Pasta. Steak and Seafood. Specialties and Sandwiches.  Pizza (starting at 2 pm) and Desserts.  They’ve got it if you want it.

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The Lobar

Voted Crested Butte’s best sushi restaurant, Lobar is where you go for good times and … sushi!  Lobar got started in 2004 under the guise of being Crested Butte’s only night club, but the ruse only lasted 8 days until they added Sushi to their menu.  The rest is history…they’re known for serving great sushi and even better parties.

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Donita’s Cantina

This casual and colorful Mexican eatery is family owned and operated since 1980.   To start, sip on a famous fresh lime margarita while munching on chips and Donita’s legendary salsa.  Enjoy ample portions of enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, tacos and other Mexican favorites. Donita’s fajitas are to die for!

Donita’s was rated one of the top twelve Colorado “Hot Spots” according to the Denver Post.

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Brick Oven Pizzeria

Boasting the best patio in town, Brick Oven is the place to go for pizza.  Featuring pizza by the slice, deep dish or thin crust, you can dine in, take out or choose (free) delivery.  Great atmosphere! Open til 10 pm.

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Django’s 

Inspired by the cuisines of Southern Europe, Django’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is a small plates restaurant (with an extensive wine menu) located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.  Voted Diner’s Choice Award in 2011 by Open Table, Django’s is highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.  They use only the freshest ingredients, with all sauces, pureés and desserts made in-house daily.

With it’s intimate atmosphere, it’s great for date night.

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EastSide Bistro

EastSide Bistro is an upscale, casual neighborhood bistro located on 6th Street.  The menu evolves seasonally & represents the eclectic, creative, sophisticated visions of the owner’s (Ben and Liz) passion for food — using locally fresh ingredients & prepared with innovative, contemporary style.  All of their breads are made in house daily by local G.G. Bakery and all of their organic produce comes from the local farmers at Delicious Orchards in Paonia.

One word…yum!

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The Last Steep

A true Crested Butte original, the Last Steep has a casual and relaxes family-dining atmosphere with an affordable menu.  So, what’s your fancy? Caribbean island flair? Cajun chicken pasta? Curry shrimp & coconut salad? Artichoke-cheddar soup in bread bowl?  You’ll love their diverse menu selection.

Named after the Owners’ favorite North Face ski run, The Last Steep is just across the street from the Mountain Express Free Shuttle stop at 2nd Street and Elk Avenue. Voted Best Burger and Bloody Mary, too.

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Lil’s Sushi Bar and Grill

Just ask the locals, it is hands down the best sushi in town.  Executive Chef and Owner Matthew Smith takes pride in serving the highest quality fish in town, which is flown in 6 days a week (thanks to Fed-Ex), so you can count your dinner always being fresh, not frozen!  Opens at 5:30 pm, seven nights a week.  They have a killer happy hour, full bar, wine list and extensive Sake menu (not to mention their killer martinis).

Pssst….it was also voted “Best Place for a First Date.”

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KEYSTONE: Dinner

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Dec 312011
 

Top PickSki Tip Lodge

Experience the rotating four-course dinner menu and thoughtful service that get rave reviews at the Ski Tip Lodge. Top off the night in a comfortable seat next to a rustic fireplace with a selection from their famed desserts. Open 7 days a week, 2 dinner seatings: 5:30pm and 8:45 pm.

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Keystone Ranch

If you’re looking to experience a rustic and elegant dinner in Keystone, Keystone Ranch is a wonderful combination of Colorado frontier and fine dining. Keystone Ranch is set in a rustic elegant 1930’s ranch homestead, where guests can ramble through an elegant six-course dinner featuring excellent Colorado, frontier cuisine and wild game specialties.

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Alpenglobe Stube

The highest AAA Four-Diamond dining experience in North America.  Need we say more?  In addition to the breathtaking views, award-winning chefs create delicious contemporary cuisine with a Bavarian accent to complement the unique, secluded setting.  Arguably the best lunch and dinner in the ski industry. Just to entice you more, they feature a 600+ bottle wine selection.  Great champagned Sunday brunch too.

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Der Fondue Chessel

Love fondue?  Enjoy an authentic fondue experience atop Keystone’s North Peak Mountain. If you’re looking for a very cozy atmosphere with an element of adventure as you arrive by gondola, go here.

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Luigi’s Pasta House

Family-Style Dining is a lost art.  Experience Luigi’s as social networking at its best — friends and family surrounding your table with a lovely glass of wine paired with a satisfying, affordable, homemade meal.  Using original family recipes, their food is created with love … and the highest quality ingredients.  Friendly staff, to boot.

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Tenderfoot Lounge

Located on the 3rd Floor of the Lodge (directly below the Lobby), the inviting Tenderfoot Lounge entices you to gather around the fireplace, watch a game or relax in a comfortable chair.  Go here for an appetizer or a casual meal with all your favorite libations, local beers and extensive offerings of wines by the glass.

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Nozawa Sushi & Kitchen

Nozawa Sushi & Kitchen is a delicious sushi and grill restaurant. Order one of their specialty rolls (Caterpillar, Dragon, etc.) or try one of their specialty grilled items. Even though it is nestled in the mountains — far away from the ocean, Nozawa has fresh items and tasty food.  In addition to sushi, the grill section has all those delicious entrees such as steak and teriyaki chicken.

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Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse & Brewery

Located in Dillon, Pug Ryan’s, with their huge indoor wood burning fireplace, reminds you of a log cabin up in the high country.  The dinner menu contains hearty fare such as pastas, filet, crab filet, prime rib, steaks, ribs and more. Combine goof food with good beer and you’ll be all set.  Daily specials like Monday Mussels Night or Saturday Sliders. So stop on into Pug Ryan’s, order a big juicy steak and a cold beer to finish off your day.

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Wolf Rock Steakhouse

Keystone’s legendary steakhouse offers a mouth-watering rotisserie menu and a plethora of microbrews—there might not be a better way to end the day.

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Pizza 101

Pizza 101 has one of the best slices in Keystone! Pizza 101 offers unique Italian specialties and hand-tossed & brick oven fired pizza. Fresh ingredients are prepared daily. Free delivery.

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The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern

The Goat Tavern is an underground bar supported by snowboarders and skiers alike. It just might be the locals’ favorite. From burgers to pita sandwiches to fresh made soup, you’ll find it all at the Goat Soup and Whiskey along with a great live music schedule.

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Kickapoo Tavern

Kickapoo Tavern is exactly what you’d expect from a Colorado-style bar and grill.  With good eats, Kickapoo Tavern takes pride in the fact that their food is prepared from scratch and cooked to order for all of their guests. In addition to great customer service and a friendly atmosphere, Kickapoo is the best apres ski bar in Keystone and a great place to meet your friends.

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Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride Dinner

The Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride Dinner is an amazing dining experience. You will take a horse drawn sleigh or wagon to an authentic homestead for dinner and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Call ahead for dates and hours, 800-354-4386.

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Bighorn Steakhouse

Craving a steak?  Serving only the finest cuts of corn-fed American beef, the Bighorn Steakhouse also offers a wide selection of appetizers, wild game, fresh sustainable seafood, chicken and other specialty entrees to tempt your palette. With breathtaking views of  Keystone Lake and the Continental Divide, the Bighorn offers an outstanding steakhouse dining experience in a casual setting.

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Dos Locos Cantina

Dos Locos offers some of the best authentic Mexican food in Summit County.  Famous for their burritos (try the “Loco” filled with just about everything), chili and crab rellenos, and an endless variety of fajitas.  The buffalo tacos are a favorite, stuffed with tender Mexican-marinated buffalo meat. Anything you can grab that is smothered in the Dos Locos Chili Verde is always a good call.  Try your luck at the  lobster claw machine to snag a fresh lobster at just $2/try.

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Black Bear Grill

Relax with a night of casual dining at Keystone’s Back Bear Grill. Serving up a variety of “Bear” Essentials, Sandwiches, Soups and Flat Bread Pizzas, there’s something to satisfy everyone. Top it off with a nightcap at the martini bar or a hand selected bottle of wine to make the evening complete.

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Black Diamond Pizzeria

Grab a slice at Black Diamond Pizzeria, located in the beautifully remodeled Mountain House.  Enjoy hand crafted pizzas topped with organic cheese, homemade lasagnas and pasta dishes while having your favorite refreshments.  The best slope side views, great food and free WiFi makes this ski in / ski out lodge perfect for the whole family.

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Haywood Cafe

Our lunch and dinner menu is loaded with your favorites, like our Summit-style Cheese Steak, the Cuban, and of course Spicy Buffalo and BBQ wings. The Wood not only offers the best Bloody Mary in town, but it’s the best sports bar in Summit County to watch your favorite teams.

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VAIL: Happy Hour

 Bars / Nightclubs, PICKS, Vail  Comments Off on VAIL: Happy Hour
Dec 262011
 

Top PickRed Lion

While the voice of Phil Long (co-owner) might be new to visitors, few locals are unfamiliar with the musician’s upbeat covers of classic songs (think Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel) and more current hits (Five for Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls, Train).  The Red Lion’s front patio is to die for and is the best place to relax and watch the world go by.  He performs two shows nightly in the winter, Wednesday thru Saturday, from 4-6 pm and 9-11 pm.

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The Club

Starting at 5 pm on most Th/Fri/Saturdays, Steve Meyer (known as “The Good Times Man”) entertains at  The Club on Bridge Street.  Expect a good time.  After all, their motto is “If you don’t come to party, don’t f***ing come!”

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Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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Splendido at the Chateau (Beaver Creek)

Sophisticated Splendido features one of their two pianists nightly starting at 7 p.m. Bob Finnie plays popular piano tunes, and his repertoire ranges from Steely Dan to Elton John to the Beatles. Peter Vavra relaxes those dining at the restaurant with classical music.

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Cima at the Westin Riverfront Resort (Avon)

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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King’s Club at Sonnenalp

Vail’s best apres ski and apres dinner gathering spot is right here in the King’s Club with live entertainment from 3-11 pm. Comfortable seating, a roaring fireplace, your favorite cocktail and plenty of entertainment make the King’s Club the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the mountains!

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Grouse Mountain Grill (Beaver Creek)

Tony Giliza, or “Tony G” as the locals call him, is a pianist who has been providing the Grouse Mountain Grill with smooth jazz tunes and some cool conversation for more than 20 years. He will perform every Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tony G offers a smorgasbord of jazz styles — big-band, Latin, New Orleans, contemporary — that jives with the restaurant’s lively atmosphere.

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Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor’s Gulch

Enjoy après ski this winter at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in a warm and rustic setting. The Buffalo Bar offers an extensive bar menu daily, complemented seasonally by live music.  With his smooth southern drawl that accompanies soulful songs on guitar, Eagle-resident McKinney is a local favorite.

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Bear Fish Bar & Grill

If you want genuine tailgate jamming, go here.  Great food; nice locals!  The West Vail bar hosts a mid-week jam Wednesdays with George Hilliard and Skip Dog at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.  The Dead Rednecks perform each week too.

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Vista at Arrowhead (Edwards)

Mickey Poage will play six days a week Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After playing at the Lodge at Vail for 35 years, Poage has found at new home performing for the audience at Vista restaurant. Still with his Yamaha grand piano, Poage continues to do what he does best by being a class-act après entertainer.

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Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle

The Tavern on the Square is one of Vail’s most happening spots for delicious food and drink after you’ve hit the mountain.  The acts featured here perform everything from piano, jazz, acoustic, and some good-old-fashioned rock n’ roll.  They play a great variety and it’s always consistent!  Start times change so visit their website for more details.

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ASPEN: Hard-Working Locals

 Aspen PICKs, People  Comments Off on ASPEN: Hard-Working Locals
Dec 222011
 

Top PickScott Henke

Scott has been in the construction business for over 25 years working for a variety of contractors in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Bottom line?  He can save you money if you are now calling a plumber, electrician, appliance repairman or contractor for your repairs. I can service most all of your needs for $50.00 an hour (2-hour minimum). He guarantees his work, is insured, takes pride in his work, and is very efficient in trouble shooting most anything.

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Ali Flores

Ali came to the valley in 1997 and attended CMC to learn English.  She previously worked at The Gant Condomminiums where they had an excellent management team and a great training program.  A year later, she started her own cleaning, organizing and errands company. She lives in Glenwood Springs and does work in Aspen, Snowmass, and Mid Valley.  Bonus? She has her own transportation.

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Robert Savino

Robert grew up in a the surburbs of Chicago and currently lives in Aspen.  He graduated from the University on Denver in 2008 with a construction management degree through the business school.  Check out his resume on his profile today and give him a call!

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Micah Smith

Micah has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for most of his life, and has many years of experience in the home repair and service industries.  He was trained in the Painters Union at the Collbran Job Corps; after graduating in 1998, he immediately joined the Local #9 in Manhattan where he finished his apprenticeship in two years.  View work examples in the photo gallery of his HireMeAspen profile.

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Tracy Lizee

She moved to the Valley from Minnesota. She considers herself to be very responsible and has great references from multiple past employers to prove it. She’s a great problem-solver, personable and enjoys working with all types of people. And she’s really looking forward to spending a fun winter in Aspen/Snowmass.

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Alexandra Mirante

She moved to the Valley after attending Rutgers and is now a ski-instructor for the Aspen Ski Company.  She brings great multi-tasking skills to the table and is used to working in fast-paced environments.  She also has great customer relations and problem-solving skills.

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Summers Moore

She moved here after attending the University of Denver and fell in love with the Valley!  She has always loved the imagery in the Roaring Fork Valley, so she made a career of photography and owns Photo Moore Photography in Carbondale.

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Aimee Yllanes

Aimee is a graphic designer who helps non-profit agencies, educational institutions and small businesses create inspiring print and web materials, so they can expand the reach of their organization to more members of the community. She also can assist with social media marketing…everything from setting up a facebook page for your business to an entire on-line marketing plan.

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Hillary Maley

Trained worldwide, Hillary integrates Shiatsu, Reflexology, Acupressure, Thai, Sports, Deep Tissue, Lomi-Lomi & Swedish massage to provide the MOST therapeutic & rejuvenating massage possible.

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Austin Nelson

Austin graduated from the University of Denver in 2008 with a BSBA in International Business. He started a student operated moving company while attending DU and completed many different internships, including a brief stint with Lamilux Inc. in Rehau, Germany. He’s currently training to compete in the Alpine skiing events at this winter’s Deaflympics in Slovakia.

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Shannon Gray

Shannon just moved to the valley in late summer (2010) from Florida with her husband and twin, 17-month-old daughters. She’s excited to be here and is looking forward to all the valley has to offer…from meeting new friends to enjoying skiing.  A lover of photography and graphic design, she owns the Sweet Life Photography and Eco Gray Design businesses.

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Erik Skarvan

Erik loves the mountain lifestyle and adventure sports and really enjoys sharing that with others through a variety of creative and thrilling avenues. He owns Sun Dog Athletics and is the producer/host of The Local’s Show on Grassroots TV.

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