ASPEN: Dinner

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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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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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ASPEN: Hard-Working Locals

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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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