VAIL: Solo Dining

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Apr 282011
 

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The wood fired pizzas are delicious. If you’re solo, grab a paper, sit at the bar and meet a stranger or watch tv (friendly bartenders).

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ASPEN: Coffee Shops

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Dec 092010
 

Top PickInk! Coffee

Newly renovated, it’s now bigger and better than ever.  A local favorite b/c of the hand-roasted coffee that tastes so, so good.  Smoothies and bagels too.

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Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar

The coffee is delicious here and they have $1 refills!  You can grab some delicious munchies too.  It’s a good place to have a business meeting (they’ve got wifi).  Sit outside and do some people watching, summer and winter.

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Parallel 15

If you need a morning break, Parallel 15 is the place…quiet, comfy couches and free wifi.  A new spot in town that’s a little hard to find (under the art gallery).  Just ask a local, and they’ll point you in the right direction.  Grab a chai for a change.

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Saxy’s (Basalt)

The most-preferred place to go for coffee in Basalt, Saxy’s rocks.  Friendly staff.  Great atmosphere.  And you’ll always see a friend you know or meet a new one.  A great community place and good place to work (free wifi).  Indulge…order the frozen chai.  (The bagels are good and fresh too.)  Don’t stay too long, you’ll get a parking ticket!

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Peach’s Corner Cafe

A new spot – light and airy with a view of Ajax.  Another great place to meet a coworker over coffee (free wifi).  Or, try a smoothie.  Actually, order anything — ALL the food is incredible (and organic) and so are the cappucinos.

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Starbucks

At last, the tried and true!  It’s like all the other Starbucks, and that’s a good thing.  There’s one difference though.  It’s at the base of Ajax so you get to watch all the skiers coming and going in winter, fumbling with their gear.

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ASPEN: Ambiance

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Dec 072010
 

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Pacifica

This top spot is extra special when the snow is falling.  The outdoor white lights set the mood for the best seafood dinner you’ll encounter in town.  Order the Lobster Bisque and the Sea Scallops!  Great martinis too to go with the people watching.  A truly romantic spot as well.

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8K at The Viceroy (Snowmass)

This spot is a newcomer, we’re glad it’s here.  8k tops our picks for best ambiance.  Very chic crowd to complement the decor.  The food is fantastic, albeit pricey.  Super nice bartenders (look for Justin).  It’s especially fun during apres ski.

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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 almot 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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Cache Cache

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

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ASPEN: Vegetarian / Organic

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Dec 062010
 

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Eco Goddess (Carbondale)

All ingredients are over 95% organic. They’ve got gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, soy-free, nut-free, and any other “free” you can think of.  Check out the juice bar drinks ~ named after Gods/Goddesses.  Recommend the “Apollo”.  Hats off to Lisa for keeping it real and healthy!

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Asie

Asie’s the place to go for yummie chinese fusion. They have healthy lunch and happy hour specials that not only taste great, but are quite affordable  too considering it’s Aspen!  Try the Asie Seafood Ceviche…delicious!

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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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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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Russets (Carbondale)

A neighborhood favorite, Russets has been delivering great service and exceptional food to residents of Carbondale and beyond for years. They have a great bar area and a nice side patio for those perfect summer evenings in Colorado.  They use only the freshest ingredients. Certified angus beef has no anti-biotics or hormones.  Gluten free options too.  Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2010!  Love it.

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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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Garnish Restaurant (Snowmass)

A just-opened Randy Placeras restaurant, Garnish serves up healthy meals (lunch, dinner and apres ski) in the Snowmass Timberline Condos.  Chef Clark Church adds a unique “garnish” that completes every dish and adds a little fun to the plate.

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ASPEN: Delis

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Dec 062010
 

Top PickThe Big Wrap

Mmmm….The Big Wrap’s a local favorite.  You can get all sorts of gourmet wraps, tacos, burritos, soups, smoothies, and salads — to go.  Quick and easy — and not too pricey.

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The Grateful Deli

Delicious subs, sandwiches and paninis (their magic mushroom panini is to die for)!  Cheap eats. Lots of locals at lunch. Order the Garcia or the Darkstar!

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Johnny McGuire’s Deli

Their tagline says it all: “Health Food Sucks.”  If you want a really big and delicious deli sandwich, this is your place.

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The Butcher’s Block and Deli

Pricey, but good none-the-less.  If you’re going on a picnic, stop here first.  Great selection of cheeses, “charcuterie”, and other high end pantry items.

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ASPEN: Local Hangout

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Dec 062010
 

Top PickTakah Sushi

This has been a guaranteed good time since the 80’s (different location).  It’s truly a local favorite, especially on Tuesday nights (local’s social night), for good sushi (caterpillar roll ~ yum!), great sake, lots of locals and fun entertainment (be sure to catch guitarists/singers Cameron and Jai).

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Woody Creek Tavern

A one-of-a-kind classic and old stomping ground of Hunter S. Thompson, you gotta visit this place.  The memorabilia on the wall can keep you occupied for hours. Cheap food and cheap drinks make it all the more appealing to locals.

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Little Annie’s

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing in this case.  A long time staple.  If you want a delicious burger or perhaps  just a shot and a beer, this is the place to go.

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La Cantina

A lively Mexican restaurant that serve the typical fare and then some.  Beware: the margaritas are killers (literally!).  You’ll find many a long-time local sitting at the bar, conversing with the friendly bartenders.

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The J-Bar (in the Hotel Jerome)

A classic that’s been around a long time — and a place where locals meet up before hitting the town.  Order the turkey club with sweet potato fries– to die for!

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Riverside Grill (Basalt)

A Basalt tradition, the Riverside Grill is best known for its setting by the river. The cheeseburgers here never disappoint…simple, quick and cheap.  You’ll find all the hard-working, down valley locals here during happy hour.

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Pine Creek Cookhouse

The Pine Creek Cookhouse is the hard-earned reward to those locals who make the long but beautiful trek up to the Ashcroft area by bike.  You can’t beat the views at Pine Creek – period.  Locals love it as a special getaway in summer or via x-country jaunt in winter.

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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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Jimmy’s Aspen

Do you want to hang with the locals and have some fun?  Jimmy’s is great for dinner, but even better for hanging with your friends, especially if you like tequila (boy do they have tequila!).  You can salsa and tango on Saturday nights too (and enjoy blues during Sunday brunch).

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Zane’s Tavern (Snowmass)

A sports bar, restaurant and most definitely locals’ favorite, Zane’s fun every night.  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.

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ASPEN: Kid Friendly

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickBrunelleschi’s Pizza

Kids can build their own pizza at Bruno’s!  It’s great for kids and adults…good italian food and lots of laughs.  Owned by Gil, a long-time local.

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Boogie’s Diner

Don’t be fooled by the clothing store downstairs, Boogie’s Diner has all the typical american fare upstairs.  Similar to a Johnny Rockets but with local flair; it’s owned by Boogie Weinglass, another long-time local.  Great burgers and shakes!

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Little Annie’s

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing in this case.  A long time staple.  If you want a delicious burger or perhaps  just a shot and a beer, this is the place to go.

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The Sweet Life (Snowmass)

Located in Base Village, The Sweet Life is the perfect place if you have kids in tow.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and sweets downstairs! Definitely a favorite among kids (and adults)!  Great for birthday parties too.

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Taster’s Pizza

Taster’s Pizza is best known for their great selection of mouth watering pizzas, calzones and stromboli.  Order their delicious Italian sub the “Mangia!”  And yes, they have a children’s menu.

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ASPEN: Solo Dining

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickMezzaluna

The wood fired pizzas are delicious. If you’re solo, grab a paper, sit at the bar and meet a stranger or watch tv (friendly bartenders).

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Kenichi

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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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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La Cantina

A lively Mexican restaurant that serve the typical fare and then some.  Beware: the margaritas are killers (literally!).

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Six 89 (Carbondale)

Six 89 has been around for over a decade now, and it’s still a local favorite.  It has a casual feel, simple decor with a neighborhood feel.  Good food and wines, and a community table solo diners who want to remain that way or meet new friends.

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The J-Bar (in the Hotel Jerome)

A classic that’s been around a long time.  Order the turkey club with sweet potato fries– to die for!

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Cuvee Bistro (Basalt)

An all time favorite restaurant 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.  Great prices — especially their happy hour deal!

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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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Tempranillo (Basalt)

If you want a delicious (but a bit pricey) meal, you’ll enjoy the food and spanish wines at Tempranillo.  They also have a community table as well as a great bar for solo diners.

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Riverside Grill (Basalt)

A Basalt tradition, the Riverside Grill is best known for its setting by the river.  You really can’t find a better place to experience the Frying Pan River unless you’re fly fishing.  The cheeseburgers here never disappoint…simple, quick and cheap.

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ASPEN: Down Valley

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickCuvee 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. There’s a DJ on Friday nights after 9 pm (younger crowd).

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Riverside Grill (Basalt)

A Basalt tradition, the Riverside Grill is best known for its setting by the river.  You really can’t find a better place to experience the Frying Pan River unless you’re fly fishing.  The cheeseburgers here never disappoint…simple, quick and cheap.

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Tempranillo (Basalt)

If you want a delicious (but a bit pricey) meal, you’ll enjoy the food and spanish wines at Tempranillo.  They also have a community table as well as a great bar for solo diners.

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Six 89 (Carbondale)

Six 89 has been around for over a decade now, and it’s still a local favorite.  It has a casual feel, simple decor with a neighborhood feel.  Good food and wines, and a community table solo diners who want to remain that way or meet new friends.

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Russets (Carbondale)

A neighborhood favorite, Russets has been delivering great service and exceptional food to residents of Carbondale and beyond for years. They have a great bar area and a nice side patio for those perfect summer evenings in Colorado.  They use only the freshest ingredients. Certified angus beef has no anti-biotics or hormones.  Gluten free options too.  Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2010!  Love it.

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ASPEN: Lunch

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Dec 052010
 

Top PickThe J-Bar (in the Hotel Jerome)

A classic that’s been around a long time, the Hotel Jerome is a tried and true favorite.  Order the turkey club with sweet potato fries– to die for!

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Venga Venga (Snowmass)

Located on the mountain in Snowmass Village, Venga Venga means let’s go, let’s go…and you should!  Warming fire pits welcome guests onto the outdoor patio, where panoramic mountain views round out the experience.  Enjoy the guacomole (prepared tableside), baja tacos or the shrimp iron skillet fajitas.  Yum….  (and it’s open for apres ski from 3-6 pm).

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The Red Onion

Aspen’s oldest restaurant and bar recently reopened to good reviews after an extensive restoration.   It needed a deep cleaning!  Now sparkling clean, the food is good, the beer flows, the service rocks and the prices are reasonable.

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Willow Creek Bistro (Highlands)

Located in the Ritz, Willow Creek delivers when it comes to taste, of course.  You’ll see local ski instructors with their students taking their lunch breaks in winter.  Or enjoy the mountain view dining al fresco in the summer.  And you gotta love the ice sculpture / bar outside during ski season (great apres, too)!

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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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Mezzaluna

Wood fired pizzas are delicious. If you’re solo, grab a paper, sit at the bar and meet a stranger or watch tv (friendly bartenders).

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Sneaky’s Tavern (Snowmass)

If  you want to be treated like a local, enjoying food that is big, bold, generous and down to earth, Sneaky’s is the place to go.  This is a particularly favorite place to grab a bite, especially during ski season when you can sit outside in the afternoon sunshine and watch the skiers have fun…huge patio!

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La Cantina

A lively Mexican restaurant that serve the typical fare and then some.  Beware: the margaritas are killers (literally!).

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Ajax Tavern

The best and one of the biggest (double) burgers in town, with truffle fries!  Great people watching, especially since it’s at the base of Ajax.

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Cuvee Bistro (Basalt)

An all time favorite restaurant located mid-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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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro (Highlands)

The old ski patrol hut, Cloud Nine should be at the top of your list for lunch.  You’ll be dining at 10,740 feet, beneath the summit of the Cloud Nine high-speed quad. An alpine ski hut with casual table settings and outdoor deck, this full-service restaurant has incredible views of the Maroon Bells.  Make reservations.

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Woody Creek Tavern

A one-of-a-kind classic and old stomping ground of Hunter S. Thompson, you gotta visit this place.  The memorabilia on the wall can keep you occupied for hours. Cheap food and cheap drinks make it all the more appealing to locals.

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Little Annie’s

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing in this case.  A long time staple.  If you want a delicious burger or perhaps  just a shot and a beer, this is the place to go.

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Riverside Grill (Basalt)

A Basalt tradition, the Riverside Grill is best known for its setting by the river. The cheeseburgers here never disappoint…simple, quick and cheap.  You’ll find all the hard-working, down valley locals here during happy hour.

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ASPEN: Breakfast

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Dec 052010
 

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Poppycock’s

This all time favorite breakfast spot has been serving the locals for a long time, and we’re grateful.  The big portions help you gear up for a long day of skiing or opt for a quick, light smoothie if you’re in a hurry.  But if you’re hungry, order the Manhattan Eggs.  Delicious!

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Oy Vey Cafe

Oy Vey!  This new local favorite is awesome, especially if you’re craving the taste of the lower east side in the high country.  Bagels to die for!

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Peach’s Corner Cafe

A new spot – light and airy with a view of Ajax.  Order a smoothie…actually, order anything — ALL the food is incredible (and organic).

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Hickory House

The good old standard american breakfast….2 eggs, bacon, toast.

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Main Street Bakery & Cafe

Nice to meet a friend and linger over a cup of hot tea here.  The muffins are great.

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Village Smithy (Carbondale)

Technically not in Aspen, but worth a mention here anyway.  Try a hearty omelette.  It’s a great place to read a paper or meet a friend over a leisurely breakfast.

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