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Awesome! Finally a new lunch option for locals. I $7 on the Bison burger with homemade fries and was full all day.
Gyros! Cheesesteaks! amazing.
My god, the scene here! It's Aspen, and it's famous, I guess. But still, the scene. I've seen it written up so many times, I had to see what the hell it was all about.
Elbow past the posers, pretty people, millionaires, etc. Grab a table. It's even worth a little bit of a wait. Here's why - 1. the location - wow. literally ....mountainside. sun, sun, sun, a huge outdoor deck and an international crowd. i felt like i died and went back to the slopes in Europe - really not a bad thing. 2. the menu - it's an excellent, authentic french bistro menu. well executed. quality ingredients. pretty damn good. 3. the service - i'm thinking not so much crappy as international with a bit of potential for language barrier issues - but this is Aspen, this is who works here. it makes it interesting. suck it up order the cheese fondue and re-apply your SPF, darling.
The Secret Sandwich is really awesome. If you haven't tried it, you must. Made with great bread and meats and the olive tapenade really tops it off.
Fresh, authentic Thai food...good service (even though they were VERY busy), and well designed space...Destined to become a hot spot for lunch and dinner in Aspen for those craving more ethnic food...
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We appreciate your being our first review and we are pleased that you enjoyed your experience! - Kirk (owner)
I moved away from Aspen in 2002 but still dream about their tofu tacos... and wicked cheap! mmmm
I dropped into Brunelleschi's again last week to enjoy one of their great, light pizzas. We crashed the scene with half the MP2's (that's Mother Puckers for short) hockey team, following a Saturday night win - desirous of beer and some great fare. The place was jammed at 9 p.m. The hostess was very accommodating in squeezing us in and adjoining tables as they became available.
The pizzas here are thin crusted and a meal for one. Though a tad pricey at $15, it's worth it. My favorite pizza is the Basil Pesto, which comes with spinach, pine nuts and a tangy Gorgonzola cheese. Yum! I also hear the Paisano, ordered by several of my mates is very tasty. If you want a salad, I highly recommend the Portobello - grilled with roasted red peppers and goat cheese on greens. There's a lively local bar scene here as well. If you're a basketball fan visiting town, beware! The owner Gil is a hockey player, and this is a hockey bar. Chill out, catch an AVs game and meet some Aspen locals who are into more than just skiing.
Our first trip to Aspen and we had sticker shock! Restaurants were a little more pricey than what we were use to. The Butcher Block is not cheap either, but you get good quality food and great service for your money. They are an old fashioned Deli and meat market. You can get cookies, salads and drinks galore to go with your sandwich. The meats and seafood looked wonderful, wish we had a kitchen during our stay. If it weren't for them, The Wienerstube and The Hickory House we might have starved!
Definately go see any of them if you go to Aspen!
I am still thinking longingly about how flat-out delicious this meal was.
The restaurant itself was a bit of a zoo, uppity people getting all bent that they they had to wait for tables, and a glance at the menu revealed that one could potentially blow a lot of money in a dining experience here. However, we had received the insider tip to just eat at the bar, which was a dramatically different beast.
The handful of high top tables were already full, so we bellied up to the bar. The bartender was slammed but still amazingly friendly, helpful, and eager to set us up with solidly poured glasses of wine. While the bar menu was small (about six entrees?) the prices were about a third of the price of the regular menu, which we had the option to order from as well. When our dishes arrived, both of us were blown away by how amazing everything tasted! The capellini with wild mushrooms, leeks and truffle oil literally did a little dance around my mouth, and my friend couldn't stop raving about her pork chops.
Leaving with full, happy bellies for only $14 a plate, in ASPEN? A memorable experience indeed.
Last night we walked into a crowded and buzzing Campo. I had never eaten here and looked at the bar and thought, No way can we get a seat! They quickly found us two seats at the bar. We ordered a lovely appetizers of grilled artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and butternut squash. It was so simple but delicious! Yummy! I could have had another one of those! My companion wanted to try the polenta as a side dish and that came out at the same time! It was so rich and cheesy!
We split a main pasta dish which had the freshest noodles I've tasted in a while, mixed with mushrooms and sundried tomatos.
If you are looking for a restaurant with great food and great atmosphere this is the place! If you want a quieter restaurant with more room, look else where.
Food was decent at best. Service again, decent. I had great expectations but was sadly let down. WAY over priced. Extremely pretentious surroundings as well as the management. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone with all the wonderful choices in Aspen. Do yourself a fovor and skip it!
Aspen & Detroit
February 9, 2013
We started with a beautiful portion of Yellow Fin Tuna with Black Trumpet Mushrooms, topped with a pear vanilla puree served with lavash. It was an awesome way to begin our meal and is highly recommended. We also shared Chef Club's famous Black Truffle and Artichoke en Papier which was fantastic. As if that were not enough to get our taste buds stimulated the executive chef insisted that we try the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with a Jalapeno Doughnut. It was rich and delightful and the Jalapeno Doughnut is to die for.
The Properly Butchered Rib Steak with Pommes frites melts in your mouth. The 28 day Prime dry-aged beef was prepared masterfully and it melted in our mouths. We also split a huge portion of Gulf Red Grouper with Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms, Tatsoi and Savory Creme Anglaise. We supplemented our meal with... read more on AspenSpin
Awesome burger/shake/fries!!! It's finally open!! Great, fresh food.
Had lunch there, I got the mushroom crepe and my husband had the club. Both were excellent, the hot chocolate was the real thing and so yummy. Great atmosphere, very cozy, staff was attentive and nice. Defiantly going again soon, Gotta try the dessert.
Dreamer (10+ Reviews)
January 7, 2009
Dominos puts out your standard pie. Not the best but you do know what to expect. Delivery times are usually respectable.
We almost couldn't wait 'til Ellina opened. Three of us had wonderful meals. I adore mussels and that was the special appetizer that night. Did you know I was coming? The wine selection was excellent. The service was attentive without being over the top. I hated where we were seated, but that was my fault for not saying something as we were shown the table. My direct line of sight was into the kitchen ... but that gave me the option of seeing the inner workings of a fine restaurant. Very smooth.
Franck Thirion French Pastry is the real thing!
It's Croissant and pastry are the same unbelievable goodness as waking up in Paris and walking to a boulangerie early in the morning.
You just got to try it if you like real French Pastries!
Grateful Deli wins Best Cheap Eats in Aspen! (From Aspen Times Weekly
January 11, 2009 Best Cheap Eats) As sometimes happens, those voting for Aspen's best get stuck in a single track as far as grabbing a quick meal is concerned, and for 2008 that track leads directly to the door of the Grateful Deli, 233 E. Main St. Now in its first full year of existence, the Deli pulled in more than twice the votes of its nearest competitor, beating the Big Wrap 54 to 24. No one else even came close. With a menu of sandwiches that echo with the names of Dead tunes (Shakedown, Bertha, Pigpen, Dark Star), veggie alternatives, as well as great meats, salads and sweets and not to mention a smile for customers even in the depths of the lunch rush and deli owner Joe Freeman and his crew have what Aspen likes for lunch.
Be careful when ordering the salads at Grub. Three of the last four salads I have purchased from Grub have had slimy lettuce with black spots. (content removed*)on the Alpine Chicken Salad on each occasion. Additionally, you will get an extra surprise, on two occasions the chicken in the Alpine Chicken Salad has been replaced by tuna fish, mmmmmm. I guess the "chefs" are so busy that they forget the proper ingredients.
You may ask, "why does this guy keep buying these salads?" The answer is that it is the only place open early in the morning and for Aspen, it is one of the few affordable options.
*unsubstantiated claims removed
This was our 5th time in Aspen, but our 1st time at the Hickory House. It is now our favorite restaurant in Aspen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their baby back ribs are fantastic, perfect, meaty, tender, delicous. I had 1/2 slab for breakfast with the most delicious pancake I can ever remember eating. Their bacon is great too. Once we started eating there, we went nowhere else. We even walked eight miles round trip to the Hickory House for breakfast on our last full day in Aspen. It was a fantastic walk and a great breakfast. We then went back for dinner for our last night in Aspen. I had a full slab of baby back ribs with fries, etc. Great dinner. Very reasonable prices. Neither of us gained any weight from all those pancakes and ribs probably because we walked so much every day. We will be back and highly recommend it.
Best nachos ever!!! They have continued the quality food from Highlands Pizza...but so much more! Delish!
We went to The Library located in the Hotel Jerome the night before Christmas Eve as the rest of the town was so crowed. We were able to get a seat on some very comfy sofas right away. The atmosphere was perfect, not too loud so we were able to talk with out yelling. We got wonderful quick service and enjoyed the acoustic music being played in the corner of the bar. I tried the Aspen Crud, a milkshake like drink with lots of alcohol in it. The taste was great, but they did not put enough ice cream in it. Turned out to be like drinking cream. Their Cosmos are spot on. I would highly recommend the Library to anyone who wants some old time charm, great service, and good drinks!!
The rude baristas are not worth the price of the coffee.
You must have a draft beer at the J Bar while you are in Aspen. Aptly named J Bar due to its location in the Hotel Jerome, the saloon offers a western ambience and a great happy-hour crowd.
Tuesday evening at 6pm Jimmy's was extremely high energy! The AHI salad was delicious with a semi spicy dipping sauce. The service was efficient and attentitive.
In a town that tends to range from the expensive to the obscenely expensive, Jour de Fete is a refreshingly cheap and delicious alternative. Jour de Fete is family owned and from my brief exchanges with the proprietor, who has always been welcoming to me, their family appreciates all of their customers. Regardless, the quality of the food is excellent and you can't beat the price in this town.
Just had lunch at this recently opened restaurant. Knew I was in the right place when I walked in the door and the owner's dog was sitting on his bed right inside the door. I had to stay! Had a very leisurly lunch and didn't feel rushed at all. Service was excellent ( Etan) Tempura pickles were the best fried pickles I have ever had. Also had the pork sandwich which was very tasty! Decor is way cool. Loved the way the check is presented in a mason jar! Owner was on site and made me feel like an old friend. Can't wait to come back next year. A definite place to go!
It all started with us both being in town after work "Wanna get an appetizer somewhere?" Sure! but where? How about the bar at Kenichi? O.K. Upon entry the bar was full and the choice was a tiny two top at the head of the dinning room or the sushi bar. Feeling a bit shy at the moment I was leaning toward the tiny two top when my partner pushed me toward the sushi bar. Well O.K.
It seems a must to start with edamame while at a sushi joint, so I did but with the Spicy edamame, a nice little Kenichi twist. I don't know how they prepare it but this I will try again and again to recreate in my own kitchen…. A big Sapporo for me, a Kenichi Martini for her, some friendly chatter with the waitress, and great service from the sushi chef led us two one after another of additions to our appetizer. After the spicy tempura shrimp, my favorite Austin roll (asparagus tempura and masago aioli wrapped in edamame paper topped with eel sauce), 2 shrimp tempura rolls, and an avocado roll, our little appetizer had turned into a complete dinner. No dessert this time, thanks. And did you know that guy next to you is really famous in Brazil!
After calling Cache Cache, Jimmy's, and several others I finally got a last minute reservation at 8:30 to L'Hostaria.
The restaurant was very busy and the few tables left weren't open for very long.
Starting with a glass of Ritz Pinot Noir ($10) and appetizers of Salmon and Tuna Tartar over greens ($18), which honestly didn't have much flavor to either of us. Then on to Crispy Calamari ($15) with a spicy red sauce, calamari is temper mental and tends to turn rubbery when overcooked, so there will always be a couple that just go a little over or under.
For dinner I chose the Osso bucco with Saffron Risotto ($31). Like Calamari, if it is on the menu I will order it. I thought it was fantastic. Our server suggested the Pork version, after we had finished dinner, and if there were any specials we didn't hear those either.
The food was wonderful. The service was acceptable. We did receive our second glasses of wine at the local’s discount of $6 a glass. The environment was that of a busy restaurant. I wouldn't suggest date night, but for friends just hanging out with a little money to spend, go for it. Call and reserve a table a couple of days in advance, and remember just because your server is in a hurry, doesn't mean you have to be in a hurry.
Pig E. (10+ Reviews)
June 18, 2009
I can't keep up with the name changes, Little Ollies, China Thai, Tang and back to LIttle Ollies. During the last name change the menu has changed. (Prices are cheaper! yippee! Also Little Ollie's serves noodle bowls. I tried the Korean spicy noodle bowl with shrimp. I enjoyed the noodles and the broth but the shrimp were a little overcooked. The bowl for dinner cost around $11, but there are also cheaper noodle bowls ($7.95).
The service was quick and friendly. I might have to try another noodle bowl.
Edi (10+ Reviews)
March 4, 2009
Stopped by early morning to get some pastries. Cheery and helpful. Good croissants and great ciabatta.
My co-worker and I were treated to an extraordinary meal here by a very generous person and I think we ate everything on the menu and many things off-menu. You wonder where fresh fish is coming from in Aspen, and I'll just say that based on some of the prices, it's well taken care of between Japan and FedEx. Honestly the parade of food was beyond, and somehow we found room for all of it. I especially learned to appreciate the hand-rolls, something I don't normally order when I go out to sushi. The freshness and quality were excellent, and we could not go wrong with their amazing wine list. Manager Christian Henrichon was especially helpful and super knowledgeable about wine. Yum!! (bring your platinum card of Amex black!)
It's been awhile since I've been back, but the food was very good. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Fair selections of wines by the glass. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal.
Last night I was rushing to catch a flick at the Wheeler and popped into NY Pizza. Hoping to grab a slice, eat quickly and go to the film, I was quite disappointed. The counter help was surly and un-responsive, the selection of slices all appeared cold and past their born-on dates. When I inquired "how long for a pepperoni slice?" the clerk said " twenty minutes". Just a thought, but if a pizza place is going to charge $5 for a slice, wouldn't it be nice if they had one ready, or at least "almost" ready.
If you're in the mood for some after-dinner decadence, Paradise Bakery will not disappoint. My favorites are their Black Diamond cookies and their super rich brownies, but others swear by their ice cream and gelato. After grabbing your loot, see if you can find a seat outside to enjoy the live outdoor music while you eat.
Amazing food, atmosphere, organic coffees.
If you visit Aspen and you're trying to get that authentic Rocky Mountain experience, you really do need to dine at the Pine Creek Cookhouse. I prefer lunch because views of the valley are amazing, summer or winter. If you REALLY want that Rocky Mountain experience, you need to bike there in the summer (13 miles each way) or cross-country ski there in the winter (1 mile or so each way). I recommend reservations for lunch and dinner, but if you want to go mid-week in the summer for lunch, you will probably get away without one. If the weather is nice, sit on the patio and wear sunscreen! Did I mention the food? The quail salad is consistently good.
Last month we had friends visiting in town, and they wanted to treat us to dinner at Pinons, and what a treat it was. I have dined there several times over the many years they have been in town, and every time the meal is fantastic! Without a doubt, one of Aspens very finest.
Plato's space at the Aspen Institute has been, in one incarnation or another, an acceptable safe harbor when seeking a good meal between events at the Music Tent and Movie Festival. The relatively new chef, who revived the place a year plus ago, seems to have lost interest. Things started out a bit roughly; the music (jazz) in this center of intellectual fervor was blasting, the amuse-bouche of oyster with veggies and parmesan was a nice try but both bad product and execution and the lettuce in my Colorado green salad had browned stalk cuts (no charge after I conspicuously cut them further off and pointed them out to our waitstaff) Since the chef was in the salle chatting up one table of notables while my salad was being prepared, it is possible the salad guy just got lax and he (the chef) did not pass on the final plating, but one of the waiters should have caught it. However, once the chef returned to the piano, things picked up: Colette's Colorado peach/champagne soup was pretty good, I loved her lamb (short) riblets with mint BBQ rub and tolerated my angel hair pasta with nice pancetta on a bed of parsley pesto. Our bill with wine before tip with no coffee or dessert was $66.25. More at eGullet
this place sucks. it is very small and the food was awful in my opinion. also, the waiter didn't know what to do
The veggie burger is inedible. The restaurant is new, so hopefully they can improve, and fast. I loved (and used to waitress) at Explore bistro But Pyramid is a dissapointment so far. Pretentious ("this is Our take on ketchup"), out-of-stock (no lemonade, black tea, limeade) (the choice of beverages is limited to water or berry tea),...very dissapointing meal.
Pig E. (10+ Reviews)
February 1, 2009
We ate at the Red Mountain Grill which sits on the Aspen Public Golf course on Super Bowl Sunday. The place was pretty empty but everyone was probably at a super-bowl party.
We had great service! Our waiter was very helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable on the food.
I split a bowl of vegetarian chili with my boyfriend. It had just the right amount of spice. The other couple we were with split the vegan tomato soup and they enjoyed it.
My main dish was the ahi stir fry. My boyfriend had the fish and chips and the other couple both had the shrimp po-boy. Every enjoyed their meal.
They have plenty of parking since it is part of the golf course. We live outside of town so it was very convenient. I think we will go there again!
I was looking forward to the reopening of the new Onion. The restoration is a good job. The food and service are less desirable. I will spend time at the bar, Leave your money for the drinks
Rustique remains one of our favorite restaurants in Aspen, We dined at Rustique with our family of seven over the Christmas holiday and had our usually great service. The food is exceptionally flavorful, we all enjoyed the escargots, and the bread served in a paper bag is hot, soft and popular with the whole family.
One point to note, we attempted to book a Dec 20 reservation several weeks in advance for our party of seven, but were told we had to pay a $50 per person deposit, which we never do. We called for a reservation on Dec 20 and our party got right in. There are very few Aspen restaurants that require an advance deposit and we encourage Rustique to drop this practice.
Food was awesome! Great selection of Colorado beers, great service, and really good 80's music! Definitely my new place to hang out.
Love the food. Love the mostly vegan menu choices. Service has been rocky since they opened but does seem to be slowly improving. If the windows/doors to the patio are not open, the place is painfully, obnoxiously loud. But it's really just too expensive. The coconut tofu bites are divine but $11 for five small cubes of tofu? Likewise, the stuffed mushrooms I enjoyed today: wonderful. But $12 for five small mushroom caps? Look, I know this is Aspen but for a counter service cafe, this is just too pricey.
4 of us had dinner and ordered 3 different steaks, New York, Bone in Fillet and Flat Iron. All were very "chewy". The formula for this restaurant is to charge for everything individually except water and bread and butter. The steaks were served in a pan with a 1/2 clove of garlic and a sprig of green. If you wanted a sauce, it was extra. If you wanted a vegetable, it was extra. The price on the steaks was high and the quality of the meat was average supermarket quality.
We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your previous dining experience. The restaurant's concept of individual plated items is unique but is specifically designed to cater to diners individual tastes. The Steakhouse staff, management, and owners would all like to invite you back for dinner and make sure you have a great experience. -Craig Cordts-Pearce / Owner
I have to say that for years, I have loved eating at Su Casa. My favorite thing to do is to sit with friends in the bar area and munch on appetizers. I especially love the ceviche. The margaritas are amazing, and so is the salsa. The location of Su Casa is also a plus, since we always go there before going to a show at the Wheeler Opera House. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!
After we saw the movie "Flash of Genius" at the Aspen Film Festival a couple of us headed over to Tasters Pizza in Aspen. We were able to park right outside, which is a huge plus! Tasters had a couple of other customers but we quickly ordered a salad, beers, and a large pizza.
Tasters Pizza has one of my favorite salad's! The spinach salad has candied walnuts, feta cheese, tomatoes and basalmic vinaigrette! Yummy! We split the large salad between the three of us.
Soon the pizza arrived and it was delicious! I love their pizza!
Sabra's Deli, where the old Bagel Bites at Clark's market used to be, is really misnamed. It's really a pan-Middle Eastern schwarma/gyros/couscous/salad and pita shop, hardly a deli. It was described as "new" and "real good" by Stewart Oksenhorn, fine food finder for the Aspen Times, and I have to agree. For a hole-in-the-wall place, it has a large menu, three chefs, almost as many front-room folks, and an atmosphere of quiet competence. Colette had the Israeli salad of chopped cukes, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, etc with pita and Baba ghanoush and I the gyros plate (instead of the schwarma) with fries that had an intriguing tang. Our bill was $20.90 without dessert or drinks or coffee. More at eGullet
I met a friend at the new place located in the old Ben and Jerry's building for breakfst and coffee. The new place is called Victoria's Coffee and Wine Bar and is a very pleasant little restaurant. Great location, and Victoria is very friendly. It took forever to get my coffee, but my breakfast sandwich and coffee were delicious.
Ponte Vedra Brach, Fl
May 12, 2013
Happened into this quaint restaurant our first night in Aspen and became a part of it's "soft opening". What a wonderful surprise! The Colorado lamb sandwich is piled high with meat, the roll tasted homemade and like a brioche. But, the best part of the meal was the kale salad! Flavors blended beautifully so, naturally I had to ask about the ingredients - will try to replicate at home but doubt I'll get it. Great prices in a pricey town - wait staff was helpful and friendly. We're going back before heading home. Only suggestion - add something sweet to complete the meal for us "sweet toothsome."
We went to the Wild Fig for lunch in July and had a fantastic meal.. The mojitos were very fresh and had great flavor, and the pasta dish I ordered was one of the best meals I have ever had, anywhere in the US.
While it was not a cheap meal at all ($160 for three people at lunch) - it was delicious. We went several other places while in Aspen on vacation, but never found a better meal!
Eat Aspen Review Team DK
February 22, 2010
Willow Creek is right at the bottom of our favorite mountain, Aspen Highlands. Adjoining the Ritz Residence Club steps away from the lift.
They've loosened their sleeves quite a bit this past winter and started to cater to the local Apres Ski scene. They now offer reasonably priced drinks as well as fresh BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Add a little live music on the weekends and you've got a nice little scene.
We enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich, a gourmet grilled cheese, truffle parmesan fries, and a gruyere cheeseburger,.
Great service, great location, & Great Food!
July 4, 2010
This out-of-the-way nook is the best kept secret in Aspen. The service is personable and the atmosphere is a quirky nod to small-town America. The food is what one would expect from a tavern. The portions are large and the menu features plenty of fried options. The food always tastes fresh and you will never feel rushed to order or eat, even on a busy day. Bring your friends, order a beer, and settle in for delicious comfort food.
Warning: BRING CASH. This is a cash-only restaurant.
Philly Cheesesteaks are not the easiest item to authentically reproduce. In fact, i made a promise to myself never to eat one outside Pa. During an Eagles game somebody mentioned that Zane's has a great Philly. I didn't believe it until i tried it for myself. Its not Pat's or Gino's, but its pretty close. I'd call it excellent.
Pig E. (10+ Reviews)
March 6, 2009
I have heard all about Zocalito bar special this winter. What a great deal it is! If you eat at the bar between 9 & 10pm, you receive half off your bar order!
Three of us squeezed into a bar table even-though there wasn't much room. We wanted the half off special.
Two margaritas and one sangria was ordered with cheese guacamole. The tortilla chips were very fresh and the guacamole was great! I had the fish tacos which came with three tacos. The tacos were very fresh and tasty. My companions both had the cheese quesadillas. My friend, Bob, said it wasn't the best quesadilla but you couldn't beat the price in Aspen.
The bartender who served us seemed very frazzled and overwhelmed. He was the only one taking care of the bar and the entire restaurant. We wanted him to relax a bit. Other customers noticed it too.
Overall we had 5 drinks, one shared appetizer, and three bar entrees for $55, not including tip. Best Deal In Aspen!