The 2019 Guide to Eating Your Way Through Aspen:
There is no doubt that Aspen has always been at the forefront of elite culinary offerings, and classics such as Chef’s Club and Nobu Matsuhisa have been around since what seems like the beginning of time. However, in a town as seasonal as Aspen a restaurant turnover rate is quite inevitable. To help you stay current with the Aspen hot spots, we have created a definitive guide to dining in Aspen this Winter, featuring the best of the new and the best of the old.
New and Noteworthy Restaurants
Our favorite new offerings that have already made waves in the Aspen community
“Altitude is Everything”
If you’ve been having trouble getting a reservation at 7908 Aspen, we are not surprised. This brand new Super Club has been at the forefront of the culinary and nightlife scene since it opened its doors in July. 7908 Aspen offers savory American Cuisine in the earlier hours, and then slowly progresses into a club like scene in the later hours as in-house DJ, Kid Kamillion, begins his set. This place truly encompasses the idea of a Super Club, and has been making waves in the Aspen community as the hottest new restaurant and club scene.
TO EAT: Try the renowned fried chicken, featuring a unique chili honey glaze, or for those who prefer to splurge, the $120 Aspen Nachos with caviar
TO DRINK: Try the Femme Fatale or the in-house Moscow Mule, which features tiki bitters, giving the classic drink a unique kick
In the location of the beloved Little Annie’s comes Aspen, Colorado’s hottest new Oyster Bar, Clark’s. Originally based in Austin, Texas, the Aspen location of Clark’s officially opened its doors in June and has been the talk of the town ever since. Clark’s Oyster Bar offers a world-class oyster and caviar selection, an extensive raw bar, delicious lobster rolls, and everything you could want in New England styled seafood. In addition to its refined menu, Clark’s has created a bustling bar scene that is hopping into the later hours of the night. We certainly recommend making reservations for this new hotspot as early as possible, as the seating is limited and spaces seem to fill up quickly.
TO EAT: We recommend trying a few of their different East and West Coast oysters, in addition to their world-renowned lobster roll
TO DRINK: Ask your server about their cocktail of the day, or try their classic Velvet Spritz
Aspen might not need another Sushi restaurant, but it surely needs Jing. This brand new Asian Fusion styled restaurant located right next to Acquolina on main street features exceptional cuisine blending older Asian traditional dishes with more contemporary techniques. Unlike its rival Matsuhisa, Jing offers a blend of both traditional rolls and the complex American rolls that we all admittedly love to order. Jing offers both lunch and dinner and features a reasonably priced bar menu. Jing has certainly become a new hot spot in town for sushi and Asian-fusion lovers, and their delectable cuisine and fun atmosphere will make you want to come back for some more.
TO EAT: Try the unique Surf & Turf Roll featuring lobster, Kobe beef, mango and caviar. For an even more unique option try the Sushi Pizza located on the bar menu
TO DRINK: Try the Sake Tini which is a unique blend of Sake and Absolut Vodka
Extensive list of our personal Aspen favorites
Ajax Tavern: American style cuisine, lively bar scene, great apres ski, base of Aspen Mountain
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro: Swiss cuisine, Ski-in ski-out and select snowcat dinners, Aspen Highlands
Shlomo’s Deli & Grill: American comfort eats and Jewish Classics, spacious patio, base of Aspen Mountain
HOPS: craft-beer focused, lively bar scene, Hyman Mall
The J Bar: Saloon-styled ambience, locals watering hole, located in the Hotel Jerome
Meat & Cheese: restaurant and farm shop, meat & cheese platters, expansive wine list, Hopkins Ave
Acquolina: contemporary Italian, extensive wine list, Main St.
Casa Tua: upscale, elevated Italian, Galena St. in the Aspen Mall
L’Hostoria: housemade pasta, extensive wine list, downstairs Hyman Ave
Jimmy’s Bar & Restaurant: lively bar scene, extensive cocktail list, balcony seating, upstairs Mill St.
Monarch: prime cuts and seafood, upscale vibe, Monarch St. connected to the Dancing Bear
Steakhouse No. 316: prime beef offerings, extensive wine list, upscale club feel, Hopkins Ave.
Kenichi: contemporary Asian and sushi, energetic and upscale, Hopkins Ave downstairs
Maru: cozy Japanese plates and sushi, patio view, Mill St on Aspen Mall
Nobu Matsuhisa: world-renowned authentic Japanese cuisine, lively bar and extensive cocktail list, Main St.
Mi Chola: trendy Mexican cuisine, lively bar scene, Main St.
Su Casa: casual Mexican and tequila bar, outdoor patio, downstairs Hyman Ave.
Jour de Fete: French locals counter-service café, quaint, patio seating, Durant Ave.
Paradise Bakery: baked goods and beautiful Aspen views, outdoor seating only, Galena St.
Poppycock’s: family-friendly hearty breakfast offerings, table service, Cooper Ave.
Pyramid Bistro: quaint and tasty, patio views, located upstairs in Explorer Bookstore, Main St.
Spring St. Café: organic breakfast and lunch offerings, refreshing juices and smoothies, Spring St.
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