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Aspen Restaurants

BBs Kitchen
525 East Cooper Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 429 8284
www.bbskitchen.com

This spot is Aspen's de facto living room, attracting locals and visitors to the historic Aspen Grove building on Main Street. Almost everything is made in-house—they even smoke with their own fish and bake their own breads. The main menu leans toward creative comfort food (scallops and grits, truffle mac and cheese). Stop by during happy hour, from 3 pm to 6 pm daily, when you can pair $5 glasses of wine and $2 beers with items from the lounge menu, like the house-made charcuterie plate.—by Samantha Berman

Cache Cache
205 S. Mill Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 3835
cachecache.com

Sitting down at one of Cache Cache's white-clothed tables is one of the more relaxing dining experiences in Aspen. But it's not the warm mustard-yellow walls or the genuine service that eases you into your chair—it's opening a menu without “fusion” elements. Pork tenderloin with an apple reduction over mashed potatoes, roast chicken with French fries, or an osso bucco so tried and true it's been on the menu for 20 years. Cache Cache is one of Aspen's longest-running dining establishments, with food and wine designed to be sophisticated and classic, but not fussy. Chef Christopher Lanter brings his years of experience working in France, and sommelier Alex Harvier crafts wine lists that offer a wide range of options in every category—with bottles from $18 to $1,800. The diverse clientele, from ski bums to celebrities, is testament to Cache Cache's approachable atmosphere.

Opens nightly at 5:30 pm.

Jimmy's
205 S. Mill Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 6020
www.jimmysaspen.com

Jimmy's is known as a place that folks like to linger. It's got a heavy curtain over the door, cozy tables lining the windows, and a dining room in the back. It's also known for its Chesapeake Bay blue-crab cakes and certified Angus steaks, sold à la carte with comfort-classic sides such as mashed sweet potatoes with roasted marshmallows and creamed spinach. (In summer, get a table on the patio, and get your fill of watching glitterati parading down the sidewalk.) After dinner, migrate back out to the bar area, which is filled nightly with Aspen's liveliest locals. If the atmosphere doesn't entice you to pull up a bar stool, the tequila certainly will: Jimmy's boasts what may be the largest selection in the country.

Open daily 5:30 to 11:30 pm.

Little Annie's Eating House
517 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 1098
www.littleannies.com

Voted by locals for the last 13 years in a row to have the best burger in town, Little Annie's has been the Aspen mainstay for more than a quarter century. With red-and-white checked tablecloths and a classic brass bar, it's down-home casual here, and the service is friendly in that no-frills, whaddya-want kind of way. Other than a hunk of juicy beef, specialties include local trout, prime rib, and spaghetti. Try to get the table tucked in the storefront window, where you can fuel hours of people-watching with the bartender's special: a shot and a beer for $3. Mainstay, indeed.

Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm.

Main Street Bakery Café
201 E. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 6446

There are many times and places for high-end restaurants, but breakfast isn't one of them. The Main Street Bakery is a down-home haunt where you can tuck into a good, honest meal. An 1890s building with blue gingham curtains, original wood floors, and one of the best summer patios in town, the Bakery is where locals and visitors alike come to warm their hands around a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. Service is as friendly as it gets (“Tourists treated same as home folks,” reads the sign above the doorway), and the food is simple and delicious, with no pomp or garnish. Don't miss the huevos rancheros, or, if you're in a hurry to get on the slopes, grab an egg-bagel sandwich or any one of the baked confections beckoning through the glass display case at the front.

Open daily 7 am to 4 pm.

Matsuhisa Upstairs
303 E. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 544 6628
www.matsuhisaaspen.com

This is Nobu's extension of Matsuhisa Aspen. Upstairs, in this case, is street level, and, just like Next Door Nobu in New York, it's more casual and less pricey than the original, and takes no reservations. Comprising lounge and restaurant, bar, and patio, the place provides great people-watching as well as fine eating, the miso-glazed black cod being the de rigueur order.

Mezzaluna
624 E. Cooper Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 5882
www.mezzalunaaspen.com

A cheery, dependable, easy-to-love Mediterranean place that provides welcome relief from the culinary fireworks and heavy checks that abound in these parts. Big salads, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas are the simple staples, and they are all reliable, fresh, and served without attitude. The place itself has Italian-ish frescoes painted on the white walls, and the ceiling is painted to look like a cloudy sky. In summertime, we suggest taking advantage of the cute patio.

Red Onion
420 East Cooper Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 9955
www.redonionaspen.com

This circa-1892 pub right in town closed briefly and reopened in 2010 with new owners, an updated look, and a loyal following happy to have their hangout back. Not much has changed out front, but in the kitchen a new chef is cooking a long menu of pub food like nachos, fajitas, and fish and chips. It's a laid-back scene, though weekly entertainment, from open-mic and trivia nights to karaoke, keeps things interesting.—by Samantha Berman

Specialty Foods of Aspen
601 E. Hopkins Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 544 6656
specialtyfoodsofaspen.com

At last, a deli with stock that's the food equivalent of Aspen's clothing stores—and it isn't all about the 100-plus-variety cheese counter, great though that is. This one-stop picnic shop is also a charcuterie and a café serving wonderful panini. On warmer days, you can occupy one of the handy patio tables.

Closed Sundays.

Venga Venga Mexican Cantina
105 Daly Lane
Snowmass , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 923 7777
www.richardsandoval.com/vengavenga

Celebrity chef and entrepreneur Richard Sandoval's first foray into the mountains opened in 2010 and continues to be a popular alternative to the area's steakhouses. The menu features Mexican tapas and classic dishes from south of the border accompanied by 75 varieties of tequilas and mezcals. The spicy mezcal margarita is a must: Order it alongside the guacamole, prepared tableside and served with crispy, warm tortilla chips, followed by the tacos al pastor, with adobe-marinated pork and grilled pineapple.—by Samantha Berman

Wild Fig
315 E. Hyman Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 5160
www.thewildfig.com

Standing conveniently opposite the Wheeler Opera House (the same Wheeler who brought the Jerome to town), Fig burst on the scene in the 2003 ski season and has been packed ever since—which isn't hard when there are only 50 seats. It's the labor of love of a local couple, Samantha and Craig Cordts-Pearce—together, they've worked in every other Aspen hot spot, and they clearly took the town's pulse accurately. What everyone wants is mixed-Med dishes like clams and chorizo and "fish in the bag" (fish en papillote in a brown paper bag), paired with sampler plates of hummus and baba ghanoush or a self-explanatory "Butcher's Board." Warm, in every sense.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.