As you’d expect there’s great dining on the slopes of Aspen Snowmass’ four ski areas as well as off.
At Snowmass, Sam's Smokehouse at the top of the Village Express and Sam's Knob chairlifts is a good choice for barbecue while Sneaky's Tavern, next to The Treehouse by the base of the Village has American bistro style cuisine and indoor/outdoor seating.
The Ajax Tavern on Aspen Mountain serves up its signature truffle fries and freshly made mint mojitos on the area's jazziest deck. You can also get Thai food at the Sundeck on the top of Aspen Mountain, just a few feet from the top of the gondola, or there’s Bonnie's, with its two-tiered deck, which is famous for its apple strudel.
At Aspen Highlands they've got Cloud Nine, a traditional mountain cabin with a romantic atmosphere providing sit-down lunches or a simple schnapps on the deck. It also does great fondue, raclette and gruyere-stuffed pheasant.
The Cliffhouse at Buttermilk is famous for its Mongolian barbecue and sweet potato fries but more traditional fare is also available.
Restaurants In Town
Despite its reputation as one of the more expensive resorts in the skiing world, a perception driven by the number of millionaires and Hollywood stars that grace its streets and slopes, Aspen’s tourist office is keen to highlight the more affordable side of the resort available to its less well heeled guests. For example, they point out, you can snap up a pizza and beer for $10 at Mezzaluna, and even the more expensive restaurants offer a bar menu where you can munch similar entrees served to those being plated for the main dining area but for only around $12 a plate.
The choice of dining here seems almost endless (there are in fact over 100 choices) and no doubt fill a guide book on their own, but here are just some examples of the amazing variety of taste, price and experience available.
Centrally located Pacifica Seafood (+1 (970) 920 9775) has the city’s biggest raw seafood bar.
Explore Bistro (+1 (970) 925 5338) within the Explore Bookstore on Main Street is Aspen's only fully vegetarian restaurant and offers regional, international and ‘artisanal’ cuisine.
The Big Hoss Barbecue (Snowmass Village Mall; +1 (970)923 2598) offers Southwestern American cuisine including more regional varieties off barbecue than you knew existed.
For Chinese food The Mountain Dragon is a Snowmass (+1 (970) 923 3576 ins a Snowmass favourite.
For a late night American-style pizza, as late as 2am, New York Pizza (+1 (970) 920 3088) in the Hyman Avenue Mall is the place to go.
Kenichi (+1 (970) 920 2212) has an amazing choice of sushi and high quality staff.
The Wild Fig (+1 (970) 920 1893) located across from the Wheeler Opera House serves Mediterranean cuisine from Spain, Greece, Italy and France.
Su Casa's (+1 (970) 920 4244) is one of the best choices for Mexican food.
Montagna (+1 (970) 920 6330) in The Little Nell Hotel is a little more up-market with an atmosphere that’s casual yet elegant. Sommelier Jonathan Pullman oversees a 15,000 bottle private wine cellar combine to compliment your meal.
Aspen’s grocery stores include Clark's Market (+1 (970) 925-8046) which has several outlets, including 300 Puppy Smith St and at 215 S Monarch St. There’s also the City Market and the recently opened Roxy’s Market (+1 (970) 920 7699) and deli at 119 H Airport Business Center which is open from 7am to 9pm and has parking.
Johnny McGuire's Deli (+1 (970) 920 9255) is an Aspen favourite which, apart from a great range of deli products, has a big menu of hot and cold specialty sandwiches with descriptive names like 'The Trucker' and 'The Bob Marley.'
In Snowmass The Village Market (+1 (970) 923 4444) covers all the basic grocery needs.
A grocery delivery service is offered by the Grocery Girls of Aspen (+1 (970) 948 2230; grocerygirlsaspen.com) who’ll will actually deliver “anything else our clients may desire.” too.