Calling itself “Modern Barbecue,” Smoke satisfies a carnivorous urge in the midvalley with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and everything else one might expect to find in a classic barbeque place. So it’s only natural to wonder what, exactly, modern barbecue means.
Featuring a wonderful mix of Asian dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and beyond, Zheng Asian Bistro has been bringing a welcome taste of the exotic to the Roaring Fork Valley since 2001. And with prices that top out at just $15.25, this trendy eatery ensures that its legions of loyal customers can come back time and again without putting a dent in their wallets.
Located at 409 East Hyman, on the Hyman Avenue Mall upstairs from what is currently a Billabong store, New York Pizza has been an Aspen institution practically from the day it opened in 1993. Serving up big, foldable New York-style slices, sub sandwiches, salads, soda and beer in a no-frills atmosphere, N.Y.
As far as ski towns go, Aspen is quite conducive to coupling up. A beautiful scenic backdrop, a litany of intimate boutique lodging options, plenty of places to canoodle by a blazing fire or in a hot tub, and some profound options when it comes to wining and dining by candle light can set the mood for puppy love in the Rockies.
Ski in, ski out, wax on, wax off. Whether you’re headed out to grab first tracks and a snack to go from the new Nest Bar and Café, you're a guest at the hotel wrapping up the ski day or you’re a friend stopping by for a poolside drink, around the fireplace, the Viceroy Snowmass offers complimentary ski waxing while you’re enjoying the view.
Despite a fairytale image, Aspen has not been impervious to the tsunami of distressing economic news. In a certain sign of the times, headlines in the Aspen Daily News or the Aspen Times hint at gloomy economic conditions: the turtle-like crawl of vacation real estate sales, raising unemployment rates, and lower-than-average hotel occupancy are common themes littering the local headlines. Even in fantasyland woebegone national news of corporate bankruptcies, gloomy markets, bailout quagmires, foreclosures, and bank buyouts contribute to a crestfallen public consciousness.
As off-season transitions into summer high season, there are signs of a silver lining to the doom and gloom. Warm weather means Jimmy Buffett melodies, backyard grilling, rafting trips, shorts and flip-flops, and the opening of the narrow, 12,000 foot switchback over Independence Pass, making Aspen immediately accessible to historic Leadville. Although everything isn’t peaches and blue bonnets in this alpine resort town, a gang of intrepid Aspen-based entrepreneurs, business-owners, and organizations are still swinging for the fences by opening up shop or preparing for a superlative line-up of festivals and events occurring over the summer. Here’s a list of new and noteworthy shops, restaurants, and events debuting with giggly excitement for the summer 2009 season, economic torpedoes be damned.
Basalt, CO – I was a bit hesitant to walk into Tempranillo with my boyfriend, John. As a chef, he is very particular about his food. He had already developed a negative perception of Tempranillo, although it is a popular restaurant that has received many positive reviews. He still had lowered expectations, but he decided to give the restaurant a try.
Cheapest Places to Eat in Aspen.
ASPEN, CO - Even though Aspen hosts the annual Food and Wine Festival, not every restaurant in this stigmatized ski town has the moniker “gourmet” or “fine dining” attached to its name. Of course, Aspen is not known for cheap eats. However, with a careful eye to detail, one will notice the many highly practical and extremely affordable eateries scattered throughout the town. The caveat? Most tend to be breakfast and lunch joints that are only open during traditional banking hours, when most tourists are up on the mountain or off in pursuit of a great Rocky Mountain adventure.
After the jump, an eclectic and intensely vetted countdown of Aspen’s 10 cheapest eateries, delis, pizzerias, and cafés. All the listed establishments offer substantial treats for 10 dollars or less.