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Aspen Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
White House Tavern
302 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen
This outpost from the Hillstone Group occupies one of Hopkins Avenue's historic buildings—an adorable, white Carpenter Gothic house with a signature red door that was first built as a miner's cottage. Inside, you'll find cozy booths and a comfortable bar done in a rustic style, with exposed wood, chandeliers, and subtle western-feeling accents, like rugs and black and white photos of the town's early days. The menu is equally comforting, specializing in old-school sandwiches and classic cocktails. It's perfect for drinks and appetizers after skiing or an easy, laid-back lunch.
Piñons
105 S. Mill St., Aspen
Piñons has been in downtown Aspen for almost thirty years (and it's a favorite among the town's old guard), but you wouldn't know it from the interior, which always feels fresh thanks to frequent renovations and well-tended upkeep. While nothing is ever excessively fancy in a town that favors cowboy boots over stilettos, Piñons definitely a more upscale choice: Expect white tablecloths, impeccable service, and the price tag to match. As for the menu, it's all western classics, done in a comforting traditional style—we recommend sticking to Colorado meats and fish, food-wise, with dishes like the trout, lamb, or buffalo tenderloin.
Meat & Cheese
319 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen
Aspen's local food scene is surprisingly vibrant, as evidenced by ventures like this relatively new restaurant/market hybrid. Started by the folks behind the locally-beloved Avalanche Cheese Company, the shop features cheese, beer, eggs, and produce from purveyors in the Roaring Fork Valley alongside a full-fledged butcher and fishmonger. The restaurant menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal produce, but you can always count on their excellent meat, cheese, and bread boards to be a crowd-pleaser year-round.
Matsuhisa
303 E. Main St., Aspen
Sheer distance from the ocean means it's usually best to steer clear of seafood in a ski town, but not so at Nobu's cozy, if slightly unexpected, outpost in one of Main Street's historic victorians. The dressed up sushi bar is every bit as popular as its big city counterparts: On busy weekends, reservations book out as early as a month in advance. If you do manage to get a table, the menu never disappoints. It's hard to go wrong with any dish, but we're especially partial to classics like the shishito peppers, jalapeño yellowtail, and sashimi. Don't skip dessert—the mochi comes in every flavor imaginable.
Main Street Bakery & Cafe (Closed)
201 E. Main St., Aspen
The hands-down choice for great brunch in town, Main Street Bakery and Cafe is known for comfort foods like bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, eggs benedict, and (for lunch) a warming chicken noodle soup. Behind the scenes, they also make excellent birthday cakes and other sweets. The quaint, first-come-first-serve spot can get busy on weekends: If the line looks intimidating, opt for a seat at one of the communal tables or grab a coffee and a pastry from the to-go counter. Photo: Ski Town Restaurants
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