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Where to eat in Aspen, Colorado

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Heading out there to go skiing next weekend. Anyone have any recommendations? I'm looking for cool but divey bars (does such thing exist in Aspen?), and dining recs for for medium-high- and low-end spots. Maybe something gastro-pubby? Thanks.

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  1. If you typed "Aspen" in the search field above, you'd come up with a bunch of threads including a post of mine from last July. Here's the Cliff's note version.

    Bar. The Jerome. Been going for about 40 years and it's a good place. The young bartender couldn't make a decent martini, however, if it bit her in the butt.
    Food. Main Street Bakery & Cafe for breakfast & lunch. Rustique and Buenos Aires Fusion for dinner. There are a couple of low-end bars with food but most are forgettable. Bentley's isn't bad for drinks and food.

    Gastro-pubby? What the heck is that?

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    1. re: chowmix

      A Las Vegas developer took the historic Red Onion, gutted it two years ago and is remaking it into Junk at the Red Onion -- the intention being to combine history w/ 21st century cool. It isn't open yet so this won't help for this coming weekend, but for anyone who scouts this thread in the future, it might be worth a look. Personally, I hate the idea that a 115-year-old +/- place with a a past and patina is gone forever, but I suppose the new place, when it opens, will cater to some people's desires.

      1. re: ClaireWalter

        Claire, have you ever heard the term gastro-pubby? Sounds like a GI tract ailment to me.

        1. re: chowmix

          LOL, Chowmix.

    2. there is this great place called Social. It has a very hip vibe, and has some of the best food in Aspen. it combines traditional flavors and new flavors that make a unique dining experience.

      1. Cool but divey would be Little Annies (are they still there?) and the Woody Creek Tavern.