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Mar 28, 2011 05:11 PM

Restaurants in Aspen, CO - not 'New American' cuisine?

Looking for some suggestions for interesting restaurants in Aspen, CO. So far we've eaten at a bunch of great restaurants (Wild Fig, Ajax Tavern), but all of the menus at the restaurants are very similar (New American). Would love something more casual, more local, and a different cuisine. Would be willing to drive a little. Any ideas?

Ajax Tavern
675 East Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

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  1. Several good restaurants in Basalt, just a few miles upvalley. I like Tempranillo, good Spanish fare.

    165 Midland Ave, Basalt, CO 81621

    1. You may want to try The Hickory House in Aspen -- their ribs are pretty good. Another suggestion is the Woody Creek Tavern in Woody Creek which is nearby. Their mexican is good (cash only). On Aspen Highlands Mtn there is the Cloud 9 which does fondue and other euro fare. I love their Gnocchi.

      Hickory House
      730 W Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

      Woody Creek Tavern
      02 Woody Creek Plz, Woody Creek, CO 81656

      1. I second the woody creek tavern-- good mexican food and a relaxed atmosphere. If you are willing to drive to Glenwood Springs there is an excellent Nepalese/Indian restaurant, Narayan, in one of the first strip malls you'll pass driving into town on 82. For lunch, there is, or at least used to be a French bakery in the Aspen business center (near the airport), they have nice sandwiches and fresh croissants every morning.

        1. We always enjoy Rustique which is on Monarch. It is a place with French Bistro food and you can get lighter fare if you are not up for a full meal. Another place that reopened this year is Red Onion. We had a great meal there although it is certainly not fancy.