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Driving from Denver to Aspen: where do we stop for lunch ?

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Mickey C Sep 3, 2012 12:52 PM

Likely to enter Aspen from the south (Independence Pass). One of our party doesn't eat meat (does eat fish, though). Seeking suggestions worth stopping for. Thanks.

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  1. BlueOx RE: Mickey C Sep 3, 2012 03:59 PM

    If going via i70 to CO 9, try Food Hedz (www.foodhedzcafe.com/) in Frisco or for "deck dining" the Boatyard also in Frisco. In Leadville, a very informal "Carta Blanca" for family Mexican. Twin Lakes Lodge has been OK in the past.

    1. LurkerDan RE: Mickey C Sep 3, 2012 08:46 PM

      The torta truck in leadville, across the street from the Safeway. I don't know their name or the specific hours, but they are outstanding.

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        paul balbin RE: LurkerDan Oct 4, 2012 05:30 AM

        Dan, thank you so much for this reco......I finally got up there last weekend. Liliana is lovely, the
        tortas were outstanding, I had one of carne asada and it was so good I had another of carne adobado for the road. She is open from 11 to when she runs out everyday except Sunday.
        Pablito el gordito

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        RobynS RE: Mickey C Sep 4, 2012 09:38 AM

        I think it would help if you give us more about your route. Even with the note about going on Independence Pass you could approach via I-70 then through Leadville via Copper to Independence pass or you may be taking Hwy 285.

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          Mickey C RE: RobynS Sep 4, 2012 08:17 PM

          Right now the plan is through Leadville, not via 285. Thanks for asking.

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            ddavis RE: Mickey C Sep 10, 2012 07:43 PM

            Don't know when you are (were) going, so this may be too late. But, we had an excellent lunch at Relish in Breckenridge a couple of weeks ago. They say the chef is CIA trained and it looks and tastes like it. Everything was well-presented and delicious. We had a house-made salami and cheese plate, an heirloom tomato salad and two salmon dishes -- a caesar salad with blackened salmon and a grilled salmon sandwich. Service was friendly and well-timed (even though we got there just a few minutes before lunch ended.) Breck is probably 30-40 minutes out of the way, but I think Relish is worth it.

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