Across the nation, restaurant dining rooms have been closed to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19. Each of these eight restaurants is providing for the Aspen community by continuing to prepare meals available for takeout and delivery so that you can enjoy your favorite food at home
Aspen is fortunate to have many world-class restaurants serving globally-inspired cuisine, and although the recent gathering restrictions have altered the way these restaurants conduct business, this town is resilient and generous. Many of Aspen’s esteemed dining rooms have moved to curbside pickup and delivery services during this time to continue serving our community. Here are eight restaurants that have adopted new serving policies to ensure the safety of both employees and diners.
This Main Street enterprise paved the way for nutritarian restaurants, where meals are designed to optimize the number of bioavailable macronutrients in each calorie. This health-conscious restaurant emphasizes a primarily plant-based diet, but you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy a meal from Pyramid Bistro. Their finely-crafted dishes are as flavorful as they are healthy. Dinner menu items include balanced appetizers such as mango spring rolls with carrots, avocado, and curried peanut sauce and vegetable potstickers with pickled fennel and cucumber salad. Sweet pumpkin ravioli in a seasoned leek broth, farro risotto, and coriander-dusted Petaluma duck breast with sweet potato gnocchi are star entrées. Ordering takeout from a nutritarian restaurant doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. Pyramid Bistro offers berry cobbler with a pumpkin seed crust, dark chocolate pot de crème with sour berries, and a carrot and Turkish apricot macadamia nut cake to satisfy your after-dinner sweet tooth.
Aspen’s Restaurant Row is a dinnertime favorite, and the Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop is a charming local establishment that has been serving our community since 2014. Their familiar style of farmhouse cooking uses elevated home cooking techniques, fresh ingredients, and a menu that they claim is “eclectic but recognizable,” using recipes from across the globe for a well-rounded and inviting selection of dishes. Start your meal with a bowl of Thai coconut soup or a crisp kale salad with yuzu vinaigrette. Their entrées include a variety of carefully curated charcuterie boards, like their rotisserie chicken board with roasted potatoes and seasonal greens or their Korean bossam pork board with kimchi, quick-pickled cucumbers, rice, and Korean sauces. They also dish up shredded chicken ramen, buttermilk biscuits, crispy pork shoulder banh mi sandwiches, and tacos du jour. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Meat & Cheese Restaurant has something on the menu you’ll love, and now they offer curbside pickup and delivery.
This cozy, casual dining restaurant dishes up Southeast Asian cuisine fit for the whole family. Their primarily Vietnamese menu is balanced with tastes of acid and heat and sweetness and salt. For their meals, Bamboo Bear Restaurant works closely with local Asian markets so that diners can rest easy knowing they are eating meals made with locally-sourced ingredients. This restaurant is determined to preserve authentic Southeast Asian flavors. Their mouthwatering menu items include vegetarian curry-filled samosas, owner Xuan’s dry pho recipe, and the house special, a Vietnamese mixed rice plate called com tam. Their wide selection of vegetarian options includes a spicy and sweet vegetarian pho with tofu and Korean-style tofu bibimbap. For lunch, grab a traditional Vietnamese street sandwich known as banh mi with pork or chicken. Don’t forget to order a glass of Thai tea or Vietnamese coffee when you call-in your order for curbside pickup or delivery.
An Aspen favorite among locals and visitors alike, White House Tavern attracts a broad range of people of all ages, where one can enjoy an upscale dinner of burgers, entrée salads, and other dishes that represent a more flexible style of eating. White House Tavern is offering takeout and delivery (within Aspen City limits). They offer premium sandwiches and delicious shareable snacks along with a selection of distinctive wines, beers and cocktails. Some favorite items off the menu include the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the classic French Dip Au Jus, and if you are looking for lighter fare - the Macho Salad.
Jimmy’s is adjusting to an entirely takeout menu, which suits their self-proclaimed unpretentious food. An evening at Jimmy’s often feels like communing with friends and family, as this restaurant is well-known for crafting delicious American cuisine with unbeatable hospitality since 1997. Fortunately, you’re still able to enjoy their fine cooking during this difficult time by placing a takeout order. Their menu boasts Mahi Mahi surf and turf, Angus filet mignon, and a family-style meal with a whole roasted chicken, a choice of creamy clam chowder with bacon or salad, and any two of their sides. Other selections from their bar menu include blackened fish tacos, meatloaf with Mad Dog Ranch barbecue sauce, and a crab cake sandwich with jalapeno remoulade. Takeout wine and signature cocktails are also available, whether you’re interested in an Aspen Blonde or a Dark & Stormy. Plus, Jimmy’s is now offering 50% off their wine list.
Great beer and great food have gone hand in hand for ages, and in Aspen artisanal beer finds a home at Hops Culture. Their craft brews fuel their menu, but if you’re hungry for blistered shishito peppers with crispy garlic or a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, Hops Culture is the right place for you. Unfortunately, their signature drinks won’t be available for takeout, but their selection of sophisticated bar food can be enjoyed at home. These elevated dishes put a spin on traditional pub fares, like their Hops Cubano with braised wild boar and melted gruyere, Nana’s Chicken N’ Waffles with a sourdough Belgian waffle, and a quinoa bowl with edamame, roasted beets, and hummus. Whether you’re dreaming of a double cheeseburger or a falafel wrap, order online from Hops Culture for curbside pickup—you won’t be disappointed.
CP Burger is an Aspen staple. Located near Aspen Mountain, this fast-casual dining spot is known for its warm weather mini-golf course and Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink in addition to its top-notch burgers. All off-season long they’ll be flipping Summit Burgers with applewood bacon, bleu cheese, and caramelized onions, and they are following all CDC protocols to ensure the health and safety of both employees and diners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. The star of their menu is, unsurprisingly, their burgers, and they come dressed in many different ways. If you steer away from red meat, try their tuna burger with wasabi aioli or their falafel veggie burger with hummus and tzatziki. Hot dogs, salads, gourmet fries, and milkshakes—both standard and spiked!—also make appearances on their menu. The whole family will love CP Burger.
If you’re craving Italian food, Casa Tua is delivering to your door. This rustic Italian kitchen is dishing up sophisticated European fares with charm and elegance. Seasonal, locally available ingredients are the driving force behind their menu, from serving bison during the cooler months to preparing summertime trout. Start your meal with a selection from their antipasti menu, like fried mozzarella stuffed with prawns and butternut squash, burrata with organic tomatoes and basil, or grilled octopus served with crispy artichokes. Whether you opt for a classic cacio e pepe or the paccheri lamb ragu with lemon confit, Casa Tua’s dinners are delightfully seasoned. For a heartier dish, consider one of their secondi Piatti main courses. You can’t go wrong with their beef tenderloin with seared foie gras, branzino Casa Tua-style with cherry tomatoes and Taggiasca olives, or grilled salmon with roasted vegetables. Because their menu is constantly shifting to reflect seasonal ingredients, every meal from Casa Tua may be different, but each dish is prepared with finesse and expert precision so that you can enjoy a world-class dinner every time.
There is comfort in a good meal shared with the people you love. These restaurants are dedicating their time and adapting their services to put dinner on your table, and at a time as uncertain as this one, it’s the little things that matter most. If you’re interested in more information, don’t hesitate to contact me whenever you’re ready to learn more about Aspen luxury homes for sale and Aspen real estate.