If you're heading to Aspen, there's a good chance you'll want to spend lots of time skiing. But after a couple laps on the gondola, there's also a pretty good chance you'll want to spend time consuming food and alcohol.
Here's a wide variety of options, from locals-approved sandwich dives to fine dining establishments. Whether you plan to spend your time walking around in snowboard boots or a long mink coat, we think we've got you covered.
Big steaks. Big sides. Big seafood towers. A dark room. Stiff drinks. If you're into that (you probably are?), this is your spot.
Justice Snow's has a lot to offer: a totally insane cocktail menu so long it won't load on our computer, and a serious dinner menu to match.
There's really not a shortage of upscale bistro establishments in Aspen, but Cache Cache is a classic. Have yourself a rack of lamb.
Nobu's Aspen outpost has excellent sushi and Japanese offerings, but expect it to be rather packed during peak season.
Kenichi's a fun place with totally respectable sushi. You'll have a good time and probably some rolls with tropical fruit in them.
On a sunny day, there's no better place to sit with a drink and watch people come down the mountain with an order of parmesan truffle fries. If it starts to snow, you can head inside to Chair 9 in The Little Nell, where there's an 80% chance you'll see a Real Housewife.
Cloud Nine, at the top of Aspen Highlands, turns into a rager toward the end of the ski day – expect spraying of champagne. Or come earlier, and order the raclette for a lunch of melted cheese with a group. Either way, good luck making it down the mountain.
A solid spot for reasonable burrito-like wraps and fresh salads, right off the mountain.
White House serves top-notch burgers and fancy-ish sandwiches in an old house.
We're talking about salad. Also a good option for breakfast or brunch.
The lobby bar at the historic Jerome Hotel is the best spot to pretend it's old times.