A Foodie’s Guide to Aspen

Whether you’re visiting Aspen in the summer or winter, one thing is clear: it’s important to stay properly fueled up to keep up with the active locals. With that in mind, keep this guide on where to find the destination’s best breakfast, lunch, and dinner on hand.

Breakfast at Poppycock’s Café 

Founded in 1971 by two English women, Poppycock’s Café is the best local spot to kick off your day. The vibe is low-key and casual, and even better? Breakfast is served all day here. Though the menu is packed with dependable morning comforts (think crepes, smoothies, and omelets), your best bet is to order the famous old-fashioned oatmeal pancakes. Crisp on the outside, and moist on the inside, these hearty treats will keep you energized for hours.

Lunch at Meat & Cheese

Since 2014, owner Wendy Mitchell and her friendly team has been winning guests over with, as the name implies, thoughtfully sourced meats and cheeses. While the the rest of the menu is no slouch – locals swear by the Thai coconut soup – it’s the artfully presented signature boards, which come with generous heaps of meats, cheeses, condiments, and bread, that take top billing here.

Dinner at Bosq

Chef and Aspen native Barclay Dodge traversed the globe to cut his culinary chops at some of the most acclaimed eateries (including El Bulli) before returning to his home town to strike out on his own. Dining at his intimate 40-seater Bosq feels like being in someone’s gracious but laid-back, home. The menu is wholly original and globe-trotting, as evidenced by the Peking duck, achiote shrimp tacos, and highly addictive sweet and sour eggplant.


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