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The 18 Hot Spots for Eating & Drinking in Aspen, Jan. '15

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Welcome to Curbed Ski's list of the 18 Best Ski Town Hot Spots, our answer to any question that begins with, "Can you recommend a restaurant in...?" This highly elite group will cover 18 restaurants and bars in ski towns across North America, spanning myriad cuisines and collectively satisfying all of your dining and drinking needs. Every couple months we'll be adding places that were omitted or have stepped up there game. Have a tip? Let us know here.

Aspen has long had a reputation amongst the planet's ski resorts as having a dining and drinking scene that far surpasses that of other North American mountain towns. It's location in the fertile Roaring Fork Valley and proximity to the Western Slope- Colorado's agricultural epicenter- are responsible for incredible raw ingredients and craft foods. Aspen's well-heeled visitors created a need for top-notch food and beverage programs at hotels and restaurants, but in the last six months, a new Aspen food scene is afoot, and it's out with the old (read stuffy, overpriced, overdesigned, and predictable) and in with the new. You can expect innovative cocktail and cheese programs, restaurants that cater to locals with reasonable price points, honkin' portions, and funky spaces dominated by reclaimed materials and simple interiors. Welcome to Aspen Dining 2.0, where it's all about what's going into your meal or in your glass, rather than who's who or who's wearing what. We've updated our dining and drinking map to with 18 of Aspen's best eats and drink.

Please note that establishments aren't listed in any particular order. PO'ed we forgot your favorite place? Instead of throwing a hissy fit, why not email us your suggestion?

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Grey Lady

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Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop

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Ricard Brasserie

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Annette's Bake Shop

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Takah Sushi

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Cache Cache Restaurant

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So at the Aspen Art Museum

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Jimmy's An American Restaurant

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Elk Camp Gondola

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J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

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HOPS Culture

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Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE

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La Creperie Du Village

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White House Tavern

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Zocalito Latin Bistro

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New York Pizza

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Ajax Tavern

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Grey Lady

Photo, Nicole Barker

Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop

Photo Meat & Cheese

Ricard Brasserie

Photo Go Snowmass

Annette's Bake Shop

Photo Aspen Times

Takah Sushi

Photo Animal Pics

Cache Cache Restaurant

Photo Cuvee

So at the Aspen Art Museum

Photo CPR

Jimmy's An American Restaurant

Photo Roadtrippers

Elk Camp Gondola

Photo Aspen Snowmass

J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

Photo Hotel Jerome

HOPS Culture

Photo HOPS Culture

Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE

Photo St. Regis Aspen

La Creperie Du Village

Photo Tripadvisor

White House Tavern

Photo rowland & broughton

Zocalito Latin Bistro

Photo Travel en Vogue

New York Pizza

Photo A Slice on the Way

Ajax Tavern

Photo Aspen Snowmass

Matsuhisa

Matsuhisa