Aspen Lunch Restaurants: Take a Break at These 6 Hot Spots
Whether coming off the slopes or just finishing a hike, lunchtime serves as an important time of day. Those vacationing in Aspen find this especially true, as they find themselves hungry before the next action-packed adventure. That’s why we rounded up some top Aspen lunch restaurants. Go ahead and recharge. You deserve it.
Top 6 Aspen Lunch Restaurants for a Mid-day Break
The White House Tavern
Sandwiches rank as the main feature at The White House Tavern, a warm and welcoming favorite. The restaurant offers a lively atmosphere set among wood panels and interesting art.
The Tavern’s sandwiches range from the Honor Burger, crispy chicken and Gulf-coast fish. Or try the French dip au jus made with roasted prime rib. To keep things interesting, ask the server for the day’s featured sandwich. If sandwiches seem a bit heavy, order a fresh salad. Options include the kale with chicken, macho with mixed greens, and Thai steak and noodle salad.
Visitors should note that The White House Tavern is often busy and does not accept reservations. It’s recommended to arrive before they open or after the main lunch rush to help with long wait times.
Meat and Cheese
Doubling as a restaurant and food store, Meat and Cheese uses locally sourced ingredients and embraces Asian, Europe and the Americas’ traditions. Due to seasonal changes, its menu varies. However, visitors should expect to find salads, sandwiches, and boards featuring different meats and cheeses.
For example, friends and couples may want to share the meat and cheese board, a selection of three meats and three cheeses. Other options include the biscuit, pate, sausage and steak boards, all offering fresh meats and veggies.
To enjoy something on-the-go, try a prepared lunch or meet with the culinary team to create the perfect lunch at home for loved ones. In addition, reservations are not accepted, but those who book through the app avoid long wait times.
With a name like Big Wrap, guests can expect just that when eating lunch in Aspen. As winner of the best cheap eats by Aspen Times, diners enjoy hearty meals for a more affordable price.
Gourmet wraps come in 12 different styles – from the swift kick to the wrapzilla, with turkey, bacon and pico. Both meat-lovers and vegetarians have plenty of options, and each wrap comes with a side of homemade tortilla chips. Other menu options at the Big Wrap include salads, homemade vegan soups, tacos and smoothies to keep up energy.
Seating is limited, so plan to grab lunch to-go or dine at the small bar. Guests should also bring cash for easy payment.
Located just two blocks from the gondola in Aspen, 520 Grill is a locally owned gem that offers fresh food and hearty portions. There’s no fuss here. For lunch, select from salads, wraps, pitas and hot dogs, sure to please the entire group. In addition, try the 520 burger topped with fresh veggies and made from beef, bison, turkey, chicken or vegan. Grilled sandwiches are also a must, with wild-caught fish among the top choices.
Each dish is made to order, and guests are welcome to sit down or take it to-go. Keep in mind, this is a roadside diner atmosphere for casual dining.
La Creperie du Village (French Alpine Bistro)
Among the top Aspen lunch restaurants, La Creperie du Village sits in restaurant row. Offering a more upscale atmosphere, this bistro specializes in authentic French fare and fondue.
Lunch brings a selection of dishes from salads and crepes to meats and pasta. For example, try the foie gras, escargots en brioche or truffle gnocchi-flette. Crepes range from the savory nirvana with chicken to the sweet Nutella made with this popular snack. Those who want to share a meal should try the fondue, which is perfect for sharing with someone special.
Reservations are recommended, or plan to arrive before the lunch rush to secure a table.
Ranked among locals for our best burgers in Colorado list, Ajax Tavern offers flavorful food in a casual atmosphere. Dine indoors or outside, where guests enjoy fresh air and scenic views.
Ajax Tavern offers an all-day menu with seafood, soups, salads and hearty courses to satisfy all cravings. Order fresh oysters, crab or Maine lobster from the seafood bar. Or try a fresh salad, such as the in-house Ajax Tavern. For something heavier, try the double cheeseburger, Colorado striped bass, pochetta sandwich or poulet roti, a half-roasted chicken. Ajax Tavern also has several gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options as well.
Ajax Tavern is located at the base of Aspen Mountain, and reservations are accepted for dinner only.
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