Issue 5: Aspen

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    Whole grilled fish with roasted vegetables. Photographs by Galdones Photography
    The patio at The Wild Fig.
    Prosciutto, burrata, figs and mint.
    Fazoletti with asparagus.
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      Sometimes after a long day skiing the slopes or roaming the trails you just want a great burger or a well-earned pint. This is our go-to. The menu is packed with hits, like a crispy chicken sandwich loaded with spicy kale slaw. Look for beers on tap from nearby breweries like Fort Collins’s New Belgium Brewing—especially the bright, refreshing Czech-style pilsner Blue Paddle.

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        If you’re in Aspen to hobnob with celebrities, chefs or interesting locals, head here. A favorite of Food & Wine editors, it’s the sort of place you might see a burly mountain man drinking margaritas next to Mario Batali. Expect tasty mac & cheese flecked with bacon and jalapeños, excellent steaks and venison, and a seriously good time.

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          Nobu Matsuhisa’s eatery follows in the footsteps of his renowned New York shrine to Japanese food, Nobu. Look for famous dishes like yellowtail with jalapeño and yuzu and silken black cod with miso. Even non-fish items like foie gras and Wagyu beef, which might sneak into the omakase, are fantastic.

        • Seared foie gras with mushrooms. Photograph by Galdones Photography
          Window boxes outside Casa Tua. Photographs by Galdones Photography
          Dover sole with vegetables.
          A table set for outdoor dining.
          Branzino carpaccio.
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            This quaint little spot is popular among locals and tourists alike. Reasonably priced, with a slew of homemade options including breads, pastries and desserts, it also features some of the best Eggs Benedict in town, which come slathered with a luscious Hollandaise sauce. If weather permits, head outside to enjoy the bakery’s airy patio.

          • Crispy prosciutto, burrata, pistachio mostarda, ciabatta. Photograph by Galdones Photography
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              Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain and part of The Little Nell Hotel, this spot’s casual vibe belies the quality of its food. Ajax is famous for juicy burgers, truffled fries—which come dusted with Parmigiano-Reggiano and are addictively good—and perhaps the most beautiful dining patio in town.