Here’s Where To Eat in Colorado’s Fanciest Ski Town
Article by Josie Sexton & Katie Shapiro, Eater Magazine – June 2021 Issue
Despite its fame, Aspen is still a small ski town where the majority of locals rely on tourism. When the pandemic hit, it hit hard. But by the time the 2020/21 ski season kicked off last November, Aspen Snowmass bounced back thanks to stringent travel guidelines and operational protocols that kept visitors safe and lifts spinning. As the town heads into summer, Aspen is bracing itself for what’s expected to be the one of the busiest seasons ever. After reaching the milestone of green-level restrictions in May, restaurants are coming back at full capacity from a well-deserved, off-season break.
The following is an updated take on Aspen’s dining scene, highlighting the “see and be seen” hot spots and enduring staples — all of which should be applauded (and amply tipped) for surviving the devastating effects of the pandemic over the past year.
This article appeared as part of Eater’s Guide to the Southwest previously, but has been updated with new information in mid-June 2021.
1. Mawa’s Kitchen
Mawa McQueen’s cooking journey took her from Ivory Coast to France, England, Maine, and finally Colorado. At the home base of her restaurant group and catering company (private jet service included, natch), “the queen” welcomes diners right into her kitchen, where she prepares healthy breakfasts, brunches, and lunches — think smoked salmon plates, lobster deviled eggs, and smashed avocado curries. Returning from an off-season interior renovation (state-of-the-art ventilation and UV light systems included), the dining room and full bar addition deliver dinner that’s worth the short drive away from downtown. Her Crepe Shack in nearby Snowmass [reopened in mid June.]
You can read the full article, including the profiles of restaurants #2 through #21 on Easter Denver’s website.