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Aspen is arguably the definitive foodie resort—after all, one of the Western hemisphere’s most hallowed gastronomic events is June's Aspen Food & Wine Magazine Classic. The downside to top restaurants and internationally renowned toques are prices higher than the Rockies. Still, there are plenty of meat-and-potatoes and pizza joints round out the haute offerings.

Top Restaurants in Aspen

Cache Cache

Here, a handsome bi-coastal crowd savors the sun-drenched flavors of Provence (olives, basil, sage, tomato, garlic) in an equally sunny setting amidst cream-saffron walls and black-and-white Parisian street scenes.

205 S. Mill St., CO, 970-925-3835, www.cachecache.com
Tags: expensive | french | jim's pick

Krabloonik Restaurant and Kennels

This remote log cabin restaurant offers round-trip dog-sled transport for the adventurous. Once here, enjoy some of Colorado’s best game, including charcoal-grilled buffalo strip with herb and brie butter.

4250 Divide Rd., CO, 970-923-3953, www.krabloonik.com
Tags: family | expensive | editor pick | dog sledding

Little Annie's Eating House

Locals and families flock to Little Annie’s for terrific barbecued ribs and chicken (eating with your fingers and getting messy encouraged). Both the prices and the atmosphere are relaxed.

517 E. Hyman Ave., CO, 970-925-1098
Tags: family | budget

Main Street Bakery and Café

Come for the best breakfast (and gossip) in town. Inside this friendly brick house with its picket-fence, locals fuel up on blueberry pancakes piled high as moguls, tofu scramble, and overstuffed omelets.

201 E. Main St., CO, 970-925-6446
Tags: budget | editor pick | local favorite

Matsuhisa

Named for the restaurant's founding über-chef, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (better known to foodies as Nobu), this is the place to enjoy sushi in the mountains. The broiled black cod with miso isn’t bad either.

303 E. Main St., CO, 970-544-6628, www.nobumatsuhisa.com
Tags: expensive | japanese

Popcorn Wagon

A parade of regulars and tourists line up day-and-night for yummy crepes, enormous hot dogs, and gourmet sandwiches at this local stand. The outdoor firepit keeps things cozy.

305 S. Mill St., CO, 970-925-6019
Tags: budget

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