Le Peep, a breakfast and lunch cafe, opened its doors in Aspen, Colorado more than 45 years ago. Since then, it has established new locations in 13 states while upholding high standards for freshness and quality. The menu leans to the savory side, featuring meat-stuffed omelets, hollandaise-drenched benedicts, and burgers on brioche.
Farm 2 Bistro specializes in hot, steaming platters of the freshest comestibles, with seasonal ingredients sourced solely from local farms and markets. High noon hunger-havers can swing by for a lunch of barbecue pulled pork tacos with mango and sour cream ($9). As the sun dips below the horizon, the thoughtfully arranged dinner menu unleashes an eclectic home-cooked avalanche of fish, ribs, and chicken dishes. Quiet tummy grumbles with an appetizer of crab-meat-stuffed mushrooms ($10), or go straight for an entree of shepherd's pie ($15), freshly mashed potatoes over seasoned peas and beef. A different vegetarian dish rolls onto the menu each time the season changes.
Aashirwad Palace & Martini Lounge’s gastronomic alchemists transmute the recipes and ingredients of subcontinental cooking to timelessly flavorful Indian dishes. Culinary adventures begin with bites from one of more than 20 appetizers such as the the chicken pakora’s spicy garlic-laced fritters or the Paneer Tika Sizzler’s homemade cheese-and-tandoori masala marinade. Entrees run the gamut of mealtime matter, ranging from vegetarian chana masala to spinach-packed lamb saag. A mild yogurt sauce and fresh coriander envelop the boneless-chicken korma, while the shrimp baigan's baked eggplant sizzles in a blend of herbs, spices, and fire-breathing shellfish. A dried-fruit garnish tops the navaratan korma, buttressed by mixed vegetables in a rich sauce made from members of the leafiest food groups. Grapes get tipsy in two glasses of wine, which quench throats and ably complements dishes.
Over the course of more than 200 years, happy shouts have ricocheted among the Palladian columns and bricks walls of what is now The Publick House. Working with expert architects, the brick building, which has served at different times as a hotel, a school, and an unnecessarily large paperweight, was carefully restored. The team rebuilt the original two-story porch and balcony, but also added modern touches such as a coffee bar with refrigerated glass display cases filled with fresh hazelnut, pistachio, and chocolate gelato. In the kitchen, chefs slide pizzas into the brick oven, melting pools of mozzarella and ricotta around toppings such as shrimp and arugula. Nearby, strip steaks crackle, and steam rises from pots of rose-colored vodka sauce. Glasses of martinis chirp together in toasts, punctuating the sounds of live music, and bartenders pour Orval ale, one of a small number of beers imported to United States from Trappist monasteries in Europe.
Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
Midori Japanese Restaurant's experienced staff has been broadening culinary horizons for more than 20 years. The talented sushi chefs craft fresh scallops, smoked salmon, and eel into more than 70 specialty rolls under the watchful eyes of guests who dine at the sushi bar. Beyond the dining room's ornate paper lanterns and crystalline chandeliers, an unseen kitchen crew concocts crispy tempura, comforting bowls of udon noodle soup, and sweet teriyaki entrees to round out the extensive menu. Thanks to Midori's BYOB policy and evolution's gift of opposable thumbs, diners can carry in their own libations.