Notable Newcomers

Evolutions in the dining scene from Aspen to Basalt to Carbondale

By Amanda M. Faison December 6, 2022 Published in the Winter/Spring 2022-23 issue of Aspen Sojourner

The lox bagel at Plosky’s

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Aspen Country
Behind Harper & Hudson, an apparel shop on Hunter Street, sits Aspen Country, a small courtyard cafe and bar. Shop first, then settle into a table for affordable (locals should flock here!) eats. Think along the lines of a $10 burger, $12 BLT with guac, and $11 breakfast burrito. Plus, there are espresso drinks and a full liquor license. 409 S. Hunter St, 970-429-8369; harpandhudco.com/menu

When Julia and Allen Domingos left the rooftop cafe at the Aspen Art Museum to open Tabl at the Willitis Center for the Arts, they approached the menu with the same thoughtfulness. The seasonal offerings are limited, but each one delivers big. If it’s available, order the soul-warming miso ramen soup. 400 Robinson St, 970-510-5365; tacaw.org/tabl

Tuesday Foods

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Tuesday Foods
This vegan meal delivery service is based in Basalt, but its range extends the valley. Choose meal plans with vibrant and nutrient-dense soups, Buddha bowls, salads, veggie dips, smoothies, and entrées such as vegan lasagna. Orders, which are packaged in returnable glass containers, arrive on your doorstep on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and noon. 970-279-5054; tuesdayfoods.co

Plosky’s Delicatessen
There’s standard Jewish deli fare—New York–style bagels with schmear and matzo ball soup—and there are healthy twists, such as corned broccoli as a sub for corned beef, cured root veggies as a swap for pastrami, and carrot lox as a stand-in for salmon lox. You will love them all. 1201 Main St, 970-930-2294; ploskysdeli.com

Tiny Pine Bistro
When it’s nice, Tiny Pine’s fare can be enjoyed on the porch, the side patio, or in the tucked-away backyard. Otherwise, snuggle into the house-turned-American bistro and order belly-filling dishes such as pommel dauphinoise. It’s a side dish, yes, but paired with a salad, it becomes a meal. 968 Main St, 970-340-4471; tinypinebistro.com 

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