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caption tk PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER. OPPOSITE PAGE: STEVE MUNDINGER MI CHOLA Mexican cuisine returned to Main Street last year with this La Cantina redux from former employees Darren Chapple and Adam Malmgren. 411 E. Main St., 970- 710-7076; THE MONARCH Inspired by old society clubs, this fine-dining steakhouse is known for its perfectly executed cuts of meat served against a backdrop of tartan drapery and wood-paneled walls. Standouts include the bison filet and Colorado rack of lamb. 411 S. Monarch St., 970-925-2838; PHAT THAI This Southeast Asian eatery doesn't try too hard to be authentic, instead interpreting certain ingredients in creative ways. But it's faithful to its origins: Curry pastes are made in-house, and it buys more Singha beer than any other restaurant in Colorado. 343 Main St., Carbondale, 970-963-7001; PIÑONS Long-lived (nearly 30 years!), upscale, and so, so bespoke—Piñons is an Aspen fine-dining institution with a Latin bent. 105 S. Mill St., 970-920- 2021; PROSPECT Chef Rob Zack balances mountain classics and contemporary twists at this modern American bistro at the Hotel Jerome. The best Sunday brunch in town! 330 E. Main St., 855-331-7213; dining RICARD Find Parisian streetside ambience within view of the gondola at this classic brasserie helmed by executive chef Will Nolan. 110 Carriage Way, Snowmass, 855-303-4465; RUSTIQUE BISTRO This bistro's simple, authentic French country cuisine (think poulet rôti and pot-au-feu) is celebrated from coast to ‒ Secret Source ‒ MAY SELBY WHO: Senior Public Relations & Social Media Manager at The Little Nell (675 E. Durant Ave., 855-920-4600; HOME 'HOOD: "Downtown Aspen—recently dubbed the 'Arts District' by a friend. We're steps away from the new Boesky West gallery (100 S. Spring St., 212-680-9889; and the Aspen Art Museum (637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050;" HIGH DESIGN: "The mining-era buildings continue to capture my attention. The Wheeler Opera House (320 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5770;, the Hotel Jerome (330 E. Main St., 855-331-7213;—they stand the test of time." GO-OUT GO-TO: "I can count on great service and great food at L'Hostaria (620 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-9022;" FASHION FINDS: "I always hit up Aether (414 E. Cooper Ave., 970-429-4773; for their durable and stylish threads. Every item I've gotten has become a wardrobe staple." the specialty cocktails and lobster roll to the mountain-maritime décor— creates an experience that has enchanted locals and visitors alike. 305 S. Mill St., 970-925-1797; HOOCH The top-shelf liquors, wine, craft beers, cheese boards, and Asian- inspired small plates have already made this new speakeasy-style lounge a hit . 301 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-710- 7275; NEW HOPS CULTURE With its 200 types of domestic and imported craft beers and well-done comfort foods, Hops Culture is a go-to spot for catching a game or gathering for drinks at the outdoor seating along Hyman Mall. 414 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-4677; J-BAR Belly up to the bar at one of town's oldest watering holes, at the Hotel Jerome, and delight in some of town's best cocktails—in a meticulously appointed setting. 330 E. Main St., 970-429-7674; hoteljerome JIMMY'S This "American restaurant and bar" serves up great steaks, even better tequila, and one of the liveliest night- time bar scenes in town. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 2, 970-925-6020; JIMMY'S BODEGA Same Jimmy we love, with a different location and lighter concept: seafood, raw bar, and wine. 307 S. Mill St., 970-710-2182; JUSTICE SNOW'S JSnow might be known for its intricate cocktails, but this hip, center-of-town eatery gives just as much love to its fresh, Colorado cuisine. 328 E. Hyman Ave., 970-429-8192; KENICHI OF ASPEN This long-time sushi hideout is also home to one of the country's longest sake lists. 533 E. Hopkins Ave., Ste. 2, 970-920-2212; MARBLE DISTILLING CO. The Yule marble bar in this tasting room is a nod to the distillery's focus on the local and extends to the spirits themselves—the Marble Vodka is filtered through crushed marble instead of carbon. 150 Main St., Carbondale, 970-963-7008; NEW MARKET STREET KITCHEN Chef Mawa McQueen draws from her French-Ivorian heritage and love of organic fare for her largely gluten-free menu of smoothie bowls, tartines, salads, and crêpes, the latter of which she learned to make while growing up in Paris. 499 Market St., Basalt, 970-510-5820; mkstreet MATSUHISA Expect exceptional and innovative Japanese cuisine, both upstairs in the lounge or downstairs in the more formal main dining room. 303 E. Main St., 970-544-6628; MEZZALUNA Mezzaluna imbues its classic Italian menu—panzanella salad, wood-fired pizzas, myriad pastas—with a few surprise, eclectic dishes, such as trout almondine and barbecue chicken. 624 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-5882; The SOURCE: SCENE 130 ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM

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