Eating out with your family means juggling more appetites, taste buds, attention spans and mouths to feed. But whether your kids are picky chicken-nugget-purists or adventurous budding foodies, Aspen’s got you covered. Start with these five great family-friendly Aspen restaurants.
Fast food Aspen style. Burgers and dogs are staples, or add grilled tuna to Lulu’s Original Kale Salad. Finish with frozen yogurt for kids and spiked milkshakes for the grownups. Clean and bright, it’s located by the Silver Circle Ice Rink at the base of Aspen Mountain. cpburger.com
Peach’s Corner Café
For breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack, this is the spot for local, fresh and organic. The pastries from in-town bakeries are spectacular. Kids love the French Toast Waffle. Parents must try the signature Open Face: poached eggs on toast with peach butter, applewood-smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, arugula and shaved parmesan. Lunch specials—sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers and pizzas—mean a delicious meal for under $10. peachscornercafe.com
Pine Creek Cookhouse
Take the kids on a culinary experience they won’t forget—a horse-drawn sleigh ride to a gourmet, log cabin lunch or dinner. (You can drive or cross-country ski the 12 miles into the upper Castle Creek Valley too.) There are kids menu staples, such as grilled cheese and chicken tenders, but the little ones can also choose rainbow trout or sautéed tofu. Just be sure to let them try your elk or buffalo. pinecreekcookhouse.com
Little Annie’s Eating House
It’s an Aspen tradition and frequent locals’ choice for best burger. Wagon wheels and red-checkered tablecloths set the Western ambience. American fare ranges from barbecue and rib eye to lasagna, grilled ahi sandwich and salads. Your carnivores will love it. littleannies.com
The legendary hand-tossed pizzas are perfect for younger diners. But you, Mom or Dad, must try the Osso Buco: slow roasted lamb shanks braised with shaved Brussels sprouts and creamy mushroom risotto.
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