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Dining Trail to Aspen's FOOD & WINE Classic

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If you're making the trek to the mountains for the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen this weekend, you'll probably end up making a stop or two along the way, especially if coming from out of state and arriving at Denver International Airport.

From the terminal to the town, we've rounded up ideal spots for a caffeine pick-me-up, snacks, a meal and more along the I-70 route, taking Highway 82 onward to Aspen.


· Where to Eat at Denver International Airport [EDen]
· Where To Eat in the Hills: 10 Best Restaurants in Hotels [EDen]
· Aspen Food & Wine Classic Coverage [Eater National]

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1. Root Down

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8500 Peña Blvd, Terminal C
Denver, CO 80249
(303) 342-6959
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Grab breakfast from this outpost of the farm-to-fork restaurant that originated in Denver's LoHi neighborhood. Options include a breakfast burrito or egg scramble.

2. Jamba Juice

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8500 Peña Blvd, Jeppesen Terminal
Denver, CO 80249
(303) 342-6943
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Grab a smoothie to-go that you can enjoy while waiting for any checked baggage or in the rental-car line.

3. The Source

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 443-1135
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Take the Brighton Boulevard exit off I-70 for a quick stop at the Source, Denver's answer to an artisan food market. Here you can grab pastries from Babettes bakery, get a caffeine fix at Boxcar Coffee Roasters or sit down for lunch at Mexican street-food spot Comida.

4. Silver Plume Tea Room

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940 Main St
Silver Plume, CO 80476
(303) 569-2368
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Stop off for tea and a slice of pie at this charming spot that also doubles as an antique shop.

5. Sweet Basil

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193 Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-0125
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Hit up this modern American eatery for lunch, where you can enjoy dishes like black truffle deviled eggs or a rotisserie lamb sandwich with eggplant and green harissa.

6. Mountain Standard

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193 Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-0123
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A sister restaurant to Sweet Basil, this tavern is another option for a meal in Vail. Spend lunchtime on the sunny patio with a dish cooked over wood fire.

7. Taqueria El Nopal

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2902 S Glen Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7311
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As the dinner hour approaches, make your away to this authentic Mexican restaurant. Don't miss the carne asada tacos, pozole and pupusas.

8. The Pullman

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330 7th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 230-9234
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Chef Mark Fischer's American eatery is another solid dinner choice. Try the duck nuggets with rhubarb ketchup or pan-seared Colorado bass with creamy asparagus orzo.

9. Cafe Bernard

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200 Midland Ave
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4292
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Stop in for croissants and other French treats, especially good for the trip back home on Sunday. The cafe is closed on Mondays, however, if you're staying through the entire weekend.

10. Aspen Brewing Company

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304 E Hopkins Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-2739
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After a long day of travel, refresh with a microbrew in the tap room. Selections include IPA Independence Pass Ale and Pyramid Peak Porter.

11. J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

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330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 429-7674
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Once settled into Aspen, swing by the J-Bar for cocktails and small bites. A favorite at this hot spot is the Aspen Crud: whiskey, vanilla ice cream and milk.

1. Root Down

8500 Peña Blvd, Terminal C, Denver, CO 80249
Grab breakfast from this outpost of the farm-to-fork restaurant that originated in Denver's LoHi neighborhood. Options include a breakfast burrito or egg scramble.
8500 Peña Blvd, Terminal C
Denver, CO 80249

2. Jamba Juice

8500 Peña Blvd, Jeppesen Terminal, Denver, CO 80249
Grab a smoothie to-go that you can enjoy while waiting for any checked baggage or in the rental-car line.
8500 Peña Blvd, Jeppesen Terminal
Denver, CO 80249

3. The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Take the Brighton Boulevard exit off I-70 for a quick stop at the Source, Denver's answer to an artisan food market. Here you can grab pastries from Babettes bakery, get a caffeine fix at Boxcar Coffee Roasters or sit down for lunch at Mexican street-food spot Comida.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

4. Silver Plume Tea Room

940 Main St, Silver Plume, CO 80476
Stop off for tea and a slice of pie at this charming spot that also doubles as an antique shop.
940 Main St
Silver Plume, CO 80476

5. Sweet Basil

193 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657
Hit up this modern American eatery for lunch, where you can enjoy dishes like black truffle deviled eggs or a rotisserie lamb sandwich with eggplant and green harissa.
193 Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO 81657

6. Mountain Standard

193 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657
A sister restaurant to Sweet Basil, this tavern is another option for a meal in Vail. Spend lunchtime on the sunny patio with a dish cooked over wood fire.
193 Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO 81657

7. Taqueria El Nopal

2902 S Glen Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
As the dinner hour approaches, make your away to this authentic Mexican restaurant. Don't miss the carne asada tacos, pozole and pupusas.
2902 S Glen Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

8. The Pullman

330 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Chef Mark Fischer's American eatery is another solid dinner choice. Try the duck nuggets with rhubarb ketchup or pan-seared Colorado bass with creamy asparagus orzo.
330 7th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

9. Cafe Bernard

200 Midland Ave, Basalt, CO 81621
Stop in for croissants and other French treats, especially good for the trip back home on Sunday. The cafe is closed on Mondays, however, if you're staying through the entire weekend.
200 Midland Ave
Basalt, CO 81621

10. Aspen Brewing Company

304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
After a long day of travel, refresh with a microbrew in the tap room. Selections include IPA Independence Pass Ale and Pyramid Peak Porter.
304 E Hopkins Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

11. J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
Once settled into Aspen, swing by the J-Bar for cocktails and small bites. A favorite at this hot spot is the Aspen Crud: whiskey, vanilla ice cream and milk.
330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

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