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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.


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· Aspen Food & Wine Classic Coverage [Eater National]

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Root Down

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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.

Jamba Juice

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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.

The Source

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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.

Silver Plume Tea Room

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Stop off for tea and a slice of pie at this charming spot that also doubles as an antique shop.

Sweet Basil

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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.

Mountain Standard

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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.

Taqueria El Nopal

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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.

The Pullman

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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.

Cafe Bernard

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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.

Aspen Brewing Company

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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.

J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

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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.

Root Down

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.

Jamba Juice

Grab a smoothie to-go that you can enjoy while waiting for any checked baggage or in the rental-car line.

The Source

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.

Silver Plume Tea Room

Stop off for tea and a slice of pie at this charming spot that also doubles as an antique shop.

Sweet Basil

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.

Mountain Standard

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.

Taqueria El Nopal

As the dinner hour approaches, make your away to this authentic Mexican restaurant. Don't miss the carne asada tacos, pozole and pupusas.

The Pullman

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.

Cafe Bernard

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.

Aspen Brewing Company

After a long day of travel, refresh with a microbrew in the tap room. Selections include IPA Independence Pass Ale and Pyramid Peak Porter.

J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

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.

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