Brunch has become the most important meal of the week. And because its Aspen, brunch is best experienced with a side of fresh mountain air and picture-perfect views. Here are a few places we turn to when we want to sip our mimosas al fresco.
Aspen Public House
Formerly Justice Snow’s, this prime location within the Wheeler Opera House building has always been a landing spot for brunch. The outdoor space on the turn-of-the-century bricks puts you in the middle of the action for some prime people watching. The Bloody Mary bar and entrees also hit the spot without hitting your wallet too hard.
Our pick: Bloody Mary and Public House benedict (Porchetta, English muffin, two poached eggs, chili bearnaise, crispy brussels sprouts)
Home Team BBQ
Thankfully, the founders of the South Carolina barbecue joint love Aspen as much as we do and decided to open up shop at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. Situated past the roundabout doesn’t stop locals from frequenting this tasty spot for one of the best brunches around. After hiking up Buttermilk, plop down at a table outside and enjoy an adult frozen beverage while the kids play yard games. After all, barbecue is perfect for any meal.
Our pick: Frozen Irish coffee with a floater and the brisket & biscuit (brisket-sausage gravy, house biscuit, house bacon, eggs sunny side up)
Known more for their lunch and dinner, Mi Chola sneaks in under the radar with some delectable Mexican brunch offerings. The head chef dishes out some his favorite recipes straight from his mother’s kitchen, so you can’t go wrong. The chilaquiles might be some of the best we’ve ever tasted in the U.S. Mi Chola co-owner Adam Malmgren spent months looking for the perfect michelada recipe in Mexico and we’re pretty sure he found it.
Our pick: The michelada and chilaquiles
Located in the Little Nell, this restaurant offers an experience one would expect from a 5-diamond hotel. If you’re looking for that “fancy” brunch, this is it. Request a table by the pool with views of Aspen Mountain while you enjoy the extensive buffet or one of their specialties from the menu.
Our pick: Almond brioche French toast and a nap
Formerly Grey Lady, Mr. Grey has revamped its menu and features one of the best patios in Aspen. Located an arm’s length from the dancing fountains, this restaurant is the perfect choice for a summer brunch. Grab a table under the pergola and order some fresh seafood or lounge on the sofa with a tasty beverage.
Our pick: Quinoa bowl with a fried egg and a sunset spritz (Aperol, vodka, prosecco with muddled mixed fruit)