For something more formal, eat at Jimmy’s, the recommendation of mountain flying instructor Gary Kraft. Just sit at the bar and the bartender will tell you what all the other crews and helicopter pilots are up to. They give her rides. Put “205 South Mill Street” in your GPS and go into the courtyard, look upstairs to your right, and that’s it. Terrific food at a very reasonable price compared to unreasonable prices nearby.
We’re not quite done yet. For a terrific breakfast and wildly tasty pastries, go to one of two locations for Frank Thirion French Pastry & Cafe. A French chef runs it! One location is at 317 East Hopkins Avenue, the one I went to by mistake when I was supposed to meet Bruce Gordon and Jane Pargiter of EcoFlight for an interview. It has a television camera linked to the other, and that is how we found each other–they saw me on the monitor at the location in the business park. The other has an address that your GPS will not recognize, so go to the business park near the Aspen airport. You will see it across the road as you leave the airport and head toward town. If you enter the park from that highway, the restaurant will be within sight about 200 feet to your left. The address is 111G AABC, which I know is gibberish. Call them at 970/925-3569 or ask before you leave the airport. It’s five minutes away, or just go into town and find the other one.
Reader Michael Baudet adds Hickory House (BBQ) to the list, and it’s at the edge of the town closest to the airport. Put 730 W Main St. in the GPS. Thanks Michael.
- This is where the locals and jet crews go in Aspen.