These local restaurants let adults and children share meals—and fun.
All ages love pizza from the Limelight Hotel.
Aspen is a common destination for family vacations, and though daytime activities are usually kid-friendly, eating out can be, errr, more difficult to navigate. Ever tried to eat sushi with a 6-year-old? Luckily, there are a handful of Aspen restaurants that lend themselves to the tiny eaters in your group.
Turn a quick stop for a burger into a family affair at CP Burger (433 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.3056, cpburger.com). Open for both lunch and dinner, the restaurant space offers outdoor minigolf and ice skating (seasonally) for the kids, spiked shakes for parents, and an outdoor seating area where your newborn can scream but cause minimal disruptions. The menu includes falafel burgers for the health-oriented teenager, a classic cheeseburger for dad and a kid’s menu with smaller-size portions for small-size people.
For a more upscale dinner option, try Prospect at Hotel Jerome (330 E. Main St., 970.429.7610, aubergeresorts.com). With details like sippy cups, kid’s menus and high chairs, a full-fledged family outing doesn’t necessarily come at the cost of casual dining. The adult options include a full cocktail menu; wine listings; and entrees as elegant as diver scallops, Maine lobster and foie gras or pancetta-wrapped Alaskan halibut.
To straddle the line between lobster and burgers, give Brunelleschi’s (205 S. Mill St., 970.544.4644, zgpizza.com) a go. For the picky eaters (or chefs-in-training), the kitchen allows kids to build their own pizza—chef’s hat included. With toppings as classic as mozzarella and pepperoni, and as adventurous as fresh jalapeno and ahi tuna, each appetite will be satisfied. For any sensitive-stomached family members, there are also a variety of options.
Around the corner, the Limelight Hotel (355 S. Monarch St., limelighthotels.com) is a de facto family hangout: live music, beer and salads for the adults, with room to roam, games and no glaring customers for the kids.
Little appetites can still have a bon appétit experience.
Photography by: Courtesy of The Limelight Hotel