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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi guys. Long time, no see. Hope you are all well.

Anyone have any recommendations for high-end, wine-oriented restaurants in Aspen, Snowmass, Denver, or Ft. Collins?

Looking for the best place in the area. Really good food with a really good wine list. I've heard good things about Elevation in Aspen, and the menus seem interesting. Any help is, as always, appreciated. Thanks folks. Take 'er easy.
post #2 of 15
Flagstaff House above Boulder is great. Good wine selection, and the best views around.
post #3 of 15
the one i keep hearing about is frasca in boulder. bobby stuckey is a real pro. he's the guy who turned the french laundry list from millionaire's row into something with interesting, somewhat affordable, wines. food's supposed to be really good, too.
post #4 of 15
Does this mean you've met some affluent middle aged guy in Colorado you are keeping secret from us?
post #5 of 15
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the one i keep hearing about is frasca in boulder. bobby stuckey is a real pro. he's the guy who turned the french laundry list from millionaire's row into something with interesting, somewhat affordable, wines. food's supposed to be really good, too.

I've eaten at Frasca.

It is good food, certainly. Ambiance and location is more urban/NYC than mountain/Colorado
post #6 of 15
Kyle- in Aspen, check out http://www.hostaria.com/ Balling Italian wine list and the gang in the kitchen are native Italians last I knew.

And definitely Pinons. http://www.pinons.net/ Call WAY ahead to get in.
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the one i keep hearing about is frasca in boulder. bobby stuckey is a real pro. he's the guy who turned the french laundry list from millionaire's row into something with interesting, somewhat affordable, wines. food's supposed to be really good, too.
Noice. Thanks.
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Does this mean you've met some affluent middle aged guy in Colorado you are keeping secret from us?

No, it means that I'm looking for the next logical step for my career, which will probably involve moving to a mid-sized market and trying to own it. But it wouldn't be for a while, around a year at the least. All little steps on my way to one day working for Kermit Lynch. inlove.gif Aspen isn't the only city I'm interested in, obviously, but it's the only one I'm interested in that I have little information about.


Thanks for the posts, guys.
post #8 of 15
I tried to live in Aspen once upon a time. Getting work was a no brainer, finding an affordable place to live was nearly impossible.

I like The Kitchen in Boulder. More everyday/casual than Frasca. 14th St is good for casual dining/food.

Just read your original post again. You can see The kitchen's beer and wine list online. Flagstaff House is suppose to have an excellent wine list
Edited by Despos - 9/2/11 at 10:38pm
post #9 of 15
Aspen, like Jackson Hole etc is one of those communities that you have to be very well-off to NOT have to commute a fair distance to find somewhat affordable housing. And that winter commute is a byatch. Makes being a day laborer, teacher, fireman etc a real challenge.
If you're coming from big-city prices and are paid OK you'd do OK... but $1,000 is pretty entry-level and they're generally very hard to come by.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
The Kitchen looks nice. It kind of reminds me of the Bristol, so I automatically love it. Frasca looks awesome too. But holy shit, Flagstaff House is incredible. I must work there. Must.
post #11 of 15
You nailed it Kyle, The Kitchen is Boulder's version of The Bristol. They are very much alike. Same vibe.

As great as it would be to live out in the Rockies, Boulder is great as well. I spent just under a year living 25 minutes from Boulder. Always try to make it to Boulder for a day if I'm passing thru Denver.
post #12 of 15
I'll come visit you if you get a job in CO. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
cheers.gif I'll send my resume today, then.
post #14 of 15
Colt & Gray in Denver is pretty good. I don't think it would meet your wine list criterion, but figured I'd throw it out there. They have a decent offal menu and it's definitely worth visiting for the bar alone if you end up moving out this way. Kevin, the head barman is fun to talk to about pretty much anything cocktail related (or not related). Let me know if you end up out here as I'm generally in town on the weekends.

http://www.coltandgray.com/

Of the others mentioned, I've only been to Frasca, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Flagstaff House looks pretty amazing, I'll have to check it out sometime.
post #15 of 15
Colt and Gray? How could I not have heard of it. Thanks for mentioning it -- I'll try to go in the next week or two.

TAG Social Cuisine is often good, but it's not fine dining in the white tablecloth sense. I also like Kevin Taylor.
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