| May 23, 2016 | Food & Drink
As the spring snow melts and the temperatures begin to rise, these new eateries are sure to heat up Aspen’s culinary scene with Mexican food, New World cuisine, and a speakeasy-style bar.
The owners of Aspen’s Mawa’s Kitchen have opened a mid-valley outpost with Market Street Kitchen in Willits Town Center. The menu features super salads, bountiful meat and cheese plates, and smoothie bowls that are a meal unto themselves. But the star of the show is the savory and sweet crepes made with organic flours and organic, free-range Colorado eggs. The restaurants also serves bacon, greens, cheese, and organic ingredients from local providers. 499 Market St., Basalt, 970-510-5820
Renowned Aspen chef Barclay Dodge, who has spent two decades in the local culinary scene, will open Bosq Aspen this June on the Mill Street Mall. The restaurant, in the location of the former Meatball Shack, will serve up New World cuisine with a strong Chinese influence drawing upon Mediterranean flavors. The name of the indoor and al fresco lunch and dinner locale derives from the Spanish word “bosque,” meaning forest or in the woods. 312 S. Mill St., 970-710-7299
Mexican cuisine returned to Main Street with the opening of Mi Chola. The completely redesigned interiors of the former site of La Cantina and El Rincon are a highlight, while co-owners Adam Malmgren and Darren Chapple describe the menu as traditional Mexican with a contemporary blend also drawing influences from Southern California and South America. Malmgren also says the menu will include less traditional items like Korean barbecue tacos and risotto-stuffed chili rellenos. 411 E. Main St., 970-710-7076
Jus Café and Juice Bar recently opened over the spring season offering healthy take-out options on Hyman Avenue. Featuring everything from wraps, sandwiches and salads to smoothies, juices and acai bowls, the Ute City Bank building eatery makes all of its dishes in-house using local sourced ingredients. 501 E. Hyman Ave., 970-710-7063
A speakeasy-style bar landed on Restaurant Row this spring when local restaurant and farm shop Meat & Cheese expanded its market and opened new downstairs cocktail lounge Hooch. The bar offers top shelf liquors, wine, craft beers and cocktails, cheese boards, desserts, and small Asian-inspired bites. 301 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-710-7275