By Amiee White Beazley | May 23, 2014 | Food & Drink
Aspen’s skyline is seeing a surge in rooftop eateries, pairing small plates with panoramic vistas.
BB’s patio has an exquisite view of Aspen Mountain.
David Burke Kitchen
The rooftop patio at David Burke Kitchen offers unique fire features, umbrellas, and recessed ice troughs so guests can enjoy their wine chilled tableside. Small plate highlights are prosciutto and raclette flatbread with potato, thyme, and cornichons; peanut butter maple bacon dates with fried grapes; and “Ants on a Log,” escargot fritters with bone marrow, garlic, and beef jerky. 515 E. Hopkins Ave.
Focusing on its offering of 28 globally inspired small plates at dinner, BB’s also has one of the coolest outdoor dining spots in town, with a spectacular view of Aspen Mountain. Try the ahi tuna crudo with grapefruit pearls, Fresno chili, avocado, lotus root, and micro cilantro; the super-powered kale and Brussels sprouts salad with Granny Smith apples, curried almonds, shaved Pecorino, and fabulous lemon tahini vinaigrette; or a certified favorite, the shishito peppers with soy caramel, sesame, and crunchy sea salt. 525 Cooper Ave., 970-429-8284
Whether sitting on the upper-level deck overlooking Restaurant Row or in the bar with retractable windows for Aspen Mountain vistas, guests will delight in plates like baby lamb chops with mint honey and basil oil; Jimmy's Famous Crab Cakes served with jicama and cabbage slaw; and the perfect summer dish: steamed mussels with a white-wine garlic or spicy red broth. 205 S. Mill St., 970-925-6020
At this Aspen classic with one of the best rooftop patios, sample a classic dish, American Sterling “Royal” caviar from California served with traditional garnishes, or the popular sashimi tuna tacos with crispy wontons, avocado, micro-greens, and wasabi crème fraiche. 105 S. Mill St., 970-920-2021