8 Foodbeast-worthy Restaurants And What To Order In Aspen, CO

Aspen, the stunning mountain town in Colorado, can be quiet at times. This doesn’t mean the restaurant scene cannot boast a formidable roar when it comes to mouthwatering eats.

Java Monster fueled us up as we took a culinary tour through some of the best eats Aspen Colorado had to offer. Whether you’re visiting to get a lung-full of the fresh mountain air or eager to see the world famous Winter X-Games, you have to keep yourself charged. You just have to know where to look.

Check out this list below of MUST-TRY spots in the stunning mountain destination. This list is powered by our earnest recommendations of places that are delicious, in a beautiful backdrop, that won’t break the bank.

Butcher’s Block

There’s nothing that will warm you up like a hearty sandwich, and Butcher’s Block’s famous meatloaf sandwich doesn’t get any heartier in Aspen. It features your choice of bread (I strongly recommend the French Roll) and is loaded with mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. The meatloaf itself combines juicy pork and beef along with a medley of spices coming together to form a unity of flavor in your mouth.

CP Burger

Anyone looking for a bit of casual recreation in the city can stop into CP Burger. The fast-casual burger shop serves up not only mouthwatering gourmet burgers, but also hot dogs, fries, and Spiked Shakes that will warm you up in the middle of winter.
The restaurant also features Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink. When the season heats up, the rink transforms into a mini-golf park. Activities galore!

Home Team BBQ

Home Team is a local spot on Buttermilk Range with a cozy interior and some legit barbecue. The habanero jelly and creamy white Alabama sauce with their wings are a winner. They also fuse together barbecue and brunch or breakfast, with items like a brunch burger, BBQ breakfast burritos and enchiladas, and more on the menu.

Hops Culture

You don’t have to go camping to enjoy s’mores. In fact, Hops Culture bar serves up a tableside s’mores platter that takes the camping experience straight to the bar, letting you enjoy some craft brews all while getting your childhood fix of graham crackers, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows in a casual setting.

Meat & Cheese Restaurant

Rich artisanal cheeses, savory meats, and bread so fresh you can smell it from a block away. Meat & Cheese specializes in a variety of boards, and one of their most popular ones draws its name from the restaurant itself: The Meat and Cheese Platter. Great for small groups to share, once you crush the entire platter, you can walk it off inside the farm shop and peruse through their selection of speciality charcuterie, cheeses, seafood, soups, and sauces.

Paradise Bakery & Cafe


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Paradise bakery makes a ton of baked goods, from stuffed croissants to freshly made cookies. If you’re looking for some frozen treats on the mountain, the affogatos are a must! They can be made with any of Paradise’s ice cream flavors, such as birthday cake, acting as a creamy companion for your coffee.

Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

For anyone trying to find shelter from the icy weather, Su Casa Mexican Restaurant specializes in a pretty fiery dish. Called the “Crazy Pig,” this seafood dish is served inside a whimsical pig-shaped molcajete and filled with a red tomatillo sauce, scallops, mussels, cheese, and garnished with fried shrimp. A little latin heat to this chilly hamlet.

The Red Onion

One of the oldest bars and restaurants in Aspen, The Red Onion has been around since 1892. A stunning establishment, the building boasts a gorgeous Victorian aesthetic that’s been gradually updated through the ages.

On the menu you’ll find American classics like the Colorado Burger, as well as The Red Onion’s popular customizable Mac and Cheese. Seriously guys, you can load this plate of mac up with all your favorite meats: bacon, shrimp, or even pulled pork and top them with roasted jalapenos.

According to owner Brad Smith, The Red Onion serves more Coors Banquet than any other single outlet in the country.

Created in partnership with Java Monster. 


Sunny Delight Launches Caffeine and Taurine-Free Energy Drink Called SunnyD X


Maybe brands are realizing older people, not kids, have disposable income, or maybe they’re playing off the whole millennial nostalgia thing. In any case, just like the new Cheerios Protein that launched last week, playground favorite Sunny Delight is getting a post-puberty-inspired makeover, with a new energy drink called SunnyD X.

Available in orange, lemon lime, and fruit punch, the X-citing, X-treme, X-ceptional new fruit-flavored energy drink is carbonated like Monster, but doesn’t rely on scary-ish ingredients like caffeine and taurine to supply the pick-me-up.

“SunnyD X offers more than the intense taste and 100% Vitamin C you would expect. It also offers a different kind of pick me up: carbonated energy that is uniquely provided by a combination of three carbohydrates, as well as seven B-vitamins to help metabolize the carbohydrates into energy,” brand associate marketing director David Zellen, at some unknown point in time, or possibly in a press release, supposedly said.

There’s also 50 grams of sugar per serving in contrast to the 30 grams in original Sunny D, because screw the whole grown-up thing. Find your own orange heart attack in select locations in Boston, Philly, and D.C.

H/T Brand Eating


Celestial Seasonings Kombucha Energy Shots

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Celestial Seasonings just launched Kombucha single-serving Energy Shots which are made from the brand’s live, raw Kombucha (fermented black tea). The Shots also contain an added blend of energizing ingredients like caffeine from guarana, B vitamins and ginseng. The combination claims to deliver an all-natural energy boost consumers can feel good about.

Kombucha is a fermented black tea that contains naturally occurring enzymes, probiotic cultures and beneficial acids. Kombucha manufacturers claim the drink is a natural detoxifier that can aid in digestion and create a more alert mind. In other words it wakes you up and gets things moving, if you know what I mean…

The Shots are available in three flavor varieties – Citrus, Berry and, for users who desire an added boost, Pomegranate Xtreme which is fortified with additional caffeine from guarana and B vitamins. Kombucha Energy Shots are on shelves now in Whole Foods Market locations nationwide, with expansion to other natural foods stores starting in December.


Human Blood Caffeinated Energy Potion

If you have a taste for human blood but killing humans just isn’t your cup of tea, after all it does get kinda messy…Mana and Health Energy Potions is proud to quench your thirst with their human blood potion. And it’s better than normal blood! Universal Type D for delicious, it’s packed with 80 mg of caffeine and packs a fruit punch flavor. It’s also the same consistency as real blood and comes in cool re-sealable transfusion style pouches. It’s great for “the undead that needs a little pick me up.” ($4.99 – $15.99 @ thinkgeek)



Romulan Ale Star Trek Energy Drink

The Romulan Ale Star Trek Energy Drink is formulated with vitamins, ginseng and a good amount of caffeine (84mg per can). Wrapped up in a berry flavor and a maintaining a blue glow, the product description humorously refers to Romulan Ale as an illegal intoxicant in the Federation from around 2280 to 2370. To be clear, this is not an alcoholic drink, but does indeed come in 6-packs with each can carrying 8.4 fl ounces. Go ahead and do a dance Trekkies. No one is watching. ($14.99 @ ThinkGeek)


Epic Meal Time Creates a “Maximum Protein Experience”

The YouTube curators of everything fattening and culinarily (new word) ridiculous, Epic Meal Time, are at it again this Tuesday, but they’ve taken to a local gymnasium to create the most protein-centered dish of their careers. The meal features what they call a Seahorse Protein Sandwich, highlighted by deep fried horse meat patties, spicy tuna, bacon and multiple levels of everything we just mentioned.

Next on the menu is the largest protein bar you will ever see in your life, and they invite you to round out your meal with a protein milkshake that has blended energy drinks, protein powder and two McDonald’s Happy Meals right into its liquid makeup. The entire meal will credit you with 2530 grams of protein and set you back 29,173 calories. What you know about cooking?!

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Rob Dyrdek’s “Monster” Tattoo Process [Updated]

It seems Rob Dyrdek has taken to his Twitter to relay the live process of a sprawling Monster Energy back tattoo he’s in the process of getting. With his cousin Drama in tow, some nice photography, and legendary artist Jun Cha behind the needle art, we are witness to some rather “Monster”-ish dedication to an energy drink brand. Rob credits this back tattoo to the immense support the Monster brand has given him over the years. We’ve got the photos as they get tweeted, 10-hour tattoo session, here we go:


Four Loko Network: Live Map of State Level Bans

If the hype of the Four Loko alcoholic energy drink wasn’t funny and interesting enough on its own, we are now witness to the launch of the Four Loko Network, a website privy to the latest news in banning or possible banning of Four Loko drinks nationwide. The website featured a black and white map of all 50 United States, with states filled in RED as officially banned, and those in YELLOW have reported strong talks of a possible ban. The website seems to be powered by a tip-line; we’ll have to wait and see how up-to-date the website stays.  It was indeed quick to report the latest Four Loko ban in the State of Washington.