1. Pyramid Bistro
Aspen doesn't have a true vegetarian restaurant, but Chef Martin Oswald and his team create the closest--and best--thing. Their nutritarian restaurant emphasizes nutrient-rich foods that are local, organic and meat-free when possible, although they do serve sustainably raised fish and chicken. The menu changes seasonally, but creative options like beet tartare and kale and farro salads bring customers back year-round.
pyramidbistro.com 221 E Main St Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-5338
2. Creperie du Village
Though meat is prevalent on this menu, there are several veggie options on the crepe and fondue side that will satisfy anyone who's non-carnivorous. The Magic Mushroom combines fresh mushrooms, spinach, herbs de provence and a creamy brandy sauce or the Ratatouille savory crepe is filled with green and red pepper goodness. On the dessert side, more than dozen sweet options await.
lacreperieduvillage.com/ 400 E. Hopkins Ave. Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-1566
Italian food may not be inherently without meat, but at L'Hostaria it's easy to eat like it is. The noodles are made in house and fresh every day; spinach papardelle with marinara and cherry tomatoes, or spinach and ricotta ravioli are just some of the ways the speciality pastas are prepared. Don't forget to try the housemade limoncello as an aperitif.
hostaria.com 620 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-9022
4. Kenichi Aspen
This sushi den is famous for its rolls and sashimi, but the always-expanding vegetarian choices round out the healthy side of things. Traditional crispy tofu, eggplant dengaku and a complete tempura menu pair excellently with Kenichi's evolving sake menu, and the rockstar booths in the back are fun place to try it all in privacy.
kenichiaspen.com 533 E Hopkins Ave #2 Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 920-2212
5. Su Casa
With an al fresco option for many of the Mexican staples on this menu, vegetarians will leave wanting seconds. Enchiladas and rellenos fresca combine fresh ingredients with a verde, enchilada or ranchero sauce coupled with light rice and beans. Start with a Yucatan Street Salad--shredded beets, carrots and jicama in an avocado sauce--and it's a complete plant-eaters meal.
sucasaaspen.com 315 E. Hyman Ave. Aspen, CO 81611 (970)920-1488