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The 10 Cheapest Places to Eat in Aspen

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Cheapest Places to Eat in Aspen.

ASPEN, CO - Even though Aspen hosts the annual Food and Wine Festival, not every restaurant in this stigmatized ski town has the moniker “gourmet” or “fine dining” attached to its name. Of course, Aspen is not known for cheap eats. However, with a careful eye to detail, one will notice the many highly practical and extremely affordable eateries scattered throughout the town. The caveat? Most tend to be breakfast and lunch joints that are only open during traditional banking hours, when most tourists are up on the mountain or off in pursuit of a great Rocky Mountain adventure.

After the jump, an eclectic and intensely vetted countdown of Aspen’s 10 cheapest eateries, delis, pizzerias, and cafés. All the listed establishments offer substantial treats for 10 dollars or less.


Sabra's Deli
300 Puppy Smith Road
Aspen, CO 81611

Located next to Clark’s Market, Sabra’s Deli is a Mediterranean restaurant with Middle Eastern flair. It is the only places in town to get an authentic spicy falafel sandwich with homemade tzatziki sauce or a lamb kebab. Sabra’s also offers Israeli fare.

Cheap Treat: $10 for a falafel sandwich


508 E Cooper Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-9223

Formerly known as the “Cooper Street Pier,” Bad Billy’s serves up some of the best pub grub in town. The mouthwatering burger is a whooping ½ pounds and packed with… Bad Billy’s house specialty is a steamy bowl of pan-Asian noodles, which is a surprisingly cheap culinary treat for fewer than 10 dollars. The food and drink specials at Bad Billy’s can’t be beat. This popular local watering hole is one of the only sports bars in town, making it an idyllic hangout for rowdy ski bums to gather around the foosball and pool tables.

Cheap Treat: $9.95 for a burger… $9.75 for a bowl of Kenichi noodles


The Butcher’s Block Deli
424 S. Spring St.
Aspen, CO 81611

Never mind the fact a supermarket is across the street, this deli is the real deal. The charm of this hidden gem is its unabashed old world simplicity. The atmosphere is right out of the Sopranos: cured meats and cold cuts are stashed in refrigerated display cases, the cash register is next to an industrial-sized meat scale, and the only place to sit is at a stool in the window. The deli’s specialty is a local favorite: a homemade and hearty meatloaf sandwich.

Cheap Treat: $8.50 for a homemade meatloaf sandwich


Grateful Deli
233 E Main St.
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-6647

Shakedown your sugar magnolia into this soulful psychedelic deli designed as an acid flashback to the Grateful Dead parking lot. Two-decades of ticket stubs, dancing bears, and Jerry Garcia memorabilia deck this cozy little space on Main Street. The cold cut sandwiches are cheap and piled with toppings like pesto and avocado. A groovy staff and freak-tastic music will surely keep you truckin’ back, singing “Scarlet Begonias” with a hunger-satisfying smile. In addition to the sandwiches, try the irresistible Cosmic Charlie - a brownie dosed with chocolate, creamy peanut butter and marshmallow fluff between two graham crackers.

Cheap Treat: $7.75 for a specialty sub


665 E Cooper Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-1245

Nothing short of being dubbed a venerable breakfast and lunch institution, Poppycock’s exudes a classic small town diner vibe, from a welcoming hello from the wait staff to the hot off the press stack of Aspen Daily News and Aspen Times newspapers available by the door. This small restaurant is very popular during the high season, particularly during the pre-skiing breakfast rush. Even if it Poppycock’s is busy, it is worth the wait to savor prototypical breakfast creations like the signature oatmeal pancakes or sweet and tangy Grand Mariner pancakes crusted with pecans, Grand Marnier syrup, cinnamon, and a blizzard’s worth of powdered sugar.

Cheap Treat: $7.50 for a stack of gooey, world famous oatmeal pancakes