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Hickory House

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Here is a very realistic yet hypothetical Aspen ski vacation situation: You’ve spent a beautiful bluebird day with fresh powder skiing or riding Highlands, Buttermilk, or Snowmass. It’s vacation, after all, so you’ve milked as many daylight hours as possible on the mountain. By the time you get back to your hotel room in downtown Aspen and nursed weary muscles with an après ski libation in the hot tub, dusk is beginning to settle. After shredding snow on the mountain, you’re certainly going to have a monster appetite. Do you really feel like dressing in your finest designer threads just to go to dinner? If the answer is no, your best bet is to head immediately to the Hickory House.
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The Hickory House is a barbeque-lover’s paradise. You won’t miss the bear on top of the log cabin at the far Western end of Main Street in downtown Aspen, just down the street from the Aspen Meadows. You’ll smell the slow-cooked, smoking meat from around the block. The Hickory House is synonymous for satisfying grizzly-sized appetites with heaping portions of mouthwatering barbequed meat. Vegetarians and vegans be warned: This is the quintessential carnivore’s oasis.

Self-acclaimed as “The Best Ribs in Colorado,” the Hickory House has received accolades from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Oprah Winfrey, who once praised the ribs on her show. The Hickory House is raucous, family-friendly jeans and boots barbeque joint. Owner and chef Paul Dioguardi’s award-winning ribs are slow-cooked for a divine tenderness. The ribs are sweet, soulful, and greasy, with a smoky homemade barbeque sauce that will run down the side of your mouth while picking at pork or beef baby back ribs. Beware: this is definitely not a place to go with a pressed white dinner jacket.

Ribs aren’t the only fare on the menu. You’ll want to bring a friend to indulge in The Feast, knee-slappin’ good feat of carnivorous consumption: baby back ribs, barbecued chicken, smoked pork, smoked beef, chased with baked beans and coleslaw. Other offerings include The Beast, a heaping pile of tender, juicy pork or beef dripping with sweet barbeque sauce and served on garlic Texas Toast. Like any barbeque joint, the Hickory House blends up a fine southern-style coleslaw and the cheddar au gratin potatoes are delightful. The Hickory House even offers a one-of-a-kind Southern-style breakfast, grits and all. For the late-night party hounds, a breakfast of ribs and eggs at 8 in the morning will surely chase away a hangover before snapping into your skis for the day.

One of the best parts about Hickory House, besides the smiling service and Old West décor is the value. Hickory House offers a whooping heap of delicious food for a very non-Aspen price. In the summer, barbeque enthusiasts will find dining al fresco is perfect for finger-licking good ribs while washing it down with beers on special. The Hickory House is take-out friendly and even delivers the barbeque chow in their distinctive meat-decaled pick-up truck, so you can spend more time on the mountain or in the hot tub without worrying about a substantial dinner.

Hickory House
730 W. Main Street
Aspen, CO
Hickory House - Aspen - Colorado
Hickory House - Aspen - Colorado