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Poppies Bistro

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As far as ski towns go, Aspen is quite conducive to coupling up. A beautiful scenic backdrop, a litany of intimate boutique lodging options, plenty of places to canoodle by a blazing fire or in a hot tub, and some profound options when it comes to wining and dining by candle light can set the mood for puppy love in the Rockies.
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Poppies Bistro falls into the latter category. This quaint and charming bistro is a serious date restaurant, and probably not a first date restaurant, unless it is truly sincere.

Almost every interior and exterior detail about the blue, purple, and white trim cottage on the west end of town resembles dollhouse, making it difficult to avoid gushy and vague superlatives like “adorable.” This Victorian house is sated with loving starry-eyed ambiance dating back to 1886. Inside, the
décor hints at the classical elegance of a bygone century: lace curtains, stained-wooden furniture, graceful oil paintings against pastel walls, and Victorian antiques tastefully stuffed into practically every nook and cranny. Each table includes an old fashion antique lamp with dimming options to set the mood of one’s choosing. In many aspects, the experience of dining at Poppies feels more like a dinner party in a decked-out private residence circa 1890 than an actual public eatery.

As far as the food, Poppies Bistro is a serious gastronomic adventure. The cuisine is contemporary American with heavy influences from the recipe cards of Provençal French kitchens. Dishes fuse buttery and saucy French Country ingredients like wild mushrooms, nuts, and berries with the rustic cuisine of the American West. The result is heavenly and sophisticated entrees of wild game. These refined dishes include pheasant, quail, lobster relleno, trout sautéed in caper lemon butter and sage, steak au provire, and fresh caribou steak. Pasta and southwestern dishes are also available, making for an eclectic offering of regional flavors. A generous wine list is available with a fine selection of California, French, and Italian vintages to savor in the cozy and dimly lit atmosphere.

Poppies location on Aspen’s far west end is just a handful of blocks from the Aspen Meadows and the Aspen Institute. Even with the heightened romantic atmosphere, Poppies is still a favorite dining option for many locals. The bistro was a favorite spot of the late Ed Bradley, the CBS newscaster and Woody Creek resident who acclaimed their steak au poivre and cognac cream sauce as the singular best in town. Even with a tempestuously romantic setting and heart-achingly delicious cuisine, Poppies Bistro is not stuffy. It is the type of blissful, accolades-worthy eatery perfect for an extra-special evening with an extra-special someone. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation. Dinner is served on Tuesday – Saturday from 6pm.

Poppies Bistro
814 West Hallam St.
Aspen, CO 81611
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