Eating gluten-free on vacation can sometimes be a challenge. But with a little planning, I find it is always doable. And if you are like me, staying away from gluten also ensures a better vacation all around, because who wants to be in pain when they are on vacation? Here is my guide to the best Gluten Free Apres Ski options for Aspen and Snowmass. There are more options for dinner and on the slope, (Cloud Nine is legendary in Aspen Highlands) but this list is sure to crave your hunger needs and then some after an epic day on the slopes. Also to note, my favorite Aspen dinner GF spots not on this list are Jimmy’s, Matsuhisa and Ajax Tavern.
- The J Bar | J Bar is an Aspen institution and a must visit for any season. Their burger is legendary and with toppings like lobster salad and their caramelized mushrooms, who needs a bun? Other gluten-free favorites of mine include smoked trout dip with sweet potato chips, crudites with hummus and their beet and avocado poke.
- The White House Tavern | The White House is a small mill house turned restaurant downtown Aspen serving sandwiches, salads, and small bites. Although they do not have GF bread as they make all their bread in house, this place is not to be overlooked. Their macho salad is a cult classic, just order without the croutons. Their fries are my favorite ever. (make sure to ask for a side of seasoning and spicy mayo.) Their kale salad with chicken is delicious as are their deviled eggs. They also have great wines by the glass and a fun take on an Aperol Spritz.
- Clark’s Oyster Bar | Clark’s is a cozy and fun option downtown with lots of gluten-free options from oysters to ceviche, steak tartare to smoked salmon. They have a great Texas chili soup as well as grilled brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower sides. Clark’s is known for their catch of the day preparations served with grilled lemon, your choice of sauce and ala carte sides. This place probably has the most extensive GF menu of all, plus it is a great Aspen experience.
- Slice of Italy | Situated upstairs above Base camp in the heart of the village, Slice of Italy overlooks the slopes and serves up delicious pizza, pasta and salads. Their gluten-free pizza crust is top notch. A crispy, thin flatbread that makes the perfect vehicle for your choice of toppings. They even have goat cheese as a cow milk alternative. I highly recommend this place for gluten-free pizza. They have lots of great crafted pizzas but I always love a good BYO. I’m already looking forward to returning for a ski day just so that I can eat an entire GF pizza to my dome.
- State 38 | State 38 is owned by the same team that owns Slice of Italy and this time they are bringing a Colorado American vibe to Snowmass. This restaurant is new and located right in the center of Snowmass Village with an epic patio full of fire pits in the middle of the tables so you can warm up in the sun while you drink a hot toddy. Their signature hot toddy is a hibiscus tea with mezcal and amaro. A fun alternative to your typical whiskey hot toddy. Any of their sandwiches can be served on a gluten-freee bun with a side a roasted potatoes or sweet potato fries. I loved having a burger on a gluten free bun with avocado and caramelized onions after a big day on the slopes. Also, their ceviche is served with house-made waffle potato chips instead of crackers making it a fun option as well. They also have several delicious salads.
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