Land-locked Colorado may be an unsuspecting place for good sushi, but the town’s high-end clientele demands that fish is as fresh as that found on the coast. When you’re in the mood for a quick roll, there are (surprisingly) several choices in this mountain town.
303 East Main Street Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 544-6628 matsuhisaaspen.com
Because Matsuhisa falls into the Nobu family of Japanese restaurants, diners know that high-quality fish and premium service are just part of the experience. In Aspen, the restaurant is housed in a Victorian on Main Street, and people can choose between the upstairs lounge or more-formal dining room below-ground.
533 East Hopkins Avenue #2 Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 920-2212 kenichiaspen.com
This local favorite combines a hip atmosphere with fun food. The private tatami room is the place for small groups, but those looking for some party with their spicy tuna roll will prefer the open bar or "rock-star booth"--in which you can plug in your own iPod for a customized playlist during dinner.
320 South Mill Street Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-8588 takahsushi.com
Beautifully crafted and creative dishes have made Takah a long-standing sushi den in the Aspen area. Live music on Tuesdays make it a lively place for a roll in the bar area, or nestle into one of the booths for a quieter way to enjoy the spicy Shichimi, avocado and cucumber tuna roll.
130 Wood Road Snowmass Village, Colorado 81615 (970)923-8000 http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/
The Nest's poolside/slopeside location at the Viceroy Snowmass is an ideal place for an apres-ski snack. Tuna rolled with cucumber, avocado, Sriracha, and topped with scallions and tempura crunch is a unique twist to an old favorite. Combine that with the restaurant's vodka-centric drink menu for a seriously refreshing stop.
231 Harris Street Willits Town Center Basalt, CO 81621 (970) 273-8888
For an authentic, low-key sushi experience in which quality is not sacrificed, head 20 miles north of Aspen to Basalt. Lower prices and more roll options fill the menu compared to its counterparts in Aspen so if spicy tuna isn't your thing, maybe spicy salmon is.