When you need a little Bangkok-inspired cuisine in your diet, there are multiple options in the Roaring Fork Valley to please the palate.
1 Bangkok Happy Bowl
Aspen's only dedicated Thai restaurant doesn't miss the mark. Chef Paula Rungsawang is the hands behind Denver's award-winning Top of the Town, and in Aspen she cooks traditional Thai dishes with seasonal twists. Winter dishes like pumpkin curry are equally as tasty as the fresh pad thai that's served year-round. The full bar and zesty appetizers fill out the menu for a complete Thai meal.
2 Zheng's Asian Bistro
Though it's a hop, skip and jump downvalley from Aspen, the food is worth the drive. Zheng's signature pad thai is addictive with its sweet kick, and other original dishes like the tomato beef with basil and brandy-infused hoisin pork combine traditional Thai tastes with contemporary flair. Stop by during Super Happy Hour Fun Time, when favorites like crab rangoon and Vietnamese spring rolls cost only $2 to 6.
3 Phat Thai
Inspired by the cuisine of Southeast Asia, Phat Thai uses lime, cilantro, chilies, peanuts, mint and fresh fish and meat for a mouth-watering combination that draws eaters from all over the Roaring Fork Valley. The restaurant was so popular in the Aspen area that Mark Fischer opened an outpost in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood.
4 Asie Restaurant
A combination of Asian food melds here, and Thai is one that Asie does right. The traditional pad thai is a go-to, but don't be afraid to venture out and try the king prawns. If you're not in the mood, there's also a sushi and dim sum menu to sample.