The White House Tavern
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: 302 Hopkins, Aspen (the historic A.G. Sheppard House, corner of Hopkins and Monarch)
Hours of Operation: Sun-Thu 11a-10p, Fri-Sat 11a-11p
There are restaurants with a seemingly unique ambiance, and then there’s restaurants like the White House Tavern with their truly one-of-a-kind story. Built in 1883 on a lot that cost $300, the former miner’s cottage is one of the oldest buildings in Aspen. We’ll get to the foodies in just a second, but the stop a moment to enjoy the architectural style, known as Carpenter Gothic for its wooden construction with Gothic features. Inside, the restaurant features an exhibition style kitchen and a warm atmosphere.
The menu isn’t the biggest, but it covers an eclectic range of cuisines, while still delivering consistently good food. We’re not exactly sure what, but it definitely says something when a restaurant lists Kale Salad right next to the Queso Dip which is right next to the Deviled Eggs. On the other hand, you can take your time looking at the drink menu, which includes separate sections for wine, cocktails, and beer. Plus, while the menu is small, the portions are not.
What They’re Known for: The building of course, but for food, the White House Tavern is known for its French Dip and Thai Steak and Noodle Salad.
What to Watch for: Going with a large group. The restaurant is small enough that it can be difficult to get a table during peak times and seasons. Planning ahead doesn’t help since they don’t take reservations. Likewise, the more people you have, the more likely that a vegetarian or picky eater will struggle to find something on the menu to their liking.