After a day on the Colorado slopes or hiking through the Rocky Mountains, one works up an appetite for something substantial. Say, a thick steak or slab of prime rib.
Steaks, Chops, Seafood, and…Duckling
The Steak Pit in downtown Aspen, as you might guess by the name, meets that qualification—you’re not likely to go back to your ski lodge hungry. Its menu offers a nice selection of hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood choices, along with such dishes as Lamb Sirloin, Colorado Pork Chops, Roast Duckling and Beef Kabob.
We were indeed ravenous after a long, enjoyable day of skiing. I started the meal off with the Spicy Corn Chowder with Lobster, a specialty recommended by our helpful but unobtrusive server. It exceeded my expectations with just enough spice to give it some kick, and with generous chunks of lobster.
My dinner companion and I ordered the Steak Pit Ribeye and the Prime Rib respectively for our entrees. The prime rib was cooked exactly as ordered and was every bit as juicy and flavorful as a prime rib should be. The ribeye presented an excellent flavor, if a bit dry, according to my dining partner.
The prices at The Steak Pit are reasonable by Aspen standards, considering that the potato and salad bar are included with the price of the entree. The salad bar was well-stocked with fresh greens, veggies, and dressings, highlighted by an exceptional variety of fresh-baked breads.
No Spectacular View, Just Good Food
You’ll not get a picture-postcard mountain view at The Steak Pit. As the name implies, the restaurant is below ground level, down one flight of stairs and into the “pit.”
But if you’re looking for a tender and juicy steak or fresh seafood dinner served in a comfortable, casual setting, you could do a whole lot worse than The Steak Pit.