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La Palapa

homepage-content-imageFinally, truly authentic Mexican in Aspen.

Open daily for lunch, dinner, and happy hour.

BEFORE ASPEN’S NEWEST Mexican restaurant even opened its doors, it was already generating buzz around town. Word of the authentic Mexican fare at La Palapa spread through Aspen’s underground so fast that hotel concierges were directing guests there even before owners had published the phone number. They didn’t know the exact address, but they knew the place—in the heart of downtown Aspen, just above Zane’s Tavern on South Hunter Street—and they knew it was good.

La Palapa’s slope side fare conjures menus you’d find beachside in Mexico. Start with a sample from the ceviche menu, with your choice of shrimp or tilapia. Spice it up with jalapeño lime juice, add octopus, and you’ll practically feel the ocean breeze.

Follow that with a hot seven seas cocktail, jam packed with every ocean delight, from shrimp, oysters, octopus and scallops to clams, mussels, crab legs and red snapper.

But save room for La Palapa’s signature Molcajetes, sumptuous stews chock full of seafood or meat and served up in sizzling hot lava-rock bowls that will keep your meal warm well into the night - which is how long it will take you to eat the generous portions La Palapa doles out.

Look for other standard fare as well, including homemade salsas and tortillas and sizzling fajitas unlike any you’ve ever tasted. You may have had fajitas before, but never served with this kind of flair or flavor. Rounding out the homemade menu, La Palapa’s margaritas, made with fresh-squeezed juices from their own recipe, are not to be missed.

La Palapa offers authentic après-ski and late-night as well. The festive atmosphere rocks well into the night, and at a mere two blocks from the gondola, you won’t even need to shed your ski boots to kick back after a day on the hill.