IN the spotlight
Even in a town known for cool, Bosq (bosqaspen.com; 312 South Mill St.; 970-710-7299) stands out with its sleek interior featuring whitewashed gray walls made from regional beetle-kill pine and its world-traveling chef with the very Aspen name of C. Barclay Dodge. He reigns over a small (40-seat) dining room and a menu heavily reflective of his favorite overseas haunts — “I don’t cook food from somewhere I haven’t been,” he says — and his perfectionism. Mastering Bosq’s renowned Peking duck required a winter-long, 50-bird session of trial and error in Dodge’s nearby apartment. His affection for strong, bold flavors is on display these days in his Mexican fare. Roll from the cold crab salad — with citrus vinaigrette, jalapeño and radish — straight into a braised short-rib taco, served in a chile-negro tortilla with fermented celery root. Much of the produce is locally grown, and while the wine list runs deep it also carries a lot of affordable vintages, with bottles starting at $44.
Where to Eat:
Chef C. Barclay Dodge’s Bosq offers a globally inspired menu with a focus on local ingredients—the Peking duck is a must-order.
More recently, we’ve also heard good things about Bosq, helmed by Chef Barclay Dodge, who has brought his love of travel back to Aspen. A decidedly globally influenced menu features everything from sweet and sour crispy eggplant and gremolata string fries to creamless cream corn and peking duck.