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Jimmy’s — An American Restaurant

story by Jeanne McGovern photos by Anna Stonehouse
The details: 205 S. Mill St., 970-925-6020, http://www.jimmysaspen.com Prices: Starters, $10-$20; sides, $6-$12; entrees, $30-$72. Ambience: Upscale casual, patio for summer, hearty portions. Signature dishes: Jimmy’s Crab Cake, Mad Dog Ranch Salad, Prime Cowboy Rib-Eye, Surf & Turf. Not to Miss: Jimmy Mac: creamy mac n’ cheese served with bacon, jalapeno, and a crusty top; The bar scene, which is always hopping; Volcano cake, paired with a Porto Barros 20-year Tawny Port

In a town where restaurants come and go, Jimmy’s – An American Restaurant & Bar, has stood the test of time … and for good reason.

Located in an upstairs spot overlooking Aspen’s Restaurant Row, Jimmy’s is king. Proprietor (and namesake) Jimmy Yeager, who also owns Jimmy’s Bodega on the Mill Street Mall, says the key to success is good food.

“We’ve changed the menu over the years, but we’ve never changed our commitment to serving the freshest food, prepared in the best way, to our guests,” he says.

This summer, the chef Mario Hernandez — who has been on the Jimmy’s team at Bodega for years — is tasked with this job: “I like to stay true to our menu, but also make the changes we need to keep it fresh,”
he says.

On the appetizer and soups/salads menu, for example, Jimmy’s Famous Crab Cake and the Roasted Corn Soup — longtime favorites — are listed side-by-side with new offerings such as the fresh heirloom tomato and burrata salad.

Moving to the entrees, you can never go wrong with staples like Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin, Rocky Mountain Ruby Red Trout or one of several steak offerings (our recommendations: The Colorado Tomahak, or pair a Blackened Petite Filet with a broiled New England lobster tail for a surf & turf like no other in town).

Of course chef Hernandez is never satisfied. On this summer’s menu are items including a pan-roasted wild Alaskan king salmon, vegan mushroom and tempeh bolognaise and sides like vegetables a la plancha that he has tweaked to perfection.

“The way I work, I just keep trying new things as I get an idea,” he says. “Sometimes they are inspired by something I’ve tried, but often it’s the result of what’s freshest, what’s unique, what can we bring to the menu to create new experiences.”

Want more experiences? Any of Jimmy’s sides — mac & cheese, creamed spinach, mashed sweet potatoes — are hearty and complement any dish; for dessert, go big with a Volcano Cake or Cookie Jar for the Table.

And don’t forget to sample Jimmy’s wide selection of wine and cocktails. For many locals, this is what brings them to Jimmy’s…and combined with the food, is what makes them keep coming back — more than two decades later!