Brian Hazen Reviews Jimmy’s Bodega in Aspen

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A sister restaurant to the Aspen staple, Jimmy’s, Jimmy’s Bodega opened with a boom over the Food & Wine Classic weekend, hosting a Don Julio Tequila bash. A seafood and raw bar, Jimmy’s Bodega has continued with the seafood tradition, taking over the old Pacifica restaurant and serving tasty ceviche, local tacos, and seafood platters.

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With one of the few happy hour menus in town and a bar menu that caters to the locals, the “discount” menu may feature some small bites and refreshing drinks, such as $2 oysters, discounts on the raw bar, $3 Dos Equis xx, $8 Chateau Campuget Rose, and an $8 margarita.

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Similar to former R&R restaurant, Bodega is located in an ideal spot on the pedestrian mall with a view of Wagner Park perfect for enjoying a light lunch out on the patio while watching summer rugby matches. One drink worth trying to accompany your lunch or dinner: the “Sangrita Green” with cilantro and pineapple, a strawberry basil paloma featuring Don Julio Reposado, and an Anejo old fashioned.

Jimmy Yaeger seems to really know how to succeed in the Aspen restaurant scene, so I look forward to seeing this fancy dive around next summer. Reservations are not accepted so make sure to arrive before the rush.

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