Downvalley Tavern debuts in El Jebel

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenJuly 9, 2010

The Downvalley Tavern is the newest addition to El Jebel's surprisingly robust restaurant offerings.

Drew Scott, ex-chef of Elevation in Aspen, and his wife, Bonnie Scott, opened the Downvalley Tavern on July 3 at 64 El Jebel Road, site of the old Blue Creek Grill, which shuttered at the end of May.
The Downvalley Tavern at 64 El Jebel Road
Troy Hooper

The Downvalley Tavern fare is a modern interpretation of simple Southern Italian food. The remodeled space exudes a casual but hip ambiance where you can sit down for a full mean or just grab a drink.

Looking for a drink and an appetizer that won't bust your budget or gut? How about a $$3.50 bottle of beer and $5 rosemary parmesan fries? Or a $5 cabernet and and mozzarella-stuffed fried rissoto for $6?

Other appetizers include crispy calamari for $8, roasted asparagus for $6 and crostinis with choice of chicken pate with balsamic fig, tomato, basil and ricotta or salami and olive tapenade.

The bar
Troy Hooper
Salads begin with greens for $6; grilled garden squash, roasted pepper or roasted beet for $7; prosciutto, marinated calamari salads for $8; or why not go big and try the Italian Cobb for $11.

Eleven pasta dishes — including a rigatoni bolognese and oricchiette al forno — go for $12-$15.

Entrees run the gamut and feature burgers for $9; chicken cacciatore or lamb meatballs for $13, eggplant parmesan for $14; grilled pork shoulder or pork skewer for $15; a $16 barbecued skirt steak; a $17 mountain trout: or an $18 salmon with arugula, tomato caper relish and risotto cake.

The Downvalley Tavern is open for lunch too (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) The lunch menu features $5-$9 salads and $7-$9 freshly made sandwiches. There is also ample outdoor seating featuring umbrellas in the front and even more seating wrapped around the side of the building.

A view of the interior
Troy Hooper
While the Downvalley Tavern's opening is the public's gain so is the new paint job just around the corner where longstanding establishments like the qauint Italian eatery, Bella Mia, and greasy spoon legend, Breakfast in America, sit alongside Malibu Authentic Salvadorian & Mexican Food and San Miguel Panaderia & Deli — two authentic South of the Border eateries that opened over the past year.

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