Willow Creek Bistro in Aspen

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 3, 2009 6:49 pm

                                                                       

Address:
76 Prospector Rd
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 429-2327

Overview:
This Aspen Restaurant can be found at the Base of Aspen Highlands ski area. “Willow Creek is where contemporary American cuisine and local ingredients blend with traditional techniques. Come and join us for a Warm relaxed breakfast, an innovative lunch, or an elegant dinner.”

Chef De Cuisine Jami Flatt
Sous chef Nathan Nuss

Menu:
 
Bowl of Soup
 
Spicy Braised Pork Posole – WCB Style•10   
Classic French Onion Gratin•9
Sage Roasted Squash •9
 
Salads
 
Organic Simple Greens• 9
Mixed Organic Lettuces, Marinated Cucumber, Tomato and Onion 
Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Willow Creek Caesar salad• 10
Crisp Leaves of Baby Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan, Herbed Croutons, Bacon, Tomato
Caesar Dressing
 
Thyme and Sage Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad•12
Roasted Butternut Squash, Gold and Red Beets, Turnip, Frisee and Mizuna Greens 
Granny Smith Apple, Cranberry Braised Onions, Caramelized Shallot and Sage Vinaigrette
 
Warm Spinach Salad with Confit Duck•14
Spinach and Frisee Greens, Confit Duck, Roasted Tomatoes and Onions
Egg, Thyme Scented Bacon Vinaigrette 
 
Small Plates
 
House-Made Ricotta Gnocchi with Elk Bolognaise  Small•15/ Large•24
Add Truffle Essence•3  
 
Steamed Green Lip Mussels   Half Dozen•10/One dozen•18 
Fennel, Leek, Tomato, Lightly Spiced Saffron-Tomato Broth
 
Sliders•   $6 each or any combination of 3 for $16
Lamb:  Tzatziki with Cucumber, Tomato, Onion
Elk:  Roasted Tomato, Watercress, Garlic-Horseradish Aioli, Gruyere Fondue
Wild Joe:  Chef’s Sloppy Joe Made with Elk and Buffalo, Shallot Relish
 
Main Courses
 
Kobe Meat Loaf •19
Chive mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Harissa-Agave Glaze
 
Spaghetti and Lamb Meatballs•21
House-Made Spaghetti Pasta and Lamb Meatballs, Roasted Garlic-Tomato Sauce
 
Maine Lobster “Mac and Cheese”  Small •21/Large •42
Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Rotini Pasta, 3 Cheese sauce
Add Truffle Essence•3 Add Bacon•3
 
Chicken & Dumplings•23
Roasted Half Chicken with House-Made Dumplings, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms and Onion, Paprika Scented Chicken Jus
 
Pan Seared Rocky Mountain Trout •26
Trout Hash Cake, Roasted Tomato Hollandaise 
 
Braised Lamb Shank Pot Roast•29
 Petite Turnips, Carrots, Celery, Onions and Potatoes, King Trumpet Mushroom Gravy
 
Grilled New Zealand King Salmon•34
Pearled Barley Minestrone, Baby Brussels, Leek, Fennel, Tomato, Green Beans, Pancetta
 
Willow Creek Bistro Paella •37
Elk Sausage, Green Lip Mussels, Scallops, Shrimp, Chicken, Roasted Red Peppers, Asparagus, Saffron-Basmati Rice
 
Aspen “Surf & Turf” •38
Small Lobster “Mac & Cheese” with Kobe Beef Meatloaf
 
Rack of Colorado “Big-Eye” Lamb•47    *please allow 25 minutes for medium preparation
Creamy Potatoes Layered with Zucchini and squash, Rosemary Lamb Jus
 
Grilled10 oz All-Natural Beef Tenderloin•47
Fire Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Caramelized Onion, French Green Beans, 
Confit Shallot Jus
 
Sides •7 each
 
•Glazed Asparagus or Broccolini •Mashed Potatoes •Brussels Sprouts with Bacon •Steak Cut Fries     
•add truffle essence •3
 

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