Be warned – if you step into this business and have any of their delicious fare – you will be hooked. I was so happy to stumble upon this locally-owned and operated retail food store on the advice of a friend who said their chili was ‘the best’. As an avid consumer of chili and chile, I decided it was time to find out for my own palate.
The Butcher’s Block is an easy gem to find in Aspen – between City Market and the Silver Queen Gondola. They have a delicious menu of prepared foods – including sandwiches made-to-order, salads, soups, desserts, and of course, chili. In addition to being able to satisfy your immediate cravings for food ready to eat – this is a gorgeous deli with fine aged meats, fresh seafood, cheese from around the world, and specialized ingredients for that perfect meal that you are planning.
My distributor and I treated ourselves to the “Butcher’s Block Famous Meatloaf Sandwich”, a hearty cup of chili (ground beef, beans, and red chile), and the chocolate cake. There is something about fine food that creates a peace inside your tummy and your mind (it is said that the stomach IS your second brain (and arguably, some people – me included – would say, it is your first)). The meatloaf was mouth-watering, the chili was perfectly seasoned with layers of flavor and juicy tomatoes, and the chocolate cake, well, it was wonderful – not too sweet – just perfect.
Something I have to rave and rant about is the extraordinary customer service. I was greeted like they really cared, my order was taken and promptly filled, and I felt wonderful through the whole experience. Oftentimes businesses can’t live up to the expectations of someone who is a hearty consumer and mouthpiece for supporting local. The Butcher’s Block made my experience one that I will happily talk about for all time to come, and they have my vote as one of the best places to eat in the Roaring Fork Valley. Since they have been in business for over forty years, I am sure this comes as no surprise to anyone who has had the chance to eat and shop here.
Stop in, call in an order ahead of time, and enjoy yourself at this wonderful, truly local, family-owned business.
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