I showed up with the online coupon promising a DMV smog check for $30 TOTAL (certificate and everything) when everyone else was $58 or more, all told. The technician was friendly, and charged me $30 before I ever produced the coupon. It was so fast, which was great. Finally, when I was leaving, he saw the temporrary permit on my car and reminded me it was expiring that day. I explained it was a holiday and the DMV was closed, and he told me that AAA members get free DMV services, and told me where the nearest office was. Cheapest smog check in town AND he saved me a DMV late fee!
For realm the best French dip of your life. Good side items, all served a la carte at prices that are so low you'll do a double take. Also, wines by the glass at unreal prices, though I am not sure who's enjoying a glass of Silver Oak with their sandwich, it's possible. Iced tea is maybe 40 cents. You wait in long lines to be served by counter girls who have worked their for decades. It's L.A. history alive before your eyes and you will never have been anywhere like it before or since.
Boogie's is a great fifties style diner, serving up great tuna melts, soups and salads to tourists and locals alike. It's been around forever, and the pictures on the wall will prove it. There can be a long wait on weekends, but Boogie's won't mind if you browse the store downstairs while you wait- they've got tons of designer clothes at Aspen prices while you wait. True Religion, Citizens, Diesel, you name it. You'll have to eat at a diner after buying an outfit there! The music is loud and fun and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.
PROS: good, home style affordable food
CONS: long wait, loud music
Problem is, there really isn't one. It's the only athletic club of its kind in the area. There are yoga studios or ritzy day spas, but if you want to swim laps or take a spin class you haven't many options. Unfortunately, spin class was hard for me- the first four bikes I rode were broken or broke while I rode them, and the instructor was unhelpful and never got off her bike to assist me. She made me feel so unwelcome and embarrassed! The locker rooms are nice and the steam room is great- thanks for the eucalyptus spray!
PROS: steam room
CONS: staff in unhelpful and sometimes unfriendly, cardio room is very, very small
One of the least pretentious places to eat in Aspen! Great bar menu, inexpensive by Aspen standards. The popcorn shrimp and vegetable pizza are some of the finest "bar snacks" you'll ever find. Watch your pizza cook in their brick oven, visit with friends, or chat up the staff for local's insiders tips.
Imagine a place that makes the creamiest, most amazing ice cream and also bakes the chewiest, most flavorful cookies... and sometimes, they put those two together! Their peanut butter cookie ice cream is one of the main reasons I come back to Aspen! Never mind Alpine strawberry, with whole alpine strawberries right there! Do not miss it in summer when musicians come and play outside and make it the best corner in town.
Modeled after a pizza joint in New Haven, CT, Piece beings it's unique pizza style to Wicker Park. You choose sauce and cheese options and add topping which range from traditional to artisanal to down right weird. They have lots of micro-brews to choose from, including their own, at reasonable prices. Lots of tvs make for fun sports watching but a loud bar area. The front windows open wide to make this a great early summer or early fall spot for sure.
PROS: great food, hard to find beers
CONS: can get loud, long wait at times
Sure, it's kitschy and cute, but the food is great. Chilaquiles to die for, especially if you had one to many cervezas the night before. On Valentine's Day they host a wonderful dinner with games and prizes, and a twinkie tiramisu that is too much fun.
And if you have to wait for a table, grab some coffee on the house and browse the neighborhood.
Cindy Reid and her staff offer a range of options: pilates mat, pilates machine, group classes, private lessons, duo or triple sessions, piloga (a unique and wonderful balance of pilates and yoga) and much more in the beautiful studio on Clark Street. All levels welcome and encouraged, no attitudes or judgement. A great place to work out.
The hottest spot in town during their evenings tastings, Silverlake Wine specializes in small production wineries worldwide. They've got your boutique California wines that we all love out here, but it's also a wonderful place to learn more about wines from around the world. And their affordable tastings on Mondays, flights on Thursdays and structured lectures on Sundays can help you do just that. Or grab some friends and just come to "see and be seen."
PROS: good wine, very knowledgeable staff, interesting crowd
CONS: if you just want to run in and buy a bottle or two, avoid Mondays and Thursdays, it's a scene.