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Aspen on the Avenue Shusses to the Slopes in Del Ray!

Warm up in the ski lodge at 2312 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Have a drink and snacks in the ski gondola (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Alexandria, VA. Aspen on the Avenue has made its debut as the latest pop-up at 2312 Mt. Vernon Ave. The venue, once the home to The Sushi Bar, has been host to many seasonal pop-ups. As always, the Homegrown Restaurant Group brings a Black Diamond Run with both décor and menu.

Snuggle up by the cozy fireplace. (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Settle down in front the “fire place” in the Aspen ski lodge “fire place” and pick your beverage. The Cable Car Cocktail menu includes brewskis, vin, mocktails, and specialty drinks. If you are an Old Fashioned kind of person, you’ve got five varieties to choose from. The Oaxaca Old Fashioned features Casa Amigos mezcal, agave, angostura, orange bitters. Or, as a nod to the cherry blossoms, the Chocolate Cherry Old Fashioned made with Four Seasons single barrel, tart cherry simple syrup, and chocolate bitters.

The Ski Lemon Meringuetini is toasty! (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Conjure up an Aspen ski chalet with a Ski Lemon Meringuetini made with Tito’s Vodka, Meyer lemon, Gran Manier, lemon curd, simple syrup, and brûlée meringue. The ski slope Liftie Cosmo will warm you up with Tito’s vodka, Bordeaux cherry, lime juice, and grand marnier. Margarita lovers can imbibe one of Mike’s Mogul Marg made with jalapeno infused tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, lime, and agave.

The Liftie Cosmo reminds you that cherry blossom season is around the corner. (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Foodies will be treated to some great Alpine Slope Snacks. Some new dishes to try include the Burrata Bowl featuring a burrata cheese sphere, balsamic tomatoes, garlic, and basil, served with crostini. It’s a picture perfect with bright colors and flavors to match.

The Burrata Bowl is so fresh and inviting! (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Youngblood Poutine is made with a tangle of hand cut French fries, fried cheese curds, and gravy. If this is your first time for poutine, this is a tasty way to try it.  The fries are well fried, the cheese curds plentiful, and the gravy is perfect.

Tuck into the Youngblood Poutine. So good! (Photo: Debby Critchley)

Another new offering is the Chicken Chili Bread Bowl. Start with a farmers market favorite bread bowl from Bhutto Bakery, then fill it with Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning chicken chili. See if you can make the bread last long enough to get every bite of the chili.

A fresh baked bread bowl from Bhutto Bakery and award-winning white chicken chili – what a combo! (Photo: Debby Critchley)

The Brisket Chili Nachos is built with tortilla chips, queso, brisket chili, pico de gallo, jalapeños, and sour cream.

What’s not to like with Brisket Chili Nachos! (Photo: Debby Critchley)

The Beignets, made famous at Whiskey and Oyster bring a touch of sweet to the snacks menu. They are frosted with powdered sugar and accompanied with chocolate or caramel dipping sauce.

Come on over, rest your skis out front on the ski rack, find a comfy bar stool or chair, and warm up.

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