In between two banks and a clothing store, Pinions is an interesting place for a well-to-do restaurant. Walking through the double, glass doors, I entered a modern, carpeted stairway surrounded by modern welded lamps and Peter Lik style photographs on the walls. At the top, I found myself in a significantly larger dining room complete with a bar and a doorway to a beautiful sunlit patio. The dining room was set elegantly with warm woods lining the structure and classic white table cloths topped with glittering wine glasses.
A well-dressed man slowly walked towards me. I asked for a table for one and he led me to a table in the back corner. He quickly sped off to some important matters regarding the night's dinner service. Soon after, a smiling young man handed me a leather bound menu and politely took my drink order. Naturally I chose an Arnold Palmer, and then looked through the menu. The menu had few choices on it, carefully selected and full of variety. I contested between a classic New York Strip, or the Herb Crusted Colorado Trout. The trout won. My waiter took my order and disappeared into the vast sea of wine glasses.
I looked through my window towards the beautiful Aspen Mountain. It was the time of day where the sun hits it directly, causing the lime-green of the grass and trees to glow. I was just starting to think how lonely the restaurant was without anyone I knew when the waiter appeared with my dish.
The trout looked awesome. The herbs were colorful, and the fish was a beautiful almost salmon-like pink. It was complemented nicely with a handful of steamed vegetables. As I took the first bite, it brought back memories of fishing with friends, and bringing them home for dinner. The fish was light, elegant, and incredibly tasty. The herbs created a crunchy, flaky first impression, which turned into a luscious, delicious trout finish. The spring vegetables were a nice complement, which included fresh grilled zucchini.
All in all, Pinons is a fantastic restaurant. The atmosphere is a 5/5 for a beautiful, elegant, modern setting that feels classy and homey at the same time. The service was polite, kind, and clean. I really enjoyed being served by them. 5/5. The cost was incredibly pricy, but for the decor, the fantastic food, and the overall experience, I feel it is justified. The food was great, really, really great. The portions were perfectly sized, the plating of the dishes looked amazing, and everything was cooked to perfection. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Piñons, and I hope to return soon, with some hungry, hungry friends.
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