12311 US Hwy 36, Lyons, CO | Directions 8054040.274524 -105.359764
This small, out-of-the-way restaurant serves up simple but delicious French cuisine in a laid-back mountain setting. – In Short
The tiny town of Pinewood Springs is home to this decades-old local gem. Small and plain, both the interior and exterior tend to look more like a local family joint than a classy French restaurant, but beautiful views make up for any lack of decor. The menu includes filet mignon served in a bordelais mushroom sauce and poached salmon with hollandaise and crawfish ragout. The side vegetables for both are laced with lavender.
Top French Chef but casual – This restaurant was owned for years by Fritz a German with strict standards, and traditional very finely prepared dishes that people came miles for. He was very choosy in who he picked as the new owner and chef. The new guy has qualifications an arm long, and even brings with him some of his Maryland specialities. I tried some wierd things like sweetbreads (the chef personally told me how it was made), and I was shocked at how good it was. It has a country French atmosphere with a fireplace. Dress up ok, but no suit jacket is necessary. They have sandstone tables outside for a salad on a hot summer day on the way to the Rocky Mt. Natl. Park. In the winter you talk to the chef. (sometimes a winter price fix menu--great value). It's a place I'm proud to bring friends.
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