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“Organic never tasted better”
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Explore Bistro
Price range: US$12 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Asian, Mexican
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 28 June 2012

The food was excellent, setting serene yet stimulating, service good. We had quinoa salad and a slightly spicy carrot soup. The quinoa salad was light and delicate yet extremely subtly flavorful composed with avocado, corn kernels, black beans, red onoin, jicama, and who knows what other herbs. The soup similar. A great lunch while visiting Aspen. And price was reasonable ($15 for soupl and salad. Would love to try dinner there. When i mentioned it to our inn keeper, she said, "Oh , it's my favorite. I go there all the time."

Thank Marjorie G
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

I love it here. Whenever I want a healthy meal that I feel good about eating, I come here. It never disappoints. Great little atmosphere.

Thank iheartco25
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Horrible atmosphere and horrible food. The food is terribly overpriced and not worth the money! Worst restaurant ever!!!!!

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1  Thank YoyoGibbons
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Took a break from roughing it in the nearby Maroon Bells campground (hiking and mountain biking) to enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Pyramid Bistro upstairs in the Explore Bookstore.

They serve delicious creative food crafted from excellent ingredients. My friend and I had a tough time deciding on our selections because EVERYTHING sounded great, and we both loved our soups and salads (menu items change depending on what's fresh). Most everything was vegetarian, even vegan, but I believe omnivores wouldn't necessarily notice.

We originally sat in the tiny but beautiful patio in the trees, but moved inside the beautifully windowed dining area and had tea, coffee, and dessert to wait out a rain shower that hit as we were finishing up. Staff was friendly and professional.

The prices were a tiny bit high, but the food quality, service, and setting were excellent. Also, what isn't pricey in Aspen?

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1  Thank summercamper
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

Now called Pyramid Bistro, chef/owner Martin brings his serious credentials to what formerly was known as the Explore Bistro-which he purchased from the Wileys. Don't expect a thick steak and fries here, this is primarily an organic, vegetarian restaurant with infrequently encountered ingredients artfully combined. We started with Truffle Ravioli for an appetizer-beautful presentation and loaded with wholesome ingredients. The Thai Curry soup was a bit too spicy for my wife and me, but that's our problem, I guess. A Kale Berry salad was delicious and filling , though, again, far different from standard salads served. We enjoyed a Sweet Potato Lasagna and this again required some imagination as it was totally different from any lasagna I have eaten. We concluded with a Chocolate Torte and our plans to bring part home failed as it melted in our mouths. This is a true gourmet experience but you have to be openminded and forget how you are used to eating a certain dish. When we left, we felt well sated, but not sick from overeating rich food as happens all too often. Martin is a skilled chef and is a true rarity. Prices are low for overpriced Aspen and portions are ample for sharing.

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3  Thank HARLAND R
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