Pyramid Bistro

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Boasting acclaim as the first “nutritarian” restaurant, Pyramid Bistro proves healthy and organic food doesn't have to be bland or boring. In fact, the food bursts off the plate in an explosion of color and flavors. Located above the venerable Explore Bookstore on Main Street in downtown Aspen, Pyramid Bistro opened its doors in 2011 and has quickly became a new favorite among local health nuts.

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Leah Fielding

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Boasting acclaim as the first “nutritarian” restaurant, Pyramid Bistro proves healthy and organic food doesn't have to be bland or boring. In fact, the food bursts off the plate in an explosion of color and flavors. Located above the venerable Explore Bookstore on Main Street in downtown Aspen, Pyramid Bistro opened its doors in 2011 and has quickly became a new favorite among local health nuts.  

The owner/chef Martin Oswald describes a nutritarian as a person who "consumes the most micronutrients per calorie." Oswald recieved his culinary training at prestigious Austrian health resorts where he learned unique insight into “vollwertkueche” or “full-value cuisine. Continuing his career in high-praised restaurants, Oswald noticed that many restaurants prepare foods can disguise the many harmful ingredients in the form of vinaigrettes, sauces, purees and pastries. 

"It is my belief that we will have to shift our cooking techniques before we can hold off obesity and the many related diseases that haunt our times," says Oswald.

The restaurant leans toward plant-based menu items, those who like their protein from animals have delicious exotic choices like a distinctly Mediterranean influenced roasted chicken breast and wild salmon with vanilla bean and corn puree, charred asparagus, morel mushrooms, avocado and quinoa.

The beer and wine list is modest in length but long on value and the servers will happily guide you to the best beverage including fresh-squeezed juices and specialty non-alcoholic drinks and coffee to pair with your meal. Even the dessert menu indicates whether offerings are vegan, gluten-free or both and the kitchen is happy to accommodate other food preferences and allergies. 

Oswald even offers a few recipes on the Pyramid Bistro website so you can rekindle the experience when you get back home.

What Makes it Great There’s need to watch yourself when ordering off Pyramid Bistro’s menu. Go bananas! Everything is meticulously selected for it’s high micronutrient per calorie content, so you don’t have to worry about what you’re eating.

Who Will Love It Endurance athletes and health nuts will love that they have a dining-out option. 

What You Will Brag About The coriander-dusted duck breast with apricot caponata is particularly memorable.

Parking The easiest place to park, especially during busy holiday periods, is about a 1.5 blocks from Pyramid Bistro along Paepke Park. If you’re driving east on Highway 82/Main Street make a right on Garmisch. Here you’ll typically find open spaces in the two-hour parking areas.

Location

Pyramid Bistro

221 E Main St. 81611
Aspen, CO, 81611
39.190788, -106.821132

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