Several years ago I discovered a remarkable restaurant tucked away at 26 East Kiowa Street in Downtown Colorado Springs. I would often meet friends there for lunch because the variety and quality of the food was the best around. Whenever we had a special occasion, it became our ‘place of choice’ because they were so accommodating, and the food was always delicious.
But this intimate restaurant never really hit the ‘big time,’ even though it was voted “Best of . . .” in different categories for several years in a row. One reviewer even wrote at one time, “Don’t let this marvelous restaurant die,” and that has been the feeling for many years of those of us who love it.
Always trying to drum up business for them, several times in the past few months I have invited friends to lunch there, and the response is always the same, “No, thanks, let’s go somewhere else, I don’t like Mexican food.” Although the name might lead you to believe that might be the case, nothing could be further from the truth.
Mike and Tammy Pinto (Executive Chef and Manager, respectively) started their Bistro de Pinto in the Spring of 2006. Offering casual fine dining in their intimate surroundings (it only seats 32 people), they offer the best beef dishes around (from steaks to beef tips), with a cuisine that includes Continental, Italian, French, Seafood, American, specialty salads, oh, and yes, Mexican. They are wonderful at providing you with individualized and specialized dishes at your request, and serve only the freshest, highest quality ingredients with steroid, antibiotic, and hormone-free meats.
Originally from Panama, Mike’s combined 14 years as an Executive Chef at the Woodmoor Pines Country Club and the Garden of the Gods Country Club have made him one of the best around. If you are looking for a truly delicious meal, I would suggest you stop by during the week and give them a try. “Don’t let this marvelous restaurant die.”
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