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A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

The desire to try Smokin’ Fins started with curiosity. Friends had mentioned dining there a number of times on social media.

I wanted to find out what made this place interesting.

I had heard the food was pretty good and the seafood was fresh. That’s about all I had heard. But, that was a good start.

Any hint of menu items presented in a new but well-done way had my artistic and foodie interests piqued.

I had driven by the location but had never gone in. And, today seemed like a good day to try a new adventure.

From the moment I stepped in, I was impressed. The place was well-designed. Everything from the wood on the walls to the light fixtures were chosen with care.

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I had to tear myself away from the beauty and exquisiteness and force myself to look at the menu first. I was pleased to learn they have a (separate) gluten-free menu. Once I placed my order, I moseyed around with excitement.


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The lights illuminating the restaurant were works of art. Unique pieces I hadn’t seen.

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The seating arrangements were varied: booths, high table seats, lower tables.


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The restaurant showed original bricks of the building, which is well over 100 years old. And, the walls displayed 100-year-old reclaimed wood.


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And, the restaurant seemed bright, cheerful, and welcoming.


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Best of all, the icing on the cake was finding out the restaurateurs are community-minded. Not only are there community events, such as wine tastings, but the restaurant hosts live music and showcases local artists.


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Kenny, the restaurateur we spoke with, was encouraging and wonderful. He presented himself as one of the team, full of enthusiasm, wisdom, and care. We didn’t know he was a restaurateur until we asked. He knows the ins and outs of everything, from the intricacies or challenges of changing those artistic light bulbs to who’s in the neighborhood.

His love for the Littleton community is strong. He canvases the area, talks with nearby shops and restaurants, keeps up with passersby. And, his passion for making experiences at Smokin’ Fins, Littleton, exciting and enjoyable is strong and bright. For him, going to the restaurant everyday isn’t (just) work. He’s playing and having a good time. And that shows.

And, from what I understand, a team of restaurateurs owns Smokin’ Fins. The individuals not only get along well but execute their vision for the place successfully and well.

I’m so excited to see a restaurateur who is like me, in craving community and viewing success in those terms.

I was so incredibly ecstatic about all that that I forgot to take some photographs of my lunch, which was exquisitely delicious. I’ve had some cedar-plank salmon before, but this was good. It was sooooo good. And, the sides didn’t disappoint. The charred veggies were fresh and tasty. And, the Yukon Gold mashed potatoes melted in my mouth.

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Thank you Smokin’ Fins and everyone behind the restaurant, for contributing to the community in a real and tangible way.


Please note, I wasn’t paid (by money or any other incentive) or encouraged by anyone in business to write about Smokin’ Fins. I’m writing completely of my own accord.

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