Unique restaurants opening at SouthglennTuesday, March 09, 2010 By Paul Albani-Burgio
Suburban life offers many benefits, however certain urban experiences have never been possible in our area. A person living in downtown Denver can grab a cup of coffee, catch a movie and enjoy a delicious meal without ever getting into a car. This type of experience is harder in our locale where we always have to drive to enjoy similar activities. That is, until last fall, when the Streets at Southglenn opened. This shopping and entertainment center brings all the excitement and convenience of the city to the suburbs. Clothing boutiques, hair salons, a movie theather and a plethora of unique and interesting restaurants have all opened within walking distance of Arapahoe. Here are the Herald’s recommendations for the best of Southglenn’s new restaurants. Bar Louie Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Every Day Located next to Hollywood Theatres, Bar Louie labels itself as a casually cool neighborhood bar and restaurant. It provides an excellent place to hang out with friends and get a bite to eat before a movie. The menu features traditional sports bar fare, including burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and large plates such as fish and chips and macaroni and cheese. They also feature a variety of delicious small plates such as sliders, pot stickers, nachos and four varieties of wings. The food is better and more unique than the traditional sports bar. It is also more expensive with burgers, pizzas and sandwiches all costing $9-$11, and small plates costing about $7-$8. However, Bar Louie does offer some specials such as half priced small plates on weeknights from 4-7 p.m. The atmosphere is warm and sleek with wooden walls, modern lights and plenty of televisions showing the latest sporting events and highlights. Despite the fact that it is called a bar, teenagers are still allowed in all dining areas of the restaurant making Bar Louie a great place to watch sports, hang out with friends and enjoy a good meal. The Oven Pizza E Vino Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Every Day Tucked into a modest but inviting storefront is The Oven Pizza E Vino. It is a cozy, upscale restaurant that specializes in rustic, homemade, thin crust, wood-fired oven pizzas. The restaurant is focused on fresh ingredients and great service, which is why diners are always ensured a delicious pizza baked to perfection. These pizzas come in two sizes (9” and 12”) and 13 varieties including the daily special. There is also a “Create Your Own” portion of the menu, which allows diners to craft their unique pizza from a variety of ingredients. The simple menu also features a few salads, sandwiches and appetizers and some delicious deserts, including the oven-baked donut. The interior of the restaurant is sleek and simple while the service is impeccable, as the restaurant features a group of attentive servers. Prices are reasonable with nine and 12 inch pizzas averaging $8.50 and $13.00 respectively. Diego Zhang’s Burger Café Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Diego Zhang’s offers a unique twist on the hamburger, a common fast food staple . The restaurant specializes in “slider style” mini burgers that come in many unique and gourmet flavors, such as the Kansas City burger (mesquite rubbed ground pork with caramelized barbecue sauce). They also serve a variety of small side salads and soups including exquisite green chile, as well as excellent cookies. The same unique twists that are applied to burgers are also applied to breakfast. They serve sandwiches made with a variety of fresh ingredients including bacon, feta cheese and creole sausage.The restaurant is also reasonably priced with burgers ranging from about $2.50-$4.50. It also has an interesting “adventurer theme,” which inspires the décor and atmosphere. The servers are quick and lines are often short because it features plenty of seating and is generally less crowded than other area restaurants.