I’ll admit the name threw me off a little. I see the words “supper club,” and I think swanky joint with dancing — you know, a spot for adults only that might require my sporting something other than jeans. But the Wazee Supper Club, on the corner of Wazee and 15th streets in Lower Downtown Denver (“LoDo”) is so appealing to families — from it’s casual atmosphere to the kid-pleasing menu. Here are the highlights:
Historic Location & Laid-Back Vibe: I love that the restaurant is housed in a 1910 building — formerly a plumbing supply house. Opened in 1974, the Wazee Supper Club has a great history — one that is detailed on the back of the menu.
In particular, the eclectic and vintage decor comes from a variety of random sources — such as benches from the Denver Elks Club who didn’t need them in their new home and three stained-glass windows purchased from a guy in a pick-up truck.
Chrome chairs with red-leather seatcovers, a black-and-white tiled floor and plenty of flat-screen TVs give it a diner-and-sports-bar feel. Plenty of ambient noise allows for little kids’ chatter (read: loud voices) to fit right in.
The Meal: Pizzas are made from scratch, so we had to try at least one pie. I went for the individual, Bianca-style (olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, herbs) with roasted red peppers, feta cheese and pesto.
Perhaps the pesto was garlic overkill, but the not-too-thin, just-soft-enough crust was perfect. I have to say, however, that I liked my husband’s Philly Cheese Steak even better — and I’m not a big red-meat eater!
The sliced sirloin steak grilled with mushrooms, onions and green peppers, all smothered in melted white American cheese and served on a French roll was a great blend of tastes for a cool autumn evening.
The kids gave thumbs’ up to their chicken fingers and cheeseburger, each served with crispy seasoned fries. The servings are plentiful and come with a beverage (there is a healthier item on the kids’ menu: Grilled Chicken Breast with Tropical Fruit Cup).
We also sampled the recommended bruschetta plate, which is served with hummus olive tapenade and tomato relish (the tomatoes were my favorite), and a winter salad made with spinach, pecans, cranberries, apple, blue cheese and red onions (which arrived a bit too overdressed with balsamic vinaigrette for my liking — I should have asked for dressing on the side).
The Desserts: In one word — yum! I tried to get the kids to order the giant, warm chocolate chip cookie or the Peanut Butter Pie, but both of them wanted traditional NY Cheesecake, whose generous slices turned out to be nearly as big as their heads!
My husband and I weren’t going to order a sweet, until two different servers convinced us our meal wouldn’t be complete about the dessert special that week — a slice of pumpkin cream pie. If you visit in the fall and this treat is on offer, don’t miss it — creamy, custardy goodness.
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