Photo by: Melanie Pahl LoHi Steakbar exterior
Lower Highlands (LoHi) has seen another restaurant open with much anticipation. The corner of 32nd and Tejon St. has a slick new look; complete with extended outdoor seating, garage doors that open the restaurant to the street and cool new signage. All this, plus the crowds of people sitting outside, is enough to peak your interest before you even step foot in the door.
The owners of the Berkeley neighborhood Billy’s Inn (see review) have created their newest hot spot with chef Sean Kelly (formerly of Somethin' Else) behind the grill. Unlike the Inn, this interior is modern with large rectalinear booths, funky fabric shades on the pendant lights and a floor to ceiling bar. One design feature they did replicate from Billy’s that I love, the community table running down the center of the bar area. It's great for large groups and communal drinking. There’s even a glassed in mini wine room to house a great selection of affordable bottles.
Happy hour daily from 3:30-6:30pm seems to be a major draw with $5 select wines, $3 Buds and $3 well drinks. There are plenty of appetizers, sandwiches from $7-$9 and burgers to accompany your libation. They are also open late and serve food until midnight, lending merit to their slogan: Meet. Eat. Drink. Late.
What is a little disappointing in this hipster hangout is the beef. It was not as flavorful as I was hoping for but I’m going to attribute it to being a Monday night and the kitchen still finding its rhythm. Numerous friends (and Yelpers) have reviewed this restaurant with favorable results, so I’m anticipating improvement on the burgers (we tried the El Tejon) and the steak (Filet Mignon) in future visits. However, the food quality to cost ratio is in the diner’s favor since most burgers are $9-$12 and steaks range from $15-$19. The combinations atop the burgers are masterful (think fried egg and chili) and the steaks come with fries and your selection of four sauces that is served on the side. The fries are stand alone fantastic, needing no ketchup or embellishment, but they do work well dipped in the Shallot Steak Sauce. Other menu items of interest are the Black Bean Steak Chili that had big chunks of meat and vegetables in it, the Broiled Salmon that wasn’t overcooked and the Poached Maine mussels, if you’re not in the mood for beef.
The timing of our courses was a little off (the main dish was served while the appetizer still sat in front of us) but again, new restaurant tweaks. To complete the experience, our waitress was prompt and checked on us frequently. She came by soon after our food arrived to make sure things were cooked to our liking and was always smiling.
LoHi Steakbar: 3200 Tejon Street, Denver, CO. 303-927-6334
Dinner until midnight - bar open until 2 a.m.
Lunch weekdays starting at 11 am.
Weekend brunch from 11-3 pm
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