Stout St. Social is the newest baby in the family of Concept Restaurants in the Denver area ((Ignite, Rialto Café, Via Baci, Woody’s Wood-Fire Taverns and Humboldt), and it’s in a perfect location for pre- and after-theatre dining.
Across the street from the Colorado Convention Center and the light rail station and a block away from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Stout St. Social offers a three-course Theater Menu — choice of salad, entree and dessert — for $28 per person. If you drive, discounted valet parking at the Embassy Suites garage conveniently located next door is included. After the show, a Late Night Menu promises sushi rolls, snacks and small plates.
Not trying to make curtain? Check out the main menu and your head will spin at the eclectic choices of food and libations. Every food trending now is included. Highlights are oysters and sushi from the raw bar with a daily special sushi roll handmade by dedicated sushi whisperer, Indonesian-born Chef Yani.
There are also burgers, sandwiches and salads as well as meat, chicken and fish entrees and a killer Mac & Cheese like you’ve never had before (smoked Gouda cheese with house-made bacon topped with a crispy onion crust). Take that, Kraft cheese-in-a-box.
Because this is a social eatery, sharing plates is encouraged, so the menu for bar snacks and appetizers is huge and fun. Pair it with sake, wine or beer from an impressive list that includes many local craft beers, ales and ciders along with international favorites. And, yes, cocktails (one secret recipe) and beer cocktails are mixed too.
If your server seems unusually informed about beer, it’s because he is: all waitstaff is being trained by Vanessa Combs, the restaurant’s Certified Cicerone, in all things related to beer. So go ahead, ask the hard questions.
Choices for tables at the spacious, modern 250-seat eatery are as varied as the menu. Three different dining areas as well as the large wrap-around bar provide seating at high tops, booths and tables, including a large community table near the wall-to-wall open kitchen in the back. Hint: the two-tops are quite small if you are sharing, so ask for a booth or table for four.
Special social nights are Mondays, Steak & Ale — free beer with a steak order; Tuesdays, Sushi & Suds —a Tuna, California or Veggie Roll with a beer for $9.99 in the bar; and Wednesdays, Hump Day Happy Hour — $1 oysters and 2-for-1 beers and wines by the glass. Once a month on the third Thursday Vanessa stages a beer tasting paired with apps.
Kids are social, too, and there’s a special menu for them, featuring sushi rolls, a mini Filet Mignon, that great Mac & Cheese and chicken dishes all served with veggies or fresh fruit.
The vibe here is lively and energetic. You feel it the minute you walk in the door. Whether you’re a theater patron or beer lover, two-month-old Stout St. Social could be your new go-to place for casual downtown Denver dining.