Sip and Shoot
Happy hour spotlight: Simone on Sunset, an urban-cozy Rice Village retreat withknockout pizza
Every once in a while you encounter a little spot or a deal that you find yourself telling all your friends about.
So it was with me and Simone on Sunset, and it seemed only fair that I share my find with you fine people in something of a first-time happy hour spotlight. To be fair, Simone is not really my find. In fact, I suspect I was a bit late to the party, but it's tres cute and reasonable just the same. So for those of you who haven't been yet (or haven't tried the pizza) here goes:
First off, happy hour goes 'til 8 p.m., meaning you actually have time to wrap up your workday and get there to enjoy $5 house wines, $3 well drinks and $1 off beer, along with day-to-day specials — Tuesdays, for example, Fusion Taco posts up and beer is $2 with your taco order.
I missed Taco Tuesday on my first visit, but there's a silver lining to everything, and this time it's pizza.
With no Korean taco fare to be had, my companion and I split the smoked duck pizza, which is to DIE. "Best thing I've put in my mouth this year," I believe was my initial summation. With duck breast, julienned fresh pears, bleu cheese, truffle oil and a sweet cherry glaze, this $20 'za is a touch on the pricey side, but is plenty enough feed two.
Located on — sit down — Sunset Boulevard, between Kelvin and Morningside, Simone is tucked discreetly back from the street and is easy to walk right by if not for the din of the quaint front patio. The inside is equally cozy, with a casual order-at-the-bar atmosphere that's still nice enough to take a date, since the place is small enough to allow the bartenders to circle around and make sure you're filled up and cleared off.
Next up on our to-try list? The truffle parmesan popcorn.