Word of Mouth

Ernie's Bar & Pizza serves pies to friends and neighbors

When Larimer Associates envisioned Ernie's Bar & Pizza, the new/old restaurant that opened last December at 2915 West 44th Avenue, they hoped it would become a neighborhood spot. And they did their best to ensure it, by designing the space in a way that would encourage patrons to use it however they liked -- for family reunions, for dates, for a place to get work done outside of the house -- drawing on the lessons they'd learned at such ventures as LoHi SteakBar, 3200 Tejon Street, and Billy's Inn, 4403 Lowell Boulevard,

Their attention to detail paid off: The neighborhood has embraced Ernie's. And I was ready to, too, so long as I could find one thing on the menu I liked, something I'd want to frequently go back for.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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