Word of Mouth

Tarbell's and The Oven Pizza e Vino find a home in the new Streets at SouthGlenn

My childhood memories of Southglenn are laced with meals from cheap chain restaurants, eaten in a mall that fell into disrepair after Park Meadows moved in down the street, attracting bigger crowds and better shops.

Finally, the old Southglenn mall was razed -- and a new Southglenn rose from the ashes. The Streets at SouthGlenn, which will celebrate its first anniversary next week, is a far cry from the stamping grounds of my youth: This glitzy development is home to luxury residences, boutique shops and restaurants of an upscale urban variety.

Two of those restaurants are owned by Mark Tarbell, a former Iron Chef America winner who opened The Oven Pizza e Vino five years ago in Belmar. He opened a second Oven at SouthGlenn, and then Tarbell's (originally known as Home), which serves up haute American cuisine.

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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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