Today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of Mediterranean food for $15 at Chit Chat Bistro in Arvada. Chit Chat is a laid-back cafe with Italian dishes, sweet and savory crêpes, hearty salads, panini sandwiches, and Greek appetizers. You can’t use your Groupon toward alcohol, but it serves illy coffee, more than 10 types of tea, and a wide selection of handsome fake beards. Bring six or more friends and use two Groupons at your table.
Chit Chat's owner was born in Greece and opened a series of Italian restaurants in California before buying Chit Chat and upgrading it to a full-fledged Old-World flavor factory from a New-World iron-smelting plant. The menu has Italian favorites, including lasagna, and Polish specialties, such as pierogies. Try Greek finger food: hummus ($5), Melintzanosalata (puree of mesquite grilled eggplant, olive oil, roasted garlic, and aged sherry vinegar, $6), stuffed grape leaves ($6), and Spanakopita (spinach pie in a crispy phyllo crust, $6). Or choose from more than seven kinds of panini sandwiches (the Tocco di dolcezza has Brie cheese, prosciutto, fig jam, and a squirt of lemon, $8 at lunch, $10 at dinner). Crêpe options include classic Nutella and banana delights ($6.50 lunch, $8.50 dinner) or adventuresome smoked salmon and cream cheese d’Alaska crêpes ($9 lunch, $11 dinner).
Service is fast and friendly, and Chit Chat Bistro has clean, comfortable décor with mauve walls, glass tabletops, and plenty of natural light.
- Keith Motyl, a regular customer who lives nearby, said he was drawn to the bistro's friendly, familiar atmosphere. On a recent day, he stopped in for a simple cup of coffee, but he often stays for a meal or appetizer. "My wife and I come here for a glass of wine, some hummus or the stuffed grape leaves," he said. – Megan Quinn, MileHighNews.com
- From the employees' accents to the gourmet crepes, step out of Arvada into a taste of European charm. – Metromix
- This place is amazing!the menu offers wonderful healthy options.amazing bruschetta and paninis!! – Amber, Urbanspoon
- I love this place. The paninis are delicious, and I highly recommend the Nutella crepe! Great bar selections as well. – The Waffler, Urbanspoon
- Greg, the owner and excellent crepe maker gave us attentive service. Plenty of wines to chose [sic] from, as well as well drinks. Salads are crisp and inventive. Crepes come as entrees as well as desserts (try the chocolate, caramel, pecan one!) and the meat pieroges [sic] were to die for. – Dairy Queen, Metromix
The Charms of Europe
Metromix says the Chit Chat Bistro offers “a taste of European charm.” From language to culture, there is no doubt that Europe is more charming than America by at least 600 quaint degrees. Here are some of the differences highlighting the charms of America and Europe:
European: Emotional relationships and bitter dramas
American: Emotional explosions and bitter super-explosions
European: Introspective works of literature and philosophy
American: Mystery novels involving sexy geniuses and magic amulets
European: Televised soccer matches highlight the intensity and passion of the game
American: Televised football matches highlight giant football-robots and the merits of beer
European: Romantic, delicious meals bring lovers and families together
American: Usually eaten in a car
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Chit Chat Bistro
Chef Niko spreads a thin layer of crepe batter over a hot griddle, then stuffs the thin pancakes with sweet and savory ingredients to serve alongside spit-roasted gyro wraps. He loads up plates with saganaki, pan-fried kasseri cheese, and paninis stuffed with brie, fig jam, and prosciutto, which are soon delivered to diners listening to live entertainment.
Each Sunday, chef Niko stocks the brunch buffet with appetizers such as grilled pita bread and hummus, as well as entrees such as made-to-order crepes filled with Nutella and topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. While sipping steaming mugs of Illy coffee, patrons can gather around the fire pit on the outdoor patio to tell eerie stories of long-removed menu items appearing on the chef’s nightstand at midnight.
12500 W 58th Ave
Arvada, Colorado 80002Get Directions