With all of the restaurants that open every year, there just isn’t time to review them all. Sometimes the smaller ones with more limited menus fall through the cracks. But two neighboring places in Spring Valley recently caught my attention, and they’re certainly worth exploring, together or on their own.
On the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Patrick Lane, Rosallie is a quaint French café and coffee shop owned and operated by Jonathan Pluvinet. Rosallie takes its name from a restaurant Pluvinet’s family operated 30 years ago in France. The menu is fairly limited, concentrating primarily on sandwiches and salads. There’s also a large selection of house-made pastries, coffee and herbal tea.
I’ve only sampled two things on the menu so far, but both have been delicious. A duck confit sandwich came packed with assorted greens and just the right amount of rich poultry, topped with onion relish. But what truly set it apart was the roll. The owners bake all of their own breads. And this round French roll was the best sandwich roll I’ve encountered in a very long time.
A slice of quiche was also very good, the egg light and fluffy, the crust moist but flaky. The only problem I had was the temperature. I’m not generally a stickler for my food being delivered piping hot. But this was lukewarm at best. It didn’t ruin the dish, but it did detract from an otherwise excellent meal. (Both the sandwich and the quiche came with large, fresh salads.)
The décor at Rosallie is cute and homey, with an assortment of furniture Pluvinet created himself from repurposed metal and wood. And there’s a small “library” where guests can relax and read as they enjoy a beverage, or pull out their laptop to get some work done. In all, the experience has the vibe of a small family business, where the staff members genuinely care about their customers. Given the combination of comfort, quality food and caring workers, I suspect the place will be a big hit with the neighborhood.
In the same strip mall as Rosallie is one of the most original restaurant concepts I’ve seen in a very long time, and also one of the most limited. Pie Me Oversells just one thing—pot pies. They have chicken pot pies, with or without vegetables, and veggie pot pies. They come in three sizes. And you have your choice of crust: regular, cheddar, habanero cheddar and garlic.
The restaurant is a tiny, takeout-only storefront where you “take and bake,” that is, you pick the pies up uncooked, you’re given the length of time it takes to cook (30-55 minutes, depending on the size) and heat them at home. But if you don’t feel like turning on the oven, you can call them an hour in advance and they’ll heat it up for you.
My wife and I have shared each of the chicken varieties, one with a regular crust and one with cheddar, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both. The crusts were flaky and the meat tender and well-seasoned—just as it should be.
Clearly, Pie Me Over is catering to a niche market, and I’m curious to see if it finds a fanbase. But if you like a good pot pie and don’t have the time to make one from scratch, this is the spot for you.
6090 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-998-4121, Rosallie.com. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Lunch for two, $15-$20.
Pie Me Over
6070 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-802-2658, PieMeOver.com. Open for takeout 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Dinner for two, $13-$14.