Vivo – My Happy Hour


I don’t know why I forget to make Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley a South of the River go-to restaurant!

I mean, they have my absolute favorite salad:

Heirloom Grain spinach, red pepper, avocado, tomato, provolone, parmigiano reggiano, lemon, evoo 7.95 / 12.95

Heirloom Grain Salad – spinach, red pepper, avocado, tomato, provolone, parmigiano reggiano, lemon, evoo $7.95 – small  / 12.95 – large

Geez, that photo doesn’t even do the salad justice. It’s got nutty “grains” in it including quinoa and, I think, barley. That is the small and it is plenty of food! I always add grilled chicken breast for $3.95. It’s simple, filling, lovely and healthy, too!

Last May, we took Rob’s parents to Vivo for lunch when they were in town. To me, lunch sandwiches are often overrated in restaurants. However, the ones they ordered were top notch. I made a mental note {or maybe even a verbal one!} that we have to remember to take out-of-town guests here for lunch more often.

Just look at that bread and those fries!

On that same afternoon, Rob ordered pasta of all things. He was craving it; but didn’t have high expectations…


While this pasta carbonara doesn’t appear to be currently on the lunch menu, Rob did not a expect a velvety pasta dish that was creamy, flavorful and cooked al dente.

Vivo Kitchen also offers a stellar Happy Hour daily from 3p to 6p.

At the time of this writing, this includes:

  • $2 off any wine by the full glass {What full glass means, I have not asked, because I don’t see any half glasses on their menu!}
  • $3.50 and $4.50 pints of beer
  • $5 and $6 specialty cocktails
  • $5, $6 and $7 food specials

Rob likes both the $6 Vivo Burger, Jr. {which comes with fries!} and the $7 Pepperoni Pizza. Really, most people don’t think to go out for pizza at this sort of restaurant; but this delectable pie is highly is underrated. Both of those Happy Hour specials can be considered full meals… and steals!

My fave appetizers off the HH menu include the Ahi Tuna Crisps and the Parmesan Shrimp. I don’t expect either to fill me up; but then again, I’ll snag a piece of Rob’s pizza if need be. 😉

All of this and I haven’t even mentioned how great the service is when sitting at the bar at Vivo Kitchen – some of the best South of the River.

One of the best non-Happy-Hour drink deals on the menu, though, happens to be their Bourbon Flight for just $11.95! You’ll be served three generous pours of selected Bourbons, in which Vivo specializes. In fact, rumor has it that they have an exclusive Bourbon Bar in the back that is open Friday and Saturday nights. We have yet to test that one out!

All I know is that whenever we go to Vivo Kitchen, whether I’m indulging in their Happy Hour or my favorite salad, it’s my Happy Hour.

Do you have a favorite Happy Hour you take advantage of near you?




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