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Apr 3, 2007 02:10 PM

Lou's on Vine -- Reports?

I've heard that this place is great, especially for food/wine parings. Any thoughts?

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  1. I went a few months ago. Cool place, but all of the food we had was just average, except for the pig candy. That was pretty interesting--and tasty. We weren't guided at all in terms of pairings, and I was not crazy about any of the wines we had. All in all, we were disappointed.

    1. I had a really wonderful meal there a few months ago--inexpensive food, really well-thought out wine pairings, loved the cheeses. Service was nice too. The only complaint I had--the doorway was completely blocked by a passed-out local personality of some sort or other.

      1. We absolutely love Lou! What can I say, the small plates rock, the wine list is creative and inspired, and the staff could not be nicer. And it's just a cozy and intimate little space. Go and try it for yourself, though try to go earlier as they don't take reservations and they tend to fill up around 8.

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        1. re: Suebee

          What were some of the stand-out dishes? I went once, maybe a year ago and wasn't taken with the place. The pig candy was good. Salads sounded good but were underseasoned. I just really couldn't get over the tacky interior. Has it gotten better, overall?

          1. re: cookgirl

            Let's see, I think last time we went to Lou was about a month ago. We had a simple frisee salad with warm goat cheese croutons, potato leek soup with crispy pancetta, smoked duck crostini with cheddar, and hangar steak with greens. Lou prepares its dishes very simply so nothing is over the top. The combinations of flavors and textures always seem just right and very satisfying. And, as I previously mentioned, all of the other components are pretty close to perfect - staff, wines, atmosphere, even just the size of the place..

            As for the decor that you think is tacky, I guess it just boils down to differing tastes. We think Lou is sexy and mellow, with its dim and reddish hue and tiny size. If you can get past your distaste of the decor, I'd suggest giving it another try.

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