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I just returned form Lou - 724 Vine Street in Hollywood. This place is Fabolisious!!! It opens for dinner at 6:00, and at that time, parking is quite easy. It's in a mini-mall, and there were plenty of places to park. But there's also street parking on Vine for later in the evening when the mall is full. I received a very warm greeting when I walked in, and Lou the owner was there front and center which was refreshing. Service was immediate by very pleasant and knowledgable staff. I felt very comfortable putting myself in their hands. The place is a wine bar/restaurant - small plates. It's not a small menu, but it's not a page turner either. I started with the Pig Candy, yes Pig Candy - small slices of house cured bacon dipped in brown sugar. What a concept!! It reminded me of when I was a child and my mom would make pancakes and bacon, and I would dip the bacon in the maple syrup. Oh my gosh, thank you Lou. I then ordered the duck ham crostini with cheddar cheese. I almost fainted from such a perfect blend of flavors. It's a must order. I then felt I needed a salad. Yes, my parents are always in my ear - "eat your veggies." I ordered a simple green salad with a walnut oil vinaigrette. This exceeded my expectations. The dressing, so light, went heavenly with the greens. From there, I ordered the Charcuterie and cheese platter. Again, excellent - salami, pate, cheese, bread, etc. Also included were two pieces of toast with a wonderful tasting spread, maybe chicken, maybe duck, I'm not sure and I forgot to ask. But it came with the Charcuterie and it was sensational. Okay, I wasn't finished. Yes, I have a big appetite. I ordered the flat iron steak with roasted potatoes. The steak was sliced and cooked perfectly, somewhere between medium rare and medium, just how I like it. Sorry everyone, can't comment on dessert. But the coffee is wonderful. My advice, go to Lou's. You will have an extraordinary culinary experience.

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  1. LOU!

    I love Lou, one of those real gems in this town. It's just a nice, quiet, unpretentious place turning out delicious food with great wines at honest prices. It's one of my very favorite restaurants in L.A. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I'm glad to see it's getting some attention here. It really deserves more, I think.

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    Lou on Vine
    724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    1. I adore Lou. It's one of my favorites too. I believe the spread you got is pork rillettes, and a great version at that.

      1. I really enjoyed the skirt steak I had at Lou, as well as a salt cod.

        The pig candy? Not so much. Just not my thing.

        1. I am also a fan of Lou - check out my blog link below for some pics of their yummy food. We got some of the same things as omakase

          http://foodiecouple.blogspot.com/2007...

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          1. re: asnyder

            Nice Blog Asnyder. Great pics. The macaroni and cheese looks awesome. I almost ordered it. I'll have to next time, as well as dessert. Thanks for helping me spread the word about Lou. I always get excited when I discover a great new place.

          2. It sounds great. Could you give me some idea of what the prices are?

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              1. re: hpcat

                I love Lou, but if you order as many things as Omakase did, you will end up with a hefty bill. It's a good place for people who like to drink wine and want some really tasty nibbles to go with it, but not necessarily the place for people looking for a hearty meal.

              2. I'm a big fan of Lou also. If there are any foodie audiophiles out there like me, you can sit at the bar and scope out his tube amp while noshing on the pig candy.

                The cured bacon itself actually reminds me of a Filipino preparation, which is why I'm always so drawn to it.

                If anyone is put off by the haughtiness of AOC, then Lou is a perfect laid-back counterpoint.