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My Lou Review

omakase | | Oct 24, 2007 08:53 PM

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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