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Bar Louie for food (Auburn Hills, MI Great Lakes Crossing)

vtombrown | Dec 12, 201011:50 AM

After passing by Partridge Creek’s trendy corp chain Bar Louie countless times and not trying it out due to the pretentious/overpriced vibe I was baselessly projecting onto it, I found myself in Great Lakes Crossing’s (GLC) Bar Louie for our office’s holiday lunch on Friday. This GLC Bar Louie opened seven or so months ago, and I hear it has been generating a long line on Fri/Sat eves.

For pub grub, the food was really quite good, as well as fairly priced. Matched also with their excellent Michigan microbeer list, and very enthusiastic service, we had a winner in Bar Louie. I ordered the Louie Burger which involved provolone, giardiniera and sautéed onions. Tragically, since I had skipped breakfast, I upgraded the burger to a double patty, which wrecked me clear until the next morning (i.e., in the 36hrs between Thurs eve and Sat morn, that burger was my only food, and I still felt overfed).

The ground beef seemed to be of good quality and cooked to a juicy medium, to protect me from the medium rare which I ordered. Everyone else seemed happy with their entrees, too—big ol’ fried chicken sandwiches and shaved ribeye sandwiches. The fries were reasonably good, but I'll never understand why "seasoned" has to mean more than simply salt. Granted, I paid little attention to my fries or to others' sandwiches.

It’s my duty to objectively disclose that the waitress’ denim skirts legally* could not be shorter. Take that as a warning if you might find those offensive or if you are a guy prone to shock, because in dreary Pontiac snowstorm season, the sudden dramatic visual hits like a military stun grenade. (*I’m talking vice squad thresholds, forget EEOC standards.)

Well, I’m going to bring my family to the Partridge Creek location and finally give it a try, too, now that I get what their food, beer and pricing things are all about. Note: Apparently there are about fifty of these Bar Louie’s around the country, including roughly seven in Metro Detroit. (

PS--If you have several people, you may want to look into their $100 Holiday Special Gift Cert’ which to my understanding can immediately be flipped for $125 in food and drink, plus $25 more in coupons on your next visit (double check before attempting).

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