After a few sleepless nights of anticipation, finally got to Lou On Vine last night.
The strangest thing about this joint is that when we showed-up around 8:30 & found a packed-house, the whole crowd was eerily quiet -- everyone just deafly staring holes through each other. I don't know if this is a product of the slightly unusual space (a former mini-mall storefront, transitioned to swank bar room) or if I just stumbled on a freaky crowd, but I did my best to make easily audible, quasi-inappropriate conversation the rest of the night.
A bottle of Grüner Veltliner, priced at $21 that totally hit the spot.
-Pig Candy -- Bacon & sugar is no doubt a tasty cocktail, but I was a little under whelmed don't really get the hype on this one.
-Mac & cheese -- Nice cheese (a little sharper than usual) but nothing special here & lacking on my girlfriend's patented "gooey" test.
-Cream of Mushroom soup -- Very dense, thick & rich soup -- tasty but not memorable.
-Mixed cheese & salami plank -- The salami is great & the cheese was fine (definitely could have eaten a whole round of the goat cheese) & it comes with marinated onions, dried grapes & figs.
-Braised Lamb shank w/ carrots, celery & canellini beans (per our server's suggestion) -- I was already full before this came, so I can't really judge. It was satisfying, home-style cooking, but definitely lacked a punch of herb or spice & the portion of lamb is relatively modest.
They serve this all up w/ slices from an above par, rustic loaf.
This is an exciting, new addition to the neighborhood with very warm service and a great agenda. I'll be back, but I'd pass on most of the food in favor of sampling some more wines. I hope that the odd, uncomfortable, silent behavior was just an off-night and not indicative of a permanently awkward space.