Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Taste test: Skip over to Lou
Variety's Dana Harris and Deb Vankin quaffing at Lou
As a rough rule, many of L.A.'s most interesting restaurants are in mini-malls, and Lou: A Wine Bar is no exception. Proprietor Lou Amdur, who worked in software before launching his longtime wine bar project, has chosen a really interesting selection of well-priced wines. It's a nice touch that they're available in small 2 oz. tastes as well as regular-sized glasses and very reasonably-priced bottles. You could while away several hours here nibbling on some of the best olives ever, spicy-sweet almonds, pig candy, cheese and salami plates and more.
duck, mushroom and cannellini bean crostini plate
Dana loved her classic frisee salad with a perfectly poached egg, and Deb and I especially liked the mushroom/truffle crostini and of course, the pig candy.
pig candy! (sweet and spicy glazed bacon)
There's also a few more hearty dishes like a braised pork shoulder, so you could make a whole meal there, and a few desserts. Lou says he'll soon be adding a root beer float made with Abita root beer and hosting Sunday night family-style dinners -- very cool. I tried a California Praxis Pinot Noir, really nice, but more French-style, not as fruity as California ones usually are; and a more subdued French syrah/grenache blend -- the Mas Neuf Tradition.
Verdict: A great place for a glass of wine and a snack before a movie or a evening's conversation with friends and lots of small plates. Oh, and good music, too, not too loud, and cool Jonathan Adler-on-Prozac decor.
724 N Vine St.
at 9:57 AM