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Lou's Beer Garden
Posted by Lana on 07/15/2014
Lou's is probably one of the last and few places left in this town that truly offer the ORIGINAL south beach energy we all locals still clamor for. The food is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated food menus in this town... a good and a bad thing. The Chef.. "Lou" knows how to keep up with the season and tries to educate at the same time about the up and coming Craft beer movement. Highly recommended
Posted by County on 12/05/2013
Wow. I just got back from Lou's, and I have to say it was the worst dining experience I've had in recent memory. I live in this hood, and I've been to this place a few times. I thought the atmosphere was OK, although made of the kind of plastic SOBE stuff that I try to avoid. The beer selection is good, although it is overpriced for this area. I have noticed the food is always very slow, although if you're drinking heavily, I guess it isn't the end of the world. Its a strategy perhaps. This is all forgivable, my experience tonight was not. We waited over an hour after ordering our food, and not once did the waitress stop in to check to apologize-- a surefire sign that this is a standard practice. Finally, after about 85 minutes (i was keeping track, I had to do something to pass the time), our octopus dish arrived. This was a 14 dollar dish, consisting of two puny strands of octopus that had been deep fried and accompanied by some kind of standard boring reduction. OK, fine, whatever. Just please bring me my bluepoint oysters, how long can it possible take to shuck those things? Did I mention the restaurant was much less than half full? I can't imagine what happens when this place gets packed. After twenty more minutes, I told the waitress to just bring us the check for what he had ordered so far. She said the food was coming out right now (how she knew this, I do not know. I had been watching her, and she hadn't been back there in 5 minutes). We took the food, begrudgingly. For 3 dollars an oyster, these things tasted like .25 oysters you could get at a roadside restaurant happy hour in texas. They were super fishy smelling and tasting, not cold, absolutely unappetizing. I have family in blue point, I know what those oysters are supposed to taste like. They tasted like they had been sitting on a window ledge like a pie all day. My scallops were cold in the middle. I couldn't finish even one despite the fact that I was starving. Obviously there was no apology, no asking if the food was OK. Just the bill, no deductions. Needless to say, I will not ever be going back.