Lou: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
"I want you to taste this," says Lou Amdur, handing you a glass of sour, cloudy liquid that smells like yesterday's bread dough. Although you pride yourself on your palate, and you will later have a conversation about an obscure Loire grape that could almost pass a Turing test, at the moment you have no idea if you are drinking wine or beer. It turns out to be wine. Such is the world of Lou.
Amdur is the proprietor of this tiny, wonderful wine bar on the south end of Vine, home to both his list of organic country wines and the salady cuisine of chef DJ Olsen (whom you occasionally hear talking about the farmers market on KCRW), as well as a pretty decent range of artisanal cheeses and house-made rillettes. Monday nights see wine dinners, prix-fixe meals with matching wines, which rank among the better bargains in town. Olsen has expanded the menu into something like a mini Lucques, revolving around naturally raised meats and farmers market vegetables, and there is always something vegetarian. Still, on cool nights there may be nothing better than a plateful of the pig candy made with Lou's house-smoked bacon, a bowlful of olives and a glass of organic Faugères. 724 N. Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 962-6369, louonvine.com. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m.-mid. Wine. Lot parking. MC, V. California.
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Fab Hot Dogs
Good Girl Dinette
La Casita Mexicana
Lazy Ox Canteen
Meals by Genet
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Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
Night + Market
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Pollos a la Brasa
Sapp Coffee Shop
Son of a Gun
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