"Lou’s Food Bar. Come for brunch, stay for the fried chicken."
We just made up that tagline, but it’s the kind of simple slogan you’d probably expect to hear from a place called “Lou’s,” right? What you might not expect is how good Lou’s is at making simple stuff really, really good. Taking a page out of the Steuben’s “let us feed you upscale mac n cheese” handbook, Lou’s offers a laid back, southern-style atmosphere perfectly staged to serve Denver’s fascination with the growing upscale diner fare trend.
We first got to know Lou’s as a laid back brunch spot with a handful of really delicious hangover plates, but when you’re at Lou’s time tends to fly by pretty fast - on a number of occasions we happened to hang out into the evening and found ourselves pretty jazzed (albeit drunk again) with the dinner menu. From the nice variety of small plates, to fatty sandwiches and burgers, to the king-of-the-menu fried chicken, there isn’t much here you won’t like. And you'll definitely like their patio situation in the warmer months. Plus at the end of your meal they give you atomic fireballs. Maybe we’re too easy to please...
A must order for the table during brunch. These suckers come out oozing with your choice of chocolate, jam, or espresso caramel.
All four offerings are excellent, and all are diverse enough where it might be a good idea to get a few to split around the table. The Traditional is, well, traditional, the Crab Cake Benedict is good and crabby, the Veggie is light and covered in kale, the Duck Confit (pictured) is super rich, and comes on a biscuit. All are Perfect For soaking up last night’s bad decisions.
One of the best executions in the city. The perfect amount of sweet, savory, and crunchy. Get it.
Featured in variation on both the brunch and dinner menus, this shrimp and girts is one of the richest things we’ve ever eaten. Probably worth sharing with someone unless you’re really into high cholesterol and floppy jowls.
Served as a half or full chicken, in naked, medium, or hot spice options. This is comfort food at its finest, and something you have to order. Now.