A native Iowa Citian who returned to raise my family here, I find myself *far* more opinionated when it comes to everything from the restaurants to the city council. Here is my $.02.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Lou Henri

Lou Henri
630 Iowa Ave (Dodge Street parking offered)
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 351-3637
Hours 7 am to 3 pm

First word(s) that comes to mind: Stellar service. Thanks Katie.

Rating (Out of possible 5): Multiple Ratings...
5 - Food. Excellent. Delicious. OMG good on a cold Sunday morning.
5 - Service. Perfect. I would not change a thing.
5 - Selection. For such a tiny joint, the selection is grand the the food is even better. They do it all and they do it all well.
5- Culture. Go and see for yourself. Lou Henri's is full of people from every walk of life. If you ride your bike in, you save 10%. No kidding.

We were amazed at the small size of the seating area and delighted to see it buzzing with life on a chilly Sunday morning. We quickly found a cozy table as it was seat yourself. We made comfy and before we even pulled out our chairs our server had silverware and menus in front of us. I could have kissed her. This is a major change from our usual breakfast joint, Tony's.

The menu was endless with anything for any odd sort of mood one might be in. I was craving strawberry pancakes smothered with whip cream (pregnancy does wonderful things) but after scanning the menu, decided on Eggs Jackson. Like eggs Benedict with cheddar sauce in lieu of hollandaise. They had an omelet selection that made even Matt, Mr. "I always know what I want within 30 seconds" make a double take. Cooper stuck to the pancake. Always a good choice.

Coffee was in our cups in no time, our order was in and soon enough our table filled with smelly goodness. The toast is unusual but delicious. The potatoes that come standard with most breakfast dishes were good. Onions, potatoes and pepper pan fried with love. Comfort food at it's best.

I can't even tell you what Matt ordered. Usually I am more interested in his plate but not today. I gobbled up my Jackson wonder in no time and had no room to spare for the much anticipated peach juice that we wanted. (They were temporarily out anyhow, no trouble.)

The walls are covered in over priced mini quilt tapestries and the scenery is the artsy fartsy, student, punk, young family crowd. The prices seem high but the bill was comparable to Tony's. They have the market for the neighborhood.

If you want to eat lunch, you had better get there before 3 pm, they close early.

This is a great little secret. But now I am telling, so go enjoy.

Oh and don't be all fancy like me and say the name with a French accent. It's not French and you get some funny looks.

Bonne nuit Lou Henri.


Blogger epotts said...

love lou henri's, great review! hahaha ... i can just hear your "french" accent. what does bonne nuit mean?

Monday, November 14, 2005 6:22:00 PM

Blogger AnnieGavin said...

You have GOT to try the banana bread french toast. It is soooooo good. My tummy's grumblin' just thinking about it! We love to walk there on Saturday mornings.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:07:00 PM

Blogger iowa city chick said...

That sounds fantastic! They definitly have the market for the area. Do you get the 10% discount if you walk?

Not only do you save gas, you can get a glass of peach juice with the money you save.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 7:17:00 PM


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