Friday, September 7, 2012

The Lowry

The Lowry is located right on 21st and Hennepin Ave, you can’t miss it.  Some of you may remember their location as the old Hollywood Video like I do.  It’s conveniently located right off Highway 94, and has its own parking lot which is great, and certainly a necessity for the location.  But don’t let the chaos you encountered getting there fool you, sit on their secluded patio out back on a summer evening and you just might forget you’re sitting right off Hennepin Ave and feel like you’re at your own little get away.

The Menu:
They’ve got some fantastic options on their menu.  I’ve tried their breakfast and dinner and am fans of them both.  I have not tried their oysters yet which is one of their specialties but plan to soon.   Breakfast menu includes the usual – eggs benedict, biscuits & gravy, chilaquiles, frittatas, and your basic American breakfast which is perfect if you’re looking for just some eggs, hash browns and bacon.  I tried the spinach frittata which was absolutely delightful.  It comes with brie, spinach, parmesan, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.  It’s full of flavor and is extremely satisfying.  It’s filling, but not so heavy you feel like you need to be taken out on wheels. 

They also have some very enjoyable appetizers on their menu which they call their ‘snacks’ (love it!).  Some of their snacks include tempura green beans, sweet potato fries (extremely delicious and served with very tasty chipotle pesto), wings, cheese curds, and deviled eggs.  One I tried recently are their buffalo chips – if you try any of their appetizers I suggest these!  We didn’t stop devouring these until the basket was completely empty…and we still had burgers coming…they’re that good!  They come with Yukon potato chips, pulled chicken, blue cheese, and buffalo sauce drizzled on top to add the perfect spice.  A must have!

They have plenty of burgers and sandwiches to choose from but I have to rave about the turkey burger!  Talk about some great flavor!  They mix curry spices, peanuts, pepper jack, and pesto in with the ground turkey to make one of the best turkey burgers I’ve had.  It’s juicy, lean, and has a unique spice.  Skip the ketchup on this one, your taste buds will thank you!

The last thing I have to mention is the fact that they have an extensive beer selection to choose from, a lot of which is local which is wonderful.  Pick from Fulton Sweet Child of Vine, Harriet West Side, Surly, Summit selections, Deschutes, Finnegan’s, and that’s only to name a few!

The Price:
For the great location, quality food, and the comfortable urban feel of the restaurant, the prices are great.  You can get most the burgers for $9-$11, and appetizers from $6-$10.  They have great happy hour specials - like all places I love.  Monday through Friday they have $3 rails, and $3-$4 Tap Beers , it ends at 6pm though but it may be worth taking off a little early from work next Friday!  

The Service:
Each time I’ve been here the service was great.  They’re relaxed but certainly on top of everything.   Breakfast seems to me to be one of their craziest times so if you go in the morning or on the weekend early afternoon hours I’d suggest you call in and make a reservation, especially if it’s one of those Saturday/Sunday mornings when all you need is a bloody mary and some eggs and really don’t feel like waiting! 

My favorite time coming here was a Sunday evening sitting on the back patio which was lit with white bulbs around the edges and top, it’s relaxed and you feel a sort of calmness.  But even in the winter you’ll walk into a great ambiance - with the fire going in their fireplace, you’ll feel like you’re right in your own living room!
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