The new restaurant that's taken the place of LouLou - Dino - is now open, and last night I checked it out with Kath Hansen of PUPS. I had only been to LouLou a few times, but Kath remarked on the "great reno job" on the inside.
The back yard was small and cute, clean and simple.
The bread had one of the most delicious dipping bowls I have ever encountered. The olive oil was enhanced with mashed olives, along with tiny pieces of orange rind for extra flavor.
Kath had the chicken, as she says "you can judge a restaurant by its chicken." She gave it two thumbs up, for both quality and portion size (she took half of it home with her).
I had the rigatoni, also delicious and a generous portion.
And the icing on the cake: the staff overheard Kath mention that she was taking me out for my birthday and they brought me a gigantic piece of tiramisu on the house.
Service was wonderful- friendly and helpful staff, a great sounding selection of seasonal cocktails (we opted for the rose, which was crisp and great for summer -- but we think this place would be worth stopping in to for a fancy drink!), they already have liquor license and take credit cards (which is not so common for new restaurants in this neck of the woods). Pricing was "around the same as LouLou," per Kath, but "better than LouLou." Simply put from me: delicious food, great staff, and they have their sh*t together.
(Sorry, I didn't have my nice camera with me!)
Dino 222 DeKalb Ave