NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 12, 2019 – Chef Mailea Weger opens lou, an all-day café, brunch locale, and all-natural wine bar in East Nashville.
lou merges healthy, contemporary Californian fare and Old-World European style. A vibrant and seasonal menu is complimented by an all-natural natural wine list, and Weger has tapped Chef Sasha Piligian, formerly of Sqirl in Los Angeles, to lead the restaurant’s pastry program.
Located in a renovated 1930s craftsman house at 1304 McGavock Pike, lou is open for brunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
lou’s menu is driven by sustainable, local ingredients, and there is special attention to seasonality and emphasis on regional bounty. Utilizing a variety of acids and fresh herbs, Weger relies on fire to add char, ethnically-diverse spices, and numerous preservation techniques, deepening flavors.
During brunch, diners can enjoy a Crispy Rice & Kale Salad (avocado, pickled cherries, wild mushroom togarashi, nori vinaigrette), Baked Egg Cazuela (chorizo, melted leeks, fermented chili yogurt, potato crust), Roasted Banana Buckwheat Pancakes (honey pepita butter, cinnamon maple, blistered raspberries), House Chorizo, Potato and Egg Sandwich (guajillo-cocoa chili paste, preserved lemon aioli cotija, lacto-fermented hot sauce), and sides such as Crispy Potatoes (cumin butter, pickled mustard seed) and thick-cut fennel or celeriac bacon. Seasonally-rotating breakfast cake and breakfast wine—a discounted, daily, by-the-glass list derived from unfinished bottles from the night before – are also offered.
The dinner menu includes Burnt Kabocha (pickled cherry, curry, ricotta salata), White Beans (mole broth, sea salt), Chilled Salmon (blackberry molasses vinegar, fermented fresno chilies), Pork Belly with Chinese Five Spice Caramel, and Preserved Peaches & Thai Basil Tapioca Pudding.
lou’s beverage program features wellness elixirs, a low-ABV cocktail menu, and an all-natural wine list. In the morning, guests can order a turmeric, apple, ginger, and switchel elixir or a CBD, carrot, cinnamon, ginger tincture, in addition to cold brew (lavender honey or ginger and lime) and iced Vietnamese coffee, while warm coffee drinkers can choose from drip coffee, café au lait, or chicory latte.
Spritzes, aperitifs, and digestifs will rotate through lou’s spirits and low-ABV cocktail menu, while the wine list offers an approachable variety of wines by the glass as well as bottles. A curated assortment of varietals includes white, contact, rosé, pet nat, sparkling, and red. By-the-glass prices range from $12 to $15, while bottles range from $60 to $75.
For more information, visit www.lounashville.com.
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