Last night on a whim a friend and I decided to eat at Bar Louis at the Rockville Town Center. Our usual hang out in Rockville has been Gordon Bierch but this time we wanted to try something new. We were surprised to see a croud that more resembled a younger professionsal crowd 30's-40's like you would expect in Balston, although not quite as business sexy attired...but then again neither was I with the cold temps and snow. It deserves a second visit for sure. Everyone was enjoying the Caps game on TV and libations in the specious open ceiling and congrete floor setting. This is the venue for larger groups, to reconnect with olc classmates and colleagues, or meet new people.
The menu is certainly designed for a bar atmosphere and pleasingly had hummas and flatbread for a lower calorie option, and to my opinion the option was good. The bread was perfectly cooked and ample pieces we did not even finish, probably because we focused on the large and crisp cucumbers to smother with hummas and yogurt dip. Then I had the Chicken Gumbo and my friend had the steak salad. She liked the man-sized portion steak salad and almost finished it. The steak was unfortunately well-done rather than medium but flavorful. My Chicken Gumbo was thick like a pot pie without the crust, but the veggies and sausage were fresh and perfectly cooked, but the flavor was only alright. It tasted like mild gumbo, which is not a negative thing, but being a foodie it didnt have any burst of flavor or spice and I personally like my soup to be soup, not a stew. And I love the fireworks of New Orleans Gumbo which it didnt have. I would not get it again, but I am eager to return because they have my favorite Malbec and other options on the menu to explore. My daughter joined us and got thr Louis Burger medium rare. She was delighted that it was perfectly cooked which is difficult to perfect, and she loved the over easy egg on top which was also perfectly cooked. This was a large burger which you nearly have to unhinge your jaw to consume but she happily devoured every bite. After 10pm they had a live band! Yes fellow Rockvillians live entertainment in the winter in our own backyard. I look forward to my next visit and especially the setting of live music while looking out the window at the ice rink and loving the wonderful community I call home.
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