My lovely evening at Louie’s, we arrived at Louie’s on a nice spring evening in Meridian, Idaho. We were promptly seated and left with our dinner menus. The staff quickly poured us some water and let us know that our waiter would be with us shortly. After a few minutes later our water appeared and was ready to take our drink order, so I asked him if we could have a drink menu, he apologized for the lack of drink menus and the unorganized table and quickly got me a drink menu. My wife got a beer, my son got a soda and I ordered a half-liter of Merlot. A short 5 minutes later he came back with our drinks and gave me my wine glass stuffed with a bar napkin and plopped my Merlot down like a pitcher of beer and walked away. Then I got my wonderful warm Caesar Salad and enough bread for 2 people. A short 8 to 10 minutes later my Veal Parmesan arrived and he informed us that he didn’t want it to get cold while our other 2 meals finished cooking. So I nibbled on my sub-par Veal Parmesan for 5 or 6 minutes until my wife and son got their pizza’s. They looked like a master-piece until we discovered that the pizza dough was still half dough, the waiter was kind enough to let us know that the the manager would be more than happy to cook it again. Wait, cook it again? Ok, so about 10 minutes later another lady brings back the pizza and was puzzled why my wife didn’t want a pizza with burnt toppings. Within minutes the manager showed up and wanted to know what is wrong, my wife asked if she saw the twice cooked pizza, she said “yes, I mean no” and told us how the oven must be set wrong or the dough must be too thick Did I mention that my Son’s pizza was under cooked also? She did offer to cook another pizza but by that time we were through and asked for our bill. Soon later our waiter gave us our bill and let us know that the manager took the pizza off our bill and wouldn’t you know it, they took a whole dollar off my tab for the trouble. I quickly gave them my credit card and took a walk to the front desk and asked for a phone book and got the number for Smokey Mountain Pizza and went back to my table, took out my cell phone and ordered a pizza for my wife to pick up on our way home. Did I mention they were only about 40% full on a Friday night at 6:45? Maybe I should have taken that as a hint. Save yourself some grief and don’t eat a Louie’s. And the pizza from Smokey Mountain Pizza and Pasta was great and they are about a half a mile away.
I like Louie's. The place feels like a locally owned restaurant, and the servers and cooks will work with you on special dietary requirements.
Louie's has a very good marinara sauce, and the salad is usually fresh (veg*ns be warned, they do put cheese and a pepperoni slice on the salad unless you ask them not to). They will also bring the bread plain instead of with butter upon request.
The only thing about Louie's that isn't the same every time I go there is the service. Sometimes it is fantastic (I actually left a 30% tip once, I was so impressed), but sometimes it is pretty rock bottom. Overall, however, I enjoy going to Louies, and I'm sure I'll go again in the near future.
I've been going to the downtown Louis for many years now. I've always enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Although this one doesn't have the same quite ambiance as the downtown one, the food is just as good. The service is a bit slow, but otheriwse good. The selection and quality of food beats the olive and Johnnys hands down.
From the white linen to the floor to ceiling stone fireplace, this downtown restaurant promises an exceptional dining experience. Delivering
elegant yet comfortable furnishings, the conveniently located restaurant offers a menu specializing in contemporary American dishes. Fresh Idaho trout ...
Serving specialty pizzas, this funky little joint has become a Boise tradition. The list of pizza choices seems endless, from
traditional pies like the Contest Combo with pepperoni, sausage, olives and mushrooms, to the nontraditional, such as the Acapulco ...
Follow the locals to this Mediterranean restaurant, which offers friendly service and Italian dishes with a twist. Leaving Boise for
a few hours, you are taken to the small Italian town that the restaurant is named for and the ...