Lou’s Sushi = YUM! When we go for sushi we usually keep it pretty simple and order a few avocado and cucumber rolls aka Avo-cu Maki made with brown rice. But Lou’s Sushi has opened a whole new sushi world with its substantial vegan menu of plant-based mock fish sushi creations that are out-of-this-world good. Lou’s is located in midtown at 2801 P Street in an unassuming white building with red trim across the street from Winn park. We dined at Lou’s with friends on a Saturday evening after a show at B Street Theatre. Calling ahead we discovered that Lou’s does not take reservations. When we arrived at around 7:15 we found a space in the small parking lot behind the restaurant. There were a few people waiting for tables ahead of us which added up to about a 45 minute wait for our table. There are a few chairs inside the restaurant to sit in while waiting but most people congregated outside.
The restaurant itself is tiny and has a small patio with 2-3 tables. The sushi makers and wait staff were extremely friendly, greeting us as soon as we entered.
For an appetizer I tried English Cucumber topped with Ginger Carrot Dressing which was light, refreshing, and crisp with just the right tartness and bite from the ginger and vinegar in the dressing.
There were lots of options on the menu that were plant-based, I asked the waitperson for her recommendations and selected the vegan OMFG roll based on the enthusiastic endorsement. This roll is an elaborate concoction featuring Daikon radish and oyster mushrooms topped with avocado, grilled asparagus, slivered onions, Siracha, and spicy garlic mayo. The explosion of flavors and succulent texture sure lived up to it’s name. There is a non-vegan version available too.
Lou’s offers a selection of sake, Japanese beers, beers on tap and wine with your meal. I tried the Hitachi IPA and thought if paired well with my meal.
Lou’s is a great option for plant-based lifestyles who crave an authentic sushi experience and really creative and great tasting food.