Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Bar Louie - Westshore(Tampa), FL
I try to avoid the International Plaza Mall on the weekends, and to be honest I don't like malls too much on weekdays, either. However, I am forced to visit them once and a while for something or other. When I find myself there, I try to find someplace new to dine at in the mall to recover my sanity. This latest visit, we decided to check out Bar Louie. As is often the case at mall restaurants, Bar Louie is a chain, but we were hungry and thirsty and not above chains on desperate occasions. When we stopped in, the place was pretty quiet, but I think shoppers were still in full force shopping in their favorite stores and would make their way to eating establishments later. All the better for me, who welcomed the peace and quiet away from the crowds. There were several tall bar tables, but we took one of the normal dining tables outside the bar area.
We decided martinis were the thing for us, so we tried the Clover and the Lemon Drop. The Clover tasted a bit too sweet, but the Lemon Drop was perfect for a hot summer day. We decided to try the chicken nachos, the verde chicken flatbread, and a basic cheeseburger. Everything was a hit from the nachos that seemed to stay crisp to the end, the combination of flavors on the flatbread, and the pleasingly juicy burger. It was almost good enough to have me make up an excuse to go shopping.....almost. Let's not get crazy kids.
2223 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607