Recently, as the Buds were fishing around for ideas for a lunch destination, Bud Shaunna had a brilliant idea: Let's go to Lou's!
The Buds were introduced to Lou's Famous Fish at the spring Taste of the Valley event, and had been planning to pay them a visit, but - as it is a bit of a hike - had been waiting for the right time. Last week's light schedule and gorgeous weather meant that it was finally time, so the gals set sail for Hopedale.
Lou's was founded waaaaaay back in 1934 on the site where it now stands and current management, the Williamson family, has been at the helm since 1989 cooking up the fresh, hand-cut fish that locals swear by. After a lovely scenic drive, the Buds arrived on scene with tummies a rumblin'. While the exterior of the building wasn't anything fancy, the full parking lot indicated that on the inside they were sure to find a pearl.
Cod sandwich and sweet potato balls.
Shrimp scampi with breaded mushrooms.
Lou's Famous Fish has quite the extensive menu, offering a bevy of fried appetizers (including their homemade sweet potato balls which Bud Shaunna specifically remembered) , soups and salads, a fried fish menu featuring sandwiches and dinners of their signature Icelandic cod, Pollock, Jack fish (for those who prefer a good "fishy" taste) or catfish. Other dinners available include broiled seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, and even chicken. For those not feeling particularly "fishy," Lou's offers chicken sandwiches, burgers and dogs.
Bud Em, who wavered between Maryland Style Crab Cakes and Shrimp Scampi, finally settled on a small order of the shrimp. The dinner included two side items and rang in at $9.20. Deciding on sides proved to be almost as hard as picking the entree, but she finally opted to go with their fresh made cole slaw and breaded mushrooms. Ummmmmm.
The meal was fabulous! Eight nice sized shrimp were sauteed in garlic herbed butter and white wine and lemon sauce and cooked perfectly. If there's one thing Bud Em hates it's overcooked shrimp. The seasoning was delicious and not too overpowering. The sweetness of the fresh and crisp cole slaw perfectly balanced the saltiness of the scampi. The breaded mushrooms were abundant and yummy. Said Bud would definitely order this again.
Bud Shaunna decided to go with what makes Lou's "famous" - their fried, breaded fish. She ordered the fish sandwich dinner at $8.25, which seemed a little pricey, but it did come with two sides - Bud S chose cole slaw and the sweet potato balls. Several thick chunks of fried fish were served on a regular bun, and Bud S added some tartar sauce. However, that's really all the sandwich needed, as it was good without any extra embellishments. And like Bud Em, Bud Shaunna also enjoyed the cole slaw, remarking that it reminded her of Elby's Big Boy cole slaw.
The homemade sweet potato balls, however, stole the show! Bud Shaunna ate one of the four that came with her order first. Tasting somewhat like a sweet potato casserole, each sweet potato ball was rolled in crunchy cornflakes and then topped with powdered sugar. Even though you can order these as a side with your meal, Lou's really could sell these for dessert, as they are quite sweet. After sharing one with her fellow Bud, Bud S waited until the end of her meal to finish up the last two. What a delicious ending!
Fully engulfed in food comas, the Buds headed back to the office, but not without grabbing a few to-go menus. While we don't find ourselves in that part of the Valley very often, the next time the Buds make a trip to Hopedale, you can bet we'll be swinging by Lou's Famous Fish for some more homemade, good food.
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com.