Thursday, May 15, 2014
Lou's Diner in Woordward, Iowa
Lou's Diner is in a historic building that was once the city hall of Woodward and was home to a pizza restaurant until 2001. Lou's won a plaque as first runner up in the 2005 IPPA Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest, so any trip through Woodward is incomplete without stopping here.
Location: 220 S. Main St in Woodward, Dallas County, Central Iowa.
Directions: This is just down the street from my last stop. Woodward is about twenty minutes north and west from Des Moines.
The Tenderloin: This sandwich completely filled the to-go box each time I have come here. The shape was a classic butterfly cut which had been pounded out to a huge width. I tasted very little seasoning in the crunchy breading. Served on a buttery toasted kaiser bun. Overall 8.1 out of ten.
Price: $6.25 a la carte
Also on the menu: The menu is big with a full breakfast selection and homemade pies and handmade onion rings as the highlights.
Service: There was one old lady waiting tables and another cooking when I stopped in. I think they get busy for breakfast.
Ambiance: This old building has been renovated and reused in many different ways over the years. The kitchen is open, but some supplies are kept in the dining area. There are two dining areas and a bar, and the walls are covered in farm themed decor.
Final Thoughts: I don't think I've heard a single word about Lou's since they won their IPPA plaque eight years ago. They just seem to be going along on local business and doing just fine.