Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
The Johnny Northside blog already extensively covered the Lowry Cafe opening, but I finally made my way down there twice over the last week or so. My first trip there was a birthday present from a friend who insisted I try the mushroom and Swiss burger. Having already proclaimed Good Sports as having the best burgers in NoMi, I needed to see how Lowry's burger stacked up to the competition.
I have to say that...
...Good Sports is still the undisputed champ in my book. The Lowry Cafe's burger has what seems to be higher quality meat, but the burger at Good Sports was prepared by a better cook. There's no difference in the fries, and in overall taste, Lowry's burger comes in a close second. I still highly recommend it though.
I stopped by again on Friday night for dinner and this time had a hankering for the jambalaya. When I get to the higher-priced items, I have a certain expectation. The meal needs to be better than what I could cook at home or the preparation needs to be difficult enough to make it worth paying for. Since I can make a mean jambalaya myself, I wondered how this would compare.
Well, I'm not much for cheese on jambalaya, and I would have made it just a bit hotter (but I do have a rather high tolerance for spicy foods). That said, the jambalaya at the Lowry Cafe is amazing and definitely worth it. And whats this?
Take note of the second beer from the end in the first row. That's Rogue beer, and it's one of the best beers around. The Lowry Cafe has an impressive beer list and along with Donny Dirk's is the only place in NoMi that sells Rogue.
While I was eating, an employee from North End Hardware came in and we started chatting about how I'd rented equipment from them for various projects in the EcoVillage. I thanked him for having tools available that helped me take down sign spam, and we shot the bull about hockey and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for quite a while. This is the small-town feel of life in NoMi that I've come to know and love, and the people at the Lowry Cafe make the trip that much more enjoyable.
If you haven't made your way to the Lowry Cafe yet, what are you waiting for?