DaLou’s, Washburn, 7/24/18

exterior
exterior

DaLous is a small restaurant with a tiny patio area for extra seating.  They need that extra space cause this place is packed and people that will wait for tables. Chef Dale Hanson specializes in pizza from a wood fired oven but they also offer one baked pasta dish each night in addition to a featured pizza combination.  They have a number of delicious salads to go with the food and house made gelato and other sweets made by his partner Lois Stensvad.  A la the name Dalou’s was born.  There is a small wine list and beer available but they do not have a liquor license.  A mustard and red color theme is carried out in the menus, table napkins and wall paint.  Service is friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is pretty casual with bare wood tables.  Music plays in the background but the hum of the crowded room is the main source of noise.

interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
looking through to patio area
looking through to patio area
Frankie inspected the condiments
Frankie inspected the condiments
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
menu 5
menu 5
day's specials
day’s specials

 

We started with Kasseri Flambé which was a tangy Greek style cheese served with a pizza puff.  It is doused with liquor and lit on fire before it hits the table.  It is tasty stringy hot cheese on absolutely the best hot doughy bread you’ve ever put in your mouth.

here it comes
here it comes
flaming at the table
flaming at the table
dies down
dying down
cheese
Kasseri Flambé: Tangy greek style cheese served with a pizza puff. OPA!
bread
pizza puff
from the end
from the end
other side
other side
cutting
cutting
steaming from the inside
steaming from the inside
Frankie studied a piece
Frankie studied a piece
piece
a piece
ready to eat
ready to eat
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back

 

The Blue Apple salad was with baby greens, onion, Gorgonzola, maple balsamic vinaigrette, Granny Smith apples and smoked almonds.  The large was plenty enough to split for 2 or even 3, so they also offer a small size. It was fresh, perfectly dressed and a delicious combination of flavors and textures.  The cheese had plenty of flavor and the apples were crisp thin slices.  A winner. 

salad
Blue Apple salad: baby greens, onion, Gorgonzola, maple balsamic vinaigrette, Granny Smith apples, smoked almonds
from the side
from the side
closer
closer
inside
inside
Frankie climbed around in the dress frame
Frankie climbed around in the dress frame

 

A special pizza that night was with Thai peanut sauce, roasted garlic, roasted cauliflower, broccoli, onion, bell pepper, pineapple, mozzarella and and sunflower seed sprouts. It was a great combination of flavors on the terrific pizza crust.  The crust has a nice puffy edge with a good chew and a center that can hold up to multiple toppings.  

pizza
Pizza special that day: Thai peanut sauce, roasted garlic, roasted cauliflower, broccoli, onion, bell pepper, pineapple, mozzarella and and sunflower seed sprouts
little closer
little closer
from the side
from the side
Frankie played in the sculptures
Frankie played in the sculptures

 

The Margherita Pizza was with tomato sauce, fresh basil, fresh Mozzarella and olive oil. It had the same great crust topped with quality ingredients.  The flavors melded into a wonderful version of a classic combination.  Always on the menu, this is another winner.

pizza
Margherita Pizza: Tomato sauce, fresh basil, fresh Mozzarella and olive oil
from the side
from the side
Frankie found another form
Frankie found another form

 

The baked pasta that night was gnocchi with tomato sauce, chorizo, basil, onion, fennel, Mozzarella and Parmesan. It was fine but the pizza was the star here.  It’s nice to have a choice but if you haven’t been you must get one of the pizzas. 

gnocchi
Baked pasta special: Gnocchi with tomato sauce, chorizo, basil, onion, fennel, Mozzarella and Parmesan
closer
closer
Frankie played in the corks
Frankie was wowed by all the corks

 

For dessert we had the fig and honey gelato.  It was full of bits of sweet fig in a creamy lovely textured gelato.  

fig an dhoney gelato
fig and honey gelato
other side
other side
Frankie climbed the wine bottle stand
Frankie climbed the wine bottle stand

 

The espresso creme brûlée was creamy with a strong essence of coffee with a perfectly caramelized top.  Another delicious choice to end a very fine meal.  

creme brulee
espresso creme brûlée
another angle
another angle
inside
inside
Frankie found DaLou's on the bench
Frankie found DaLou’s on the bench
cool table
cool table
gelato
gelato containers
painted bench outside
painted bench outside
interior, wood oven
interior, kitchen, oven
Owner and Frankie
Owner/Chef Dale Hanson and Frankie

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