If you ever find yourself in the mood for a glass (or bottle) of wine, look no further than Louie’s Wine Dive. It’s a great little place on Mass Ave that has been open for less than a year.
The large windows at the front of the building give you an inside view of a lively place filled with people chatting and dining after a long day’s work. I noticed it was pretty busy, which was odd because it was a Monday – then again, maybe that was why! When we entered, I realized it was not only a wine bar but also a full-service restaurant.
Once we were seated, our waitress, Amanda, stopped by to take our drink orders and asked if we had been there before. Since this was our first time, she gave us the rundown of available wines and cocktails. I explained I was looking for a nice bold red; she made her recommendation and off she went.
It was great to see so many people out on a Monday night having dinner and meeting over a nice glass of wine (or cocktail).
I looked around and noticed that just about every diner was drinking wine. It was a fair mix of whites and reds and then the few patrons opting for the beer or handcrafted cocktail, like DJ did. He isn’t a big wine drinker, so he chose the Trip to Jalisco, a margarita made of pineapple, Cilantro & Serrano Tequila, agave, lime and a Guajilo pepper.
Our drinks arrived and Amanda offered up some suggestions for appetizers and entrees. Since I was busy looking around and checking things out, I hadn’t had an opportunity to review my dinner choice so we decided to start things off with the BLT Deviled Eggs. The description said they were deviled eggs topped with arugula, bacon and marinated tomatoes.
Amanda returned a little later, asking what I thought of my wine choice. I told her it was good but it just wasn’t the bold and oakiness I was looking for, which I think surprised her because she apologized. I reassured her that it was a good wine, but I was in the mood for an oaky flavor. A few minutes later, Amanda arrived back at the table with a sample glass of wine and wanted me to taste it because she felt badly that I wasn’t happy with my choice. We laughed and I explained I liked the second wine, but that it was less bold than my original choice and I decided to stick it out.
Somewhere between our drinks arriving and the appetizer plate, we managed to order dinner. DJ went with the Coconut Street Noodle, a house-made spaghetti with kohlrabi slaw, black sesame, and coconut-lime with a Sriracha broth topped with daikon sprouts. I chose the Roasted Chicken and Corn Carbonara, which is a also their house-made spaghetti, and includes chicken, bacon, corn, and a white wine sauce topped with a soft egg. I got a little overzealous and instead of taking a photo when my plate arrived, I poked and popped the egg yolk sitting atop my mound of homemade spaghetti noodles – oops.
I can truly say I have never tasted Carbonara as creamy and delicious as I did here. Sadly, there weren’t any leftovers to take and enjoy later but that’s okay, it was EXACTLY the perfect amount of food. We both left extremely satisfied and hope to return soon.
I would recommend that if you haven’t been to Louie’s Wine Dive, do yourself a favor and go. If not for the wine, then for the food and great atmosphere. Check out their website or call for hours since they vary day to day. Other locations include Iowa, Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City, so if you look them up online, make sure you choose the Indianapolis location.