Pin It
Favorite

Down-Home Cooking 

Sweet Lou's brings its comfort food to the Sandpoint area.

click to enlarge art17904.jpg

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, Chad and Meggie Foust, who now own two outposts of the North Idaho eatery Sweet Lou’s, can’t help tinkering. Their spin on St. Louis ribs means smoking the meat, then a choice of sauces, including bourbon and chocolate. They gussy up classic mac ’n’ cheese with Mediterranean flourishes: sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, feta cheese. And kids’ favorite PB&J gets grilled with an optional bit of bacon.

It isn’t just classic American food they’re fiddling with. With a successful first restaurant under their belt, the Fousts expanded Sweet Lou’s, which is named after their son. Last spring, they opened the first Sweet Lou’s in picturesque Hope, Idaho, which borders Lake Pend Oreille along scenic Route 200. Inside Holiday Shores Marina, the location has mostly been home to seasonal restaurants.

Estimating they’d served 25,000-plus customers in Hope in less than a year, the Fousts capitalized on Sweet Lou’s name recognition and down-home appeal to open a year-round location in the former Slates Prime Time Grill on Highway 95 in Ponderay, just north of Sandpoint.

“Looking at stuffed animal heads while eating really isn’t my thing,” says Meggie Foust, noting that the menagerie of mounts that characterized Slates has disappeared, but otherwise the log interior is mostly the same.

What’s new is an expanded menu, including a few more offerings for the kiddos and adults, all family recipes, like Grandma Tink’s Huckleberry Cobbler ($7).

Sandwiches straddle the vegetarian/carnivore fence. You can do a veggie pita (hummus, cucumbers, slaw, feta spread, red pepper pesto, $8) or portobello mushroom burger ($9) or go caveman with a half-pound burger, steak or bison ($10-$11), with options like bacon, avocado, blue cheese, or even an egg (upcharges vary).

Entrees in the form of steaks, ribs, seafood (grilled salmon or shrimp or fish beer-battered with Manny’s Pale Ale), and an Italian-inspired chicken dish ($12-$26) offer a wide arrange of comfort foods.

Plenty of salads, appetizers, a full bar — try Sweet Lou’s Arnold Palmer with sweet-tea vodka, lemonade and mint ($6) or any of 16 microbrews on tap, including some from nearby Laughing Dog and Kootenai River — and a dessert menu round out the offering.

Sweet Lou's • 477272 U.S. 95, Ponderay, Idaho • Open daily 11 am–10 pm • sweetlousidaho.com (208-263-1381)

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Food & Drink

  • On a Roll
  • On a Roll

    New shop brings Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to Post Falls; plus, Steam Plant parties
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Setting Sail
  • Setting Sail

    Vessel Coffee Roasters thinks a lot about each cup
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Nature's Enigma
  • Nature's Enigma

    Huckleberries have yet to be successfully domesticated, but one North Idaho farmer may be on his way to unlocking the berries' secret
    • Jul 14, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson @ Spokane Comedy Club

Through July 23

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Carrie Scozzaro

  • On a Roll
  • On a Roll

    New shop brings Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to Post Falls; plus, Steam Plant parties
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Pearls of Joy
  • Pearls of Joy

    Boba tea is fun to drink in a variety of ways
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • ARTS
  • ARTS

    Summer Guide 2016
    • Jun 16, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Short Order

    A new food truck on the scene serves up specialty burgers and fries in the Shadle Park area
    • Jul 14, 2016
  • Let the Wanderlust Win

    Why you shouldn't let anything hold you back from traveling
    • Jul 14, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Pop Art + Beer
  • Pop Art + Beer

    Filt bar is like an art gallery where you can drink with friends
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Idaho Brews
  • Idaho Brews

    Recently opened Post Falls Brewing adds yet another option for thirsty craft beer drinkers
    • Apr 28, 2016

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation