Dixie Chicken Waffle – Fried Chicken Breast, Sausage Gravy, Pancake Syrup
Chocolate Bread Pudding – Pecan Praline Sauce, Whipped Cream
Favored as a three meal eatery focused on Oysters, Burgers, Breakfast and Booze it was while being mindful of capacity that a stop was made at The Lowry, the space at 2112 Hennepin Avenue found bustling at 10am but seating for one easily accommodated at one of several high-tops adjacent the Bar.
Opened in 2011 by industry veterans David Burley and Stephanie Shimp, former servers who acted on a hunch in 1993 and have since grown their brand across nine eateries, guests entering the Uptown space will quickly find themselves greeted by friendly faces behind a hostess podium, the former Hollywood Video spread across two sections and dark wood with Orange accents.
Serving a diversity of options from 6:30am until 2:00am daily, the menu essentially an “all-day” affair though there are subtle differences before and after four o’clock, it was with Coffee in hand and Golf on television that two items were ordered, an inquiry as to whether they could be served simultaneously thankfully answered with the affirmative.
Described as an “Urban Kitchen,” the precise meaning of such apparently gussied up Comfort Foods with no lack of variety, it was setting aside popular items including Cheese Curds and Patty Melts that plates arrived after twenty minutes, a first glance raising suspicions about “Dixie Chicken” that looked and tasted like overcooked Strips atop a fluffy Round no different than one might make for themselves at La Quinta or Days Inn, the Gravy at least competent while “Maple Syrup” no doubt came from a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth or Log Cabin.
Setting aside 2/3 of the mess and turning attention to a “Feature,” one of four monthly specials tacked onto The Lowry’s Wine list, it was thankfully dense Bread Pudding soaked in what tasted like melted Pralines that buoyed an otherwise forgettable morning, though the swirl of Reddi-wip served as a reminder that in reality this too was composed of ingredients no better than what is found at Denny’s.