I almost don’t want to write about Lou’s Cafe because the more people who know about it, the more people will check it out and inevitably come back again and again — that’s how good the sandwiches are. But then I thought about the fact that Lou’s is in the Richmond and that even if I sing its praises, it’s not super likely anyone other than those who live/work in close proximity will go out of their way to hit it up.
Of course, that’s a huge mistake because Lou’s is one of those cafes that has a real neighborhood-y vibe, an almost annoyingly nice staff and really good food. I’m a sucker for sandwiches, but I’m also kind of a douche when it comes to ordering them (“No onions or tomatoes. Add pepperoncinis and pickles. Only mustard on the bread”). That’s why I love the build-your-own option at delis, which Lou happens to offer. For under $6, I get a big sandwich with incredibly fresh ingredients exactly the way I want it without feeling like a penis wrinkle, complete with some magical house jalapeno spread. The week (okay, two days) I swore off bread of any kind, I tried the Greek salad, which was also fresh and tasty.
Do be aware if you get a craving for jalapeno spread that Lou’s closes at 4pm on Saturdays and is closed completely on Sundays. Cafe owners have lives too, you know.Lou’s Cafe 5017 Geary Blvd. (btwn 14th & 15th Ave.) [Central Richmond]
Photo courtesy of Yelper Timothy B.