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Eating Out - June 26, 2009

Incongruity on University

Loui Loui Steak scores high for cuisine, low for retro aesthetics

by Dale F. Bentson

The restaurant space at 473 University Ave. was built as Cafe Niebaum-Coppola in 2002, with sky-high ceilings, classic wood pillars and hardwood floors. Articulated doors opened across the front, softening the ambiance.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

What Dale Bentson referred to as "dreadful wallpaper" plastered "onto every flat-walled surface" is actually custom, original, hand-painted artwork on the walls, by a New York artist, brought in specifically for the job. Good one, Dale!


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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I am soooooooooooooooooo hungry now reading this! It sounds great! So I have to close my eyes inbetween bites...who cares?!!!!!
Thanks for the update.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 6, 2010 at 12:18 am

My favorite eyesore used to be Machismo Mouse restaurant ... forget where it used to be, but I loved the fresh, lean cooked health food. A place way ahead of its time that was really fantastic ... but also very ugly on the inside, sporting raw concrete surfaces, with corrugated metal textures on the seats. What a great place that was.

Loui, Loui sounds pretty good as far as the food!


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Posted by R
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

I believe Machismo Mouse became University Cafe.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Mr. Bentson really needs to make a return visit, because the restaurant is now the wonderful (and more affordable) Cafe Renzo. The food is delicious. And I love the wallpaper.


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