I have been walking past this place at Dearborn Station for a few years now. Finally, I walked in, sat down, and tried eating (and drinking) at Bar Louie. And, I have to say, I liked the food and, while the drink was a tad low on alcohol, that was not a bad thing that day, for me. In working on this piece, I did discover it is a franchise kind of place, and I have never been to any one other than the dearborn Station one -- so my review only applies there.
What did I have? I ordered lettuce wraps with sesame chicken and (once I sent back the shrimp which were erroneously served me) I enjoyed the meal a lot. The chicken was nicely cooked, the rice sticks sauced well, and the accompanying hot sauce right at the cusp of sweet and hot. (I have no idea who if anyone would eat the dijon mustard which also came along for the ride.) The one odd thing was the lettuce leaves, which were romaine and in a few cases way too small to wrap around anything at all. I did, though eat every little bit.
In addition to some of Chicago's own tap water, I did have a blackberry mojito. There was barely any taste or impact that could be alcohol, but the blackberries themselves were amazing and the balance of mint and lime well done. Given my goal was not to get drunk but to drink something that tasted good, I would say: nice job.
Other issues: I was on an eating out roll, and in many cases a "sit at the bar and eat out" roll. At Bar Louie, I sat at the bar, which was not full and read. Several things: (a) the bartenders were all women, and all trying very hard to keep the attention of the guys at the bar. Not my scene and not fun for someone who just wanted to eat (and read) in peace. It was loud enough that my order was misheard (I returned it, got no apology, but the end result -- as noted above -- was dandy); (b) did I say loud? Yes, televisions, and yes, some people, but I am not sure why it was so loud. It just was. Having said that, I was left alone to read, the lighting was good, and the food passed inspection.
Not a place to drink or talk, but definitely a place for lettuce wraps.