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Loowit offers fresh take on bar food

Vancouver pub has delicious appetizers, sandwiches, more

By Karen Livingston, for The Columbian
Published: January 26, 2018, 6:00am
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The house green salad with pulled pork, from left, the Spundekase, and the brewer’s grilled sandwich cheese with potato wedges at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver.
The house green salad with pulled pork, from left, the Spundekase, and the brewer’s grilled sandwich cheese with potato wedges at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver. Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian Photo Gallery

Why: Loowit Brewing, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, is a taproom and pub that opened its doors for business in 2012 with three taps. Now Loowit offers 18 taps with award-winning brews and cider. The food menu is a well-rounded selection, from appetizers to burgers, with made-to-order fresh options.

What I tried: My dining companion and I started with the Spundekase from the appetizers. I had the house green salad with pulled pork, and my dining companion settled on the brewer’s grilled cheese for our entrees.

The Spundekase is a large, delicious, golden pretzel served piping hot with a generous side of chilled German-style cheese dip loaded with paprika, minced onion and garlic. We found the dip paired well with the pretzel; the flavor reminded us of a spicy, freshly created cheese ball.

The house green salad is arranged in a basket with all the salad’s ingredients separate and at the diner’s discretion to either mix together or not. Mixed greens are flanked by crispy fried and chopped bacon, a sliced hard-boiled egg, grape tomatoes and sliced cucumbers. I opted to add pulled pork to the salad, as well. There are also a few types of dressing offered. I thoroughly enjoyed the salad and was especially impressed with the freshness of all the ingredients. I found the pulled pork was too dry, so I added dressing to it, which helped a bit. In my opinion, the pork would be ideal if it possessed a juicy BBQ presence.

Dining Out review: Loowit Brewing Company

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 507 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Contact: 360-566-2323, loowitbrewing.com

Health score: Loowit Brewing does not have a routine inspection score on file but is scheduled to receive one. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.

The brewer’s grilled cheese sandwich comes with a diner’s choice of seasoned fries, a house green salad or slaw. My dining companion chose the fries. The sandwich is made on sourdough bread with tomato, bacon, and basil-topped cheese. My dining companion was very satisfied with the sandwich and especially liked what the basil brought to it.

We paired our meal with a couple of the beers on tap and found them agreeable.

Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Caprese, nachos, street tacos, chicken wings, and corn fritters are included in the appetizer and small plates selection. Sandwiches include a Cubano with braised pulled pork and sliced ham topped with pickles, Swiss cheese and dijon on a pressed baguette, and a BLT made with Loowit sauce on toasted sourdough bread. A Loowit burger made on a ciabatta roll and a black bean burger completes the burger options. Soft drinks include Boylans cane soda and Kombucha. Beer on tap is available in 12-ounce and 16-ounce sizes.

Atmosphere: Loowit has a cozy, relaxed vibe and a moderate amount of seating at the bar and standard height and tall tables and chairs. Above the sealed concrete floor, the walls are painted in a pleasant shade of blue trimmed with wood. Behind the bar, the wall is faced with wood. Taps emerge from a silver, metal mountain feature that is representative of Loowit’s logo of Mount St. Helens. Ceiling fans with decorative, cage-style lights add interest to the ceiling. Large-screen TVs, darts, and classic arcade games provide entertainment.

Other observations: The service is friendly and casual. On the evening of my visit, it was a full house and our food arrived quickly. Check Loowit’s website for their live music entertainment and event schedule. There is usually something on the calendar. Loowit offers to-go and pickup.

Cost: Appetizers and small plates range from $4 to $10. Sides are $2 and $3. Sandwiches cost $7.50 to $11. Burgers are $10.50 and $11. The house salad ranges from $9.50 to $12.50 depending on a protein addition. Soft drinks cost $1.38 to $4.61. Loowit swag and other merchandise starts at $1 and tops out at $69. Beer on tap runs $4.25 to $6. A growler fill costs $12.