Fall weather has been creeping in slowly but surely over the last month in Chicago. The breeze is stronger, the temperatures are cooler, and almost never do you leave the house without a jacket. Well, last weekend was different. The temps were in the mid 80s and I wanted to be outside as much as possible.
My fiance, Christopher, has a motorcycle, so on a nice weekend day like this one, it is an easy decision to go for a bike ride. We decided to make the trek to Logan Square on this particular day, and go to a beautiful spot called Lula Cafe for brunch. Having dined there for dinner, I knew there would be a wait, especially with the gorgeous weather on this Saturday.
Lula Cafe is right in the heart of Logan Square on the corner of N. Kedzie and Milwaukee, right on the circle. It’san absolute gem of a restaurant. Having never been there for brunch or during daytime hours, I was excited! Last time I went for dinner I sat outside on the patio in the and it was absolutely delightful. Just as I had expected, there was a wait. The good thing is that the sun was shining and it would have been fine to stand outside with the others waiting for their table and enjoy the weather. The lovely hostess quoted us 30-40 minutes, so we opted to grab a drink at the bar. Lula Cafe offers mimosas, but also an array of breakfast cocktails. While Chris chose a plain mimosa, I opted for something called the “Victory Lap”, a drink made with gin, fennel, and orange. It was light, refreshing and herby; my kind of cocktail.
As we enjoyed our cocktails, we were able to also enjoy the ambience of the restaurant. Lula Cafe has two dining rooms, and one long patio. We were seated in the main dining room, which has a bar, huge windows providing lots of light, and sun rays beaming on to the bar.
The restaurant showcases an array of modern art and has nice simple touches like succulents on the table. The decor is simple, yet goes a long way in how it sets the tone and atmosphere of the restaurant, and what kind of dining experience the restaurant wants you to have. It’s no surprise that their food is quite the same; simple yet elegant, with room for lots of personality, but more about that later. It has a very Bohemian vibe, and the restaurant is laissez-faire; they don’t take themselves too seriously, which I like. The servers can wear what they want, and can talk to you about fancy food without sounded fancy or pretentious, which I appreciate. As we waited, I began to eye other people’s tables and see what everyone else was eating. I was getting super hungry and excited about our meal. Food was delivered at one table, and a pastry caught my eye; it looked delicious. I asked the hostess what it was and she informed me it was the house made caramel apple danish. I knew I would have to get it.
We were no sooner informed by the hostess that the lovely two-top in the front by the window was ours. Our server greeted us shortly and we recognized her as our waitress from our last visit here — well over a year ago! She handed us menus and walked us through the menu. Lula Cafe is extremely chef driven, but also very conscientious on the composition of the menu, with it changing daily or weekly due to whatever is in season or fresh.
After much consideration, we decided to start with the seedling melon and burrata, in addition to the pastry that I was inevitably going to order. They came out fast, and were beautiful; Lula Cafe goes above and beyond in the presentation department. Simple pieces of melon and green cantaloupe with the soft, creamy burrata, with hints of peppercorn for an added kick — it was just divine. And the pastry was even better than I had imagined. The crust was flaky and buttery, and it was obviously baked fresh. It set the tone for my whole meal; at the end of my meal, I ordered another one to go! For Brunch, I decided to go with the sopes verdes, while Chris opted for pancakes. I was in the mood for scrambled eggs so I had them make my sopes verdes with scrambled as opposed to poached eggs. We decided to order another round of mimosas.
Brunch came out hot and fast, and the dishes smelled delicious. My sopes verdes was vibrantly colorfuland beautifully presented. Lula Cafe obviously takes pride on presentation, similarly to the ambiance of their restaurant—it is simple yet refined. The food is the main attraction as it should be. My sopes verdes were everything I wanted from my meal; delicious, hearty, with a southwestern kick. The pico de gallo was delicious, and the green chorizo was interesting and yummy as well. It was a perfect portion and hit the right spot.
Chris’ pancakes were good, but that being said—they were pancakes. They did come with a salted, whipped butter, which was lovely. Though the pancakes provided to sweetness to my savory dish (we were sharing of course), I was still dreaming about that pastry. Chris appreciated the waitress’ attentiveness to his coffee cup, as she continually topped him off with coffee throughout the meal.
After devouring our food and enjoying the ambience of the restaurant on this gorgeous day, we asked for our bill to come out with another apple caramel pastry. The perfect finish to a great meal. Had I not ordered that second pastry, I would be sitting here writing this review with utter regret having not done so, and that would just be terrible.
The Bitches say: A+ Lula Cafe is an absolute gem. An elegant, yet not too pretentious meal is what keeps people coming back, and the cute and quaint charm of the restaurant is what gets people in the door in the first place. Great food, strong and well composed cocktails, and a friendly staff make this a favorite spot
2537 N Kedzie Ave,
Chicago, IL 60647
Lula Cafe serves Breakfast everyday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.