Not far from Sugar Maple, at the happening Bay View intersection of KK and Lincoln is another gem, Cafe Lulu. Owners Sarah Jonas and Cameryne Roberts decided to spruce up the old skeleton of a George Webb and turn it into a diner/restaurant. Lulu’s started small, but in 2004 the ladies expanded into a former book store next door, tripling the number of seats for hungry customers and adding a 16 stool bar. The atmosphere is inviting with red and yellow walls, high ceilings and funky local art. Daily specials are written on a chalkboard perched high enough for all to see.
I’ve been to Lulu’s several times and every time, the service and food have been great. The fare is on the lighter side (soups, salads, sandwiches) and has an international twist (Middle Eastern/Caribbean/Italian). I like to go on Wednesday’s when bottles of wine are 10 bucks cheaper; and, my favorite thing to get at Lulu’s is the Moroccan Chicken; juicy chicken, seasoned to perfection (mmm coriander) is served on a baguette with roasted red peppers, lemon and honey. All sandwiches come with a choice of either Asian slaw, homemade chips or both. I suggest getting a little of each since they are both pretty tasty. Recently they started to serve Sunday Brunch, which I have not tried yet but would probably enjoy.
Since its birth almost a decade ago, Lulu’s has become a Bay View mainstay. The cafe has become a hangout for the left of center crowd; bikers frequent the place, the saucy servers keep costumers on their toes and you can usually find someone bragging about the impressive ink they just got. On the weekends, Lulu’s usually has live music and occasionally they host “special events” like the annual Bumbling Bee Spelling Bee where 5 dollars gets you admittance in the contest, 3 cans of liquid gold/PBR and chance at raffle prizes. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lulu’s cafe is around for another decade or more.
2265 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Price: 5-15 bucks
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Desert, Drinks and Sunday Brunch