A Great Meal that’s Easy on the Wallet – Lulu’s Local Eatery

Lulu's Local Eatery

Lulu’s Local Eatery Satisfies

St. Louis, MO/December 6, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) Lulu’s Local Eatery – The holiday shopping season can be an endless cycle of splurging—on gifts, entertaining, and treats.  It’s festive and fun, but leaves little time for making healthy meals at home.  Eating out might save you time, but it can take a big bite out of your holiday budget—and food that’s fast and cheap isn’t usually very good for you.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  In the heart of St. Louis’ South Grand shopping district, Lulu’s Local eatery at 3201 S. Grand offers satisfying relief for body and budget!

“Lulu” is Lauren Loomis. She and husband Robert Tucker began their restaurant business with a food truck in 2012.  After working on organic farms in New Zealand and Australia, where they literally ate what they grew, they were inspired to share what they’d learned with their community back home.  The food truck was born from their desire to bring wholesome, sustainably produced, natural food to the St. Louis community.

The food truck was a big hit, so after two years, in May 2014, they opened the South Grand restaurant, offering the same satisfying, vegan fare.  The food truck items that had quickly become local favorites are still satisfying customers in the brick-and-mortar restaurant.  And why not?  With a menu that includes burgers, chili, loaded nachos, wraps, and fresh made tater tots, there’s something to satisfy every appetite!  Since the beginning, Lulu’s has focused on affordable, delicious food prepared using ingredients sourced from local, organic vendors, and they’re a five-star member of the Green Dining Alliance.

The fresh, vegetarian dishes are based on flavors familiar to most diners, vegan and omnivore alike.  Many are reminiscent of familiar Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian favorites, borrowing many of the same seasonings.  But the star of the menu may be the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ($5.95).  They are crispy, battered cauliflower, perfectly fried in peanut oil, then tossed in moderately spicy Buffalo sauce.  You can get them as an app, or in a wrap.  They’re served with a vegan ranch dipping sauce that compliments them perfectly.  These are so good that the non-vegetarians in your group will still gobble them up.  The Tater Tots ($3.95) with Cajun seasoning and spicy chipotle dipping sauce also get rave reviews.

Another customer favorite is the Loaded Nacho Crunch Wrap ($8.95).  It’s their signature jackfruit carnitas, crushed tortilla chips, house made butternut squash cheese sauce, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla and grilled to golden brown.  It’s served with pickled jalapeño, salsa, and sour cream.  The combination of soft and crunchy is perfect with the familiar Southwest flavors.  This is a go to item that will bring you back for more.

With a heavy reliance on seasonal, fresh, local produce, Lulu’s menu naturally includes seasonal items.  There are several on the winter menu.  One nice option is the Winter Quinoa Wrap ($8.95).  It’s a tasty, whole wheat tortilla filled with warm quinoa, roasted winter vegetables, shredded carrots, kale, walnut Parmesan, and cranberries with kale pesto sauce.  Or try the Winter Flat-bread ($7.95) made with kale pumpkin seed pesto sauce, roasted winter vegetables drizzled with balsamic reduction and topped walnut parmesan.  Pair it with a local craft brew (4 Hands, Civil Life, Schlafly, Urban Chestnut) and have a holiday pizza party!

Lulu’s Local Eatery is open Monday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  In spring, summer and early fall, the spacious patio is lined with planters teaming with herbs and vegetables, making it a tranquil spot along a busy thoroughfare.  It’s a great locale for people watching or just relaxing with friends.  There’s something special about dining in a space surrounded by growing things.  Inside, the restaurant is a cozy corner spot, hung with organic-influenced art made by local artists.  The food truck may be gone, but the restaurant’s big windows and friendly, helpful staff make it an inviting place for lunch or dinner all year long.  The prices and the locally sourced, organic menu make it a budget-friendly choice that fits in a busy holiday schedule.

Contact information:

Lulu’s Local Eatery
Owners: Lauren (Lulu) Loomis and Robert Tucker
3201 S Grand
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Tower Grove South
(314) 300-8215

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