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Sneak Peek: Lulu’s Local Eatery on South Grand

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Robbie Tucker and Lauren Loomis, aka Lulu, announced in February that their vegan food truck business, Lulu’s Local Eatery, would soon get a permanent home. After revamping the former Natty’s Pizza space at 3201 S. Grand Blvd., Tucker and Loomis are opening doors to their brick-and-mortar May 19.

At this fast-casual spot, you’ll find veggie wraps and sandwiches filled with local produce, plus a handful of noodle and rice bowls, sides and even a kids’ menu. Some established crowd-pleasers that were previously rotating specials on the truck now have a permanent place on the brick-and-mortar menu. The restaurant will also offer its own distinct specials not available at the mobile eatery.

And when its liquor license is approved in a few weeks, patrons will be able to enjoy wine and craft beer on tap and in bottles. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a weekend brunch slated to begin in late June or early July.

Here’s a look at what awaits when Lulu’s Local Eatery unlocks its doors.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

Meatless Monday: Farm to Falafel

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s like I died and went to heaven – or Lulu’s Local Eatery. You know, that food truck at Food Truck Fridays that has lines across the park? I was lucky enough to catch Lulu’s on a slower day at City Garden, but even if there was a line, the wait would have been worth it.

After hearing rave reviews about the truck with the rooftop garden, I couldn’t wait to try the Sweet Potato Falafel. The bright orange super food is mashed and combined with a heavy hand of spices, including cumin and garlic. After being lightly fried in all-natural peanut oil and laid in a warm, fluffy pita, this sweet falafel is painted with a thick, zesty tzatziki sauce that adds just the right amount of savory. Throw in the crunch of cool cucumbers and mild red onions, and you have one filling farm-to-truck meal that starts the week off right.

Not only can you feel good about what this meal does (or doesn’t do) to your waistline, you can also breathe a sigh of relief about its environmental impact. Owners Robert Tucker and Lauren Loomis use local ingredients when they can, supporting many local farmers and producers. They also use 100-percent compostable and biodegradable serving ware with their food. And a rooftop garden? That’s just the icing on the cake – er, truck.

I’ll certainly be following Lulu’s, so I can check out the truck’s other signature items. And, if it just so happens to park next to Sarah’s Cake Stop, there’s nothing better than a supremely succulent Triple Chocolate cupcake to ruin a healthy lunch.

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