Lula Cafe

Most people know this little Logan Square gem as a brunch spot. I’m not here to tell you any different – the brunch is indeed fantastic – but I was recently on the prawl for a very specific type of spring produce, and I found it on Lula’s dinner menu.

That spring produce? The fiddlehead. Like most spring delicacies, it’s only available for a few weeks, and you must forage for it. Oh, and it would help if you live in the Pacific North West. I’ve been dying to try this elusive vegetable. Lula answered the call – one of few seasonal spring menus in Chicago to have it in one of their dishes.

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The dish? A spring onion consomme with fiddlehead ferns and black garlic. (Also shown is a polenta with wild mushrooms and pea tendrils and my dirty martini – olives stuffed with blue cheese) The soup was divine, with the consomme poured at the table. The onion flavor was strong but kept in check, an umami bomb that was inexplicably addicting.

The rest of the meal was superb as well. Having gone with a group of five close friends, I tried almost everything on the menu.
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From left to right, dinner included a strozzapreti with yellowfin tuna conserva, barley risotto, braised short ribs with fresh asparagus, and possibly the highlight of the evening, a caramel pot de creme.

So, this little spot located on an unassuming corner in Logan Square might be famous for their inventive brunch, but don’t rule out dinner. Seasonality is the name of the game here; it doesn’t matter who the competition is – they’re winning.

Lula Cafe

2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

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