Lulu’s hasn’t been open too long. I think they were counting on having the slow Allston summer to work out the kinks, but, alas, the World Cup happened, which spared no bar, so they had to get running quickly.
Lulu’s is yet another sign of the ongoing “upscaling” of Allston. It is a very nice place, bright, big windows, sort of an industrial lounge kind of look. An afternoon lunch found parents and students, business people in shirts and ties, and a grad student reading Joyce. They have quite an impressive beer selection, and the bartender knew her stuff, she was happy to talk beer and give out samples. I chose a Port Brewing Summer Pale Ale, which was quite light and tasty. Lulu’s is most certainly beer-nerd friendly.
They have gotten very good press locally for their food, which could be described as upscale comfort food. I went with the Lulu’s Burger, made with local cheddar and a secret sauce. The secret sauce tasted like a mild aioli and was quite good. The entire burger was very good, actually, one of the best in the neighborhood, perfectly cooked and a nice quality meat. It was, however, too small for the bun. The fries were fresh and good, nothing too special about them though.
It was a good lunch, and a fun experience, thanks mostly to the friendly staff. It seems to be marketing to the business crowd that drifts over from Harvard and down from BU, but the beer selection and reasonable (though not cheap) prices should be enough to lure a bit of the Allston hipster crowd. For now, I think they have a decent spot on the Allston scene.
Go For: Good food and a fun menu, good craft beer selection, friendly staff.
421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
*picture from website