One of those accidental miracles that make life interesting, Lula should never have been. A chance encounter between an aspiring writer and a cook at café led to a do-it-yourself culinary adventure that eventually led to its recognition, here and in the New York Times, as a leader in the Chicago school of New American cuisine. Co-owner Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds conduct daily kitchen jam sessions based on availabilities from local farmers and markets, and deliver their findings in the form of ever-changing and always-surprising daily specials. Their weekend brunch is a wonder in and of itself too, for those willing to brave the likely wait.
2537 North Kedzie (773)489-9554
Best of Chicago 2002