Here in Chicago, date night doesn't have to be pressed button downs and boring chain restaurants. Date night is a chance to have a shared experience- to try something new. I can't think of any better place to begin than the newly renovated Logan Square neighborhood standby, Lula Café.
Lula Cafe's Ham and Raclette Panino ($10) is no exception to the cafe's standard of deliciousness. An upscale version on the traditional ham and cheese sandwich, the panino takes locally sourced ham and mild raclette cheese, and tops it with a fried farm egg.
Every once in a while you come across a sandwich that so grabs your attention that you wonder whether you'd ever want to eat anything else. We asked all of our contributors to pick out their favorite sandwich in Chicago, and the picks are as diverse as you'd expect, from gut-busting behemoths to nicely proportioned ones.
Of all the Cheap Eats guides I've put together, this was easily the most personal. I've lived in Logan Square for the past five years, so I feel like I've amassed some serious first hand knowledge of the affordable options.
No restaurant in Chicago loves Halloween as much as Lula Cafe. How else can you explain the Logan Square spot's inclination to dress up every October 31st as a completely different restaurant concept. This year's theme is the most frightening one yet.
For vegetarians, Lula has several appetizer and entrée options, and there is even a six-course vegetarian tasting menu ($45) offered nightly. The tasting menu comprises a selection of dishes from the regular menu—three appetizers, an entrée, a cheese course, and a dessert. In other words, every vegetarian item on the menu.
Hang in there, Chicago. While we are still dealing with something that is honestly being referred to as a "Polar Plunge," it's supposed to get better by the end of the week. In the meantime, you should eat some soup.