Anyone driving through downtown Richmond can’t help but notice the rampant renovation of our parks, roads, buildings, bus stops that makes it difficult to frequent many of our favorite businesses. Let me say that LuLu’s on 17th Street is worth the effort. Eventually, the 17th Street Farmer’s Market will emerge as a beautiful park like oasis nestled between charming restaurants, cafes, diners and small businesses, flanked by the historic Main Street train station. But for now, it looks like your teenager’s bedroom.
That said, my husband and I searched open table for a nearby brunch spot that would take reservations. We love Millie’s, but they don’t take reservations for weekend brunch. We didn’t want to get up early to be at the head of the line, or wait an hour in the rain. As many times as I have walked past or down 17th street, I have not noticed LuLu’s. This was our first foray into this little cozy neighborhood hideaway. Our waitress described it as Millie’s little sister. It opened not long after Millie’s and welcomed big sister’s overflow. Not surprising, since both serve hearty fare with elegance and imagination. However, Little Sister takes reservations which is a beautiful thing for those of us who like to plan ahead and avoid a long wait. I love how LuLu’s incorporates artwork of the Main Street train station and mirrors the industrial feel of the train station and old neighborhood warehouses in Shockoe Bottoms. lulusrichmond.com
Enough about landscape. Let’s talk food. This time we chose the Pomegranate Mule, good strong coffee, green tea, Shockoe Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, and the Red Velvet Shortcake…all full of flavor and flare.
The Mule was the perfect brunch cocktail: tasty, but not too boozy. The Shockoe Florentine offered a perfectly poached egg:tender white and the yolk, when broken cascaded it’s lovely yellow goodness over the potatoes, English muffin laden with Serrano ham, and spinach, mixing with the creamy pimento cheese sauce. So delicious!
My husband enjoyed his Huevos Rancheros and strong black coffee. I could not resist the Red Velvet waffle shortcake. I am glad I gave into temptation. The waffle was fluffy and tender, yet able to hold up to the rich cream cheese filling and strawberries, sauce and whipped cream topping without becoming soggy.
We will definitely return to try more of the brunch offerings and give dinner a try as well.