Lulu Belle's Pancake House
Upon being seated at Lulu Belle's
Pancake House with two daughters, three piping hot cinnamon
buns with vanilla icing arrived at our table unsolicited. If there
is a better welcome to breakfast, I've yet to find it.
Just when I thought the morning couldn't get any better,
it did: I spotted Cap'n Crunch coated French toast on the specials
menu. And if it's not a crime to pass up something coated in Cap'n
Crunch, it should be. French toast lovers will also love Lulu
Belle's Famous French Toast touted in the menu as "sinfully deep
fried southern style."
The crepes are not to be missed. Two of the best options
are Belle's Taffy Apple, melted caramel over crisp apples sprinkled
with nuts, and the Nutella Banana, a creamy hazelnut and cocoa
masterpiece served with bananas.
Health enthusiasts need not worry. There is a Healthy
Starts section on the menu with offerings such as steel cut oatmeal
served with a side of raisins, milk and brown sugar; honey and
yogurt; and granola cereal.
There are, of course, any type of pancakes one could
imagine with a variety of toppings: powdered sugar, strawberry,
blueberry, peach, apple-cinnamon, chocolate chip, bacon and
Not a breakfast kind of person? Lulu Belle's still has you
covered. Since it's open until 3 p.m., there are gigantic salads
like the chopped Cobb and sandwiches like the beef tenderloin steak
or classic Reuben. There is a "shorty" menu with
kid-sized portions for both breakfast and lunch.
One caveat: We visited on a weekday and were seated
immediately, but lines go out the door and down the block most
weekend mornings so plan accordingly.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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