Wood burning chimineas, palm plants and rattan lanterns, with hot cocktails by the thermos-full at Lulu’s make for a desert-chic winter sanctuary. Start with chicken tortilla soup for instant warmth, then consider their caramelized “French onion dip” tartine on grilled sourdough, with salt & vinegar chips and onion ash; and their smoked whitefish dip, dressed with pickled shallots, Calabrian chili, dill and salmon roe to share. Or try the pork-belly pastrami sandwich on Texas toast.
And don’t miss out on their bottle list, all priced at $49, with some favorites including Louis Seabra’s Xisto Ilimitado white from the Douro in Portugal, or Bedrock Wine Co.’s Old Vine Zinfandel from northern California.
Dining status: Both their gravel-filled backyard patio (with heaters, umbrellas, and chimineas) and their streetery (fully covered, heated, and with ventilated wood screening), along with limited indoor seating are open for reservations. Carryout (featuring their to-go cocktails, dips and pantry staples) is also available.