For the fourth installment of my brunch series, I am sharing my first Boston boozy brunch. Early last month my roommate, Kat, and I hit up Lulu’s Allston for a lovely brunch in the back patio the night before she left for the summer. In our weekly take out during Covid, Lulu’s Allston came up in the rotation a couple times, so we were excited to check out their brunch. The two words that drew us in: breakfast totchos.
Before I talk about the food though, I want to discuss the drinks. We started the meal by splitting the mimosa bucket consisting of a bottle of champagne and three fruit juices (orange, pineapple, and grapefruit). While Boston may not have botttomless brunch like I am used to in DC, I appreciate having an option like this to still get multiple mimosas during brunch. My favorite was the pineapple mimosa. We also got the spiked caramel iced coffee, which was the best way to end the meal.
With mimosas in hand, Kat and I split the totchos as an appetizer. The totchos starts with a bed of cajun tots, which are then topped with Justin’s cheese sauce, bacon, ranch, scallions, and a fried egg. The tots are perfectly crisp, and the ranch hit a craving I didn’t even know I was having. If you don’t like ranch, this is not the dish for you, but if you do, you will be very happy. They give you a good serving of ranch.
When it came to ordering entrees, Kat and I both decided on a dish that contained more potatoes. Kat went for more tots with the White Trash Hash (tots, short rib hash, poached eggs, and hollandaise). I chose the Pulled Pork Benedict (cornbread with pulled pork, poached eggs, and hollandaise with a side of seasoned potatoes).
This may be a controversial opinion, but there really is such a thing as too many potatoes in a meal. I was on potato overload, but I chose the entree I most wanted to eat. That’s not to say I was disappointed. The poached eggs were lovely, and the cornbread and pulled pork combination was incredibly satisfying.
Sure, I could have chosen to not eat the potatoes, but they were honestly so good I didn’t want to stop eating them. As much as I like their tots, these potatoes were next level. Next time, I will try to better consider balance when I order. Maybe only one of my choices needs to be potato centric. However, I have been genuinely pleased with the food at Lulu’s. This will likely remain one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.
*This post reflects my honest views. I did not receive any compensation or other incentives to post this review.
421 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134