Friday, April 18, 2008

Lulu B's

Name: Lulu B's
Location: 2113 S. Lamar Blvd., next to Office Depot
Type: Vietnamese
Accepts: Cash only

After three months of business and a spotlight in the Chronicle, Lulu B's has become a lunch hotspot for South Austinites craving Vietnamese food. Despite being situated in a small trailer that's easy to miss from the road, it's become well-known for its Vietnamese sandwiches.

To be entirely honest, I had never tried a Vietnamese sandwich before going to Lulu's. (Blame my lack of knowledge on Southeast Asian cuisine - I'm still a novice.) So I can't fairly judge my sandwich as "the best" I've had, seeing as its the only one I've had. However - the line up to the truck says enough.

I had the Lemongrass Chicken sandwich, which has delicate yet spicy flavors. The meat is well marinated and grilled just right, and its topped with a traditional Vietnamese salad of fresh vegetables (including chiles, so if you don't like spicy, watch out). The bread is fresh and, noteworthy for a baguette, easy to chew.

The summer rolls make a nice side, though not as excellent or noteworthy as the sandwiches. I heard other customers in line mention the quality of the vermicelli bowls. That's on my list of what to try next, if I can go without a sandwich.

Lulu B's also offers a variety of fruit smoothies and bubble tea. I enjoyed their Vietnamese coffee, which is sweetened with condensed milk.

Service is good, although avoid lunch hours due to lines and back-up. It's open from 11:30 to 6:00 on Tuesday through Saturday. The trailer currently operates under a huge tree, giving the yard and seating area a sufficient amount shade.

Overall, Lulu B's small menu offers enough Asian fusion flavor for South Lamar. With affordable prices, pleasant outside seating, and quick service, it's a treat.

Price: Under $10
Rating: 4 stars
Bottom line: Great fix for South Austin's lack of Vietnamese sandwiches

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