Sponsor Spotlight - March 2018
- story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
LULU'S ON MAIN
126 Main Street
Inside Maggie May’s Gallery & Gifts
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Phone: (228) 463-1670
Open Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 11am for breakfast and 11am to 3pm for lunch.
Sunday Jazz Brunch 10:30am - 2pm
When a restaurant is anchored in a popular retail setting, it shouldn’t be a surprise that creativity is at work in the kitchen.
That’s certainly true for LuLu’s On Main, located inside Maggie May’s Gallery & Gifts, which offers a collection of works by local and regional artists, as well as clothing, shoes, jewelry and home decor.
The setting at 126 Main Street just off Beach Boulevard is inviting, dynamic and appealing to shoppers who enjoy making their way through the historic building checking out the ever changing creations and merchandise.
Nancy, whose resume includes cooking in the kitchen of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, prepares traditional Southern food as well as Continental cuisine, all bundled up into a casual coastal dining experience. Nancy also learned cooking from her mother and grandmother, so that adds an extra dimension to LuLu’s dishes.
Consider Lulu’s Jazz Brunch menu available on Sundays. Redfish Florentine pairs pan fried Gulf fish and creamy Spinach Madeleine. Cheese grits are topped with tender grillades or large BBQ shrimp. Pain Perdu comes in a silky version or Nancy’s own twist, served with golden fried chicken tenders. There’s more tradition found in the desserts: Betty’s Bread Pudding and Bananas Foster to name just two choices.
“I have a fixed menu - all the hot, delicious sellers like pear pecan salad, and specials every week - whatever’s fresh, whatever I feel like. Or I might do a different take on a popular special,” she said. On a recent week the special was Oysters Rockefeller Quesadillas.
Nancy’s corn and crab bisque and portobello mushroom with baby spinach soup are always popular items, as is her “debris” stuffed roast beef poboys, and chicken salad. Those items never change. “You can come in 10 years from now and taste the same flavors,” she said.
Also among the favorites is Nancy’s homemade, all natural ingredient ice cream, made in small batches every day, and not just in summertime.
Nancy maintains her passion for cooking, preparing all meals to order and with attention to ingredients and tradition. “If it smells like my mom’s and grandma’s food, it’s gotta be good,” she says, promising diners will leave Lulu’s having tasted the flavors of the Bay and her native New Orleans.
For $20, participants can buy a soup bowl crafted by local potters and enjoy a succession of soup servings throughout Old Town at dozens of businesses. Past favorites have been tomato basil and corn and crab bisque among other tasty soups. Lines always form at the tent on Main at Second Street where hundreds of bowls will be sold.
All money collected from the sale of the bowls goes to the potters, Old Town Merchants’ Association, the Hancock County Food Pantry and Hancock County’s tourism board.
On LuLu’s Facebook page, there are photos of Nancy at the stove, clearly enjoying the cooking. “I love it,” she said. “What makes it enjoyable to me is having people come back and relive memories that they had of eating my food.”