Lucile’s Creole Café
South Broadway neighborhood (roughly; it’s east of Broadway)
275 South Logan
Bus directions: Take the 0 from Market Street Station down Broadway to Alameda and walk east
This particular Lucile’s is not in an old house, like the one in Boulder. It’s laid out like a restaurant, with fairly wide aisles between tables. It’s a little easier to navigate but not quite as cozy and quirky as the location in Boulder. There is also a large but quite sunny patio on Logan.
We skipped the beignets that we usually order, but my breakfast came with this lovely, crumbly, moist biscuit. I started my meal with hot chocolate made with Lucile’s house-made chocolate milk, heated and mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg. It was more flavorful than the Starbuck’s version I usually get, even if I do make the barista add extra chocolate and caramel.
Todd ordered the Carlin County, which always reminds of a friend of mine who likes to go four-wheeling in his souped-up jeep. The sausage gravy over another buttermilk biscuit was creamy and slightly spicy, and it looks like a big hunk of sausage worked its way into the red beans.
Todd loves his grits, but I’m not as fond of them. This time I chose them for my side with the Cajun Breakfast, poached eggs with hollandaise over red beans. It was a mellow combination. Although Lucile’s red beans tend to be spicy, they didn’t have a chance against a combination of grits and hollandaise. (If they put the eggs in the grits, it would look a bit like a Santa Claus face, don’t you think?)
It’s always a struggle to finish a meal at Lucile’s: the food is great, but there’s so much of it.