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By John Hussey
From its humble origins as a neighborhood bar, Lula’s Tavern has grown to become a Moberly institution. Located just off Morley on West Carpenter, Lula’s serves up some of the tastiest food in mid-Missouri.
Keep in mind, it’s a bar, it’s small, it’s crowded, and you’ll probably have to wait, but it’s worth it. And don’t let the fact that it’s a bar keep you from bringing the family; there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for something different, Lula’s provides the most unique, though limited, menu for miles around.
Who would imagine its crab legs could rival (and possibly surpass) any found in larger white tablecloth seafood eateries?
And its Cajun spicy shrimp seems to have come directly from Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
But don’t think seafood is all there is. The prime rib is excellent, as are the steaks, with their seared, almost crisp exterior and warm, slightly pink tender interior.
All entrees come with a variety of side dishes. At Lula’s, the side dishes are not afterthoughts but rather true accompaniments to the entree. Salads are fresh, crisp, and substantial. The large baked potatoes might force you to break the rule to never eat anything larger than your head.
But the real draw, the raison d’etre, is Lula’s Burger. Lettuce, pickles, and onions—the toppings are fresh, and the meat is juicy.
There are restaurants with more modern menus, inventive cuisine, and unusual food. But there are none with better food and service.
This is one restaurant in mid-Missouri that puts everything together in just the right way. The drinks are large and perfect. The food is superb. Everything is cooked to perfection. The service is prompt, professional, and as friendly as you want it to be.
My only complaint is that I have nothing to say about desserts because the meals are so substantial. The next visit, and there certainly will be one, I’m definitely going to try the desserts.
This story originally ran in the June 2013 issue of Missouri Life. For more stories like this, subscribe to Missouri Life.