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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Fire engine red restaurant gets a longtime chef



The signature Lou Lou Burger is topped with bacon, roasted garlic, arugula and blue cheese.

It was the tastings that convinced Mark Miller to become chef and a partner at the new Lou Lou Burger in New Hope.

When owners Louis Zanias and Shawn Lawson brought him in to taste the menu they had crafted, he knew he wanted to be part of the borough’s newest restaurant.

Miller is well known among local foodies for the 22 years he spent at the upscale Hamilton’s Grill Room across the river in Lambertville, N.J., most of them as executive chef. His gourmet credentials are extensive, and part of what he brings to the job at Lou Lou, which opened last week.

The casual restaurant is a major change for Miller, who was offered the opportunity to stay on at Hamilton’s when it was purchased by Brian Held, owner of Brian’s in Lambertville. “It was time for a change,” Miller said. “I am super excited about the product. It’s real and it’s honest.”
The menu also is different from any other burger restaurant in the area.

Lou Lou Burger has eight burgers ranging from the Lou Lou, which is topped with bacon, arugula, blue cheese and roasted garlic; to the Beef-a-Roni, which has roasted tomatoes and macaroni and cheese on top. For those who like spice there is the Firecracker, which has hot pepper jam, pepper jack cheese and fried jalapeños, and for those who like it simple, there is the Naked, topped with pickles and special sauce.

The burgers are a blend of brisket and chuck, and are served on buns that are baked fresh at the restaurant.

The menu goes beyond burgers with a fried chicken sandwich and vegetarian options of veggie burgers and falafel sandwiches. Everything is made in-house from scratch, including the buns.

Another vegetarian option is the “Bowl of Yum,” which includes arugula, tabouleh, tomato, cucumber, roasted peppers, beets, feta and French fries topped with Miller’s Green Goddess dressing. A falafel, crab cake or chicken can be added for protein.

Savory waffles are also on the menu, topped with pulled pork, chicken or a combination of candied bacon, avocado, arugula and goat cheese.

Dessert is a choice of milkshakes, ice cream and waffles sundaes.

Miller will get to show off his skills with seasonal specials. He will offer cool gazpacho and other chilled soups during the warm summer months and hearty hot soups when the cold weather arrives. He expects to continue to look for fresh seasonal produce at local farms.

Since burgers and ice cream are the theme of the restaurant, it has been decorated with photos of celebrities eating one or the other. Those include Elvis eating an ice cream cone, the Olsen twins chowing down on burgers and JFK eating ice cream.

Located at the southern end of town, the restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating for those who like to watch the world go by while they eat. You can’t miss the restaurant; it’s painted fire-engine red.

LOU LOU BURGER
110 S. Main St., New Hope
215-862-0262

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Cost:
Burgers $5.95-$8.25, sandwiches $7.95, savory waffles $7.95, milkshakes and ice cream $4.95-$7.95.

Hours:
11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Monday. Delivery: 5-8 p.m. Wed.-Sun.

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