By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Oct 05, 2009 at 11:18 AM Photography: Eron Laber

October is the third annual Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2009."

2265 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858

Whether it's the quiet café side or the hopping bar side, LuLu dishes up great comfort food, apps and homemade dessert. Good food on this Bay View corner is now commonplace, but LuLu was doing it before its neighbors.

Menu: American, comfort food with international dishes sprinkled in.

Price: Inexpensive to moderate.

When to go: Weekends are always busy, but you can always find a seat on the retro café side. Occasional live music on the bar side guarantees a lively crowd.

Dress: Casual is fine. Get too dressed up and you'll look out of place.

Don't miss: Where to start? For appetizers, try the hummus and olive tapenade. The East Indian chicken pita is an excellent entrée, and just try to choose between the amazing Asian slaw or homemade potato chips. Insider tip: do half and half.

Parking: Depending on when you go, street parking is either ample or hard to find. LuLu has a small lot, but it's usually full. Worst-case scenario, you'll walk two blocks.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.