Lu Lu's Noodles

★★★☆☆
  • 400 S Craig St

    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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  • 412-687-7777

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Went here after going to the Carnegie Museum. Slow service but our food was great and under $20 with tip for both of us. Recommended.

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★★★★★

Went here after going to the Carnegie Museum. Slow service but our food was great and under $20 with tip for both of us. Recommended.

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Lulu's is convenient, reasonably-priced and quick (theoretically), and has a handful of good menu options. I go there frequently and have had good servers, but 2 out of 3 times or so the service is incredibly slow and/or the waitresses are rude. The last time I went in was between lunch and dinner and there weren't many people there. I stood waiting to be seated until the girl folding napkins looked at me then ignored me. I took a seat and waited 20 minutes until my friend arrived with no service, then when my friend asked for menus she scolded us for sitting. She ignored us intentionally even though she wouldn't seat us to begin with! I like some of the food and the price is right, but I really wish they would get some better servers.

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★★★☆☆

Lulu's is convenient, reasonably-priced and quick (theoretically), and has a handful of good menu options. I go there frequently and have had good servers, but 2 out of 3 times or so the service is incredibly slow and/or the waitresses are rude. The last time I went in was between lunch and dinner and there weren't many people there. I stood waiting to be seated until the girl folding napkins looked at me then ignored me. I took a seat and waited 20 minutes until my friend arrived with no service, then when my friend asked for menus she scolded us for sitting. She ignored us intentionally even though she wouldn't seat us to begin with! I like some of the food and the price is right, but I really wish they would get some better servers.

Pros: bubble tea, pan-fried noodles, dr.fu noodles

Cons: the curry is terrible!

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Lulus is definitely a good cheap eat but please they need to get some new hostesses and waitresses their service was horrible and I have gone in more than once and have been rudely dismissed by certain servers and have also been obviously talked about by the servers on my most recent visit. Lulus get some new help! I don't know if ill be back seeing how these incidents just are not stopping

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★★★☆☆

Lulus is definitely a good cheap eat but please they need to get some new hostesses and waitresses their service was horrible and I have gone in more than once and have been rudely dismissed by certain servers and have also been obviously talked about by the servers on my most recent visit. Lulus get some new help! I don't know if ill be back seeing how these incidents just are not stopping

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You would do better to go to Trader Joes, but a bottle of prepared sauce, and stir fry dinner at home. Everything seems to be made from one of 3 sauces, with a little something different thrown in. The Pho is not anything like pho. The Kung Pao chicken taste like soy sauce, cornstarch and a hot red chili served over innocuous stir fried veggies. The scallion pancake? a flour tortilla with sliced scallions.. However, unlike other reviewers,' experiences, our service was fine. But we won't be back to see if the uptick in service is a trend that holds true.

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★★☆☆☆

You would do better to go to Trader Joes, but a bottle of prepared sauce, and stir fry dinner at home. Everything seems to be made from one of 3 sauces, with a little something different thrown in. The Pho is not anything like pho. The Kung Pao chicken taste like soy sauce, cornstarch and a hot red chili served over innocuous stir fried veggies. The scallion pancake? a flour tortilla with sliced scallions.. However, unlike other reviewers,' experiences, our service was fine. But we won't be back to see if the uptick in service is a trend that holds true.

Pros: low prices

Cons: Boring, inauthentic food

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I tried Lu Lu's noodle 2 times and I gave up. The food is just ok. The basil chicken tasted hard and not fresh. The other food are ok.
But the worst is the staff at the counter. I order once "to go". Even when I were standing there to pay and there were no customer before me, they completely ignored me. I thought they were busy, so I waited for a while and asked them if I could order. The lady with full make-up gave me a look as if I bothered her and she was very abrupt and I had to wait for her again just to get the change back. After that event, I never go again. My friends also told me that they have poor service especially for Asians customer. Just FYI. You judge it for yourself.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried Lu Lu's noodle 2 times and I gave up. The food is just ok. The basil chicken tasted hard and not fresh. The other food are ok.
But the worst is the staff at the counter. I order once "to go". Even when I were standing there to pay and there were no customer before me, they completely ignored me. I thought they were busy, so I waited for a while and asked them if I could order. The lady with full make-up gave me a look as if I bothered her and she was very abrupt and I had to wait for her again just to get the change back. After that event, I never go again. My friends also told me that they have poor service especially for Asians customer. Just FYI. You judge it for yourself.

Pros: just late opening hour

Cons: poor and unfriendly service

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I love this restaurant because it's very low key, fast, and delicious - the prices are great but I wished they delivered! I've never had anything but their pad thai and thai iced tea because I simply can't resist it!

5
★★★★★

I love this restaurant because it's very low key, fast, and delicious - the prices are great but I wished they delivered! I've never had anything but their pad thai and thai iced tea because I simply can't resist it!

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I had a delicious meal that was dirt cheap. That part I liked. It was very crowded and noisy with college kids and the door kept opening and blowing freezing wind through the restaurant making it uncomfortable to stay there. The service wasn't that great but they were busy. If you want cheap good food this is a place to go.

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★★★☆☆

I had a delicious meal that was dirt cheap. That part I liked. It was very crowded and noisy with college kids and the door kept opening and blowing freezing wind through the restaurant making it uncomfortable to stay there. The service wasn't that great but they were busy. If you want cheap good food this is a place to go.

Pros: cheap tasty dishes

Cons: crowded, sloppy service

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Basically with the food, you get what you pay for. Very moderately priced. The food isn't entirely disappointing, but isn't excellent either.

Most notably, the employees here are incredibly rude. I have been rushed out of the restaurant multiple times at night. Usually around 9:40 (while I am still eating) and the restaurant does not even close until 10. In addition, service is quite slow. I have been here a couple of times and even with the low prices, will NOT return.

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★☆☆☆☆

Basically with the food, you get what you pay for. Very moderately priced. The food isn't entirely disappointing, but isn't excellent either.

Most notably, the employees here are incredibly rude. I have been rushed out of the restaurant multiple times at night. Usually around 9:40 (while I am still eating) and the restaurant does not even close until 10. In addition, service is quite slow. I have been here a couple of times and even with the low prices, will NOT return.

Pros: Price

Cons: Service/employees

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I have been a patron of Lu Lu's at a minimum of 10 visits. Generally I stop in for a quick bubble tea, which is always very good. However, not once have I encountered a friendly employee. In fact on two separate occasions, I arrived at 9:30PM just to grab some bubble tea, received stares when I eyed the drink menu, and after whispers were exchanged between a few employees I was told that they were closed! Unfortunately for them, I knew that they closed at 10PM and was very annoyed. Bubble tea literally takes five minutes or less to prepare!
Lastly, once I stood waiting to be seated for quite some time when the restaurant was nearly empty (as a waitress myself, I understand that things happen, but this was unacceptable). I haven't ever written a review of any business, yet after this final bad experience I felt that I must share my frustration! I absolutely love the bubble tea, but the employees are literally keeping me away from the restaurant now.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been a patron of Lu Lu's at a minimum of 10 visits. Generally I stop in for a quick bubble tea, which is always very good. However, not once have I encountered a friendly employee. In fact on two separate occasions, I arrived at 9:30PM just to grab some bubble tea, received stares when I eyed the drink menu, and after whispers were exchanged between a few employees I was told that they were closed! Unfortunately for them, I knew that they closed at 10PM and was very annoyed. Bubble tea literally takes five minutes or less to prepare!
Lastly, once I stood waiting to be seated for quite some time when the restaurant was nearly empty (as a waitress myself, I understand that things happen, but this was unacceptable). I haven't ever written a review of any business, yet after this final bad experience I felt that I must share my frustration! I absolutely love the bubble tea, but the employees are literally keeping me away from the restaurant now.

Pros: Bubble tea, some entree items

Cons: Service and staff

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I'm from LA and while visiting Pittsburgh I had a craving for a good bowl of noodles. By recommendation I visited Lulu's which is a casual joint with neither good food nor good service. Having grown up eating all sorts of Asian food, this place was NOT good and the food I ordered had a very "instant" taste as if it were made from a package. I had never been there before and when I walked in, there was a sign indicating I should order from the counter. I placed my order, paid for my food and took a seat. Around the restaurant there was one other party sitting down eating their food.

When they handed me my food, they had packaged it "to go." I had not ordered "to go" and was irritated since I had even left them a tip when I paid. Nonetheless I sat down to eat my food when a waitress came up to me and told me that to-go orders could not be eaten at the restaurant and that I needed to leave. I told her I had not specified my food to-go and that there were clearly other people eating. The restaurant was not busy and I didn't feel as if I was of any inconvenience. As I continued to eat the food, the other party left and I was one of the last customers. I then realized that the restaurant was closing in about 9:40 and the restaurant was closing at 10. After receiving multiple glares from other waitresses and employees for not leaving, they decided to TURN OUT THE LIGHTS in the restaurant. I was pretty horrified, especially since there was still 20 minutes before it closed. I quickly finished my food in the dark and thought about leaving my trash there, but decided I would at least clean up my mess and take my trash with me and quickly leave the restaurant. Although the food was fairly cheap, I think they approached the situation very poorly and I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm from LA and while visiting Pittsburgh I had a craving for a good bowl of noodles. By recommendation I visited Lulu's which is a casual joint with neither good food nor good service. Having grown up eating all sorts of Asian food, this place was NOT good and the food I ordered had a very "instant" taste as if it were made from a package. I had never been there before and when I walked in, there was a sign indicating I should order from the counter. I placed my order, paid for my food and took a seat. Around the restaurant there was one other party sitting down eating their food.

When they handed me my food, they had packaged it "to go." I had not ordered "to go" and was irritated since I had even left them a tip when I paid. Nonetheless I sat down to eat my food when a waitress came up to me and told me that to-go orders could not be eaten at the restaurant and that I needed to leave. I told her I had not specified my food to-go and that there were clearly other people eating. The restaurant was not busy and I didn't feel as if I was of any inconvenience. As I continued to eat the food, the other party left and I was one of the last customers. I then realized that the restaurant was closing in about 9:40 and the restaurant was closing at 10. After receiving multiple glares from other waitresses and employees for not leaving, they decided to TURN OUT THE LIGHTS in the restaurant. I was pretty horrified, especially since there was still 20 minutes before it closed. I quickly finished my food in the dark and thought about leaving my trash there, but decided I would at least clean up my mess and take my trash with me and quickly leave the restaurant. Although the food was fairly cheap, I think they approached the situation very poorly and I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: Good drinks (bobas, milk teas, thai iced teas, etc), cheap

Cons: Bad food, rude service

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Love, Love Love it!!!!! Can't beat the price! I have never been disappointed in the many years that I have gone there. It's not the typical American Chinese restaurant. I'm not even sure if they have sweet and sour anything on their menu. Best Pad Thai ever!!!!

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★★★★★

Love, Love Love it!!!!! Can't beat the price! I have never been disappointed in the many years that I have gone there. It's not the typical American Chinese restaurant. I'm not even sure if they have sweet and sour anything on their menu. Best Pad Thai ever!!!!

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Every time I make my way back to Oakland, I make sure to stop by Lu Lu's for Singapore Rice noodles or some Dr. Fu's. They have the best versions of these dishes by far than any others I've tried. Parking can be tricky, but it's worth the tiny hassle!

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★★★★★

Every time I make my way back to Oakland, I make sure to stop by Lu Lu's for Singapore Rice noodles or some Dr. Fu's. They have the best versions of these dishes by far than any others I've tried. Parking can be tricky, but it's worth the tiny hassle!

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Lulu's is located on S. Craig street, amongst a litany of other restaurants.

I went there on a Saturday afternoon. I was seated after only a minute or two, but it took 15 minutes for someone to come and take my order. The wait was so long that I was leaning toward walking out. When the waitress got around to me, she was friendly, and recommended a tasty dish. The entree, a noodle plate with shrimp stuffed dumpling, was good, as mentioned, but the noodles on one portion of the plate were stuck together. It did have a good flavor.

Lulu's is affordable, though it's a little more than Zaw's, while offering food that is at best almost as good as Sq Hill's premier takeout place.

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★★★☆☆

Lulu's is located on S. Craig street, amongst a litany of other restaurants.

I went there on a Saturday afternoon. I was seated after only a minute or two, but it took 15 minutes for someone to come and take my order. The wait was so long that I was leaning toward walking out. When the waitress got around to me, she was friendly, and recommended a tasty dish. The entree, a noodle plate with shrimp stuffed dumpling, was good, as mentioned, but the noodles on one portion of the plate were stuck together. It did have a good flavor.

Lulu's is affordable, though it's a little more than Zaw's, while offering food that is at best almost as good as Sq Hill's premier takeout place.

Pros: pretty good food, not too expensive

Cons: slow service

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This is a nice example of high quality Pan-Asian cuisine. The food is fresh, and there is a concerted effort to infuse different interesting flavors within traditional dishes. But this is not for those looking for high quality Asian cuisine, which perfects the basics according to tried and true recipes. In particular I found the won tons and spicy chicken dishes to be quite disappointing. The restaurant has a noisy, but charming, atmosphere with courteous and quick service.

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★★★★☆

This is a nice example of high quality Pan-Asian cuisine. The food is fresh, and there is a concerted effort to infuse different interesting flavors within traditional dishes. But this is not for those looking for high quality Asian cuisine, which perfects the basics according to tried and true recipes. In particular I found the won tons and spicy chicken dishes to be quite disappointing. The restaurant has a noisy, but charming, atmosphere with courteous and quick service.

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Oh lulu's, how I love thee...I have yet to be let down by the staff, the food or the company. I don't imagine I ever will be. Where else can one get such an amazing amount of fantastic food for so little. I'll tell you: Nowhere.

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★★★★★

Oh lulu's, how I love thee...I have yet to be let down by the staff, the food or the company. I don't imagine I ever will be. Where else can one get such an amazing amount of fantastic food for so little. I'll tell you: Nowhere.

Pros: wonderful food, fantastic service, great value and friendly atmosphere

Cons: there is only one lulu's

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I've been eating at Lu Lu's Noodle for about 7 years now and have yet to be disappointed with the food. There are few other restaurants in this area of the city that compare to catering to the vegetarian crowd as well as meat eaters. Great value as you can usually get 2 meals out of one order. I have eaten there casually as well as had business lunches there. Not the most romantic setting, but if you want good food on a budget, you must consider eating here. The service isn't the greatest, but it doesn't profess to be. If you want gourmet atmosphere, go somewhere else and pay twice as much.

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★★★★★

I've been eating at Lu Lu's Noodle for about 7 years now and have yet to be disappointed with the food. There are few other restaurants in this area of the city that compare to catering to the vegetarian crowd as well as meat eaters. Great value as you can usually get 2 meals out of one order. I have eaten there casually as well as had business lunches there. Not the most romantic setting, but if you want good food on a budget, you must consider eating here. The service isn't the greatest, but it doesn't profess to be. If you want gourmet atmosphere, go somewhere else and pay twice as much.

Pros: inexpensive, large menu, vegetarian friendly

Cons: gets loud when full, always busy, slack table service

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I've been to lu lu's twice each time I had to get up and get a waitress because know one came to take our orders, and we sat there for a very long long time.We Didn't receive any silver ware or napkins ,the family at the table next to us gave us their forks ,they used chop sticks and we did'nt get offered refills,because the waitress never came to the table until the end to give us the bill.the story is a lot worst than what you have read ,just can't write it all.Will never return again ,do not recommend at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to lu lu's twice each time I had to get up and get a waitress because know one came to take our orders, and we sat there for a very long long time.We Didn't receive any silver ware or napkins ,the family at the table next to us gave us their forks ,they used chop sticks and we did'nt get offered refills,because the waitress never came to the table until the end to give us the bill.the story is a lot worst than what you have read ,just can't write it all.Will never return again ,do not recommend at all.

Pros: good food

Cons: Bad service

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I love going to LuLu's, the food is very good and the menu is imaginative, I just wish they would improve the decor and I wish the wait staff was just a little friendlier and acknowledged you, even if they are busy when you come in.

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★★★★☆

I love going to LuLu's, the food is very good and the menu is imaginative, I just wish they would improve the decor and I wish the wait staff was just a little friendlier and acknowledged you, even if they are busy when you come in.

Pros: Good food, Imaginative Menu, Service

Cons: Decor too industrial, Staff doesn't smile

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This conveniently located restaurant is a crowd pleaser. The food is fresh and prepared quickly. The variety of their noodle offerings makes this asian restaurant a real treat.

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★★★★☆

This conveniently located restaurant is a crowd pleaser. The food is fresh and prepared quickly. The variety of their noodle offerings makes this asian restaurant a real treat.

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Lu Lu's is good at what they do, providing a diverse menu of affordable noodle dishes. While I have had some good meals, they have also been offset by some inconsistency in food quality. Given this is a low cost meal, it is a good value. Like the food, I have experienced inconsistent service. Atmosphere is enjoyable with a college feel.

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★★★☆☆

Lu Lu's is good at what they do, providing a diverse menu of affordable noodle dishes. While I have had some good meals, they have also been offset by some inconsistency in food quality. Given this is a low cost meal, it is a good value. Like the food, I have experienced inconsistent service. Atmosphere is enjoyable with a college feel.

Pros: atmosphere, quick meal, cheap prices

Cons: food quality

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Lulu's is the best cheap Asian restaurant a vegetarian could hope for. There is vegetarian sweet and sour soup, which we've never seen anywhere else, vegetarian eggrolls, wontons, and about three fourths of the menu can be made for vegetarians. Plus the green tea ice cream is to die for. One of my favorite restaurants!

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★★★★★

Lulu's is the best cheap Asian restaurant a vegetarian could hope for. There is vegetarian sweet and sour soup, which we've never seen anywhere else, vegetarian eggrolls, wontons, and about three fourths of the menu can be made for vegetarians. Plus the green tea ice cream is to die for. One of my favorite restaurants!

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the staff seem almost uninterested in waiting on you. the food is most amazing, though. the best thing i can sugguest is call ahead for takeout and dont be in a hurry. it is such a shame the service is so awful because the resturant is located in such a busy area they really could improve their profits by improving the staff speed.

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★★★☆☆

the staff seem almost uninterested in waiting on you. the food is most amazing, though. the best thing i can sugguest is call ahead for takeout and dont be in a hurry. it is such a shame the service is so awful because the resturant is located in such a busy area they really could improve their profits by improving the staff speed.

Pros: great food

Cons: worst service

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The food is pretty good, but the agonizing wait to even order it is not worth it. If the waitress doesn't feel like seating people...she won't. If she doesn't feel like taking an order...she'll disappear. I've probably been there 8 times (close to home), and I have left 4 times without even being seated. 10 minutes when there are empty tables all over the place? Forget it, the food is too greasy to be healthy anyway

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is pretty good, but the agonizing wait to even order it is not worth it. If the waitress doesn't feel like seating people...she won't. If she doesn't feel like taking an order...she'll disappear. I've probably been there 8 times (close to home), and I have left 4 times without even being seated. 10 minutes when there are empty tables all over the place? Forget it, the food is too greasy to be healthy anyway

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My wife & I have eaten at lu-lu's often. In fact, one week we had dinner three nights in a row. The food is excellent, fresh, flavorful, and there is enough of a variety to keep people coming back...like us!
No other Asian restuarant in the area compares, at least that I've been to. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan bordering on trendy, and diners range from university-types to neighborhood regulars.

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★★★★★

My wife & I have eaten at lu-lu's often. In fact, one week we had dinner three nights in a row. The food is excellent, fresh, flavorful, and there is enough of a variety to keep people coming back...like us!
No other Asian restuarant in the area compares, at least that I've been to. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan bordering on trendy, and diners range from university-types to neighborhood regulars.

Pros: great value, variety of food

Cons: parking

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Someone gave me a gift certificate for $20 and the final bill was 15.35 and they (Lu Lu's) refused to give me the change and said -- "We dont give change from a gift certificate"-- ------------i then said i wanted to take out 2 soups to put on the check and they would not let me do it, said i would have to start another check-------- if Lu Lu's is this cheap giving change from a gift certificate (i never heard of such a thing--it may not even be legal) , we may be getting shortchanged on overall food quality in a very big way---------I WILL NEVER EAT AT LU LU's ever again...

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★☆☆☆☆

Someone gave me a gift certificate for $20 and the final bill was 15.35 and they (Lu Lu's) refused to give me the change and said -- "We dont give change from a gift certificate"-- ------------i then said i wanted to take out 2 soups to put on the check and they would not let me do it, said i would have to start another check-------- if Lu Lu's is this cheap giving change from a gift certificate (i never heard of such a thing--it may not even be legal) , we may be getting shortchanged on overall food quality in a very big way---------I WILL NEVER EAT AT LU LU's ever again...

 

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