Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty

In the name of research, I generally eat out every night, and if/when I have kids, I don’t see this changing–we’re just going to eat at Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty every night. Oh sure Jen, you are thinking, just you wait you smug childless eat-out-every-nighter, when you have kids, the only thing you are going to be eating every night is crow and whiskey. But I have thought this out!

It’s good to be a kid here, your cheese pizza is only $7, you can slurp homemade sodas, and nobody gives you a second glance as you gleefully race the length of the restaurant, drenched in pizza sauce and melted honey lavender ice cream.

After all, Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty is perfectly equipped for family dinners—they have big cozy booths, a laid-back vibe, and all the food groups necessary for the entire family’s well-rounded diet–wood-fired pizza, seasonal salads and small plates, creamy housemade ice cream, and very good wine. It’s good to be a kid here, your cheese pizza is only $7, you can slurp homemade sodas, and nobody gives you a second glance as you gleefully race the length of the restaurant, drenched in pizza sauce and melted honey lavender ice cream, squealing something about macaroni flowers, while your parents dazedly sip wine and nibble heirloom tomato salads.

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty owners (and sisters) Sarah and Jane Minnick have carved out this sweet, homey little nook along ever-blossoming North Mississippi Avenue, creating a space that walks the line between modern and vintage, with high ceilings, massive wood beams, a huge roll-up glass garage door, and an eclectic collection of precisely-hung vintage prints lining the softly hued walls. Young hipster couples and families alike occupy the tables and booths, making for a lively neighborhood melting pot of top-notch vittles and people-watching.

So…I’ll see you there Tuesday through Sunday? Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty is closed on Mondays, so that’s when the kids will go to Grandma’s (mark your calendar, Mom)!

Details

Cuisine: Pizza

Owner: Sarah and Jane Minnick

Atmosphere: Long, narrow, cheerfully boisterous dining room lined with booths on one side, tables for two/four/more on the other, with a wood-fired oven on one end and an ice cream case on the other

Outdoor seating: Yes, one outdoor table for six, but the large rollup door makes the front tables feel like they are outdoors

Best Seat: One of the long wood booths

Noise Level: Quiet when empty, loud when full, but you can still have a conversation in normal tones

Bring the Kids: Most definitely

Bathrooms: Get the key at the counter, then head next door through the many-knobbed doorway, bathrooms are down the hall

Parking: Street parking is free and can be difficult to find during peak times, you may have to park a few blocks away

Cocktails: No

Beer: By the glass, pint and pitcher; bottled

Wine: By the glass ($7-$8) and bottle ($26-$32)

Corkage: $15

Teetotalers: Housemade sodas, bottled sodas, San Pellegrino sodas, Martinelli's apple juice

Tea: Foxfire

Ideal Meal: Garden lettuces with fromage blanc, polenta with rainbow chard and egg, chanterelle pizza, fennel sausage pizza, spinach with pounded garlic pizza, sour cherry ice cream, basil ice cream, dark chocolate with pistachio toffee ice cream

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Good for the following occasions: Family Dinner, Dinner With Kids, Pizza & Ice Cream Night, Date Night Especially If You're Deciding Whether Or Not To Have Children

Reservations: No

Take-Out: Yes, call 503.281.4060