Lola

17 Jan

Finally went here for lunch the other day and it’s another great restaurant started by Michael Symon – a native Clevelander.  The beer list includes more macros than micros, however he’s offering really nice micros: Erie Brewing Railbender Ale, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, Leelenau Brewing Co. Amber Ale, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and another GL I can’t remember along with a few others. On Dec. 21st, Lola had a beer dinner featuring: FFF Alpha Klaus, Breckinridge Christmas, Aventinus, Heavy Seas Winter Storm, De Dolle Stille Nacht and Redstone Winter Solstice.

The food is awesome: this man loves meat.  Beef cheek pierogies, incredible desserts like corn pudding with butter ice cream or french toast with maple/bacon ice cream.  Pig roasts every tuesday night. E. 4th St. is a really small but cool spot with tons of little restaurants offering yumminess. Lola is actually pretty large, the service is awesome, atmosphere posh but relaxed. It’s a happy spot if a little pricey (lunch with soup, pierogies and pint: $35+tip). Parking all around, tops $8 at the parking garage a few blocks down and valet at Lola.  Cleveland is a city that gets a lot of heat but for those who live there, the golden spots are all around you just have to look for them.

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2 Responses to “Lola”

  1. traPISSED January 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    You seem to know your food really well! Where is the best place you have ever had a meal?

    For me it would be Corso in the hotel Bristol in Vienna. I have been there a few times and the interior always blows me away.

    A close second would be the Hotel Sacher also in Vienna there is nothing like eating a piece of Sacher tort at midnight opposite the opera house.

    • ahoppypipper January 20, 2010 at 1:32 am #

      That’s a rather difficult question. But I’d have to say several places are my favorites because of sentimental value and familiarity. First, Downtown 140 as the chef is so amiable and very clued into the local community, he makes beautiful food, the atmosphere is wonderful and the service cannot be beat. Second, would be Tom’s Oyster Bar in Detroit since I went there all the time with my dad, the seafood is various and delicious with again great atmosphere and attentive familiar service. My third one is actually a place in Siena off the piazza to the bottom left. I had one of the best meals of my life for 4 hours at lunch with a dear friend. I ate so much wild boar I literally fell asleep at the table with my sunglasses on. That day would be seriously hard to surpass for excellence in all areas.

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