Thursday night Jamie and I headed to one of our favorite restaurants: Lolita. I can’t even form a guess as to how many happy hours, drinks and dinners we’ve enjoyed there, between us, friends and with family. It was our place when we lived downtown and when we decided to move three years ago, promised to return to the city often, especially to Lolita.
It’s a combination of the food, atmosphere, crowd and incredibly reasonable prices that have made us loyal customers. And this past Thursday, Lolita earned one more. Natalie can now add this Tremont staple to her ever growing list of fine dining experiences.
This trip was on behalf of Metromix, which surprisingly the site has yet to review. So for anyone out there who has yet to check out Lolita, my full recap should appear in a few weeks.
We started off with the roasted dates and beet salad with honey and ricotta, then moved onto the buccatini with carbonara, big chunks of pork belly and pancetta and the duck prosciutto pizza with rosemary and egg. But the highlight of the dinner – a quick chat with the super friendly chef Matt (Chatty) Harlan, who made Jamie’s day by bringing out the restaurant’s famed burger with egg and bacon (thanks again, Matt – I know how much you love making those!). By the way, chef Harlan, who has been there for the past 12 years (Lola then Lolita), has a little less than two months left there before he heads over to Avon Lake to lead the kitchen at Bar Symon.
As usual, everything was delicious – especially the beets (hands-down best beet salad in town – I know I always include that, but it’s true) and the burger. That burger is so deliciously messy and juicy; I can’t wait to see what other burger creations Michael Symon unveils at The B Spot.
Thankfully, Natalie was a picture perfect diner throughout the entire meal. Nonetheless, we still ate fast, paid within seconds of the server dropping off the main dishes, and were headed out before the dinner rush made its way in.
On our way out, I noticed Lolita is hosting a lamb dinner on May 6 with Jamison Farm. It’s short notice, but I’m willing to bet this would be worth checking out.