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.


  1. holly_44109
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Another reason we keep going back (besides those you listed) is the service. Plus the beets are awesome!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    you’re on the east side now, how do you get down there these days? I thought the freeway exit to that neighborhood was closed for a year, or did it reopen?

  3. michelle v
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 11:46 am | Permalink


    77 / 90W / off at 14th/Abbey. Or, if traffic is backed up, we’ll just get off at E 9th and take the bridge over. The exit getting back on has been closed but it’s just a 2 min fix. Although, for the life of me I can’t remember if it was open on the way home? I hate when that happens.

    With no traffic, we can be there in 23 mins.