Well, for the first time since I started this little blog 'o mine, I let almost two weeks lapse between posting new content. I had intended to do some updates with all the time I had while visiting family in Cleveland, OH during the holidays, but laziness begets laziness and I spent my time eating, drinking, keeping kids from killing each other, and drinking some more. Lots of good food and wine during the week, perhaps I'll get my act together and post more about that later. For now, a review of Lolita in Cleveland, a place I was glad to finally get to visit. My brother-in-law had been a few times and had arranged to get us there a couple days before Christmas.
Lolita is one of several restaurants in the Cleveland area owned by Food Network's Iron Chef Michael Symon. Lolita is tucked away on a quaint street corner in the Tremont neighborhood just outside downtown Cleveland. It's a tiny little place, with an open kitchen beside a wood burning stove and cozy little bar, it has the feel of a causal neighborhood joint. It felt homey the moment I walked in the door.
I didn't take a ton of a pics, but here a few with some commentary.
We started off with a few Hot Dirty Birds. The Dirty Bird was basically a dirty martini with a shot of tabasco, but I needed to represent...
I won't review every entree that was passed around the table, but they were all strong and executed flawlessly. I had a tasty butterflied and roasted chicken with braised fennel, tarragon, and olives that has renewed my love for fennel. It was tasty. My brother-in-law ordered a killer pork chop with poblanos and almonds over mashed butternut squash.
Each entree comes with the choice of one side. The sides are served in these personal pots that I've seen used before, but now am now interesting in getting for home use once again. They are too cool.
All-in-all, Lolita was a kicking experience. Everything I tasted was excellent and exuded personality and flavor. If I lived in the area, I'd be there. A lot.