Lola in Dallas--still going strong
I have posted fairly detailed reports re: Lola before so will not do so here again. Ate there again last night and can testify that things are still as we remember. The food was great, of course, and the service was all one could ask for. The highlights were two appetizers--shrimp with lemon grits and a drop dead fabulous panzanella salad (the traditional Italian tomato and bread salad) served with the ripest and best yellow and red tomatoes I have had all year. The avocado puree was an unexpected and wonderful addition to the salad. I was also pleased to see the restaurant nearly packed at around 7:30. There is plenty of competition in Dallas now for our fine dining dollar and we must do all we can to support our local treasures such as Lola. If you haven't eaten there in a couple of months why don't you make a reservation now while you are thinking about it?!
One question for the board--are there any better wine deals in the country than those found on "Van's list?"
I was there for my daughter's 16th birthday Friday night. Had two wonderful wines from her birth year -- 1990. Very good meal. And to answer Brent's question, if there is a better price wine list anywhere in the U.S., I want to know where it is so I can go eat there.
Streamwise, if you're going to drop that kind of money on wine, you need to stop looking at the Aussie wine and look at some of the good stuff. They do have Burgundys on the list you know. Actually, now that I think about it, you need to keep ordering the stuff from down below. Keep you mitts off the red Burgs. More for me that way.
I've done my part to support Lola this week at least. Ate in the Tasting Room on Wednesday evening, my first visit since March. We were one of only three tables booked in the room that night, but that did nothing to diminish the food or the service, both of which were as wonderful as always. Our party of three was unanimous that the best course was the strip steak with Yukon Gold potatoes and a demi-glace. If they put it on the menu in the other half of the restaurant as ane entree I'll eat there next time.
It's actually called "Lola, the Resturant" and, well, actually, there are two resturants; one is the "tasting room" (with it's own chef and menu--though sometimes it's the same chef) and then there's the regular one. But, the whole thing is housed in a coverted house off of Cedar Springs Rd. The building used to be the old Barclay's resturant, if that helps.
Anyway, the address is:
2917 Fairmount Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Oh, and it's not Fairmount near McKinney Ave., but closer to the new Standard resturant. For more information, check out the DMN's Guidelive review:
Hope that helps.
Van's list is incredibly priced...probably one of the lowest in the US. Having moved to NYC, I am astounded at how cheap some of his rarer wines are. For example, here's a comparison from one fine-dining restaurant in NYC with a huge wine list: '96 Penfolds Grange - $250 Lola's, $452 NYC, '01 Torbreck 'Run Rig' - $220 Lola's, $420 NYC, '61 Chateau Latour - $2200 Lola's, $3900 NYC. Crazy!