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Lola in Cleveland - What to Order?

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My husband and I are going to Lola in Cleveland for the first time next weekend. I've been reading about it for a long time and I'm really excited to try it .What are some favorite dishes? I'm sure everything will be great, but I'd love to know any "can't-miss" things to order. Also is there anywhere nearby to go tor a pre-dinner drink? We are staying at the Hyatt Regency Arcade. Thanks!

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  1. The bar at Lola is beautiful, I would go there for my drink. I recommend the "Delta;" it's Grey Goose citron, fresh lemon, fresh mint and a little sugar. It's wonderful.

    AFA food I say a can't-miss is the beef cheek pierogi. It is out of this world good. And the 6am special for dessert; maple bacon ice cream (it's really good!) with small french toast. Or the Dark Day in Cleveland dessert which is a small choc cake w/molten center and a scoop of Guiness ice cream.

    1. Yes! Definitely try the beef cheek ravioli. The steak with blue cheese is incredible, too.

      1. Well, Lola was wonderful. We had the beef cheek pierogi, the strip steak with blue cheese fondue, and my husband had the crab gnocci and hangar steak. We had the 6am special and a turtle sundae for dessert. He also tried a bacon appetizer. Everything was top-notch - it was worth the drive from Columbus. I'd say it was one of the best meals I've ever had. I couldn't finish the steak because we had so much food, but we wanted to try everything! What a great experience - thanks for the recommendations!

        1. So glad you reported back to us and let us know about your experience. They're finally opening for lunch this month, just in time for my birthday lunch there next week. Yay!

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          1. re: rockandroller1

            Do you know if there is a firm date for the lunch service start?

          2. This was in the local paper today, 2/7/06.

            At long last, lunch . . . Midday meals are now on the menu at Lola (2058 East Fourth Street). Among the edibles, find mac & cheese with roasted chicken ($14), chickpea salad with grilled hanger steak and salsa verde ($13), a pressed turkey club with bacon and smoked cheddar ($9), and fried bologna, with coleslaw, pickles, and a fried egg ($9). Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 216-621-5652 for reservations.

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            1. re: sheb

              Ate at Lola on Wednesday night. Was in town on business. Yes, the Delta cocktails are killer. Had the crab gnocchi and romaine blue cheese salad with bacon and sherry vinagrette. Entree was the walleye with lobster stock reduction, brussel sprouts and probably more bacon. Heavy food (almost to a fault), but very enjoyable. The walleye was excellent. Didn't get dessert. David Chang (Momofuku guru chef in NYC) would love this menu. I would have liked to have seen 'brighter' accents in certain dishes. The tang of the sherry vinagrette was one highlight. Everything is buttered, truffle oiled, lobster stock reduced. Still - a good experience, good food and excellent service.