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Lolo: Such Divergent Opinions; What's Your Take on It?

opinionatedchef Mar 8, 2008 03:47 PM

Boston Ch coming tomorrow for annual SF visit. Maybe adding Lolo to favorites Aziza, Cortez, Foreign Cinema for dinners (also maybe Coi). Anyway, of the maybe 50 reviews on yelp.com, LoLo gets more differing opinions- adjacent to each other no less- than any I have ever seen. Looks like if we went we would either:1) Love it or 2) "meh" and resent it.
Help!! If you have eaten there, tell me what you thought of it plse!! Thanks v. much.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: opinionatedchef Mar 8, 2008 04:13 PM

    Did you see this topic? http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444530

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      opinionatedchef RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 8, 2008 04:23 PM

      i did but it's actually not v helpful bec not many peosters had eaten there. the yelp thread has tons of opinions as i mentioned.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: opinionatedchef Mar 8, 2008 04:25 PM

        There are about 10 detailed reports in that topic.

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          opinionatedchef RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 15, 2008 11:21 PM

          robert- mea culpa; you are right. apologies, and thank you for the link.

    2. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef Mar 13, 2008 12:00 PM

      Lolo: Hey c'mon you SF CHs- no one has tried it???!!!!!

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        Robert Lauriston RE: opinionatedchef Mar 13, 2008 12:06 PM

        Like I said, there are about ten detailed reports in the topic I lined to above.

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          Atomica RE: opinionatedchef Mar 13, 2008 05:37 PM

          I like the place. The interior is weird in an awesome way. I like the food quite a bit, but it's not earth shattering. EVERY place gets mixed reviews, even internationally known and beloved places, such as Zuni, Delfina, Chez Panisse. Wildly mixed reviews. You have to take a certain leap of faith here!

          If you want a whole slew of additional opinions, I suggest looking at the Lolo entry on Yelp.

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            opinionatedchef RE: Atomica Mar 14, 2008 11:27 AM

            atomica, thanks, but expand my comments and you'll see that the wildly divergent yelp reviews are what prompted my CH reequest for commentrs!!
            you're the first CH to respond who has actually EATEN at Lolo!! so th you.

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              laaronson RE: opinionatedchef Mar 15, 2008 04:33 PM

              i liked it a lot. the fish taco app was the best thing. i think i enjoyed it for solid (not outstanding) food but really, the fun funky ambiance, decor and really unique food (mix of mexican and turkish, IIRC) which worked for me (not weird fusion for the sake of fusion). it reminded me a bit of orinoco if you are familiar w/that restaurant (not as good a value as orinoco but that's ok....it is s different style of food)

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            pane RE: opinionatedchef Mar 15, 2008 05:08 PM

            8 people already responded with reports in the link Robert Lauriston provided you above. I went twice, and responded in that thread. I liked it, especially the jicama tacos.

          3. Absonot RE: opinionatedchef Mar 15, 2008 08:38 PM

            I found the food very interestingly conceived, not always well executed. The jicama and shrimp tacos people have been talking about are totally unique and pretty brilliant. The thinly sliced jicama becomes the tortilla, which imparts a totally new texture and freshness to a taco. Really yummy.

            But on my (one of and only) visit, I ordered the steak with a strawberry mole, which was a big mistake. The steak was fairly flavorless and overcooked, the mole was wayyyy too acidic. Oh, and the accompanying fries (thinner than shoestring, but not as thin as matchstick) were greasy and limp. I took it as my mistake for ordering something so pedestrian at such a place.

            I don't resent Lolo. I walked in expecting a hipster "too cool for school" vibe but totally didn't get it -- everyone was really nice and the place felt very comfy. Is it a destination place for someone coming across town? Perhaps...across North America? Not so much.

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              opinionatedchef RE: Absonot Mar 15, 2008 11:15 PM

              thanks much. very very helpful!

              1. re: wanderlust21
                opinionatedchef RE: wanderlust21 Mar 19, 2008 11:32 PM

                haven't finished our trip yet. will let you know if we go. so glad to learn of your blog; very very helpful ,so th you.

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