Just a quick update, I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a fun restaurant during RW for a group of college students. Those plans fell through, but I ended up at Lolita last night anyway. Tremendously fun! Cute space, great staff.
We started off with a pitcher of the blood orange/wild mint margarita mix (virgin, because hey, it's a school night.) A pair of men at the next table over ended up volunteering the remainder of their bottle, which was far nicer than what we could have mustered up anyway. We moved onto the guacamole/salsa/exotic chips platter, which had nicely piquant salsa roja and a rich but not spicy salsa verde. The guacamole itself was, hmm, bright. The jicama was a great touch, and there's a lot of tasty avocado, but I'm a fan of a little more spice. Nice, but not stellar. The beet salad with fried plaintains was really lovely. Colorful, exciting, creamy cheese....I'm a fan.
The entrees arrive: the enchiladas with gulf shrimp, one with grilled portobello, and the duck breast with mezcal cranberries and slaw. I'm not a huge fan of the enchiladas- props for a hearty, substantial vegetarian friendly (yay! mushrooms or tofu!) entree, but it's basically fifty percent cheese. And sadly, the luscious salsa verde is swallowed in all that cream. The mushrooms (both inside the enchiladas and the portobello) are great. There's garlic on the inside of the cap, and it's perfectly grilled without being greasy. I can't, um, comment on the duck, but she liked it. And I loved her leftover cranberries. I think that was what I missed most in the enchiladas- slightly boring, no contrast. Comfort food.
Okay, we didn't really need dessert, but I have an article to write, so...we end up splitting the flourless chocolate cake three ways. It's pretty much the highlight of the evening. Slightly warmed, with caramel sauce oozing off, a sweet coconut blanket and chile toffee peanuts rattling around the sides....There's also real whipped cream on top, which helps offset the sugar. Oddly topped with mint, which didn't go at all.
so two appetizers, three entrees, a pitcher of mixer and a dessert + tip worked out to being 40 dollars a person. Five dollars and no restaurant week? Yes please. Thanks for the tips!