Michael Symon’s Lolita is a beautiful little restaurant situated in the Tremont area of Cleveland, OH. If you don’t know who Michael Symon is, I’ll give you a little introduction.
Michael Symon is a Cleveland-born, celebrity chef often seen on shows like The Chew and Iron Chef. He has several restaurants in the Cleveland area; B-Spot in Woodmere, Lola in downtown Cleveland, and Lolita in Tremont. He is also opening a BBQ restaurant by the fall in downtown Cleveland called Mabel’s BBQ.
I’ve been to B-Spot several times and they have amazing bratwursts and their lola fries are to die for. I was really looking forward to trying Lolita if all of his food tastes as good as B-Spot.
Although I made a reservation, I got there just as they opened, so I was promptly seated. They only served dinner, which is fine I suppose. I just had to plan my day out and find things to do in the afternoon.
I enjoyed the atmosphere and the industrial-style lighting balanced with wood and exposed brick. The ceiling still had the old molding from the original building.
I got a glass of wine to start off with. They also serve beer and other standard drinks. I wasn’t sure what meal I was going to get so I settled on a Riesling because it tends to pair well with a variety of foods.
I also ordered a meat board with the smoked salami. This also came with lots of crusty bread, fennel, and a mushroom sauce. It was very good and I had to make sure not to eat too much or I was going to spoil my dinner. It packed up well and I had the rest the next day.
For my meal, I got the Rabbit Risotto. It was composed of shredded rabbit, rice, and various exotic mushrooms. It was a hearty meal with a bold flavor. It had been a long time since I’ve had rabbit so my tastebuds didn’t know what to think. It was very good, but my palate wasn’t used to it. As I continued to eat it, I became more accustomed to the flavor and it was wonderful.
I also got a side of fried brussels sprouts with walnuts and anchovies. Normally, I’m not a fan of 2/3 of the ingredients, but they were fabulous together. I had never tasted anything like it before. It was a bit oily, but that wasn’t a big deal. It was a strong flavor that slaps you in the mouth. It’s definitely a must try.
My usual companion, Jo, got a sausage pizza (I know, he’s so “brave). He said he loved it. The sausage tasted of high-quality and the crust was crispy without being burnt.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I would go back. This is a place that is on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for good quality and interesting food, then this is the place for you.
900 Literary Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
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