Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lolita | Cleveland

At Chef Michael Symon's chic and cozy Mediterranean bistro, Lolita, there's an understated brilliance working its way into his dishes. Take the exemplary Housemade Pork Rinds ($6) which achieve a light and airy crispness, benefiting from a simple chili and lime seasoning that ever so nicely cuts their natural saltiness. The Crispy Pig Tails & Ears ($10) are another outstanding demonstration of the chefs prodigious ways with pork, again the textures are spot on - crispy yet tender forkfuls meet a fennel-onion agrodolce, pickled chilies and cilantro. The Carrot Agnolotti ($18) presents elegantly braised rabbit - shredded and bathing in a gorgeous, bright heirloom carrot agrumato. Side dishes of Fried Brussels Sprouts ($6) laced with caper, anchovy and walnut and Broccolini ($6) seasoned in calabrian chili, olive oil, garlic, lemon and breadcrumb prove themselves worthy to stand alongside all these tremendous meat dishes.

Cocktails are inventive and inspired, the Port Authority ($11) made with Makers Mark bourbon, LBV port, balsamic reduction and basil offers unique and deep flavors. The wine list is thoughtful and widely sourced - despite the one Rosé offering, a Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare ($12). I'm always going to be on the lookout for Rosé this time of year.

The small space is relaxing and tasteful, where soft lighting and exposed brick meet elaborate pressed gold ceilings. Heavy framed slate windows gaze out over a quaint block in the neighborhood of Tremont. Lolita would be the perfect host for an intimate girls night or a date night. The group was thoroughly impressed with our first dinner out in Cleveland.

900 Literary Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113


  1. I love Chef Symon and would love to visit Lolita! Who knew Cleveland was such a hot spot?!

  2. yum I love a good fried brussels dish!

  3. Lolita's looks like another great food experience in Cleveland!