Written by on November 14, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

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How I heard of this place: My friend Lindsay first told me that the brunch at Lola was the best in town, to die for. I tried it about eighteen months ago when a friend wanted to take me out for my birthday, and haven’t been able to stay away.
Type of cuisine: Lola has a “Greek” spirit. Modern Mediterranean and North African riffs on local ingredients.
Ambiance: Modern boutique style – casual to the extent that you can walk in off the street and grab a nice lunch or dinner. Formal enough that you can take out-of-town visitors you want to make a good impression on. Somewhat dark interior with windows all around. Tall ceilings with intricately decorated ironwork over the lights and to lead you to the restrooms. Booth seating is available throughout the restaurant, for parties of two to six. Cozy, bustling, loud and full of people, the space is always busy, and the food worth it! For patrons waiting to be seated, the Hotel Andra lobby is available for more quiet, comfortable seating – and coffee is offered!
What I ordered: I have a few favorites at Lola, which are the things I order nearly every time I’m there: the Greek omelette with broccoli, florina peppers, feta, bacon, toast ($16) or the Eggs benedict with house smoked berkshire ham, dill hollandaise ($16). On this visit, I found a new twist on the scrambled egg option and went for that! The Heirloom tomato scramble ($15) with soft, melted goat cheese and basil, was served alongside two very thick-cut slices of bacon, and crisp, buttered toast. The dining companion seated directly in front of me went with her staple: a half-order of the Eggs benedict ($17): Bavarian meats ham and a poached egg served over a large English muffin and doused with dill Hollandaise. To my left, my dining companion ordered the house cured gravlax (salted salmon) ($16), served with chive cream cheese, tomatoes, capers, and onion rye ficelle. The last in our party ordered the steel cut oats ($10), combined with flax seed, blueberry compote, and sugared almond clusters. But, of course no party, especially a going-away girls brunch, would be complete without an order of the made-to-order doughnuts ($8 for six) served with seasonal huckleberry jam and vanilla mascarpone! – They were served warm and lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Delicious.
What I loved: The smashed garlic-fried potatoes are always a hit, perfectly crisp around the edges and soft and flaky potato on the inside. The bacon is to die for. And, of course, who can deny the beautiful, light, fluffy and hot doughnuts?
Why I loved it: I love Lola for several reasons. Before I forget, I should mention that they have a punch card for brunch/lunch (buy ten get one free), which always gives a place a thumbs up from me. That being said, I also love the booth seating that can be found throughout the entire restaurant, creating a cozy sense of home-quality dining. The staff is always pleasant and available, efficient and very helpful with honest recommendations! In fact one of the first times I went the waiter brought us a plate of doughnuts for free – as part of our “reunion” eating experience.
Cost: Average ($14-$16 for a brunch)

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