I was so excited to finally be going to Michael Symon's Lola in Downtown Cleveland.  It did not disappoint.  A charming street that doesn't resemble much else in the metro area (this is not a bad thing) houses Symon's Lola location.

Inside it's stylish and warm. Beautiful wall of wine encased in glass behind the bar. Very promising first impression.

Quickly seated, the waiter presents not an enormous menu but most anything you can (and can't) imagine seems to be represented beautifully. If you're a daring diner this menu is not wasted on you. Even the less daring will find comfort in simplicity.  There is a bar type chefs table encases part of the kitchen. Step on up dinner for one or two. You get the best seat in the house.

Crispy bone marrow? really? Bring it on. Add a side of raw petite oysters and it's cocktail hour.  Out came long "fingers" of crisped bone marrow with assorted accoutrement. Lemon, flake sea salt, hand picked flat leaf parsley, caramelized shallots. Spread the marrow over crostini and let it melt in your mouth with or without accompaniment. It's all good. Don't overlook the cocktail menu even if you have an old standby. Get out of your rut and taste the creation of a mixmaster. You won't be disappointed.

The wine list is present on iPad type devices which is novel certainly but easy to keep up to date and certainly of this decade. Old school offal on a menu with such a modern wine list? oh yes. Everything old is new again. 

Dinner is equal divine. A perfectly cooked excellent quality ribeye. It is adorned with preserved lemon and smoked garlic marrow butter. How many things are right on this plate? Let me count the ways.

Menu changes with the season so locals won't fear being bored then again you may miss the last great thing you had there. But the next great thing could be better.

If only I lived closer I'd be a regular.


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AuthorStephanie Anderson