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Lola's

3312 Esplanade Ave. (Ponce de Leon St.) Send to Phone
504-488-6946 | Menu
After two decades in Mid-City, Lola’s is still all about the paella.
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Lola's Restaurant Review

: On the edge of a residential neighborhood filled with ethnic restaurants, po’ boy joints and corner groceries, Lola’s has become an anchor. Fewer than a dozen tables fill the room, which can become raucous when babes in arms join their parents. The kitchen, completely open to the dining room, adds its voice to the babble. Outside, patrons frequently wait an hour or more, an endurance test that sometimes has to be suffered standing. Is the food at this miniscule storefront spot worth the hassle? The lines outside the door clearly answer that question. Garlic soup is a fine starter, and the paella would easily hold its own against any other in New Orleans, where very few places prepare authentic paella; you can order it for one to four diners. Grilled tuna is served with a spicy mojo sauce, while the marinated rack of lamb is accented with Gorgonzola sauce. The house red wine, Tapeña Garnacha, is rich and fruity, but just peppery enough to be a good complement to paella. There's beer, and you may bring your own wine. Several house-made desserts will vie for your attention, but we recommend the flan.

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