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Lola is the flagship restaurant of celebrity chef, Michael Symon. You may have seen him on the Food Network, Cooking Channel, or ABC. He's considered the driving force behind saving Cleveland's restaurant scene. He opened his first restaurant in Tremont in 1997 and named it after his aunt: Lola. Within a year it was hailed as one of the best restaurants in Cleveland and launched Symon into the world of celebrated chefs. By 2005, it was time for some updates, and Michael changed the name to Lolita and opened up a new Lola downtown.
As for the food, the menu at Lola is Symon's take on America Bistro flavors. Per usual, he keeps local flavors front and center. All recipes here use only organic meat and produce that was grown locally. Sides and specials rotate depending on seasonality, so you can always come back for something new. Overall, Chef Symon has long been a believer in nose-to-tail cooking: a philosophy that resonates throughout the menu.
If you're going to stop at Lola, make sure to try the beef cheek pierogi, pork belly with crispy ears, or the smoked Hampshire pork chop. As for the perfect pair, Chef Symon's wife, Liz, has you covered with more than 400 options on the wine list. Don't worry if that all sounds a bit overwhelming, there are wine managers in the restaurant that can help you narrow it down.
Cover image by Edsel Little on Flickr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.