Lola’s chef-owner Michael Symon is Cleveland’s culinary golden boy. With his signature shaved head, quick and slightly maniacal laugh and innovative take on American cuisine, Symon has put Cleveland on the path to foodie celebrity fame. Symon has been named one of the top 10 chefs in America by Food and Wine magazine and placed second in “Iron Chef America.” At Lola, a sophisticated, boutiquey eatery with dark leather booths, intimate, contemporary lighting and splashes of color from well-appointed artwork, Symon shows what progressive American food is all about. Rib eye is a smoked blue cheese and wild mushroom affair, and halibut is jazzed up with a bacon, corn and cilantro accompaniment. For the true Michael Symon experience, go with the pork belly and pig ear. Symon, a pork aficionado, prepares this dish with wild mushrooms and horseradish crème fraiche. Make a reservation to guarantee a table. If Lola breaks your budget, Symon’s other restaurant, Lolita, located in Tremont, has less expensive but equally creative options. Lola is closed Sundays.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM, Monday to Thursday from 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM, Friday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Nearest Train: Tower City -Public Square