What to Try on Lola’s New Menu
As culinary director of the Big Red F restaurant group, Jamey Fader was present at the birth of Lola 12 years ago — and his enduring love for the pioneering LoHi Mexican fish house shows in the way he personifies it. “She needed to show her maturity in a new light,” he says. “In restaurant years, she’s about 60, but she’s still got great bones. She’s sexy, amazing, powerful and smart.”
So back in May, Fader brought in a chef he deemed worthy of her: Kevin Grossi, who held the sous position here before “crushing it” up at the Fort Collins outpost of Jax. This Friday, they’re rolling out a summer menu based on the “clarity” of insight they’ve gained into Lola’s personality — “never fusion, but always fun," right down to a new salsa trio for the chips, pictured top alongside the deceptively easy-drinking Cactus Valencia, a tequila cocktail infused with cactus water and citrus. “I’ve looked at this for so many years,” Fader points out, "so I was excited that Kevin wanted to reinvent it.” We particularly liked the blackened-tomato salsa, smoky with paprika and cumin. But that's just the beginning of what's in store.
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