Friday, August 3, 2007

The happiest hours in town are at Lolita

Posted by on Fri, Aug 3, 2007 at 4:25 PM

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Lolita chef Michael Symon
Happy? We were feeling downright giddy after just three chilly sips of our high-octane Margarita Martini during a weekday Happy Hour stop at Lolita in Tremont. A seamless blend of Skyy Vodka, Cuervo tequila, triple sec, Gran Gala, sour mix, and a dash of cranberry juice, the not-too-sweet, $5 ’tini has to be one of the biggest mental-health bargains in town. And speaking of bargains, another five bucks bought us an exceptional Kobe beef burger: thick, buttery, and almost embarrassingly juicy, topped with a fried egg, aged cheddar, house-cured bacon, and onion, on a homemade English muffin. Outside Happy Hour, the burger would have cost us $15, a bouquet of Lola fries included; understandably, at these budget-friendly prices, our joviality could scarcely be contained. Other five-buck bargains include a half dozen oysters on the half shell, chorizo-stuffed mussels, prosciutto flatbread, fish & chips, and a half portion of Lolita’s famous mac & cheese. All are generously sized, perfectly prepped, and would set you back almost double if ordered in the dining room. Additional drink discounts include $2 pours of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; $4 glasses of wine (Lolita’s choice), and the Beta cocktail ($4), with ginger-infused vodka, fresh lime juice, and soda. Lolita’s Happy Hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to close on Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. to close on Sunday. Prices are valid at the bar, only. “The response from customers has been great, and it helps us by cranking up the energy level for the rest of the evening,” says chef-owner Michael Symon. “This way, everybody’s happy.” --- Elaine T. Cicora

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