Best Of 2006

Best New
Restaurant: Lola Bistro

Elegant but fun-loving, beautiful but sassy: Michael and Liz Symon's long-awaited, relocated, and reimagined Lola is all that and a stack of rosemary-and-sea-salt-scented French fries too. Think of it as your average neighborhood bistro on performance-enhancing drugs. There are some seriously funky twists to celebrity chef Symon's small, seasonal menu, including a lineup of intensely crafted tidbits -- foie-gras sausage served with porter-cheddar soup, say, or a smoked Berkshire pork chop with polenta and barbecued onion rings. Every dish pops with unimaginable flavor and makes Lola's return a real cause for celebration.