This weekend my friend Sara and I were in Philadelphia to do what only very few have been so privileged to do: see Britney Spears (along with Nicki Minaj) perform live. As not only a fellow Britney fan, but also a fellow foodie, Sara picked an awesome place called Lolita to set the stage for our fun night ahead with her two childhood friends.
The letters “BYOT” takes up most of the chalk board resting outside the restaurant, stressing the importance of bringing tequila. We definitely followed orders, and as a result, we were tipsier and richer than we would have been had we purchased onsite.
I’m a sucker for Mexican food, but I can say unbiasedly that Lolita’s food is significantly creative and uncontrollably addictive. The guacamole, served with an assortment of plantain, taro, corn chips, and thin slices of jicama was so good that after one order, we called the waiter over to place a request for a second. The grilled romaine and asparagus salad with polenta croutons was my favorite of the two salads we ordered (so fitting with our Skinny Girl margaritas) – I couldn’t get enough of the beautifully browned and creamy croutons.
Despite devoting ourselves to the task of finishing two bottles of pre-made margaritas, I couldn’t stop eating the creamy green enchiladas with grilled shrimp, rice, and beans. With flavors of lime and cilantro balanced by crema fresca and melted jack cheese, the enchilada served as an edible explanation of why I am obsessed with Mexican food. So amazing!
I wouldn’t typically choose salmon at a Latin American restaurant, but we couldn’t resist the description of roasted hearts of palm, corn, and chipotle. The combination was incredible.
Britney Spears came as a blessing, because had it not been for our commitment to the show, I would have definitely spent the rest of the night gorging on chips and guacamole and sampling other dishes. And after 1.5 hours of watching Britney dance, I have to say (regretfully) that Lolita may have stood out as the night’s best performance. ‘Til my next trip to Philly!
Location: 106 South 13th Street, Philadelphia