Lolita Lights Up Nemo's Staid Old Space
|No knock on Lolita's guac.|
And that's why as you take your seat, a waiter brings over a smoking dish of grapefruit granita and, holding a bottle of tequila in his hand, asks if you want some poured over the granita. At this point, just nod your head and enjoy.
For more tequila and slush, and more good times, turn to the margarita menu. We tried the basic Lolita margarita, and it was a classic mix made with freshly squeezed lime juice. Talk about not taking your meal too seriously: There are 120 top tequila pours from $10 to $100 (or 1,332 pesos for a shot of Herradura).
Next the waiter brought us chips and three dips -- tomatillo salsa, chipotle crema, and a hot red chili salsa. We ordered guacamole to go with it, and received a bowl of freshly mashed avocado with tomatoes, bits of serrano chile, and a lime wedge on the side ($9). Nicely done.
In fact, things were rolling along quite smoothly until the quesadilla arrived.
|A deceptive steak quesadilla; there's nothing inside.|
Well, this Boston chain is known more for tacos than quesadillas, so we tried a trio of pulled pork tacos "seared crispy with salsa verde." Folded within soft corn tortillas, the pork was fresh and tasty, if a bit on the sweet side.
|Pulled pork tacos|
After sampling just a few plates, it appears as though there may be some inconsistencies in the kitchen. But overall the food was fresh and tasty, the drinks were fine, and the staff is very friendly and keen on keeping diners happy. After guests finish their meal, each table is brought a giant puff of cotton candy -- ours was flavored with green apple.
This spirit is just right for South Beach: Fun, fun, fun, 'till daddy takes the tequila away. Or, on weekends, until 5 a.m.
|Complimentary cotton candy closes the deal.|