A Look at Loba: Latin and Literary Flavors Meet Friday in MiMo
The staff's family sampled menu dishes this past weekend and gave Loba its first taste of what service will be like. Divided into five parts -- small plates, garden, herbivores, piscivores, and carnivores -- the menu features something for everyone. Bite into items like charred octopus with celery relish, corn nuts, and celery leaf or warm potato salad with pickled mustard seeds and dill for starters. Then proceed with a "cast away" -- mussels and clams doused in Loba broth with spicy chorizo tarragon, cilantro, and grilled cornbread. There's also a Loba burger, MFC (MiMo fried chicken), and patacon with mom's hot sauce. Prices vary from just $5 for all garden items to $9 to $14 for small plates and $15 to $27 for entrées.
The hallway to the bathroom is wallpapered with pages from Sanchez's favorite book, The Fountainhead.
Collaboration and community is a big part of Loba's DNA. JoJo Tea, Wynwood Brewing Company, Funky Buddha, and Panther Coffee, which came in and gave full-on barista training, are all part of Loba's liquid menu. Wine by the glass and bottle will also be available.
Courtesy Jessica Sanchez What Loba looked like before.
A vertical plant garden that will debut on opening night was a gift from Matt Sherman, owner of Jugofresh, right across the street from Loba. "He came by to say hi, and when I told him what I was doing with my wall, he said he had all these plants left over from an event and wasn't using but has been watering," Sanchez says. "This is just an example of how amazing the community has been."
Whether you snag one of the 50 seats at the communal table, in the dining room, or the bar, you'll be able to spot all the details in this place. They include old cameras, vinyl records that will play as the soundtrack to your dinner (think the Fugees, Coldplay, and Amy Winehouse), and a collection of books that have Sanchez's handwritten notes in them and will be delivered to your table at the end of your meal with your check somewhere inside. Like the book? Sanchez is working on a Loba library, where diners will be able to check out books.
Move over, dinner and a movie -- Loba is here to change things up.