The crêpe, or French pancake, was invented in 1923 to make its American counterpart look fat, oafish, and uncouth in comparison. Help the dissed dessert maintain its well-deserved sense of superiority with today's Groupon: For $15, you get $30 worth of casual dinner fare at Lola, or $10 for $20 worth of lunch or brunch items.
Creative crepes are plentiful at Lola, with five savory selections available on the dinner menu (starting at 5 p.m.). The signature Lola crepe is stuffed with ratatouille and goat cheese ($8.50), while the seafood-stuffed Delilah delights with shrimp, crab, and crawfish ($12.50). The appetizer menu contains noshable selections like a cheese board with mixed nuts, dried fruit, and fig compote (market price), which allows for sharing or conspicuous selfishness. Casual comfort dishes are reinvented in entrées like the lobster dog and mac, a corn-dog style lobster tail with hearty macaroni and cheese on the side ($17). Quell lunch-sized hungers from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., or satiate brunch cravings from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with an order of Elvis Belgian waffles smothered in peanut butter, crème, bacon, and caramelized bananas. Live jazz and other musical performances are a staple at this luscious eatery.
- Lola manages the rare balance of loft-district energy with food and drink you actually want. – Riverfront Times
- The image of local son Miles Davis peers down from one wall of Lola, a new downtown restaurant that faces Lucas Park. It's entirely appropriate, because what we have here is the birth of the cool. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Lola's chefs bring the aromas and flavors of creole cuisine to their casual brick-walled space in the heart of downtown. Menus scrawled on chalkboards feature dinner plates such as barbecue shrimp and grits, creole-style chicken breast, traditional jambalaya, and spanakopita-stuffed portobello mushroom. On Saturdays, the kitchen opens for a brunch characterized by inventive takes on traditional dishes such as biscuits and crayfish gravy, savory creole bread pudding, and chicken and waffles with maple butter. The eclectic drink menu features cocktails blended from champagne, flavored vodka, and bourbon, as well as refreshing or hearty craft beers and flights of cognac. On some nights, Lola welcomes DJs and bands onto a small stage set in front of framed posters of famous musicians, which start glowing if they approve of the performers.