The New Must-Try Restaurant in Ballston Quarter
Chick-fil-a what? If you’re looking for a solid chicken sandwich in the DMV, you’re welcome in advance. Chef Kevin Tien of Himitsu recently opened Hot Lola’s in Ballston Quarter, and the food is fire, like quite literally. They sell Sichuan x Nashville style chicken, and you can get it helllllla spicy, which is awesomesauce since I like my food burn-my-stomach hot.
Hot Lola’s Menu
His menu’s short and sweet – you can get a Hot Lola’s chicken sandwich ($7.50), tenders ($8.50) and/or a tenderdog ($5.50). The sandwich is topped with slaw, pickles, and drizzled with comeback sauce on a sesame seed bun. The tenders (3 pieces) come with slaw, pickles, secret sauce and toast.
Anddd l didn’t get to try the tenderdog so I’m not 100% sure, but I’m assuming it’s the same deal as the sandwich, just with a toasted bun. As you can see, prices are super affordable, and that’s with the 4% fair wage and wellness provision that’s added.
An Extra 4% Charge?
You’re probably wondering what that extra charge is, right? It’s Chef Kevin’s way to ensure that ALL of his employees are well taken care of so you should happily dole out the extra $. In fact, I hope this is something everyone eventually does.
Also, they donate a portion of their sales to the Human Rights Campaign…as if you needed yet another reason to support them! So, feel good about going and stuffing your face because you’re giving back by eating delish food. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that.
How Hot’s Too Hot?
OK, back to his sammies. You can customize your heat from not hot to too hot – I haven’t tried the “too hot” option yet, but OG hot was nice and flavorful. The chicken was cooked to crispy perfection, and the inside was nice and moist. The pickles added sweetness while the coleslaw’s creaminess provided a lovely contrast to the heat. Get it with a side of curly fries ($3) for an epic meal that’ll keep you happy and full.
Alright Nomsters, who’s excited to try Hot Lola’s? Trust me when I say this Ballston food hall is a must-visit. Who does your favorite chicken sandwich in the DMV area? Let me know by leaving a comment below, and check out more VA noms on this tab. Until next time, friends!