Head over heels in love with this gem. Located on 3337 Penn Avenue, Lola’s Eatery is a new addition to the area. The space was warm and inviting, and they did a brilliant job decorating the interior. You can tell a lot of thought went into each and every detail, and I especially loved the crocheted succulents and the beautiful plant display up front.
Their menu was small but mighty with unique takes on classic brunch favorites like chicken pot pie and eggs benedict. Max, the chef, is half Filipino, and I was thrilled to see him pay homage to his cultural roots at Lola’s. I mean, adobo pot pie? How could you not want that?
And yes, it tasted as good as it sounded. I lucked out and got the last one, and it was basically love in a skillet. Filled with adobo chicken, pork belly and the classic pot pie fixings, this dish was hearty and delicious; perfect for a cold, winter day. There was a subtle sweetness to it that I loved, and the baked crust came with crisp bacon on top. Don’t sleep on this because they sell out fast.
I also had the pleasure of trying Chef Max’s lumpia, and it came with a side of sriracha aioli and a jar of pickled vegetables. The textures all worked so well together. The crispiness of the lumpia, the creaminess of the aioli, the acidity and crunchiness of the veggies… so good.
If you haven’t had it before, it’s like a Filipino egg roll so go with a friend and get an order to share before diving into entrees.
Chef runs Lola’s Eatery with his girlfriend Zoe, who happens to be an incredible baker. She makes their bagels from scratch fresh daily along with an assortment of sweets that are available at the counter.
“Your Own ‘Hangover-Over’ Cure” was the ultimate breakfast sandwich thanks to her masterful dough play. I got mine with bacon, fried egg and American cheese on magical rosemary goodness, and I swear I thought I heard angels singing in the background.
I’ve never had a rosemary bagel before, but now it’s all I want. It was so soft and delicious, and just look at that egg! Everything about it was a home run, and I can’t wait to get it again the next time I’m in the ‘Burgh.
They share their space with the Engine House Winery so you have the option of getting breakfast/lunch/brunch cocktails with your meal, which is awesome. They’re open from 9AM-2PM on Saturday and Sunday and 8AM-2PM on Monday and Friday so go and get some. For more on Pittsburgh food, make sure to browse this tab and stay tuned for fresh, new content coming your way. Until next time, Nomsters!