Lola’s has Happy Hour Specials in Hoboken

Wow – every time I walk by Lola’s uptown – I notice they have all sorts of Happy Hour specials, and so on. I wonder how they’re doing – since we haven’t eaten there in six years!

Is anyone a regular at Lola’s, and if so – what brings you back? Or do just out of town visitors spillover if other uptown establishments are too crowded?

Description: Spanish cuisine. Fine dining. Entrée price range $5-$20+.
Services: Tapas, Spanish wines
Website: www.lolas-tapas-wine-bar-hoboken.com
Address: 153 14th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 420-6062

Hoboken Tapas Review: Lola’s

August 2006:

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We’ve been to Lola’s Tapas several times. And each time was a hit-or-miss experience. Sometimes having amazing dishes and decent service, all the way to mediocre food and poor, rushed service.

Today’s review has us sitting at the bar for a few quick tapas items. Wanted to avoid the barrel-tables since they are a little frustrating to sit at.

We chose not to order wine or Sangria this time, so it will not be included in this review.

Lola’s is a very out of the ordinary restaurant in Hoboken. An authentic spanish look and feel throughout, and a huge wine cellar with 1000′s of bottles. The restaurant has two floors, with the upstairs being the larger of the two, and the downstairs being a bit more quiet and intimate.

Had a nice cocktail hour downstairs a few months ago.

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The upstairs has a bigger bar, and a more open feel. On nicer days, they open the front doors.
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Overall, while the decor of Lola’s is very nice, the seating leaves much to be desired, and the music from the satellite radio can be overwhelming.

On to the food.

As usual, they start you out with a couple little cheese and meat snacks and a loaf of sub-par bread. It had the taste and feel of standard white bread. While there is a time and a place for bread like this, you’d expect a more hearty, chewy bread here. But the dipping oil was spicy and good.

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First out was the Spicy Wings. While not your usual “buffalo” style wings, these were still very delicious. Despite being very tiny, they were still a treat to eat. Gobs of crushed red pepper based spice coated each miniscule wing. Were cooked satisfactorily and ate rather well, albeit messy. A nice change from the usual wing.
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Next came the Mussels with Garlic and Wine sauce. The mussels were cooked well and I thought the sauce was tasty, yet subtle. My friend thought they were too bland. I guess since I had eaten the wings my perception was slanted.

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After that, the Filet Mignon Volcano and a bowl of spicy potatoes came out. I’ve eaten this volcano dish before and loved it. However, today, the meat was suspect and had a very tainted taste. How disappointing. When we reported this, they claimed the meat was fresh and was delivered that day. I was wondering if they stored it in a glove box in a car. The spicy potatoes were excellent as always. Just the right amount of spice and the potatoes were cooked perfectly. I guess it’s hard to screw up a simple dish like that.
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We replaced the Filet Mignon dish with some Chorizo with onions and peppers. A nice little bowl of mini spanish sausages. While the sausage was relatively good, the taste did remind us very eerily of a slim-jim. While not necessarily bad, it’s not something that I’d prefer to order again. Just a bit too salty for my taste. Personal opinion, of course.

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In the end, it’s nice to swing by Lola’s from time to time, to mix up the usual American style cuisine that dominates Hoboken. They have many menu choices, a gigantic wine list, and a unique atmosphere. If they could tone down the music, perhaps time the delivery of the dishes better, the experience would most certainly be improved. The costs are also a bit higher than you’d expect for what you receive, often leaving a bit hungry still.

Next time we’ll also check out the desserts.

Here’s a few more pictures.

PS, their website is not working at this time.

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