Lola's Barracks Bar & Grill

American, Bar/Restaurant
$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

Lola's takes over the spot where boozy Tapatini's once stood. It's only fair to call the new bar a serious upgrade over its predecessor. Diminutive lamps cast an attractive glow over the bar. Chest-high tables can accommodate groups of six at leather-backed stools. Flat-screen televisions ringed with copper frames line the wall behind the liquor bottles.

Nosh on apps like sloppy joe sliders, a pate and brie platter or quesadillas made from shrimp, chicken, prosciutto, spinach, sun-dried tomato and two kinds of cheese. Hearty sandwiches make up the majority of the menu. A steak sandwich comes cooked to order and dripping with cheese and sweet caramelized onions. Other options include a half-pound burger, a turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo and some big "badass" fish tacos. Looking for lighter fare? Opt for the lemony caesar salad.

The bar offers 10 beers on tap including the creamy London Porter from Fuller's and summery brews like Blue Moon Belgian White. Wines by the glass range from $7 to $10.

-- Julia Beizer (April 2009)