Lolita’s South of the Border Cantina

November 15th, 2011

Location: 1326 Davie Street, Vancouver  View Google Map
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I’ve been frequenting Lolita’s, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Davie Street restaurant, fairly regularly since it opened more than five years ago, and it has become my go-to place when no one can decide where they want to go or what they feel like eating. Lolita’s is one of the few places I’ve found in Vancouver that has great atmosphere; it’s the type of space where as soon as you’ve stepped inside you feel like you’ve been transported miles from home. Serving up some of the best Mexican food in Vancouver, Lolita’s feels like a tropical oasis – with island beats blasting from the sound system, a Tiki-esque aesthetic complete with a fish tank and the requisite mini umbrellas adorning their artfully constructed cocktails, you instantly forget that it’s five degrees and raining outside. The Matador Mojito – a twist on the popular rum-based drink with the addition of muddled raspberries and blackberries – and the Tijuana Tornado — an extremely potent ginger-beer based concoction — are my favourite selections from their extensive cocktail list. I always judge a Mexican restaurant on the quality of their chips and guacamole, and Lolita’s offers some of the best around. Their homemade chips are warm and crunchy and not too salty and the guacamole, while unconventional with its black bean base, is creamy with the perfect kick of spice. I always order the tacos and they never disappoint. The soft shell corn tortillas are piled high with delicious veggies and meat and are accompanied by salad, rice and black beans. After indulging in way too many chips and guac, I always have trouble finishing both tacos but it makes a great lunch the following day. Lolita’s is the perfect place to go when you want to be anywhere other than Vancouver, but be sure to go early as this tiny neighbourhood spot is packed by 7 pm. (SR)

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