Lola - Seattle, WA

English pea, summer squash, feta omelette, bacon, toast
I had the pleasure of getting to eat at Lola the last time I was in Seattle, and I have to say it's a spot that I could find myself going back to over and over again. The food was all fresh, delicious, and portions, just right.

I'm a sucker for omelets. However, they can often be boring, overcooked, undercooked, etc. Lola, seems to have this one down. The english peas are so sweet and have a great texture that just pops when you bite into them. The squash adds a nice earthy flavor to the dish while the feta adds a nice savory bite. And then, I got to the fresh dill on top and there was an explosion of flavor in my mouth. If that was it I would have been a happy camper. But the dish comes with "Smashed Potatoes" as Lola calls them, which are potatoes that have been boiled, squashed, rolled in herbs and spices, and then fried to finish it off. They are delicious and worth going to Lola for.

House made granola, greek yogurt, fresh fruit
For the health nut, there are a couple dishes on the menu that fit your bill and are everything but boring. The greek yogurt and house made granola are delicious enough to make for a light meal before your arduous day, and you won't feel guilty about eating either. Although, I can't really say I've ever had much food guilt. I probably should sometimes!

Tom’s big breakfast: octopus,green beans, sweet corn, sumac yogurt, poached egg, bacon salt
When I was reading through the menu I was instantly pulled towards this dish. "Octopus for breakfast!?" you may ask. And yes, octopus for breakfast. I can't tell you all the flavors that are going on in this dish, from hints of lemon, sweetness from corn, bacon salt! It has it all and it all masks any trace of fishiness from the octopus. So don't be scared, give it a try. You'll love it!

Steel cut oats, flax seed, blueberry compote, sugared almond clusters
I don't really like oatmeal. I've tried to because how "good for you" everyone says it is. I just can't do it. It's just too healthy or something. I seem to have a hard time putting a bowl of it down unless I stick two pads of butter in it and some fresh cream. That being said, I think I could have eaten this whole bowl. It tasted like a lightly sweet blueberry dessert.

I sometimes wish I could live in Seattle or somewhere in the Pac-NW because there are so many great fresh food offerings. After all, there is a lot of growing going on in the area and it's so easy to find a restaurant that is getting their ingredients locally and supporting the community that way. It's not a bad thing at all.

Anyways, get out there and eat and hit up your local farmers' market.
--Joe