Personally, we don’t think any girls getaway is complete without a boozy lunch. So, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off our Northshore Getaway than with a private lunch at LOLA, one of Covington’s most delicious high end restaurants. Knowing that Lola was owned by a local chef couple who formerly worked at the original Brennan’s, we had high expectations. And boy were they surpassed!
As soon as we walked into LOLA’s quaint dining room, we were swept off our feet. We fell in love with the eclectic decorations, made even more unique by the fact that LOLA’s kitchen is housed in the caboose of a train! Our only regret was the fact that our visit occurred prior to LOLA’s renovation of their second dining room, which will also be in a train car. Looks like we have to go back!
Of course we had to start our lunch by popping open some wine, and with LOLA’s extensive wine list, this wasn’t an easy decision. We finally decided on the Schramsberg Brut Rosé (because, honestly, we have never turned down a Rosé), before getting ready to get our fill of LOLA’s delicious contemporary cuisine.
We started off by sharing a pimento cheese spread with a side of pickled veggies, which we couldn’t get enough of. While we’ve never met a pimento cheese we didn’t like, we have to say that LOLA’s version was nothing short of perfection.
We also dug into the watermelon, beet, and goat cheese salad, which was drizzled with balsamic dressing. We knew it would be hard to top the pimento cheese, but this salad was one of the freshest we’ve ever had, and we can’t picture a more perfect salad for a summertime lunch.
Before we knew it, it was time to move onto more salads and sandwiches, which certainly did not disappoint. With eighteen sandwich options and five different salads on Lola’s lunch menu, each of which sounded better than the one before, we had quite the difficult time choosing, so we ultimately decided to mix and match. Some of us settled on the New Hampshire sandwich, which was served with brie, ham, and apricot preserves on a buttery, toasted croissant, while others chose the Bostonian sandwich, which was served with turkey, bacon, provolone, avocado, and sun dried tomato aioli.