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SandraV | Jul 16, 200406:16 PM     4

We stopped in at Lola, the new Tom Douglas offering, last Saturday. Unfortunately, they were not yet serving lunch, contrary to what was reported earlier in the PI. Lunch service starts this week. But, it was still relatively early in the afternoon so we decided to try breakfast.

We both ordered pretty standard American fare but there is at least one item on the menu that leans Greek. You decide whether you can look octopus in the eye, er, tentacles, first thing in the AM. Anyway, the standards are definitely head and shoulder above the normal breakfast stops. My choice was two eggs, over easy with garlic smashed potatoes and smoked bacon. My husband had a similar dish but with a ham steak. Notable were the bacon, which was thick and lovely and not overly smoky. The ham steak was a pork chop like cut, bone-in. The garlic smashed potatoes are heavenly: baby whites, lightly smashed to a disk shape sauteed or fried in olive oil. And, the toast is a thick slab of country style bread lightly toasted and buttered.

Pastries likely come from the Dahlia Bakery. Coffee comes in a mini stainless carafe left on the table that holds about 3 or 4 cups. Nice touch.

Lots of booths, very warm tones and a great looking bar.

We're looking forward to lunch and dinner there sometime soon.

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