Walking around Midtown Village, it’s impossible not to appreciate the amount of effort that went into making this neighborhood as trendy and cohesive as it is. Ever wonder why 13th St. in Midtown feels like a seamless, bustling hub of Philly trendsetters and hipsterati? Turns out, this unique enclave of popular restaurants and boutiques is largely the vision of Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the entrepreneurs behind six restaurants and several boutiques lining the streets of Center City. And speaking of popular restaurants, it would be a tragedy not to mention Lolita!
Lolita’s distinct, energetic take on spicy Mexican favorites is sure to set your taste buds ablaze! IBR started with the Mexican Style Street Corn, Traditional Guacamole, and Plátanos Fritos. The sweet, creamy nectar of soft plantains perfectly complements the tangy, succulent street corn dripping with chipotle mayonesa and lime.
Be sure to eat outside if it’s warm enough! Lolita offers seasonal sidewalk seating as well as a 45-seat interior with high ceilings and a full bar. Passersby will pause to hungrily gawk at the delicious food on your plate, and Lolita’s apple brandy and rosemary syrup Red Sangria is so vibrant in color and taste you’ll be the envy of the block!
Round out your palate with juicy Tuna Tostaditas served on perfectly puffed plantain chips with chipotle mayo, avocado, crispy shallots, sesame, and house ponzu. Already had too much tuna? Never fear - Guajillo Braised Short Rib Nachos are here! These salty sharables include black beans, queso mixto, charred corn, fresno chiles, and avocado crema.
This modern Mexican eatery opened in 2004 and has since garnered recognition for their amazing cocktails and margaritas. In Between Rivers was delighted to scope this place out and we can safely say Lolita deserves a spot on every foodie’s hit list!
106 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA