271 Dartmouth St, Boston
My friend (a fellow dietitian!) and I headed to Lolita’s on a Friday evening at 6pm, knowing it gets very crowded there later on. We got a seat right away, and shortly after the waitress brought over a dry ice smoking bowl of grapefruit shaved ice, which she topped with a shot of tequila, and told us to enjoy this treat as a palate cleanser. After a few minutes the smoke died down, just in time for her to bring over a large basket of tortilla chips and a trio of salsas, ranging from sweet, to hot, to smokey. Chips and salsa are my absolute weakness!
My friend and I each ordered a tequila cocktail, and I went for the Apple Spiced cocktail, which had a cinnamon rim. It wasn’t overly strong and I loved the spiced apple bits in the drink.
We decided to split the fish tacos (the dish came with three), the tres ceviches, and order a spicy guacamole to go with our big basket of chips. We figured we could always order more if we were hungry, since the fish tacos and ceviche were listed under the appetizers, but we were so stuffed at the end of the meal, I couldn’t imagine eating more!
I had never had ceviche before, but do like raw fish in the form of sushi, so I was encouraged to try this appetizer. It came with three varieties, all in medium sized shot glasses with a lime wedge:
Traditional mahi mahi in fresh lime juice, diced serrano chile & red onion
Sangrita lobster & scallops with tomato, fresh orange, chile oil and avocado
Coco ahi tuna in coconut milk, fresh lime, cilantro leaves & jalapeno chiles
We scooped our bites of the ceviche out with a tiny spoon. They were so flavorful! I loved the Traditional one, which was slightly sweet. The spice and orange in the Sangrita was very refreshing, and the Coco one was slightly tropical. Delicious!
The fish tacos were even better. The mahi mahi was perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth soft, which paired perfectly with the crunchy purple cabbage inside the soft tortilla.
Our tiny table was jam packed with ceviche cups, a chip basket, taco plates, salsa bowls, and guacamole, but we managed to eat every last bit. Just when we thought we couldn’t eat any more, the waitress cleared our table and brought out green apple cotton candy with pop rocks along with our check. It was a sweet way to end a spicy meal, and was far better than any carnival cotton candy I’ve ever had! I’m so glad we ordered small plates of food, but next time I’ll try to resist the enormous bowl of tortillas and focus on the delicious meals they make.