Lola Tapas

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Barrio Avion: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Has Opened a Restaurant at Sky Harbor Terminal 2

    Just weeks after announcing her plans to open a second restaurant at The Yard in Phoenix, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has unveiled a new fast-casual concept in Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Called Barrio Avion, the restaurant takes a cue from Tinta Mexicana, a concept Esparza designed f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Nathan Brown, Menu Designer for US Airways, on What It Takes to Make Airplane Food

    Nathan Brown Menu Design Specialist US Airways Every year, thousands of people eat Nathan Brown's food. They consume the meals that he's crafted in locations far and wide...and high. That's because you won't find anything he's created at a brick-and-mortar restaurant or even in a roaming food truc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Barrio Urbano: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza to Open Restaurant at The Yard in Phoenix

    "It almost feels as though I am destined to never open a restaurant from ground-up," chef Silvana Salcido Esparza wrote in a message to Chow Bella on Thursday night. Yet again, she'll be taking over a space abandoned by a shuttered restaurant. This time Esparza's taking her talent and unique brand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner Friday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 It'll be a little bit of trek for diners to get up to Coppa Cafe in Flagstaff, but if this seven course Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner is anywhere near as good as chef Brian Konfal's usual fare then we promise it's going to be worth the ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Rania's Kabob Grill Today There's going to be a gastronomical throw-down tonight in Gilbert, at Rania's Kabob Grill. The restaurant is hosting the latest installment of the Chef Off series, which pits two East Valley chefs against each other in a competition to win over diners and take home the ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Lola Coffee at The Yard to Close Sunday, Reopen As New Concept Later This Fall

    Earlier this year we raved about the beautiful new spot that opened up inside Sam Fox's The Yard. Lola Coffee, a second location of the well-loved downtown coffee shop owned by Daniel Wayne, brought fancy coffee offerings, Spanish tapas, and a sleek design to the table. But after about six months, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants We Miss

    Some restaurants in Phoenix seemed to be ahead of their time. Others were good in theory but just didn't pan out to be regular stomping grounds for local diners. Still more restaurants just simply couldn't stay open just because we wanted them to, no matter how many times we ate there. Come take a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Sam Fox to Open Culinary Dropout in Tempe, Along with a Concept Similar to The Yard

    Congrats, Tempe. You're about to get Fox-ified. James Beard Award-nominated restaurant owner Sam Fox has plans for a pretty big project in the college neighborhood. The restauranteur will be bringing a third location of Culinary Dropout to the southeast corner of Farmer Avenue and First Street i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

    In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Green in Downtown Phoenix Now Open

    After months of patiently waiting (okay, not so patiently), the second location of Green, Damon Brasch's funky vegan bistro, in downtown Phoenix is now open. Green's location, a house at 2022 North 7th Street, was formally Brasch's sandwich shop called That's a Wrap before he sold it to longtime m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Green's Damon Brasch Opens Vegan Ice Cream, Coffee, and Pastry Shop in Downtown Phoenix

    Damon Brasch, owner of Green, the funky vegan bistro in Tempe, thinks so much of the Tsoynami, his organic ice cream treat featuring Blizzard-like flavors, the name for his new vegan ice cream, coffee, and pastry shop in downtown Phoenix was inspired by it. Located at 2014 North 7th Street, the new ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 3, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Now Open: That's a Wrap

    ​After closing down at its longtime home on 7th Street, fave CenPho lunch spot That's a Wrap has just reopened in new digs, at the former Lola Tapas building on Camelback (800 E. Camelback). Previous owner Damon Brasch sold the biz to long time staffer Erik Hansen, who now shares chef duties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    That's a Wrap Moves to Old Lola Tapas, Green Fills the Void

    ​Get ready for more vegan-friendly eats in CenPho -- including killer vegan chicken wings. Chef-owner Damon Brasch has sold his popular sandwich shop, That's a Wrap, to longtime manager Erik Hansen. Hansen plans to relocate the 7th Street business to the old Lola Tapas spot on Camelback, m ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2010
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    July 6, 2010

    Ana Borrajo of Sapna Cafe, Part One

    ​After the sad closing of Lola Tapas, we learned that no restaurant, no matter how amazing, is immune from a bad economy. That's why we were relieved to find that despite the economic downturn Ana Borrajo, Chef and owner of Sapna Cafe remains optimistic about the future. And this is a great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Lola Tapas Set to Close This Weekend

    ​A wonderful little restaurant is about to close its doors this weekend. For me, it's the loss of a personal favorite where I've sent countless friends to dine and have enjoyed many plates of tortilla de patatas and glasses of delicious sangria.After dinner-only service from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight a ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2010
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    April 29, 2010

    Kitchen Ink: Hidden Blade

    Felicia Ruiz​Continuing our weekly Kitchen Ink follow-up on local tattooed kitchen peeps, here's some more skin art from the culinary world. It's 23-year-old Tara Luscombe, a line cook who always has her large chef's knife close by -- permanently. Luscombe currently works at both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    MF Tasty Comes to Welcome Diner

    ​Hot on the heels of the second sold-out MF Tasty secret supper, I just got word that MF Tasty creator Eric Gitenstein (who's the chef at the fabulous Lola Tapas) will be doing a special lunch at Welcome Diner on Monday, May 3, followed by another by-reservation dinner that night.I'll have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Chef Eric Gitenstein's Grilled Hanger Steak with Rioja Onion Jam

    ​ ​In this week's Chef Talk, we heard from Chef Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas and mftasty. Today he shares his recipe for a Lola Favorite: Grilled Hanger Steak with Rioja Onion Jam. Here's how it's done...

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Chef Talk: Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas (part two)

    photo by Claire Lawton​ Yesterday we heard from Chef Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas. Gitenstein joined the Lola team and now works with owner Felicia Ruiz on menu items and seasonal concepts. Coming up? Gitenstein says they're working on bocadillos, or Spanish sandwiches and a gaspacho-inspired t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Chef Talk: Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas

    photo by Claire Lawton​Eric Gitenstein was the kind of kid with food on his brain; after realizing he spent more time thinking about his restaurant jobs than his university classes, he made a culinary escape from traditional study. After culinary school, Gitenstein tested out a few local kitchens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

    Jason Silva A year ago, I sipped some wine at West of Western culinary festival with entrepreneur and small business advocate Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, chatting about boosting the profile of local restaurants. If only I'd brought a crystal ball with me. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Spicy Chickpeas and Spinach at Lola Tapas

    ​Finally! I'd been wanting to check out the new weekday lunch at Lola Tapas ever since it debuted a few months back, and it was worth my (unintentional) wait when I stopped by this week. The place is just close enough to downtown that I can justify repeat visits from time to time. At night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Chef Payton Curry to Leave Digestif for Expanding Caffe Boa Chef Talk: Felici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Recipe: Goat Cheese Medallions at Lola Tapas

    Heather Hoch Goat Cheese Medallions at Lola Tapas.​Chef Felicia Ruiz loves using fresh, often locally grown ingredients to create her dishes at Lola Tapas. One ingredient that remains a constant on the Lola menu is honey. Ruiz explains that she loves honey so much because each area has its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Chef Talk: Felicia Ruiz, Lola Tapas

    Heather Hoch Chef Felicia Ruiz on her newly opened outdoor patio.​Chef Felicia Ruiz is totally adorable. Okay, we don't mean to gush, but she's that special kind of person that makes you feel automatically welcome and at ease, especially in what she calls her second home, Lola Tapas.We gues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    October 13 In Blogs: Lou Dobbs, Nick Cave, Lola Tapas, and Arizona Democrats

    ​​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Salvador Reza Calls for Anti-Joe Arpaio March This Friday, October 16 The Anti-Lou Dobbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Caffiend: Lola Coffee's Quadruple-Shot Espresso

    The charming Lola Coffee shop on Central Avenue shares a similar ambiance with hip hangouts like Lola Tapas and Lux -- lots of comfortable chairs and couches, magazines laying about, Wi-Fi access, smooth and unobtrusive music (often jazz) in the background, and good-looking people absorbed in laptop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Now Open: Lola Coffee

    Today is the first day in business for Lola Coffee, the hip hangout created by Daniel Wayne (formerly of Lux and Lola Tapas). House-roasted coffee is one good reason to go; homemade pastries by Danielle Librera of the recently closed Sweet Pea Bakery are another. And what about the location i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Lola Tapas' Daniel Wayne Readies New Coffee Shop

    Lola Tapas owner Daniel Wayne -- who founded the ultra-hip Lux Coffeebar, then sold it and opened the tapas joint four years ago -- is getting back into the coffee game. He tells me he just signed a lease on a 1200-square-foot space on Central Avenue, just south of Camelback (4700 N. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    March 9 In Blogs: James Harden, Jimmy Eat World, First Friday and More

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Brewer vs. Nader: The U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Arizona's Appe ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 6, 2008
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    December 12, 2007

    Lola Coffeebar debuts next week

    As if Daniel Wayne doesn't work hard enough cooking up a storm in the kitchen of his restaurant, Lola Tapas, now he says he's going to be working the espresso machine there every morning, too. Tentatively starting Monday, December 17, Lola Tapas will be open as Lola Coffeebar from 7 a.m. to noon, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    Whole Foods wonderland

    So the big adventure of the weekend, aside from getting a long-overdue Lola Tapas fix (I loved the two specials, a melt-in-your-mouth braised pork dish, plus velvety mocha flan), was my visit to the brand-new Whole Foods at the 101 and Ray Road. One of my favorite local restaurateurs raved about it ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 11, 2006

    May Day

    Going tapas

  • Dining

    December 8, 2005

    Lady of Spain


  • News

    November 17, 2005

    Torturous Times

    The winged wonder on John McCain's righteous anti-torture stance, Stepford-like Gilbert and changes at hipster haven Lux