Imagine living in one of those absurd breath mint commercials from the 1990s. People would be casually going about their day before, out of nowhere, it would start raining unicorns and the bench beneath them would suddenly become covered in wet paint, but they would still have the confidence to ignore all of that and ask the closest person out on a date. After they stopped looking at a camera that wasn’t there and smiling awkwardly, they would need somewhere to go for dinner - somewhere like Lolo.
Lolo is a Mexican restaurant in the Mission that’s decorated wildly with everything from car doors to bright wallpaper to chandeliers made of bike handles and it feels a bit like you’re inside the mind of some sort of junkyard artist, or at least that uncle you only see once a year. But unlike your uncle’s cooking, the food here is actually good.
Most of the menu is designed for sharing, and you’ll get things like fried brussels sprouts that’ll help you forget how much you used to avoid them, carnitas with homemade tortillas, and super tender octopus that makes your new ultrasoft Casper mattress seem like you’ve been sleeping on a concrete floor. Even if you’re just here for drinks at the bar, which is a fun way to spend a date, their guacamole is great to snack on too. We also like the corn and mushroom empanadas, which are puffy and cheesy and good enough to make you ask about buying them in bulk to store in your freezer.
The combination of really good and shareable food, strong margaritas, and decorations that were probably stolen from a traveling circus makes this a great place to come for a low-key, fun birthday or a casual first date when you don’t want things to feel too serious. And if you do end up here with your one uncle who collects stuffed squirrels and posts too much about doomsday prepping, at least you’ll both be able to appreciate the absurdity of the place. Just make sure to keep an eye out for raining unicorns.
This is closer to smashed avocado with some cotija cheese on it than traditional guacamole, but we’re not complaining.
These are topped with shallots and hazelnuts and are also absurdly good. Even if you swore a hatred towards brussels sprouts like they bullied you in middle school, they’re worth ordering.
Served with some mini tortillas, this has just the right amount of citrus and is the lightest thing you’ll have all night. We could easily eat a few bowls of it.
Puffy little pockets filled with mushrooms, corn, and cheese. They’re good to snack on over drinks.
Excellent tortillas, one piece of slightly seared tuna with a slice of avocado, and fresh salsa. Two per order, two bites per taco, these are worth your time.
A little too much aioli, but other than that, it’s kind of hard to complain about this taco topped with fried shrimp.
Giant, tender charred octopus tentacles served with purple potato puree. It’s a solid order you can’t go wrong with.
Great carnitas that come with some excellent homemade tortillas and guacamole. The pickled onions definitely take them up a notch in our book too.