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Review: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar, the Back Bay’s new, imaginative Mexican bar and eatery, that takes the shape of an underground lair. It’s streaked with sexy gothic touches like printed red wallpaper, fresh roses and lights covered in black lace. The impressively extensive—yet pricey—drink menu holds inventive options like the spicy cucumber margarita ($13) and the non-alcoholic prickly pear agua fresca ($8).

When your buzz induces hunger, look no further than the guacamole with smoked bacon ($11), a pairing of two drunk munchie favorites. Dinner features classic Mexican standbys gone upscale. Crab and roasted poblano nachos ($16), shrimp and scallop quesadillas ($14), and short rib enchiladas ($17) come in appetizer/light entrée sizes. Don’t pass on the salmon coco with coconut-lime broth ($23) as a main course, or the tres dulces ($10) for dessert, which comes with with hot chocolate, insanely decadent butter toffee ice cream with salted caramel sauce and Mexican coffee chocolate shortbread. A sugary send-off arrives with your bill: green apple cotton candy with Pop Rocks. Circus fare after a south-of-the-border meal defines the Lolita experience: slightly off-kilter, yet pleasingly sweet.

Cheat Sheet

Drink this: Skipping the imaginative flavor combinations on the drink menu may be tough, but one sip of Lolita’s standard margarita ($12), the house special, will have you longing for a warm beach and a cocktail umbrella. Sanza ‘100 years’ Tequila, Patron Citronage, loads of freshly-squeezed lime juice and a touch of grapefruit make this classic drink both dynamic and craveable.

Eat this: Need some veggies? The crisp jicama salad ($8) with oranges, watercress, and avocado is tossed in an ancho chile vinaigrette for a healthy start that packs a flavorful punch. It’s not bad with a few drops of the house-made mango habanero hot sauce either.

Sit here: For a date or clandestine talk, head to the restaurant's dimly-lit rear area.

Conversation piece: The toilets are painted with black and white filigree patterns to match the gothic theme, making for an interesting trip to the baño.

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