CRAVE: ‘A La Diabla’ Shrimp
Loló in two words: versatile fun.
Loló is a San Francisco staple for most locals. It’s the perfect spot that always delivers unique, quality food at a variety of price points and styles. It’s the perfect casual date spot that is something different, light-hearted, and fun, and also the exact environment you would want for a girl’s night out. Make it a tapas date and try a bunch of their small plates like their panko shrimp tacos tropical, seared albacore tuna tacos, chicken tinga tostadas, or lamb sliders — or go all-in on a few large plates like carnitas or grilled octopus.
My favorite thing might be the decor. The place has style and funkiness: an array of mix-and-match, vibrant wallpaper patterns, high sweeping ceilings, bold prints on the menu, and always a bustle of people filling the restaurant with energy.
Like I said, versatile fun.
You can come here without a reservation, or even make one week-of, but expect a little bit of a wait.
I’ve been here several times (yes, on dates, and yes, with girlfriends) and every time I am always impressed.
The cuisine is described as “Jaliscan-Californian” — a mix of Mexican-style dishes, with a modernizing twist.
After starting with some complimentary chips and salsa, and a glass of their sangria, definitely make a point to try one of their delectable tacos.
Their avocado tacos are panko-crusted on a flour tortilla with Oaxaca cheese, caramelized onions, and Anaheim peppers. The saltiness of the cheese pairs well with the avocado and this melts in your mouth.
Their ceviche is refreshing and a great compliment to any meal, with shrimp, rock fish, citrus, roasted pepper sauce, and corn nuts.
The last dish for our meal that came out of their busy kitchen was chosen by my friend, and completely blew me away.
To some, I could see how this might not look like much, but this A La Diabla Shrimp was so good. We are talking shrimp covered in a creamy sauce with spicy cascabel with chipotle peppers, bacon, and mushrooms, over white rice with a few sides of bread. I felt like I was eating a curry, but this was better than any curry I’ve ever had by far. The taste of tomatoes, butter, and white wine blended with other spices soaks into the accompanying starches and you’ve got one stellar dish.
Always keep Loló in your back pocket for literally any night out — it will always adapt to fit any occasion, and exceed expectations with its vibrant cuisine and atmosphere.
Learn more about this spot on Loló’s website.