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Order Up: LOLA Restaurant and Ultra Lounge

You can't swing a bag of botox around South Florida without hitting an "ultra lounge." The whole nightclub/restaurant concept has become so pervasive that it seems there's one opening (and closing) almost every week. Although the idea of signature drinks, clubby atmosphere, and party food is a good one, many of these places are overcrowded, loud, and plain obnoxious. But one of the newest ultra lounges to open, West Delray Beach's LOLA Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, actually nails the concept. The restaurant is a crazy fun time; it's also the subject of this week's Dish review. Here's an excerpt:

LOLA is prime real estate for people watching. The west

Delray restaurant and hipster ultra lounge offers the sort of

unadulterated voyeurism that put Jerry Springer on the map. Within its

halls are Bocahontases prowling around in skirts shorter than the men

they date, dudes in shiny shirts picking up at the bar, elderly West

Siders dressed to the hilt, and former Captains of Industry setting

back against the red brick wall and soaking it all in with a martini or

six. To park yourself against a plush leatherette bench in the

restaurant's faintly glowing lounge area is to grab a seat at the Big Show

-- all you need is a well-mixed cocktail handed over by one of the

black-draped waitrons and your ticket is punched. And if you're the

sort of guy or gal who enjoys being watched, well, bully for you.

You're going to have a good time, if not because of the live music

(mostly classic rock, ´70s, and jazz cover groups that are actually

quite good) then for the excellent party food Chef Bruno Silva and

owner Wendy Rosano turn out.

Now check out our full review of LOLA.

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John Linn