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Lola’s Eatery in Lawrenceville Brings Mexican and Filipino Flair to Brunch

Lola's Eatery, located at 3337 Penn Avenue, is one of the best spots for brunch in Lawrenceville.

Founders Maximillian Becerra and Zoe Rieder (who has taken the helm on pastries) have brought their flair to the district with delicious dishes inspired by Becerra's Mexican and Filipino heritage.

The restaurant has undergone many changes since it first opened in late 2019, including shifting to a takeout-only model. The menu at Lola's extremely diverse, so it’s easy to find something to enjoy. The beet hummus toast, for example, is something you won’t see at any other restaurant. Extremely flavorful and not super garlicky, the avocado and Goat Rodeo chèvre add a gorgeous rich and creamy texture, while the pickled red onions add a nice acidity and crunch to the dish. A side benefit was that this dish is entirely vegetarian.

Lola’s home fries are one of the highlights of their menu. The potatoes are extremely crispy, while still being soft and chewy in the middle (other Pittsburgh breakfast joints, please take note). Not to mention, their ‘secret seasoning’ adds the perfect combination of spices. These are a must-try with whatever else you order.

Lola’s bagels are soft and pillowy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. The restaurant has a diverse selection of bagels, ranging from the classics to more unique offerings like rosemary and hot chili. You can order them with a variety of spreads and Lola’s also offers mouth-watering lox as well.

Another option is ‘The Hangover Cure,’—you choose the bagel, then add your preferred cheese, egg preparation, protein, spread, and add-ons such as avocado, or if you’re feeling decadent, a hashbrown. It’s the perfect thing to prep you to brave the Strip District on a Saturday morning. And don’t forget to grab a donut (or a dozen) on your way out. They’re the best way to end any brunch meal!

Lola’s Eatery is open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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