Fodor's Expert Review Lola
Riffing off the calculated flamboyance of its namesake, the gold-rush-era celebrity Lola Montez, the National Exchange Hotel's restaurant flirts with excess—long turquoise banquette benches, wall-mounted Persian rugs, swooping brushed-bronze lighting fixtures—yet retains its composure. The chefs show a similar knack for incorporating unexpected elements that enliven but don't undermine dishes like pan-seared salmon, fried chicken, and a double-cut pork chop.
211 Broad St.
Nevada City, California 95959, USA
- Cod and smoked-salmon chowder
- Many ingredients "organic, ethically raised, and locally sourced"
- Weekend brunch (weekday lunch served at adjoining National Bar)