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"Lola's 7 Up Deli"- A Nerd's Review

Restaurant review of Lola's 7 Up Market & Deli - 3292 Roosevelt St Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-2191

Greetings citizens of Carlsbad!  We come in peace.  Well, mostly.  You deny us our Mexican food and that peace will hit the ground like all the wannabe skaters hanging out downtown. 

Anyway, we’re here to review Mexican food so that is what we will do.  This first review is of our personal favorite restaurant: Lola’s!  Officially called “.” 

So here it goes: 

Lola’s is hands down the best Mexican food around.  You can have your , your , your , but we will keep our Lola’s.  It is located a bit out of the way on Roosevelt in downtown Carlsbad, around three blocks south of Carlsbad Village Drive.  It is a convenience store, but they also have an extensive-ish menu that includes things like burgers and sandwiches along with a wide variety of Mexican food items.  If you ever go (and we certainly hope you will) a must-try is the bean and cheese burrito.  It is the BEST.  No really, it’s as if the beans rained down from heaven.  In fact, we would not be shocked to witness the chefs catching loads of pinto beans into vats as they fell from the sky.  Quite honestly, there is no other logical explanation for their greatness.

The salsa is amazing too.  It is some of best salsa we’ve ever had – especially the red.  It is a dark salsa which means that it is made with a lot of peppers and such.  Definitely not for the faint of stomach.  A word of advice….never drink it!  If you do your stomach won’t forgive you.  In fact it will likely get upset and make a scene.  At that point it might just run out of the restaurant and drive away, leaving you chasing behind screaming “Stomach!  Come back!  I still love you!”  Then you’d have to send it flowers because making up with your stomach is never easy (or fun).  So trust us on this one….stick to small quantities of the salsa.

Almost everything else on the menu is delicious, too.  Everything we have tried has been good.  We can heartily recommend the tostada, the burrito, and the enchilada.  The enchilada sauce is very good but the tortilla occasionally gets a little dry, which is weird because it is very moist in the burrito.  Also, the chicken sometimes seems dry but it is pretty flavorful.  And, as previously noted, everything that has beans in or on it is most excellent!

We also mentioned that Lola’s is a convenience store, so they have a large selection of bottled drinks as well as other items like candy and even ice cream.  The only downside of Lola’s is that it closes at six o’clock in the evening and it is not open on Sundays.

Would we bring our mama?  Yes we’d feel comfortable bringing them as they would likely enjoy the homey atmosphere.

Would we bring a date?  While we don’t think this would be a great date place, it would be a good pit stop on the way to the beach or somewhere else downtown.

Our overall rating of Lola’s is a: 9.5 out of 10

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Deanne Goodman (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 05:15 PM
As someone who loves Mexican food, I can't believe I still haven't been to Lola's! I'm going to take your advice and go there and get the bean and cheese burrito. Thanks for the review!
Heather Zevely December 19, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Ohhhh Deanne... you have got to go. And please try one of their tamales!! We ordered a couple dozen for our Christmas Eve dinner last year. Amazing food... and such a kind family!
A Nerd's Review (of Mexican Food) December 19, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Haha Heather we absolutely agree. The family that owns and operates it is very friendly..
Judy Chauncey December 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Lola's: It's a special place. Here's how we "met" Lola's. When we moved to Carlsbad 3 1/2 years ago, two of my girls went to Carlsbad High. A bunch of their friends took them out to lunch between classes to Lola's. My daughter, Candace who was 17 at the time, told me, "Mom, I love Lola's food--I'm convinced those ladies who make it, put LOVE into the food, it is so good."
Pat Maldi December 20, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Ofie and Connie supply all the love at Lola's ... it's the BEST!
donald Johnson December 20, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Lola's has been one of the best mexican food places in carlsbad since the late 40's. I personally started going there on my way to and from school in yhe late 50's. They need to be interviewed as they have some great storys to tell. They used to be 2 doors south across the street until they moved to where they are now. My mother has known Lola since she moved into town and opened the place. Actually I suspect Lola is the name of the mother of the present owner/operator but you should check with them about this. Their food has always been great! Don
A Nerd's Review (of Mexican Food) December 20, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Donald, sometime in the near future Nerd's Review is going to interview some of the Lola's associates. We will post a link, and let you know. Thanks for the comment!
Deanne Goodman (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Just upload here to the blogging section on Patch as you did this article. Thanks!
Deborah Paige December 21, 2011 at 02:42 AM
I tried Lola's for dinner today. Excellente! The food is fresh and so yummy, and Connie is delightful. I'll be back, for sure. Thanks for the recommendation.
A Nerd's Review (of Mexican Food) December 21, 2011 at 04:33 AM
Very glad you liked it Deborah!
A Nerd's Review (of Mexican Food) December 21, 2011 at 04:36 AM
Couldn't agree more Judy. Like we said, we are convinced the beans rain from heaven.
Susanna December 28, 2011 at 08:08 AM
OK so now I want to check it out, too. Sounds yummy!
Bret M Theis Jr January 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Definitely gonna make my way to Lola's at some point. Can't believe I've never been before! Thanks for the review, nerds =)
A Nerd's Review (of Mexican Food) January 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM
oh man Bret you NEED to go. It is awesome! Thanks for the comment!

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