Lola Gaspar

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Review: While a pandemic rages, Lola Gaspar is having its moment

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 13, 2020

last week from Lola Gaspar. Lola Gaspar is that scrappy, 12-year-old gastrobar in downtown Santa Ana. I wrote briefly last year about the chef’s Mexico City-inspired, stripped-down reboot, which felt like a culinary awakening. And this is quickly

(from simple taco six packs to buckets of carnitas). And as good as the takeout is, Lola Gaspar is also one of the safest places I’ve found lately for dining out. The patio is open with limited seating. The tables are safely distanced and meticulously

Taco Tuesday: Lola Gaspar says goodbye Barcelona, hello Mexico City

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • November 12, 2019

Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana closed for a short break in July while chef Luis Perez took a brief sabbatical south of the border. He came back freshly energized by Mexico City’s restaurant and bar scene, prompting him to throw out the old menu and start

anew.  The revamped offering is gloriously concise: a few tacos and quesadillas, plus several Mexican side dishes and snacks. Customers now order all food and drinks at the bar. Table service is gone.  Lola Gaspar opened more than 10 years ago, kindled

Review: Where to find the best margaritas to-go in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 14, 2021

Register/SCNG) Lola Gaspar These come in plastic to-go cups with Tajin-dusted rims, so all you have to do is add ice. But naturally, I don’t drink out of plastic at home so I transfer them to my own Tajin-dusted glassware. These are classic margaritas made

with Jimador tequila and fresh-squeezed sour mix. Single servings (almost enough for two), $15. 211 W 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172, lolagaspar.com Margarita to-go from Lola Gaspar in downtown Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 17, 2020

County Register/SCNG) 9. Jerk chicken from Lola Gaspar The family-style care packages at Lola Gaspar change frequently and aren’t always on the menu. But if you ever see the jerk chicken pop up, jump on it. The chickens are rubbed with a bucketful of jerk

marinade, then grilled over mesquite. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172, lolagaspar.com Mesquite-grilled jerk chicken from Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 8. Delmonico steak from The Ranch The

10 options for family-style takeout: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 9, 2020

Kickin’ Crab in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Lola Gaspar The family-style care packages at Lola Gaspar vary from week to week and aren’t always advertised. Sometimes they are teased exclusively on Instagram, so you’ll

to load up on mezcal cocktails while you’re at it. They come in the cutest plastic pouches. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172, lolagaspar.com Wood-grilled jerk chicken, a takeout special, from Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson

Andrei's    Birrieria el Bandido    Buttermilk Fried Chicken    Clay Oven    Harley    The Kickin' Crab    Lola Gaspar    Noble Bird    Taco María    Vaca   

Review: COVID comfort ratings for Orange County restaurants

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • August 6, 2020

Touchless menus: No No mask, no entry, no excuses during the pandemic at Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Lola Gaspar, Santa Ana COVID Comfort Rating: B  (July 2020) Temperature checks at door: No Masks

Critic Brad A. Johnson picks Orange County’s 5 best drinks in 2019

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 18, 2019

., Laguna Beach, 949-715-1530, harleylagunabeach.com Mezcal slushie at Harley in Laguna Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 2. Carajillo on the rocks at Lola Gaspar Inspired by a recent sabbatical in Mexico City, this espresso

-infused amaro is a twist on Mexico’s long fascination with coffee drinks. Uplifting and refreshing. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172, lolagaspar.com Carajillo on the rocks at Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register

Review: These are the 10 best coffee roasters in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 18, 2021

restaurants serving Wilson coffee include Taco María and Lola Gaspar. 1651 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, 949-574-9444, wilsoncoffeeroasting.com Brazilian coffee beans from Common Room Roasters in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG

Lola Gaspar: The Santa Ana Redemption

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • July 26, 2012

Gustavo Arellano first wrote about Lola Gaspar four years ago, when our food blog was still young and the restaurant had just opened. He weaved a brutal account of the inattentive service, the exorbitant $9 tacos trios, and a toothless habanero

the same has happened with Lola. In many ways, the Crosby and Lola Gaspar are a lot alike. They both shared shaky beginnings as rookies in the downtown Santa Ana restaurant scene, and they even looked similar, with a purposely Goth/punk aesthetic that

13. $3.95 Filipino Breakfast at Grill City

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • October 8, 2015

Restaurant 17. Charred Sous-Vide Octopus at Lola Gaspar 18. Strawberry Shortcake from Disneyland's Plaza Inn 19. Korean Funyuns at The Past Memories 20. Chicken Curry Sandwich at C'est Si Bon Bakery 21. Quail at Medii Kitchen 22. Pulled Pork Sliders at Big

. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana 70. Buttermilk Panna Cotta at Lola Gaspar 71. Hummus at Mick's Karma Bar 72. Savory Baked Goat Cheese Bread Pudding at Eat Chow 73. Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza at Perry's Pizza N Italian