Mary Poppins tried to make you think a spoonful of sugar would help the medicine go down, but by the time you hit 18, you realized there was no sweetener in that big, bottomless black bag of hers. A bag like that is good for only one thing: smuggling liquor into clubs, restaurants, churches, etc. Believe us -- we know. Lolas on Harrison, home of contemporary American cuisine, is one step ahead of us and Miss Poppins, and on the last Thursday of each month, you can leave the luggage at home. For $60 you can enjoy the monthly beer dinner, a four-course meal paired with rare, boutique microbrewed beers from the Oregon-based Rogue Brewery, and made from the finest hops, malt, and free-range coastal water.
Forget chicken wings and a Heineken -- this month its coriander-crusted sea scallops and a Half-e-weizen; juniper berry brined pork tenderloin with juniper ale; and buffalo short rib braised in and served with hazelnut brown nectar. And since we do still believe that a mouthful of sugar helps the beer go down, the meal ends with chocolate stout cake draped in chocolate stout frosting and served with a frosty mug of you guessed it -- chocolate stout.
Thu., Jan. 31, 2008