3950 E. Indian School Road #120 • lolacoffeebarphx.com
In a world of hectic schedules, meetings, after-school sports and early weekend playdates, there is one constant that helps keep the world turning: coffee. Luckily for Arcadians, there happens to be a coffee joint on almost every corner. And in late May, Arcadia welcomed a new addition into its heart…and her name is Lola.
Lola Coffee occupies the former Masterpiece Donuts space on the northwest corner of 40th St. and Indian School Road. This is the second location for the shop, the first being in downtown Phoenix on Third Ave. and Roosevelt.
I moseyed in on a Monday, code for “I have no energy to do anything and need a pick-me-up.”
The floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample light for those inside who are studying at the community table, reading on the cushy-looking couch in the back corner or, like me, attempting to get some work done at one of the high-top tables, which look to be hand-crafted from natural wood.
Add to that the modern light fixtures and local art pieces hung on the walls and you’ve got yourself a cozy spot to hang for an hour or two.
Lola offers well-known coffee drinks and a few more mysterious offerings, such as the Sunrise, which is orange juice with two shots of espresso. The barista must have seen the look on my face, because she told me “Don’t knock it until you try it.”
Folks can also order a standard OJ or a lemonade, or make your own concoction. I went with a cinnamon and caramel mocha. One sip and I was transported to my living room in Minnesota during winter: it was like Christmas hot chocolate, minus the frigid temperatures outside. I dreaded heading back into the heat.
There is a large chalkboard menu and pastry case near the register. Lola offers fresh baked goods daily, such as scones, muffins and doughnuts, all made in-house. As soon as I saw the Strawberry Pop Tart and French Peach Tart, it was game over and I found myself ordering one of each.
The sweet, flaky phyllo crust with warm, tangy strawberry filling made the pop tart ten times better than the store brand. And the peach tart? Rich, sticky-sweet and gooey, it reminded me of a dessert you might share with your significant other after an elegant meal in New York City.
Lola also serves various breakfast noshes. Along with oatmeal, omelets and breakfast sandwiches, guests can order from the daily specials, such as avocado toast, quiche or frittata.
You can also build your own breakfast burrito or breakfast sandwich and choose from various ingredients like spinach, mushroom, cheese, ham, bacon, jalapeños…have it your way.
I tried the frittata special of the day, with bacon, tomatoes, cheddar and jalapeños. The egg was light and fluffy, but this generous slice is filling, and the best part is: you don’t feel guilty after eating it.
With comfortable, spacious seating and breakfast/pastries served all morning, Lola provides all the things one might need for a productive day.
Lola Coffee Arcadia is open from
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.