OK, I had a luke warm Lottie Motts review up for some time now, and it was high time to change it. My prior complaints, mainly the unfriendly staff and unfriendly feeling vibe of the place, seem less important now in the face of all of the positive things. The staff doesn't even seem all that unfriendly anymore, actually, quite the opposite... maybe there was just a rough period in the transition from Lottie Motts to Lotties Lounge.
Now, I love the place. The food is excellent... there is a small kitchen, so come relaxed and ready to hang out (and play cards or checkers with some of the communal games available) and have a drink while you wait. I am a huge fan of the lasagna (there is a sausage version with meat from Bob's, as well as a fantastic vegetarian version), that has a rich and spicy sauce and is incredibly satisfying. The salads are ample and have lots of interesting things in them (nuts, fruit, cheeses etc), the appetizers are good, the cream based pastas are garlic laced and smell heavenly.
The drinks are good too. In addition to the usual beers, they tend to have good fruity drinks (I recently had a delicious mango martini that tasted and had the texture of being made from real mango nectar), and usually have a fantastic sangria. It is sweet and fruity but also herbal and spicy.
It has become quite a pleasure to spend time here, and I am really happy to have it as a neighborhood hangout!
There is also a good happy hour.