Lottie's Lounge

A friendly, easy-going place in Columbia City with cheap drinks and bizarre potato skewers.

Situated on the main drag in Columbia City, Lottie's Lounge is a comfy neighborhood hangout, with a generous happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Beers—including Westmalle Trippel and Lagunitas—are $2 a pop, with all well drinks and appetizers a mere $3. Populated with charmingly named options, the drink menu includes the Dark and Stormy: Myers's rum, Reed's ginger beer, and lime—a smart drink with a delicate kick. Also satisfying was the Dirty Old-Fashioned Bird ($7): Wild Turkey bourbon, muddled orange, and bitters over soda water, topped with a maraschino cherry. The highly recommended lasagna swirl ($8.50) was tasty, if a bit unwieldy: a tall pile of twirled pasta ringed around spicy marinara, spinach, zucchini, and the requisite ricotta, under a crusty skin of melted cheese (also available with sausage). Less fulfilling was the messy blue-cheese-sauce-doused roasted red potato skewers ($5/$3) on a bed of raw spinach. In the words of my dining companion: Shouldn't the spinach be wilted or something? We also enjoyed a rich, chunky artichoke and spinach dip ($5/$3), served with warm pita bread. This local hangout pours a good drink (our second round stiffer than the first) and offers substantial eats for not a lot of moola. If you happen to be in the South End, stop into this friendly, easygoing place. With live music on weekend nights. ADRIANA GRANT. 4900 Rainier Ave. S., 725-0519. COLUMBIA CITY

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