Lola’s parks in Chewelah’s dining scene

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LOLA’S GOOD EATS: Laura Cockrell opens new food truck, which will be outside of Quartzite Brewing, bringing an eclectic menu to Chewelah…

On July 3, 2019, a new truck came to town. It wasn’t carrying logs – it was carrying food. Eclectic food, with a twist, to be exact. Lola’s Good Eats calls the south end of Quartzite Brewery at 105 West Main Avenue home, and has already garnered some loyal fans and customers.

Lola’s creator, Laura Cockrell, has been a chef for 25 years in Portland, Florida and Montana, which exposed her to a number of different cuisines, including fish, Cuban and wild game. Despite all her travels, Laura calls Chewelah home. She grew up here, and her mom still lives here. “I moved back to help out Mom,” Cockrell explained. And the food truck, that was “inspired by friends, family and love.”

Cockrell, whose father nicknamed her Lola, took this opportunity to give residents something different. Everything is made from scratch, and Cockrell is great at catering to people with food allergies. “I will make anything for anyone if I have the ingredients,” she said. Cockrell admitted that she does a lot of vegetarian meals for people, and she has even started carrying gluten-free bread for sandwiches.

Speaking of sandwiches, one of her specialties is ice cream sandwiches, and Cockrell makes the cookies herself. Her ingredients are sourced locally, including the Chewelah Farmers Market.
A lot of people wear their heart on their sleeve – but Cockrell, always one to do things a little differently, actually wears her favorite recipe there – literally. She loves to make Swedish cream, which she learned to do with her grandmother, so much that she has the recipe tattooed on her arm.

Having worked in Portland gave Cockrell an eclectic angle and inspired her to offer dishes that you can’t really get around here; one example is bagels and lox (smoked salmon). And people are appreciating her offerings – on Saturday, August 3rd, she had sold out of about 70 percent of her dishes long before closing time.

Adam and Lindsey Vandenberg of Chewelah stopped by for lunch the week before. “It’s just good, fast service,” they said. “Good food. Great, fun menu.” After a bite of “The 1987,” the Vandenbergs agreed that it was awesome.

Patrick Sawyer and Jake Wilson, owners of Quartzite Brewing Company, are happy to have Lola’s there. “It’s been great – such a vibrant addition,” they said.

Lola’s Good Eats is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food is available to go, or patrons can eat inside the Brewery or sit outside at the picnic tables.