Whether it’s 2 a.m. and you’ve been drinking all night, or it’s the morning after – you need a friend in the form of a hangover buster. In the Elmwood Village, that friend should be a heaping pile of lasagna from Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna… With a Touch of Soul.
Located near the corner of Forest and Elmwood avenues, Lloyal’s is the brainchild of co-owner Shawntorrian Travis who gained a reputation among family and friends for his killer lasagna. Travis gained professional cooking experience while working for his mother’s restaurant – Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant, located on the East Side of Buffalo.
Eventually, Travis decided to strike out on his own with his partner, Jazzman Truett.
“Me and my girlfriend were riding past that location one day and she was like, ‘Ooo, look at that spot right there. That’s a perfect location,’” he says. “After considering the big construction job across the street and what it could mean for business, we saw if we could get the building. Luckily, we got it. Once we got the location, we remodeled it.”
Lloyal’s has its roots in homestyle cooking and that’s what you should expect: Food made with a lot of love and big portions.
“I used to run a car lot, and I liked to keep the cars nice and clean,” Travis says, “because presentation is everything. I wanna show people that when they first try this lasagna, or when they first walk in, they won’t be disappointed.”
Our recent takeout lunch order included a chicken-and-shrimp lasagna combo, which came with a side salad and breadstick. A $24 price tag on GrubHub seemed a little steep, but the massive portion of lasagna I got could easily be stretched across three to four meals.
As you could probably guess, the air-and-sea lasagna combo was decadent, filling and smartly seasoned. Crispy-baked bits around edges provided some texture contrast to the creamy, gooey white umami interior. If this is a lunchtime meal in your future, plan a nap – even if you only eat a third of it.
We also ordered a banana pudding ($5), served with banana slices and atop a layer of vanilla cookies. It may have been early March, but the dessert instantly triggered thoughts of backyard cookouts and family picnics. A little lunchtime escape and pretty f-ing delicious.
In addition to lasagna, the menu also includes the Italian-American classic ravioli and manicotti. Chicken wings ($20 for 10, $33 for 20) are available on Wednesdays and fish frys are available on Fridays. On Sundays, the “Church Sundays” menu includes soul food classics like fried chicken, candied yams and cornbread.
Travis says he’s been getting rave reviews so far, which, quite frankly, isn’t hard to believe: “We had someone get takeout the other day, and like 20 minutes after he left, he called to say he hadn’t had such a good homestyle meal in a long time.”
Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Wednesday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. – 2 a.m., “Church” Sundays 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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