Bringing the Philippine Islands to the Midwest
Lola’s is bringing the islands to the Midwest!
With classic favorites to new takes on beloved dishes, there is something for everyone. Filipinos are famous for their hospitality and we hope you will feel like you're coming home when you visit us.
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“Lola” is the Tagalog word for “grandmother”
Cooking has been my passion for most of my life. Finding a way to bring a menu to life and watching people enjoy your food is the best feeling, especially when there is so much meaning behind the food.
I couldn’t be prouder to bring a little bit of the Philippines to Pontiac.
My name is Anna-Marie Cerda Fannin Hoerner, and I am the executive chef and creative at Lola's. I am married to Doug and mother to two beautiful, sweet little boys, Jon and Duke. I am a daughter and eldest sister. I graduated from PTHS in ’07. I then attended culinary school at Kendall College in Chicago. I hope that when you come to Lola’s, you’ll be able to taste the passion and pride I have for what I do.
Lola's has been a dream of mine for a long time. I just want to shout out some thank you's everyone who helped me along the way.
To Marlon and Stacey Eilts and the entire team over at Happy Hedgehog LLC, your team has made it possible for me chase after my lofty dreams.
To my family and friends, you've given me strong council, the greatest support, and lots and lots of love.
And to my husband Doug. Without you, I'm not sure I would've had the strength to pursue this course. You are my rock and biggest cheerleader. I love you so.
Frieda Mae McCoy (Carmen) (or "Short" for short) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1938. She was mother to two boys, and lola to 4 kids. She was my everything. I love her more than all the stars in the sky and to the moon and beyond.
Leonila Gabon (Cerda) was born in Romblom Romblon, Philippines in 1927. She was mother to 11 kids and lola to A LOT. I was robbed of a relationship with lola Luning. Robbed by time and distance. I’ve been to the Philippines a dozen times, but I have no memories with lola, and the last time I was there was for her funeral. That being said, she means no less to me than my other lola, and I will see her again someday.
Anselma Gabon Cerda (Fannin) was born in Binangonan Rizal, Philippines in 1961. She married my da, Marty Fannin, in March of 1988. She came to the United States in December 1988. She is mother to 2 girls and lola to 3 apo (grandchildren). This woman is the strongest person I know. She overcame such adversity and hardship, and still managed to raise her two daughters with grace. She is the embodiment of everything I want to be. She is Lola’s.