You go to Lallisse because you first walked into Penelope right across the street and didn't feel like waiting an hour or more for a table, and you're actually pleasantly surprised.
Probably more than anything else, Lallisse is convenient. It's well suited to locals in the neighborhood, offers immediate seating for parties of almost any size, and serves out tasty, fresh dishes, though most tend to run on the small side. For brunch, the Bruschette with manchego cheese, homemade fig spread, and crushed almonds is worthwhile, despite feeling a little uninspired. The Pancakes, while also very light and fluffy, are about the size of sand dollars, not quite deserving the $11 price tag.
The restaurant itself seems to struggle occupying a style somewhere between truly Mediterranean, Spanish, and French, but their selection of dips and smart, albeit overpriced wines marks it as a good neighborhood spot for brunch, drinks, and appetizers with a slight European flair.