I have been wanting to go to Lola’s for a long time now. I am a big fan of Cajun cuisine and New Orleans. We went to the Charleston Ave location (their original location). This was at lunch time and we had a wide variety of dishes.
First off, the environment. It very much fits into a “bar-type/tavern” style place. Lots of wood, TV’s around the restaurant. It is on the dark side in some of the corners of the place but a very welcoming feeling. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They were available for all our questions and described menu items very well.
Although we didn’t have any alcohol you could see that they had a good wine and beer selection. Soft drinks are on the expensive side at $3 but there are unlimited refills.
The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. There are the typical Cajun entrees of Gumbo and Jambolaya, a large selection of Po Boys and several fried items. All fairly priced. Nothing we ordered was over $16.
We started off with the crab and artichoke dip, garlic bread and char-broiled oysters. The garlic bread was nicely grilled. I would have liked a little butter to make it a little richer. The crab dip was wonderful. The smoke of the garlic bread with the sweetness of the crab worked very well together. The big disappointment was the oysters. They were on the small side and the cheese overpowered the oysters. Not what I expected after having charbroiled oysters in New Orleans.
Garlic Bread 7.5
Crab dip: 9.5
Next the entrees. We ordered the Etouffee, Gumbo, BBQ Shrimp, Shrimp Creole and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.
The Etouffee was rich and tasty with subtle heat. A great representation of New Orleans. The favorite dish of the meal. The salad dressing was one of the best Caesar dressings I have had in a long time and the chicken was perfectly grilled and moist. The BBQ shrimp had a lot of heat to it. Now this is not your typical BBQ sauce. This is a buttery hot sauce that mixes well with the shrimp. It is served with rice. You get 5 shrimp (add another 3 for $4) with the dish. The Shrimp Creole was plated almost identical to the BBQ shrimp just with a tomato based sauce. Both were very good. My only issue with the Creole was having to pull out the bay leaves from the sauce. The Gumbo was very good but I felt they burnt the roux a bit. It was very good but had a slight burnt aftertaste.
Chicken Caesar: 8
BBQ Shrimp: 9
Shrimp Creole: 8.5
We didn’t save room for dessert but we will next time so I can try the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.
Price point: 8
Thank you Lola’s (@Lolas_LasVegas) for a great experience.