Restaurant Review – Lola’s

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

Oysters: 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.

Etouffee: 10

Chicken Caesar: 8

BBQ Shrimp: 9

Shrimp Creole: 8.5

Gumbo: 7.5

We didn’t save room for dessert but we will next time so I can try the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.

Environment: 8

Service: 9

Price point: 8

Value: 9.5

Thank you Lola’s (@Lolas_LasVegas) for a great experience.


Restaurant Review… The Peppermill

I am on a little mini-staycation over the next week or so. We have guests in town that have never been to Las Vegas before so less hotel business and more tourist stuff. Although I am working this weekend (EDC!!) so I am sure I will have some more stories next week.

The other morning found us at The Peppermill. I don’t head out to the strip much but for a new person to Las Vegas, this is a place to experience.

We arrived around 10 am and were seated almost immediately. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served 24 hours a day. That is a bonus if you don’t feel like breakfast in the morning. We all did though. The waitress was prompt with the coffee and other drinks. We did have cocktail waitresses stop by a couple times and offer us mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (including the kids at the table… yes, they don’t look 15 or 16 but they definitely don’t look 21).

The average breakfast costs around $12-15. That is a bit pricey but the portions are huge and when you consider that it is less than a buffet and a plate of food fills you up it is a good price point.

The seafood omelette was very good but very rich. It was probably about a 6 egg omelette packed with shrimp and scallops and covered with hollandaise sauce. I would find it impossible to finish.

The Mazzeratti omelette had Italian sausage, mushroom and cheese (maybe some other things) and had red sauce on top. Now you would not think that tomato sauce would work but it does. It makes the omelette something other than just bland.

The other two dishes were very similar. Either French toast or a Belgium waffles covered in fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, melon), whipped cream and blueberry syrup. A giant overwhelming mass of good stuff. Everything was fresh and tasted great. One was finished, the other one made a grand attempt.

The service continued to be acceptable. Drinks were refilled pretty well and the coffee is pretty good.

Definitely give this place a try. It is classic Vegas diner at its core.

Ambience: 8 out of 10, 15 out of 10 for kitch

Service: 8 out of 10

Food: 7.5 out of 10

Price: 6 out of 10

Value: 8 out of 10