When visiting Las Vegas we often try to find some new and different places to eat, drink and be merry. Sometimes we’ll wander into an off the strip dive that nobody knows about and sometimes we’ll stop off at some of the more famous hidden gems. Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen is one of those famous off the strip gems. You may have heard of Lola’s while watching Diners, Drive Inn’s and Dive’s on Food Network or you may have read about Lola’s on a message board as it’s one of the hidden locals’ favorites.

Lola’s is a small restaurant located near The Vegas Strip in between the Stratosphere and the World Market Center which is about a 5 minute cab ride from Wynn Las Vegas. There’s almost always a wait for a table at Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen which is as close to traditional Louisiana cajun dining as you can find in the country. Lola’s recipes are inspired by food from the entire state of Louisiana.

There are dishes ranging from the finest seafood flown in from the bayou to basics like chicken wings to Louisiana staples like Jambalaya and Po’ Boys. There is nowhere on the Vegas strip that you’ll find food like you’ll find at Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen.

On the other side of the fence there’s a dark hidden gem called Herbs & Rye. Herbs & Rye is located near Lola’s, on Sahara near Valley View, but it’s a very different experience. Herbs & Rye just looks like a bar hidden inside a shack from the outside but when you enter the very dark bar you’ll see something very different. The decor at Herbs & Rye brings you back to an old cocktail room from the 20′s with a menu to match.

Herbs & Rye is known for their extensive classic cocktail menu and their happy hour. The cocktail menu had a great mix of classic cocktails like an Old Fashion along with newer creations like a Corpse Reviver No.2 which is made with Gin, Lillet Blanc, Triple Sec, Lemon and Absinthe. The Happy Hour food menu isn’t so adventurous but has some of the best deals in Las Vegas. Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm and virtually everything on the menu is 50% off.

Many bars and restaurants only offer discounts on appetizers or tapas for Happy Hours but Herbs & Rye offers 50% off regular menu items that you can enjoy as a full dinner. One of the best deals of this Happy Hour are the variety of steaks which are normally priced between $45 and $60 but sold for half price. The savings of $20 to $30 per steak will easily cover the cost of a cab to this hidden gem.

The Vegas Strip has just about everything you can think of but there are a lot of interesting restaurants and bars hidden throughout Las Vegas that most people don’t know about. You can easily find tips on the hotel restaurants and bars but you’ll have to do some digging to find bars as cool and gritty as Herbs & Rye or authentic as Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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