The Place: Lola (500 North 14th Street; 314-621-7277)
The Hours: Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Deal: Discounted appetizers including sliders and more. Select cocktails for $6 and half-off domestic beers.
The Scene: Lola sits on a prime corner in downtown St. Louis' Washington Avenue Loft District. On a nice day, the door to the bar gets propped wide open, so avid people-watchers can survey the foot traffic. When we visited, happy hour was limited to this front dining room, a sparse space with an empty stage, a few tall two-top tables lining the walls, leathery white couches in the window and seats at the bar.
The Food: The happy hour selection includes a few discounted regular appetizer menu items such as crab cakes ($8 instead of $12), chicken wings ($6-$8 instead of $9) calamari ($7 instead of $9). Of all the options, the barbecue chicken flatbread ($7) seemed to be unique to the happy hour menu, and it's exactly what one'd expect yet executed well. Sweet barbecue sauce sits atop a thin and crispy crust, topped with tender cubed chicken, melted cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of purple and green onions.
The fish and frites ($8 instead of $13), a dish of deep fried Icelandic cod, hit the spot. Cut into small chunks, the Cajun-spice tinged breading encased a tender interior, and it all paired well with a tasty remoulade. The plate features decidedly more "frites" than "fish," and topped with some Parmesan and green onion, proved pretty filling.
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