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Pappardelle pasta with chicken, mushrooms, and truffle cheese fondue at Hardway 8.
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12 Tasty Restaurants and Breweries to Try Near Henderson’s Water Street

Order burgers, growlers of beer, pastries, and pizza in the Henderson neighborhood

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Pappardelle pasta with chicken, mushrooms, and truffle cheese fondue at Hardway 8.
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Henderson’s Water Street was well on its way to growing into a vibrant dining stopover with historic charm before the coronavirus pandemic caused all restaurants to make the pivot to takeout and delivery if they wanted to remain open. The Water Street District keeps diners informed of restaurants that remain open and their fluctuating hours. Now the quaint street, home to newcomer Pacific Diner and ode to the Runnin’ Rebels Hardway 8, continue to offer their fare while beer lovers can fill their growlers at Mojave Brewing Co.

So, ditch the familiar names for one night and place an order with these friendly neighbors attracting new fans with special deals and quality dishes.

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Straight From Philly

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Order one of 10 cheesesteaks with options such as mushrooms, peppers, bacon, and more, or go for one of 12 specialty cheesesteaks. Chicken Parmesan, a cheesesteak version of a Cuban sandwich, and a New York version join atomic garlic fries and dragon fire fries with ghost pepper. Diners can also view the menu online.

A cheesesteak with carrot and celery sticks next to it
A cheesesteak from Straight From Philly.
Straight From Philly

Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop

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Chef Flemming Pedersen brings his roster of Danish sweets to Water Street. Try kringles, bollers, tea birkes, and more.

Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop.
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop

Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

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Yes, flaming fajitas in pork, chicken, steak, or shrimp are the calling card at this second outpost of Juan’s Flaming Fajitas, but chicharrones, chile Colorado, and carne asada also make the menu. One entire section is dedicated to vegetarian dishes. Try brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for chorizo, potato, and egg burritos, huevos machaca, or huevos con nopales.

A steel bowl of fajitas on fire
Fajitas at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas.
Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

Lovelady Brewing Company

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This brewery in downtown Henderson offer patrons 12 different craft beers to choose from, including a Kettle Sour Ale choice along with more common selections like porters and IPAs. Patrons can sample beer with beer flights at $2 a glass, and each beer is labeled in chalk along the bottom of the flight. Online ordering available.

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Lovelady Brewing Co.
Lovelady Brewing Co.

Hardway 8

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The Runnin’ Rebels and jai alai-themed sports bar offers dishes such as the Hardway 8 burger with bacon, sunnyside egg, caramelized red onions, aged cheddar, and brandy mayo-ketchup as well as pappardella pasta with chicken, mushroom, and truffle cheese fondue or chargrilled meatloaf. Do try the fried bologna sandwich or Hendertucky hot chicken. Also serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with stuffed French toast and porchetta Benedicts among the options.

Hardway 8 burger
Hardway 8 burger.
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Mojave Brewing Co.

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Get growler refills and Mojave Brewing Co.’s beers such as Skrogzilla blonde ale, Jake The Snake margarita seltzer, Santeria Tamarind Cider, and more.

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Mojave Brewing Co.
Mojave Brewing Co./Facebook

Biscuits & Bourbon

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Do start any meal with a basket of biscuits with jams and butters, all of which change frequently. Then order stacks of pancakes, French toast, or fried chicken and waffles for breakfast, or stick to a brisket sandwich, hot link hoagie, or smoked BLT. The restaurant offers its barbecue dishes to go by the pound.

A paper-lined silver tray with brisket, mac and cheese, and fries.
Brisket at Biscuits & Bourbon.
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Pacific Diner

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Quaint Pacific Diner offers breakfast dishes such as build-your-own burritos and omelets as well as burgers and Hawaiian dishes such as loco moco and an island breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three white plates withe a breakfast burrito, omelet, and chicken fried steak on a black table.
Breakfast dishes at Pacific Diner on Water Street.
Pacific Diner

Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee Cafe

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Diners can continue to order Coo Coo’s European lattes, blended drinks, breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and wraps. Fan favorites include the Funky Monkey frappe and Belgian waffles. Online ordering available.

A plate of Belgian waffle and eggs
Belgian waffle and eggs at Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee Cafe.
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Water Street Pizzeria

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Water Street Pizzeria continues to offer its Tuscany pizza, sub sandwiches, and chicken wings daily. Online ordering available.

A meatball sandwich at Water Street Pizzeria
Water Street Pizzeria.
Water Street Pizzeria

Sticks Tavern

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Sticks Tavern bills itself as a family-friendly sport bar with dishes such as roasted chicken poutine topped with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy, chicken wings, sweet and spicy fried peanuts, potato croquettes, artichoke dip with toasted ciabatta, and fried Oaxacan cheese sticks. Head over on the weekend for brunch with calle del agua chilaquiles or a breakfast sandwich with pork belly, eggs, and cheese sauce. Online ordering available.

Half rotisserie chicken.
Half rotisserie chicken at Sticks Tavern.
Sticks Tavern

Public Works Coffee Bar

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Public Works Coffee Bar serves a roster of coffees and teas, as well as novelty drinks such as a tres leches latte, Cuban honey, and Mexican hot chocolate.

Public Works Coffee Bar
Public Works Coffee Bar.
Public Works Coffee Bar/Facebook

Straight From Philly

A cheesesteak with carrot and celery sticks next to it
A cheesesteak from Straight From Philly.
Straight From Philly

Order one of 10 cheesesteaks with options such as mushrooms, peppers, bacon, and more, or go for one of 12 specialty cheesesteaks. Chicken Parmesan, a cheesesteak version of a Cuban sandwich, and a New York version join atomic garlic fries and dragon fire fries with ghost pepper. Diners can also view the menu online.

A cheesesteak with carrot and celery sticks next to it
A cheesesteak from Straight From Philly.
Straight From Philly

Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop

Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop.
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop

Chef Flemming Pedersen brings his roster of Danish sweets to Water Street. Try kringles, bollers, tea birkes, and more.

Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop.
Chef Flemming’s Bakeshop

Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

A steel bowl of fajitas on fire
Fajitas at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas.
Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

Yes, flaming fajitas in pork, chicken, steak, or shrimp are the calling card at this second outpost of Juan’s Flaming Fajitas, but chicharrones, chile Colorado, and carne asada also make the menu. One entire section is dedicated to vegetarian dishes. Try brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for chorizo, potato, and egg burritos, huevos machaca, or huevos con nopales.

A steel bowl of fajitas on fire
Fajitas at Juan’s Flaming Fajitas.
Juan’s Flaming Fajitas

Lovelady Brewing Company

Three beers
Lovelady Brewing Co.
Lovelady Brewing Co.

This brewery in downtown Henderson offer patrons 12 different craft beers to choose from, including a Kettle Sour Ale choice along with more common selections like porters and IPAs. Patrons can sample beer with beer flights at $2 a glass, and each beer is labeled in chalk along the bottom of the flight. Online ordering available.

Three beers
Lovelady Brewing Co.
Lovelady Brewing Co.

Hardway 8

Hardway 8 burger
Hardway 8 burger.
Hardway 8/Facebook

The Runnin’ Rebels and jai alai-themed sports bar offers dishes such as the Hardway 8 burger with bacon, sunnyside egg, caramelized red onions, aged cheddar, and brandy mayo-ketchup as well as pappardella pasta with chicken, mushroom, and truffle cheese fondue or chargrilled meatloaf. Do try the fried bologna sandwich or Hendertucky hot chicken. Also serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with stuffed French toast and porchetta Benedicts among the options.

Hardway 8 burger
Hardway 8 burger.
Hardway 8/Facebook

Mojave Brewing Co.

A beer in a glass on bricks
Mojave Brewing Co.
Mojave Brewing Co./Facebook

Get growler refills and Mojave Brewing Co.’s beers such as Skrogzilla blonde ale, Jake The Snake margarita seltzer, Santeria Tamarind Cider, and more.

A beer in a glass on bricks
Mojave Brewing Co.
Mojave Brewing Co./Facebook

Biscuits & Bourbon

A paper-lined silver tray with brisket, mac and cheese, and fries.
Brisket at Biscuits & Bourbon.
Biscuits & Bourbon/Facebook

Do start any meal with a basket of biscuits with jams and butters, all of which change frequently. Then order stacks of pancakes, French toast, or fried chicken and waffles for breakfast, or stick to a brisket sandwich, hot link hoagie, or smoked BLT. The restaurant offers its barbecue dishes to go by the pound.

A paper-lined silver tray with brisket, mac and cheese, and fries.
Brisket at Biscuits & Bourbon.
Biscuits & Bourbon/Facebook

Pacific Diner

Three white plates withe a breakfast burrito, omelet, and chicken fried steak on a black table.
Breakfast dishes at Pacific Diner on Water Street.
Pacific Diner

Quaint Pacific Diner offers breakfast dishes such as build-your-own burritos and omelets as well as burgers and Hawaiian dishes such as loco moco and an island breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three white plates withe a breakfast burrito, omelet, and chicken fried steak on a black table.
Breakfast dishes at Pacific Diner on Water Street.
Pacific Diner

Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee Cafe

A plate of Belgian waffle and eggs
Belgian waffle and eggs at Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee Cafe.
Jessica Garrett/Facebook

Diners can continue to order Coo Coo’s European lattes, blended drinks, breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and wraps. Fan favorites include the Funky Monkey frappe and Belgian waffles. Online ordering available.

A plate of Belgian waffle and eggs
Belgian waffle and eggs at Coo Coo’s Gourmet Coffee Cafe.
Jessica Garrett/Facebook

Water Street Pizzeria

A meatball sandwich at Water Street Pizzeria
Water Street Pizzeria.
Water Street Pizzeria

Water Street Pizzeria continues to offer its Tuscany pizza, sub sandwiches, and chicken wings daily. Online ordering available.

A meatball sandwich at Water Street Pizzeria
Water Street Pizzeria.
Water Street Pizzeria

Sticks Tavern

Half rotisserie chicken.
Half rotisserie chicken at Sticks Tavern.
Sticks Tavern

Sticks Tavern bills itself as a family-friendly sport bar with dishes such as roasted chicken poutine topped with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy, chicken wings, sweet and spicy fried peanuts, potato croquettes, artichoke dip with toasted ciabatta, and fried Oaxacan cheese sticks. Head over on the weekend for brunch with calle del agua chilaquiles or a breakfast sandwich with pork belly, eggs, and cheese sauce. Online ordering available.

Half rotisserie chicken.
Half rotisserie chicken at Sticks Tavern.
Sticks Tavern

Public Works Coffee Bar

Public Works Coffee Bar
Public Works Coffee Bar.
Public Works Coffee Bar/Facebook

Public Works Coffee Bar serves a roster of coffees and teas, as well as novelty drinks such as a tres leches latte, Cuban honey, and Mexican hot chocolate.

Public Works Coffee Bar
Public Works Coffee Bar.
Public Works Coffee Bar/Facebook

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