Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Last date I was here: 12/31/2008

Restaurant: NOLA (

Location: New Orleans, French Quarter

Total Rating: 4
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 4

Summary: Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, NOLA has an established identity as a funky, informal restaurant whose menu features the fresh adaptations of New Orleans Creole and Acadian Cajun for which celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse is renowned. A relaxed atmosphere and the signature personal attention of Lagasse's staff lure his local following in the French Quarter. Nola's location, innovative menu and personable service make visitors and locals alike feel at home.

My first write-up of a restaurant outside of the DC metropolitan area! We went to New Orleans to celebrate New Year’s Eve and had the great pleasure at dining at this restaurant. Being a busy holiday night, the wait service was kind and informative of the menu items and drink selections. They never made us feel rushed, so we were able to enjoy our dinner and linger while we waited for the festivities to begin in the nearby Jackson Square. Decorated with black and white balloons on the tables of all white, the restaurant had a lovely ambience. The menu was Cajun and tasty. It was not super high class and a little disappointing for the price and expectation of “eating at Emeril’s”, but the food was good enough that I was pleased.

What I ate:

Baked Oysters
Gulf Oysters and Crabmeat Baked in the Wood Oven with Garlic Butter and Herb Bread Crumbs
GumboChicken and Andouille
Shrimp and GritsSautéed Gulf Shrimp, Grilled Green Onions, Smoked Cheddar Grits, Apple Smoked Bacon,
Crimini Mushrooms, Creole Tomato Glaze and Red Chili-Abita Butter Sauce

Plus Keith ate:

Garlic Crusted Texas Redfish
Cooked in the Wood Burning Oven with Brabant Potatoes,Wild Mushrooms, Bacon and Sauce Beurre Rouge

NOLA Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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