534 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.955587 -90.064921
Neighborhoods: French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD
O-M-Goodness!! – First timer to New Orleans, accompanied by an expert...LOL! He made reservations about a week ahead of time and said I would love it..he was right!
Food was TERRIFIC!!
The servers come around with fresh bread and you choose what you want. I had a little focaccia roll; I would compare it to a Lender's onion bagel. (I love those things, though.) I was not into the cornbread, but only because of the jalapeno. If not for that, I would have maybe eaten three or four. My date said he could eat a whole basket of them. (I let him have mine.)
For an appetizer we had the pizza with kalamata olives, fire roasted tomatoes, mozzerella, fresh garlic cloves and God knows what else, but it was very good! My man also had a bowl of gumbo that I did not want to try, for fear of having no room for desert.
I had the grilled fish of the day, which was Mahi-Mahi on Saturday. It was cooked perfectly with such a light, but tasty sauce, and the ravioli was of course not Chef Boyardee, but Chef Emeril style. YUM!! Joey had the filet mignon and the two bites I had were mouth watering!
Then came dessert! The only thing he could talk about for the three weeks before the trip was the bananas foster...I could not wait! We opted for the side of Drunken Monkey ice cream with it and WHOA baby!! I was already full about half way through my entree, but managed to force most of it down because it was so good. I tell you though, after one spoonful of dessert, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to avoid ordering another round of the stuff! I don' t know what exactly is in their bananas foster and d.m. ice cream, but it was the best thing I've ever tasted!!
Enough about the food..
Service was AWESOME! One waiter introduces himself and names two other people that will serve you, but it's like everyone's at your beck and call! I came back from the bathroom and my napkin was refolded.
Only con was the bathroom. Toilet seat was wobbly, faucet was leaky. Oh well, that was 90 sec of my life
Unimpressive – food was very good. service left a lot to be desired. nice view from our table but was trapped in a corner.
The French Quarter outpost of Chef Emeril Lagasse's empire offers modern spins on classic Creole favorites. – In Short
Any restaurant associated with Lagasse will be crowded, but Nola has a distinctly informal feel--somewhere between hipster chic and white linen. The kitchen balances a dizzying array of flavors and textures in its deep selection of contemporary Creole dishes. The rotating menu has featured such dishes as paillard (quickly grilled breast scallop) of chicken with portobello mushroom, chevre-potato ravioli and smoked shoestring onion rings, and cedar plank-roasted redfish.
Wondering – My husband and I spent the Friday before Katrina at NOLA. We had eaten there many times prior to that evening. This Friday night, in particular, was very memorable. Everything.... the food, the service, the wine, the smiles of Jorge, Troy and Mike were especially poignant. We wonder if they're still at NOLA, and if they're safe. They gave us wonderful memories time and again. Hoping someone out there has dined at NOLA recently and if they had service from these gentlemen.
Nola Re-opens Post K – Just 3 days after re-opening Hubby and I strolled in on a Thursday evening to find a half-empty room and no one at our favorite Kitchen counter spot. Lucky us! It is fun to watch and talk to the kitchen staff, not a romantic dinner place anyway might as well have dinner and a show. A couple of little extras sometimes slide across the counter. Our waiter was attentive, recommended a delicious, affordable wine. But the food, Oooo La La! Gumbo had the sweetest shrimp, oven baked bread was wonderful, but my shrimp on cheese grits was simply overwhelmingly tasty. Hubby had baby back ribs which I considered wrestling him for, except my shrimp was too delicious to give up. Sublime coffee creme brulee. Wow, better meal than a week before at Emeril's re-opening, less expensive too. Can't wait to return. Maybe they are trying a bit harder Post-K.
Top Notch – I came into NOLA from out of town and was anxious to try. I have been to some of the finest restaurants in New York City in which if it was not for my wife being there with me, I would have to rank NOLA as one of the finest places I have been to. The food was tasteful and not overdone. Appetizers were excellent and service was key. Make certain that if you go, ask what is the favorite of the server. All of the people that were at my table were skeptical on getting the smoked duck of which this was the best thing served at the table. I look forward to going again!
My New Favorite Place – My husband and I went to Nola this past weekend and I think I'm still full! The food was so amazing, I kept eating long after I was full. I had the arugala salad with bleu cheese, candied cherries and pecans to begin with and I never enjoyed a salad so much in my life! Each course just got better and better. The peanut butter pie was awesome. The service was excellent from beginning to end. I felt like royalty. All I can say is BAM! what a great place to dine!
So many better places to choose in New Orleans – New Orleans first time vistor. All three Emerils retaurants were recommended by family/friends. Spent a week in New Orleans and had many great dining experiences but
NOLA was not one them. Hostess was unpleasant even after we told her we had reservations. Our wait staff of three, range from good to one over explaining how to read the menu and food. Corn muffin was dreadfully dry and tasteless. The rest of the food was
just okay. Seating was too close to neighbors and the restaurant was extremely noisy. NOLA ruined any chances of us visting any other Emeril restaurants.
Comfort food with a twist – Unlike the previous review, my recent experience at the restaurant was anything but poor. The wait staff was prompt and attentive. The atmosphere was bustling, but not TOO overcrowded. And, the food - incredible! I had steak (I know, who goes to New Orleans for steak?!) but it was cooked to perfection with a blue cheese-stuffed portabello on top for added flava'. My husband had the buttermilk fried chicken - which also comes with a twist: it is served over green onion grits. The flavor combinations of the chicken, unique grits, and gravy were not something you'd think up at home, but were absolutely perfect. Comfort food at its best. Don't forget the desserts...the NOLA Buzz Bomb is a must for chocolate lovers...but the banana pudding layer cake really brings home the prize (the homemade vanilla wafers are scrumptious and really kick this dessert up a notch).
Overrated – Seated quickly and yummy appetizers - amazing. From there it went downhill. Hickory roasted duck and fire roasted corn salad and candied pecan sounds good but tastes horrible - I may never eat duck again. Husband had buttermilk chicken which was good but you could make at home. Very noisy - could not hear each other nor could we hear the wait staff. There are better places in town.
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