Went to Nola’s for dinner today. I’d never actually eaten dinner there, and had always been somewhat prejudiced against it on account of its lack of air conditioning. It was a pretty good meal. My dining companion got the jambalaya, which she approved of (or at least, that’s what she told the man who walked over to us from the next table and asked how it was.) Relative to most jambalayas, it seemed quite shrimpy and light.
I was pleased with two of my three choices: I decided to get a plethora of side dishes. I didn’t like the asparagus (oily and overseasoned), but the scallion smashed potatoes were good (although less scalliony than one might imagine), and the red beans and rice (with sausage) was basically a complete meal in and of itself. At $4 per side, it’s a very decent option (the restaurant at large being mid-priced, by which I mean entrees from about 15-25.)
We split a crab soup to start off with, which was also quite good (even if, to BHG*’s surprise, it was not a bisque.)
Sadly, I did not get to sample the beignets this time around, which are basically the best part of going to a Cajun restaurant. (I can’t even promise they have beignets, as I waved away the dessert menu.)
* – Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You know who you are; I’d give the credit in a link, but maybe you don’t want it particularly publicized…