Average cajun fare, lots of potential but needs improvement. Hailing from South Lousiana I'm always on the lookout for new cajun/creole fare. I believe the chef used to work at Patricks's which explains the similarity. The food is okay but the set up of the restaurant could be a lot better. Being on West End and so close to vandy and in a stip mall, I really think this restaurant would work a lot better with a walk up counter, more variety on the menu, and slightly lower prices with more of a focus on the poboys. Instead its focused on more of a sit down restuarant which makes it seem very empty and weird. The shrimp poboy is exactly like it was at Patricks and it could definitely use some more shrimp. The jambalaya and etoufee are both pretty decent but not worth the price. I really think they should offer a hot roast beef poboy on the menu, that is by far my favorite poboy, simple as keeping some sliced roast beef simmering in a crockpot of au jus all day served with sweet savory sloppy gravy. I've come to terms that I'll never find Lousiana cuisine quite like it is in Lousiana and this place does come in a close 2nd behind Nooley's in the Farmers market but I think the general theme of the restaurant should be changed. I recommend the owner change it to more of a setup like Back To Cuba Cafe with a counter/bar and cater more towards the walk-in type crowd.
'NOT CRAWFISH ETOUFEE!1!!!!.
i HAPPENED TO SEE THE "cAJUN' MONIKER WHILE I WAS SLOWED IN THE RUSH HOUR TRAFFICK RETURNING H OME LAST EVENING. THE MENU WAS ENTICING. I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY THE CRAWFISH ETOUFEE ($10.00) AS TAKE-OUT TO SEE IF THIS WAS A PLACE THAT WOULD ACCOMMODATE ME FOR SOME OF THE EVENING MEALS THAT I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR WHEN I CANNOT COOK FOR MY CHILDREN.
I WAS SORELY DISSAPOINTED. THE FOOD WAS BASICALLY INEDIBLE. THERE WERE PROBABLY 6--8 CRAWFISH IN THE ENTREE. THEY HAD OBVIOUSLY BEEN FROZEN AND THEY WERE HARD TO FIND AMONGST THE SLOSSHY RICE AND OKRA. UG11111111111111111 I WANTED TO TO RETURN THEIS MESS AND ASK FOR MY MONEY BACK.
INSTEAD, I SAID TO MYSELF: "WHAT THE HECK?" JUST THROW IT AWAY AND FORGET ABOUT IT! THIS WEST END EATTERY IS A FARCE FOR THOSE OF US WHO KNOW CAJUN-CREOLE CUISINE. I WILL STICK WITH 'BRO'S' ON CHARLOTTE AVENUE.
'EXCELLE NT LOCATION--TERRIBLE CAJUN-CREOLE!!!!!
Hooodogie....Just Like Louisiana..
Coming from Alexandria,Louisiana it's hard to find a restaurant in the South that actually lives up to the hype of "real authentic cajun food". Nola's is truly a delight. From the Jambalaya to the Crawfish Etouffee, you could'nt ask for a more back home taste.Love the inside layout. Beautiful paintings on the wall displaying the heart of New Orleans,and a nice cozey atmosphere. The staff couldn't have been nicer! I really had not had many plates from South America to tell the truth but, the chivito has got to be the best sandwhich I've ever eaten Hands Down!!! and I cant even say it right but the Parrilliada is to die for!
From Tilapia po boy,Oyster Po boy,to Raviolli Nola's covers it all.
Good deserts. I LOVE THE FLAN WITH DULCE DE LECHE IS GREAT!! AND THE APETIZERS HAS BETTER TASTE THAN THE ENTREE, AND IS A LOT CHEAPER YOU SHOULD TRY THEM
Get Your Own!. Chef Alexia stole everything from someone else. The name, every cajun/creole menu item. I don't know for sure, but she probably stole the latin menu items as well. Please try to find a Patrick's menu and you tell me. It's almost a carbon copy. Has Chef Alexia been to Louisiana?
Great History & a Meal from Chef Alexia. Our restaurant hopping days are over since discovering Nola?s in late January of this year. Now, on our family nights instead of deciding which direction to head towards we start brainstorming which item from the well-known Nola?s menu we will be delighting ourselves in. It is always varied and taste bud satisfying, whether you pick steak, pasta, or seafood. I could keep writing about their menu, but then you?d miss out on the opportunity to read about the great atmosphere that is found there. We really feel like family when we see our lifetime friends (ok, so we just met them this year) Alexia and Javier. We have our favorite table, which we just keep adding chairs to when we see other regulars come in. Our daughter, who is a very active 3 year old will eagerly sit in her car seat as we make our bi-weekly hour trip to Nola?s. Maybe today Kendrick will be there and the two of them can play together. Come try Nola?s and join us: The Non-Hoppers.
Great, great place. Very friendly environment and great food, at a reasonable price..
Great, great place. Very friendly environment and great food, at a reasonable price.
For those of you who have never tried CHIVITO, it is a must, you will love it. SouthAmerican-style meats or "parrillada" are also very good. I am looking forward to taste the "empanadas", a recent incorporation to the menu, I believe.
Nola's is a very enjoyable place. You can often see Chef and owner, Alexia, engaging in nice conversations with guests. Great environment either for the familiy or to go out with friends and have a beer and nice chat.
There is not a day I don't think how do I get my hands on something at Nola's...what to get is the hardest decision..
When I first ate Nola's food, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I had a cold, hadn't tasted a thing in days, and was afraid to try a new thing. The first burst of flavors with my first bite of gumbo changed my world. Usually, food is dulled down, lacks layers of flavors, and is, well, not what should be expected. Latin and Cajun food should have it all, flavor, spice, layers of heat, excitement, Nola's food has it all. Since my first encounter, I have tried more and more and still can't pick a favorite. Everything has been excellent.
Better than the food (which is almost impossible to achieve), is the wonderful family behind Nola's and the atmosphere they create. They have made a space into a different world. Never once have I been disappointed with the fresh and homemade tastes created by the wonderful chef/owner. If you want to explore the world without leaving your backyard, go to Nola's. Try everything. Just be careful, you won't be able to stop. (Oh don't let me forget the deserts....)
Support our local chefs, support a wonderful restaurant, and most of all, give your taste buds a journey with out having to spend a fortune.
I said I didn't know what I was getting myself into. There is not a day I don't think how do I get my hands on something there...what is the hardest decision.
Thank for the wonderful food!
A refreshing new alternative to the typical Nashville dining experience. It is excellent!.
Nola's is a wonderful place to eat. It offers a unique and fresh dining experience to the Nashville restaurant scene. The Uruguayan / South American cuisine is spectacular! The New Orleans Cajun food is excellent! The atmosphere is inviting, and the hospitality is great!
The parillada is a mouth watering assortment of steaks and South American sausages that can serve 2 people, yet is very reasonably priced. The po boy sandwiches have a deightful mix of cajun spices and will definitely fill you up. If you want a lighter option the salads are a wonderful alternative. They can come with you choice of chicken, shrimp, or talapia, which are all very good. Lastly, the desserts are absolutely terrific. The flan, bread pudding, and crepes are all a delightful way of topping off the meal.
Noal's restaurant is a refreshing alternative to the typical nashville dining experience
GREAT CAJUN AND SOUTHAMERICAN.
I've been to Nola's since they opened and I think is great.
The food is great and this is the only place we have to taste some SouthAmerican food which has nothing to do with mexican tacos and tex mex food.
My family and I love Nola's we recommend this place to all our friends and relatives and they all said it was a great place to eat and hang out.
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