Friday, August 16, 2013

Where to Eat: The $15 Buffet @ NOLA’S “A Taste of New Orleans” (CLOSED)

UPDATE: NOLA's is now closed. 

The Eats: Southern, Cajun and Creole cuisine  

The Location: Downtown L.A. (Arts District)

The Vibes: Casual, industrial, welcoming

Good for: When you’re ravished and want to eat well

When-To-Go: There’s always something going on every time and day of the week; weekday buffets, Sunday champagne brunches, Friday and Saturday night buffets, and live music practically every night of the week

With-Whom-To-Go: Definitely perfect and accommodating for large groups

The $$ Factor: $$; the lunch buffet is $15

The 4-1-1: NOLA’s makes their own delicious hot sauce – a must to try for all hot sauce lovers

I’ll Be Back…: For the BBQ baby back ribs, the catfish and the greens

NOLA’s “A Taste of New Orleans” is one of those restaurants that has great food and entertainment pretty much every single day of the week, at all times of the day.

But, there’s one specific time at this downtown restaurant that I love in particular:
weekdays, for the $15 buffet.

There’s so many great aspects to this buffet. First, service is always on point, no matter how large your party is. I’ve eaten here with up to eleven people and we’ve always been received quickly, promptly and politely, and with very friendly smiles and engaging conversations from the staff. Plus, during lunch, it’s easy to get in and out of – it’s never overly crowded and the buffet is replenished frequently enough that you’re not standing around, waiting 500 minutes for more beignets.

And, most importantly, the food is fantastic. The lunch buffet includes a variety of NOLA’s specialties: gumbo, jambalaya, fried chicken, fried catfish, BBQ ribs, red beans and rice, collard greens, penne pasta, vegetables, salad, beignets and probably more, but that’s all I can remember right now. This selection remains consistent. I’ve gone at various times throughout the year, and mostly everything – including the gumbo and the catfish – has always been featured in the buffet.

One dessert not in the buffet but that’s one of my favorites and that you should certainly order is the lavender crème brulee, pictured below. Not too sweet, but with just the right amount of lavender!

The next time you find yourself in the arts district with famished folks in the lunchtime hour, I highly recommend hurrying down to NOLA’s “A Taste of New Orleans” for authentic, down home Southern cooking.

See you there soon!

For more information:,
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