I have been to New Orleans countless times, so while in the Bay Area on business I thought to give NOLA a try. First off don't expect to feast on succulent fat gulf oysters for 25¢ apiece as you would in New Orleans. Here they are $2.25 each. Nor will you find a traditional Muffalletta like the type invented and served at Central Grocery in NOLA. But what you will find is an attempt at bringing the flavors of NOLA to Palo Alto. The atmosphere within is French Quater centric with wrought iron railings, painted walls and plants filling up the room, very nice touch.There is a pretty good selection of bourbons available and the staff is very attentive. Expect a crowd, dining on a Wednesday evening the place was packed by 9pm. I had the Jambalaya which was excellent, not overcooked in an excellent cajun rouex. You will need to look for the better Cajun meals mixed in with not so NOLA'esq flavors like Ahi Tuna Tacos and Vegan Jambalaya. I guess NOLA feels it needs to cater to those California health diners. They could definitely expand their menu, no one goes to New Orleans with the intent of dining healthy. But again, this is California. Overall we had a great dinner, enjoyed the place and walked out pleased.
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