Nolia Kitchen

I’ve been keeping a list with all a bunch of restaurants I want to try or revisit for some time. Years, to be frank.

Recently we’ve started to check some off. I’ve half a mind to make this a regular endeavor — you know, close out the week with something to look forward to.

I’d been waiting for this particular checkmark as Nolia Kitchen reservations must be planned in advance. They’re in the spotlight since being a James Beard finalist for good reason — their Southern-style food is super good. I clutched my pearls more than once after tasting a few dishes.

Split a slice of Creole Cream Cheesecake for dessert and Chef Jeff Harris came over and described their process of making each element from scratch. I felt like we were extras in an episode of The Bear from a future season where everything was going without a hitch.