Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Restaurant - NOLA on the Square

I had the pleasure of dining at NOLA on the Square in downtown Pittsburgh the other day. NOLA, owned and operated by Yves Carreau, is our local restaurant scene's first venture in the cuisine of New Orleans in some time. NOLA offers a varied menu with both Creole and Cajun-type cuisines. Opened in March, it has become the hit of downtown, with packed lunch crowds and a huge after work cadre as well.

I found the service to be professional and knowledgeable. The menu looked great; I had shrimp and grits, which offered big shrimp in a bowl with grits and a very nice brother. I also had the crawfish soup, which was likewise excellent. Both offered full flavors without a lot of heat.

Carreau owns two other highly rated downtown restaurants , Sonoma Grill and Seviche, both of which are in the Penn Avenue corridor near the Convention Center.

NOLA on the Square is well worth a trip -- whether pre-theater or if you're just looking to try something different. I strongly recommend it.

Click here for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review restaurant critique of NOLA on the Square.

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