A Taste of Louisiana in The Heart of Downtown

Having lived downtown for over four years, you can imagine my surprise to find a restaurant churning out authentic Louisiana dishes – right in my concrete backyard! Located in the recently renovated Westin Hotel in the One Main Place building, NOLA Brasserie offers a balanced blend of American and Creole favorites like Red Beans & Rice, Crawfish Fritters, and of course – GUMBO!

First, let’s talk about the space! The walls were lined with a collage of framed NOLA-themed photos. Hanging from the ceiling, hundreds of Edison bulb pendants cast an intimate glow onto the french bistro-style tables and chairs. Along one wall, a styled bar is cranking out craft cocktails, ice cold local and Louisiana beers, and an expansive wine list.

Upon grabbing a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto Main Street, we were greeted with a bowl of chicharrones – which I promptly doused in Louisiana Hot Sauce, rightfully so. We ordered a glass of wine and began to mull over their very focused menu of Louisiana favorites.

We settled on Crawfish Fritters and Corn and Crab Bisque. The fritters were dense with noticeable chunks of crawfish and corn, perfectly fried crisp, and served with a delicious aioli. I’m a sucker for any soup. I could eat soup every day of my life and I’d be happy eating the Corn and Crab Bisque, literally, every day. The decadent soup was creamy, rich, and jam-packed with large pieces of crab and corn.

Our entrees also didn’t disappoint! I have to say, it was a really tough choice to make with so many classic dishes on the menu. I wanted to try one of everything. We settled on the Crawfish Ettouffee (because, duh) and Seafood Pasta with fresh gulf shrimp and crawfish. The Crawfish Ettouffee was the clear stand out packed full of fresh Louisiana crawfish tails, smothered in creole veggies, sprinkled with Cajun spices, and served over fluffy white rice.

If a restaurant inside a hotel can transport you to Louisiana through food and ambiance, I’d say they’ve done their job right. Let’s end the post as we ended dinner – with Southern Comfort Pecan Pie (à la mode, of course).

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