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The taste of New Orleans

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Sweet Nola’s is a New Orleans themed restaurant in Winchester. They offer a variety of Cajun and Creole food in large portions and with great service. Some may be taken aback at first sight because the decor is very much in the New Orleans style. Decked out in skeletons, green and purple beads and crazy costumes, Sweet Nola’s gets five stars just for its appearance.

As for the food, Sweet Nola’s takes resources from the valley and transforms them into the delicious southern food of New Orleans. The restaurant does an excellent job of replicating New Orleans’ most famous dishes: red beans and rice, po’ boys, gumbo, jambalaya and Café Du Monde chicory coffee.

Some of the dishes I tried were the salad, roast beef po’ boy and gumbolaya (a combination of gumbo and jambalaya). 

The salad was amazing. However, they were stingy with the hush puppy croutons as they only had one on each salad. The salad dressing was delicious; they have three types of signature dressings: bread and butter pickle vinaigrette, blackened ranch and Creole pink. I tried all of these and they each blended so well with the fresh greens and praline pecans (another New Orleans classic).

Po’ boys are a New Orleans must-have. My friend had the Royal Street po’ boy, which was exactly as they described, “a beast of a sandwich.” The Royal Street consists of roast beef debris, which is what falls off when the beef is roasted. Poured on top is a delicious creamy gravy, along with fried baby potato cakes.  It may be called a sandwich, but in true New Orleans fashion, you cannot eat it without some utensils!

Lastly, I tried the gumbolaya, which was possibly my favorite dish of the night. This was the special of the day, and I’m so glad that I got lucky with it. The delicious rice and chicken of the jambalaya mixed with the soupy goodness of gumbo made this the perfect New Orleans dish.

Sweet Nola’s is a marvelous restaurant, and I will be returning. The food, decor and service took me back to the few days that I spent and enjoyed so much in New Orleans. All that is missing are the alligators!

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