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Nola Restaurant And Bar
535 Ramona St, Palo Alto 650.328.2722

Flash and Dash

Mardi Gras and other surprises

By Suzanne Barnecut

Dining at Nola's is a trip back to the French Quarter of New Orleans. Fashioned after a home, the restaurant is broken into small rooms and a central open-air courtyard, though it's really the bar that draws crowds of young professionals, spilling from two cozy rooms out onto the sidewalk. It can also be more like a party, as waiters have been known to gift Mardi Gras beads to large parties, those that order the house drink, and to the daring few who follow in the New Orleans spirit of Mardi Gras by ... flashing. Everything's good here: the food, the atmosphere, the drinks, the spirit.

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-last call, Sun 1:30pm-last call
Crowd Age: 25-35
Music: Reggae, zydeco, Southern background music; no live music
Décor: Southern folk-art paintings
Signature Drink: Hurricane
Dancing: "No, but don't be afraid. If you're here, we're not going to stop you!"--Chad Helton, General Manager
Games/Amenities: No

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From the June 21-27, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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