NOLA Buenos Aires has gone through a massive change in 2014! To get all the details check out the site here or continue reading to see how it all began.
In August 2012 NOLA first opened as a puerta cerrada opening once a week for 8 diners. Within a few months it was operating 4 nights a week with up to 16 diners a night. The crowd was international and the ambiance sophisticated yet comfortable.
Francisco (my beau) prepped the salon and covered the wines while I took my Southern roots to the kitchen.
Jazz, funk and blues filled the house, candles were lit, linens ironed and an intimate four course dinner was served at both communal and private tables.
A year later while escaping the winter in Europe we toyed around with the idea of one day opening something legit that wasn’t based out of our living room but the conversation was left in Italy and as soon as we got back to BA the puerta cerrada was back in full swing for another season.
Come January our conversation made a reappearance after we saw a space that was available for rent. The location seemed perfect along with the size but is this really what we want?! We decided if the space was still available in a month we’d take it and just go with it.
By March construction had started and all the details started to come together. What kind of place do we want? What is missing here? Why does Argentine service suck so bad? Why is it so hard to find a comfortable place that’s open in the late afternoon for a proper beer/wine and a bite to eat? WHY doesn’t that exist? That’s where I want to hang out! We’re not merienda people, who wants cake and coffee at 6pm? I want a vinito and a tasty salty treat… preferably fried and saucy!
Four months later NOLA Gastropub was ready to open it’s doors. Construction was a massive f*n headache but we pushed our way through it while running the puerta cerrada Thursday through Sunday nights. As winter settled in the reservations slowed down in perfect timing to coincide with the new opening. On July 18 at 5pm NOLA Gastropub opened it’s doors to the public and has been operating ever since.
NOLA is a special and ‘different’ kind of place.
First off- NOLA is closed on Tuesdays. Every other day it’s open from 5pm – midnight. Kitchen closes at 11:30.
There is no table service! That means, you have to go to the counter to order and pay, then pick up your food from the kitchen when your name is called. There are no waiters, you’re on your own! Which is nice I might add, not having that codependency in such a tranqui city. No need to fret, everything you need is available – sauce station, napkins, silverware, good music, mostly blues, jazz and older stuff.
The place is all about local craft beer on tap and fried chicken.
Other drink options are Argentine wines, apertivos and a couple house made non alcoholic options like sweet tea or our soda de la casa with fresh ginger and honey. Everything is homemade using fresh and local ingredients.
The kitchen offers fixings like fried chicken, gumbo, red beans & rice (celiac/vegan), mollejas (sweetbreads) and el sandwich clasico- fried chicken breast on brioche with romaine and lemon chive mayo. Pickled jalapeños are available for those who want to add a bit of heat and there is a sauce station where you can find a selection of house made sauces to go with your order.
Doors open at 5pm and close at midnight. Happy hour is daily (except on Tuesdays when we close!) from 5 – 8pm offering pints for 30 pesos.
NOLA is located at Gorriti 4389, corner of Julian Alvarez in Palermo Viejo. It’s cash only and reservations aren’t accepted.