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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Nola's Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook

The white beans were almost like a thick soup and were very good on the rice The white beans were almost like a thick soup and were very good on the rice

Lunch stop hits fried seafood home run

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

DIVOTSsfAfter years in the Gainesville restaurant business restaurant professioanl Nola saw taking over the Meadowbrook clubhouse café on 3200 NW 98th St. as a once in lifetime opportunity.

"I've done all the restaurant work stations in the last five years GLOB Master," Nola said standing a little taller, making sure I understood who was driving this Cajun' seafood house conversation. "I'm ready, excited about this challenge," She added.

Thanks to NOLA and having just been open a few weeks NOLA'S CAJUN PO' BOYS &NOLA'S CAJUN PO' BOYS & SEAFOOD at MEADOWBROO SEAFOOD at MEADOWBROOK (formally known at Divots) located at 3200 NW 98th Street is now open for business. Open at 11:00 for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday, Sunday Brunch will be available 11am - 5pm.

The GLOB Master thinks you can never have enough Cajun, Big Easy, New Orleans food in town so I was excited when lunch pal and UF Professor Emeritus Jon Roosenraad suggested we give this West Gainesville lunch stop a try.

You quickly see that NOLA – the restaurant not the owner – is still a work in progress with not a lot of physical changes happening since Divot's had closed at this location recently.



The café remains spacious and Jon and I did see what appeared to be several local, regular customers greeted as they walk in for lunch.

NOLA – the owner – had created an impressive menu with all the New Orleans, spicy flavored entrees including fresh seafood likr Jimmy Blue Garlic Crab. The menu also includes eight House Specials and six Daily Lunch Specials served from 12-2:00.

Chicken wings highlight a list of twelve appetizers including Zesty Firecracker Shrimp, and Beer-Battered onion wings.

If I haven't hit the high note for you yet lunch outer there is also a list of Seafood Platters, and a Vegetarian, Vegan Menu.You can follow the restaurant link at the bottom of this page for a complete NOLA, the restaurant, menu.

The good Dr. Roosenraad walked into NOLA's restaurant having already decided on a Po' Boy for his lunch and one to take home to the missus. Rosey selected the Classic Po' Boy Daily Special and picked the Shrimp Po' Boy from the shrimp, oysters, clams, fish, and calamari, ($10.99) Jon took his wife a to go order of a Fish Po' Boy.  The menu describes the Po' Boy Sandwich as a, 'Fried up and served on French roll with Swiss Cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onions plus a side or Remoulade. "C'est tres bien!"



The very customer friendly Nola Server Misha proudly delivered our mountainous lunches to our table.  The Good doctor was surprised how long our lunch took to get to our table, but was pleased with his fried seafood selection.



"A tasty and filling lunch. Bread good, sauce just right, good fries," Jon said. "Now the oysters -- tasted OK, but on they were on the smal sidel. There is a dood amount of oysters but I have lived in Florida for 50 years and have never seen such small bi-valves," Dr. Roosenraad exclaimed.

The Po' Boy Sandwich idea sounded like a lunch time winner. Unfortunately I have pretty much given up sub rolls, and large fluffy bread items that laugh, snickering at my blood sugar as I enjoy their baked bread goodness.

I go for tacos, so it has been easy for me to ignore my Big Bread Anxiety and peruse what is on the Nola Daily Special Taco menu, ($9.99). Like the Po' Boys the tacos are available in shrimp, oysters, clams, fish, and calamari. I chose the Fried Shrimps Tacos and I was over whelmed with the size of my lunch.



The over stuffed taco shells looked delicious with the lettuce, tomato, Shrimp nuggets and the very tasty remoulade sauce. A taste of cocktail sauce was also added to my lunch. The tacos were fabulously yummy. The spicy remoulade was a perfect addition to the crunchy shrimp, lettuce, and tomato. The taco shells were toasted perfectly and perhaps some of the best soft, chewy tortillas I have had in a while.

I am cruising up on my second year as a diabetic GLOBers, and I am pleased with the change in my eating habits. I just don't eat as much as I used to. That said I did have extreme anxiety about what I was going to do with the third taco I didn't, couldn't eat.

All right. OK. So I ate the taco's shrimp and sauces. I did leave a tortilla and-a half on my messy plate of leftovers including a plate full of very yummy looking French fries, sigh . . .



The Pluses and Minuses of Nola Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook

Nola Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook + indicators:  A lot of new, opening business 'bugs' Nola, (owner) is working on like service time, and kitchen speed.

Nola Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook - indicators:  A lot of new, opening business 'bugs' Nola, (owner) is working on like service time, and kitchen speed.

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Last modified onTuesday, 06 February 2018 06:00

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  • Ron Schmidt
    Ron Schmidt Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:27 Comment Link

    The name "Po' Boy" for the sandwich was coined in a New Orleans restaurant owned by Benny and Clovis Martin. Benny and Clovis were former streetcar conductors. No, these are not the same people who named the "Hamburger"... which is much older and goes back to Hamburg, Germany. A lot of folks think that the original hamburgers contained ham.. This would be as ridiculous as thinking that a "Po' Boy" contained... well, I won't say it.

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