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The dining room at Nola with beaded necklaces and colorful art on the wall



Palo Alto

$$$$Perfect For:BrunchPeople WatchingDrinking Good CocktailsDay DrinkingHappy HourDrinks & A Light BiteBig GroupsOutdoor/Patio Situation
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As the name suggests, Nola is a New Orleans-themed restaurant and bar. The main reason to come here is for their weekend bottomless brunch that brings together college students, suburbanites, and tech workers. This place looks like a southern-style townhouse with an indoor balcony, indoor fountain (that’s not running), and an excessive amount of Mardi Gras beads. Brunch dishes include kind-of-dry buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, fluffy beignets, and a benedict with a Tabasco hollandaise. The food is passable, but it's also not the point—you're here primarily to drink mimosas in the most party-like spot Palo Alto has to offer.

The french toast at Nola

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Someone pours syrup on chicken and waffles at Nola

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The mac and cheese at Nola

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The french toast at Nola
Someone pours syrup on chicken and waffles at Nola
The mac and cheese at Nola

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