New restaurant Nolia adds some Southern flair to Cincinnati’s foodie landscape. But while the restaurant serves unique dishes inspired by Chef Jeffery Harris’ upbringing in New Orleans, the fare stays authentic to the chef himself rather than to his hometown’s traditional cuisine.
Situated in the space formerly occupied by Please (famous for its selfie-friendly bathroom and James Beard Award-winning chef’s stellar offerings), the dining environment is upscale yet approachable. Nolia’s menu is stacked with dishes like delectable smoked chicken slathered in Alabama white sauce, cider-stewed collard greens, redfish court-bouillon (pronounced co-boo-yon) and much more. All of the side dishes are vegan and, while you should not expect them to play zydeco or serve hurricane cocktails in novelty cups, the restaurant’s drink menu will truly laissez les bon temps rouler
Nolia is located at 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, noliakitchen.com