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Nola Restaurant Review: Emeril Lagasse fields diverse restaurant concepts. Nola, in the heart of the French Quarter's entertainment district, has a lively, party atmosphere and a décor shaped by exposed brick and hardwood floors. Industrial elements so favored today in hip restaurant design lend a warehouse look to ceilings and passageways. Upscale enough for a first date, Nola also is casual enough for a beer with your buddies. However, savoring the kitchen's handiwork requires a liberal tolerance for rich ingredients and bold spices. Flavorful surprises attend most dishes, such as the grilled Gulf fish finished with truffle butter, or the whiskey and caramel glaze over hickory roasted duck. Miss Hays Stuffed Chicken Wings is a perennial favorite. Cast all of your nutrition ideas to the wind when it comes to dessert, and get ready for the Warm Ooey Gooey Cake, which translates as a moist chocolate cake with toasted coconut and marshmallow, topped with coffee ice cream. The wine list is serviceable, but it does not live up to the reputation of the flagship Emeril’s restaurant in the Warehouse District. Service is professional.