Jolie's is a really cute "bistro" type restaurant with funky art on the walls, and gorgeous tin ceilings. The decor is very "southern down home" and lends to the relaxed atmosphere. They specialize in serving only locally available foods, right down to their beer selection - and the back of the menu tells you where pretty much everything comes from. They thank their farmers and their growers. We brought a group of 8 into the bistro at 8:30 on a Saturday night, and it was busy, but not horribly crowded. It does tend to be loud (we noticed this because there was an especially vibrant group around the corner whose noise echoed!) but not horribly so. We all ordered different things and sampled. The local shrimp appetizer was a huge hit. So was the roasted garlic and local oysters. The Lamb meatballs were also very good - but they don't kid about the "fiery" corn pesto. A little overpowering on the lamb, but good. We each found meals - the menu is quite extensive and there is something for everyone that we could see. The 10 oz local strip was a hit, cooked beautifully and very tender. We ALL highly recommend the homemade Gouda Mac and Cheese...it was some of the best we've had. The Chicken with mixed herb salad is very tasty, and the chicken juicy. The Duck Saltimboca was a big hit, as was the Seafood Cioppino. All the local ingredients make everything taste fresh - and the spices are well picked. The only downer was the Scallops. My hubby was all set for these, and they arrived - cold and not quite cooked through. He sampled, said they were wonderful, but sent them back to be warmed up and cooked a little more. When they returned - they were still not cooked through and still cold. When he once again asked for them to be cooked some more, she apologzied, said they couldn't be, and offered something else. We didn't understand this and she didn't attempt to explain. (Our guess is that the oven had been turned off as it was now about 9:25 and there were only a few people left in the restaurant.) That no attempt was made to fix it or explain was a little surprising, as everything else had been so good. He re-ordered, and enjoyed his meal, although the rest of us were contemplating dessert while he was just beginning to eat.... The food was all so delicious....then there was dessert!
The menu is small - but the variety decent. The Tiramisu was everyone's favorite while the Eggnog Bread Pudding was labeled "good." (I thought it was a tad dry, personally.) Should we find ourselves in Lafayette again, this is a must stop. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly - and did a great job. She knew her menu, and could make recommendations based on likes and dislikes.
Great place, if you get the chance, stop in!
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