I tried Nolia in Charlotte for the first time last night. It is the new restaurant in the old house that use to be Ethan's, then Pearl, then Solera, located on Caswell Street in Elizabeth. Overall I give it a good rating. Its theme is traditionally southern fair. The ambience is nice. The restaurant has a summery feel to it.
We ordered a crab cake as the appetizer, and it was a very good crab cake-- plenty of crab meat and still moist on the inside, and breaded nicely on the outside. For entrees, my date got the apple cider pork medallions served over black-eyed peas and sweet potato puree. The pork was delicious and the black-eyed peas complimented it well. I ordered salmon in an orange reduction served over fennel and fingerling potatoes. I usually don't order salmon out, but I'm glad I did. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and the potatoes and fennel were as well. For dessert we got nostalgic and ordered a Coke float, served in an old-school coke glass, with coke from an old-school glass bottle.
As of now the items on the menu seem relatively simple, and the menu has a fairly limited selection, but the quality of what we had was good. There were no dinner specials on top of what was offered on the menu, but the place is so new, there is no need for that yet. The prices of the entrees were almost all under $20, with the average price being around $17.00. Next time I think I'll try the beef short ribs served over collard greens and parmesan grits. I'll be interested to hear what others think when they try this place.