Cafe Nola

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 8 reviews )

4 E Patrick St, Frederick, Maryland, USA, 21701

Serves meat, vegan options available. A combination of a coffeehouse, restaurant, and bar located in downtown Frederick. The atmosphere is casual, and the walls feature regularly updated art collections. The menu includes organic and local ingredients with vegetarian options. Try the orange crush made with the orange infused rum, fresh orange juice, and fizzy water. Has Wi-Fi. Open Mon 7:00am-9:00pm, Tue 7:00am-2:00pm, Wed-Fri 7:00am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm. Hours are for food. Bar-only drink service is until 1am daily except Tue.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by NIBsmf

Vegan crab cakes! - Edit

These were so delicious, could've eaten 2 orders. So nice to have gourmet vegan options. I've never eaten crab so can't compare to the real thing but these were really flavorful so I highly recommend!

Pros: Friendly staff, Original vegan options

Cons: Small portion

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Not a favorite - Edit

I ordered the vegan scramble and it was definitely not for me. Luckily it came with a few avocados, small diced tomatoes, and chips because after the tofu cooled down it didn't taste very good. I also ordered coffee and she didn't bring me sugar (which is fine because I got up and got packets) but when I asked for a refill she forgot to bring out more soy milk. She also asked if I wanted the rest of the scramble boxed, I said yes and she never brought a box. Definitely went home hungry 😭 but I'd go again and order something else.

Pros: Some vegan options (mostly vegetarian).

Cons: Food wasn't hot Waitress , Tofu scramble

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Great food, "dear"! - Edit

I had my first Sunday brunch at Cafe Nola this week and it was really delicious. As others have observed, the vegan options are fairly limited - but what they do offer is great! I had the AGV Scramble (AGV stands for Actually Good Vegan) with tofu, peppers, onions, tomato, avocado, almond milk, fried kale leaves and crispy spinach chips - yum! And a beautiful and tasty soy latte as well. I thought it was funny and quirky that all the staff addressed me as "dear". The atmosphere is attractive and lively.

Pros: Delicious food, Warm and friendly staff, Lively atmosphere

Cons: Would benefit from more vegan options

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Nice, Funky Place for Veg + Non-Veg's - Edit

I usually dine with non-vegans so it's considerate to find a place to eat where we all have choices.

I ordered the black bean/veggie wrap and really enjoyed it. My non-vegan companion thought it was better than the turkey sandwich she ordered.

There are few vegan options but they are very good and they do change from time to time so you get variety. (Read other reviews to see that other vegan options had been reviewed -- options that I did not see.)

Pros: Good place to go with non-vegans/veggies, Great vegan options, Relaxed funky place in downtown

Cons: Limited menu for vegans

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Good food & drink - Edit

I never ate a meal at Café Nola that I didn't enjoy, and they try to get as much local produce as possible. I think the beverages are my favorite part. You can get a soy latte or a happy hour cocktail with their liquor infusions. Their fryers are not dedicated :( However, every time I have been there,the wait staff has been very knowledgeable and helpful. They don't look at you like you have two heads when you say you are vegan, and even have a decal saying they are "proud to serve vegetarian and vegan meals."

Pros: atmosphere, live music, happy hour

Cons: noisy, no dedicated fryers

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Great Drinks and Food in Frederick - Edit

Although there are admittedly limited vegan options at Cafe Nola, this restaurant is still a gem. The staff is friendly, there's a great drink selection, and lots of vegetarian options. I had the vegan BLT, a side salad, and a beer, and thought it was a great lunch. Very satisfying! I will definitely stop here again when I'm in the neighborhood. The only drawback is the restaurant is very popular, so it can be a bit of a wait for a seat. We waited ten minutes, but it was well worth the wait!

Pros: Drink Selection, Tasty Food, Friendly Service

Cons: Waiting for a table is likely

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Good food in a great location. - Edit

Cafe Nola doesn't offer a ton of vegan options, but their vegetarian offerings are plentiful and it's a cute place to grab a bite when you're hanging out downtown. I agree with NIBsmf, the black bean burger wasn't quite seasoned to my liking. It had a very strong cumin taste, which I don't really care for. If you are a fan of cumin, you might really enjoy it. I'm fairly limited to what I can try at Nola, but their tofu scramble is tasty and the last time I was there I had a pumpkin spice latte (with your choice of soy or almond milk) that was delightful. It was probably the best pumpkin spice latte I've ever had. I'm not sure they have the stir-fry anymore, the last time I looked at their menu I didn't see it. Nola tends to be fairly busy at almost any given time, so service can be a little slow as a result and you may need to wait for a table to open up. My overall experience at Nola has been good, I would recommend it to friends.

Pros: lots of veg options, great location

Cons: few vegan options

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Cute atmosphere and yummy veg*n options - Edit

Food: 8. There are a lot of vegetarian options, and there are a handful of vegan options (off the top of my head I remember a stir fry, a curry, a hummus plate, and a black bean burger). I ended up with the black bean burger with sweet potato fries. I really liked it! It was a little bit spicy/zesty, but not overwhelmingly so. My only complaint is that it was a bit mushy. I like that the restaurant has non-dairy milk options and vegan desserts.

Prices: 8. Average prices, like somewhere around $8-10 for the black bean burger and fries.

Atmosphere: 8. Cute and cozy. Feels like a coffee house more than a restaurant. I've been in there when there is live music. It's a lively kind of place.

Service: 8. It was pretty busy when I was there for dinner, so the service was a tad bit slow. The waitress was very nice, though.

Pros: good veg*n options, reasonable prices, cozy atmosphere

Cons: could have even more veg*n options

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judyfilip 29 Dec 2014 - We didn't stay. It was a 25 minute wait, a long time when traveling with 2 more hours to go.  

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