NoNo’s Cafe Restaurant in Highlands Ranch. Great Cajun Food, with a welcoming family atmosphere. One of the best local owned restaurants in Highlands Ranch.
Just minutes away from home for us, reasonably priced and offers a good menu. I feel very comfortable saying that anyone can find something to their liking on NoNo’s menu. Food with a New Orleans theme, an atmosphere slightly country-fied, and welcoming hospitality are what you’ll find here.
We’ve been going to NoNo’s since they opened in Highlands Ranch at the old location at County Line Road and Broadway. We especially love to go for breakfast on Saturday mornings for the breakfast burrito. A generous serving of scrambled eggs, green onions wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in a delicious creamy sausage gravy. I happen to think it’s the best breakfast burrito in town. You can also order the burrito with half sausage gravy and half green chili. That’s what I do and it’s sinful and delicious.
My dinner order is consistently the house salad with NoNo’s house made blue cheese dressing. They bottle the dressing for purchase, and I never leave without one. To accompany the salad I order the Shrimp Bisque. I don’t know why it’s so special, I love it.
If you’re feeling adventurous, start off with their appetizer, Alligator Pears. These are avocados, halved, placed on a bed of lettuce, filled with a special sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.
I love the “special sauce” . It’s a creamy, hot oil mixture which I think is the same sauce they serve before meals as a dipping sauce for bread. I’d love to figure out what it is so I can make it at home.
Here’s what we’ve ordered
- Asian shrimp salad at a restaurant who specializes in New Orleans cuisine. But I did and it was very good. I liked the dressing.
- Crawfish Pie with Corn Maque Choux. I had a bite of the corn and it was very good. I’ve prepared Maque Choux from Chef Paul Prudhomme’s cookbook “Louisiana Kitchen” (my favorite Louisiana Cookbook, by the way) and I must say that even though Chef Paul’s rendition is very good, this is more flavorful and interesting.
- Stacey ordered Scrambled eggs and cheesy grits. A big hit.
- Bob ordered Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. He hardly spoke for the first half of the bowl. He obviously thought it was great.
- I’ve ordered the Breakfast Burrito on numerous occasions, I happen to think it’s the best in town.
- Chicken NoNo. The dish was bite-sized chunks of chicken swimming in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce served over a bed of angel hair pasta with a side bowl of Maque Choix. I’d have to say the flavors of the tomato sauce were delicate with just the right kick of spice to make it interesting.
I didn’t put this sauce on any of my food, but spotting the bottle on the table decided to take a picture just to add to the Loisiana ambiance of this blog post. When I looked at the bottle, the words “Don’t try this at home” came to mind, I also had visions of Sookie and Vampire Bill sauntering up to the table to ask if I wanted a vile to go. ?
NoNo’s is pretty much packed for a mid week lunch. But being a large restaurant, with additional seating on the screened in porch it seems they always have room. I’m glad to see them doing so well. It is a good place to take a client for a casual lunch, as the noise level is perfect for conversation.
As always, don’t leave for home without purchasing a jar of the homemade Blue Cheese Dressing. Delicious.
We like NoNo’s. Even if you don’t live on the South side of Denver. NoNo’s is worth the trip for a great Cajun Louisiana experience on the South side of Denver.