As you guys can imagine, I eat out a lot (no judgment please). Sometimes life gets crazy and I am unable to blog about all the places I’ve eaten immediately, so I am currently playing catch up. A few weeks back, a college friend invited me out to dinner. We decided on Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors because we had both heard great things but had never been! Once I heard that Eloise Nichols was owned by the sibling duo behind Adair, I knew I had to go!
So my friend and I both thought that Eloise Nichols was located IN the River Oaks District. I literally argued with the valet at the River Oaks District about this. Thankfully, I realized I was wrong when they were not around to gloat. So what we learned is Eloise Nichols is NEAR the River Oaks district off of Mid Lane, one light up from the River Oaks district. I am telling you all this so you aren’t embarrassed like me!
Once I finally made it over to the real location, I was greeted by a beautiful brick facade. The interior has a beautiful simplicity like it’s big sister Adair. According to the website, the restaurant is named after the owner’s grandmother so that fits with the somewhat homey feel you get once inside.
My friend Renia from Gristle & Gossip is a huge fan of Eloise Nichols. From stalking her IG I discovered a cocktail from this spot that comes in a little pineapple and I knew I needed it! Not want but needed. They honestly could have told me the drink was whiskey that would put hair on my chest and I still would have said “I’ll take one please!”
Thankfully, the little pineapple drink was just a vodka based drink with pineapple. Not only is it super cute, but it’s tasty too. I would warn you not to let the cute container fool you! This drink has some kick to it, for a light weight like myself.
We started out with french fries because I can never say no to them! At this spot they are served with a sriracha ketchup and aioli. For our entrees, I went for the special, a lamb croquettes. This sounds bad, but I promise it’s not! The texture of the breading reminded me of a fish stick, just a fancy one. The croquettes were seasoned perfectly inside and out and I even enjoyed the little salad that came with it. Now, I think this dish was actually intended to be an appetizer and our waiter missed the memo. That left me clamoring for something else. Thankfully their dessert menu offered simple vanilla ice cream so I left happy.
My friend is a vegetarian so she went with the warm vegetable salad with grains. In a rare moment, her veggie dish was WAY bigger than mine and super filling. So for the vegans/vegetarians this is a great spot for you to get your grub on. ( Sorry the picture I took of it was crap and I refuse to post it. Just trust me on this one though!)
I’ve been an advocate of Adair for years so it is no surprise that I liked Eloise. The only hiccup we had was our waiter, who seemed to be having an off day. Otherwise I would say this a great spot and I hear their happy hour is pretttty good too!