Seafood and soul food done right at Ola’s Southern Cuisine 2

I don’t recall how I first heard of Ola’s Southern Cuisine 2, but I’d had it on my list for a few months. Ola’s number finally came up this past weekend, when The Grub Spouse and I met at the South Knoxville location for an early dinner. The restaurant is one of the few remaining tenants in a largely abandoned shopping center on Chapman Highway.

The menu primarily revolves around seafood and soul food. Seafood options include a boil bag (featuring snow crab, shrimp, corn and potato) as well as an item called Best of Both Worlds: crab and shrimp plus sides of mac and cheese, collard greens and Angel Eggs (Ola’s take on the classic deviled eggs). I was intrigued by the Southern-fried lobster tail but wound up ordering the Asian Blazing Salmon ($28). That dish is served over white rice and comes with two sides; I went with fried okra and cornbread. I wanted to order an Angel Egg as a side, but the kitchen had run out of them for the day.

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