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The Dish

By Matt Starlight

For those frequenting the Corporate and Jefferson area, your breakfast and lunch selection just got a lot easier. Kolache Kitchen has opened another location in the spot that used to be Popeye’s, but this one sets itself apart from the Nicholson branch: Kolache Kitchen has added a lunch menu and extended their hours to go with it.

Stick to the rancheros and kolaches if you want, but know that a delectable lunch of tacos or sandwiches is waiting at one of the best bargain Mexican joints in town.

The new Kolache Kitchen is reminiscent of the familiar location on Nicholson. Plenty of space to move around, a few tables, but a generally minimalist vibe. They’re not luring anyone in for the décor, and that’s just how they like it. Most of their business comes from the drive thru because getting people tasty kolaches and tacos as quickly as possible is the top priority – as it should be.

The chicken taco keeps it simple and basic with a warm, flour tortilla, perfectly seasoned chicken, crispy lettuce, shredded cheese, and fresh pico de gallo. The pulled pork is juicy and bears the same fresh toppings. Succulent pulled pork is tough to come by when you’re on the clock, but kk pulls it off with flying colors. Sour cream and guacamole are available for free as well, which is more than most burrito restaurants are willing to do.

For around $7, two fresh tacos, a bag of Miss Vickie’s chips, and a soda can be yours in the blink of an eye. For a restaurant that made its name serving bacon and eggs to hungover LSU students, Kolache Kitchen is impressively on top of their lunch game—a game that will soon be brought to the Nicholson location as well. In a city where drive thru is synonymous with long waits, cold “food,” and inevitable regret, remember that Kolache Kitchen is defying these expectations just down the road.


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