Update: Restaurant talk: Nova is open

Oh, Kelly’s Hummus, how we’ve missed you.

“If I win the lottery, I am going to hire Kelly Hightower to fill a bathtub with this stuff.”

“How much pita bread will you need?”

“Just back the truck up.”

That’s pretty much how the conversation went Sunday when we tried Nova for the first time since it opened. I don’t know why or how it’s so good (minimal garlic? magic? unicorn tears?), but for my money, Kelly’s Hummus is the best there is. But wait. There’s more good news.

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Along with brick-oven pizzas, there are small plates and entrees that are creative and wonderful.

On a second visit, we ordered the mussels, which are in more of a Mediterranean style with a spicy, reddish broth and bits of smoky Spanish chorizo that set off the flavor of shellfish.

We split an entree — the Jamacan beer can chicken, which is served over coconut rice with a mango salsa. The perfectly juicy half chicken is spicy, and the salsa makes every bite just right.

Next time, I’m going to try the goat cheese truffles, which are balls of goat cheese, each rolled in an herb or spice.

Nova serves dinner seven days a week, and they serve a limited menu until midnight. The restaurant’s bar stays open until 2 a.m.

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  • I don’t think they are open for lunch, only dinner. But I’m not sure what time they open. I went this week for dinner at 6:30 p.m. (because I am 70, evidently).

  • I’d really like to try them, but they don’t make it easy. As of Sunday, they had no posted hours anywhere, including at the restaurant, and while they listed ‘lunch’ as a specialty, they didn’t seem to be open for lunch?!

    I know there are a billion things to do to get it off the ground, so here’s hoping it was just a simple oversight.

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