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NORTHSHORE

ABITA SPRINGS

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205Where there's smoke there's meat at this rustic barbecue stand. Options like turkey legs and smoked boudin join the traditional options of ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Try a combo plate for tastes of several barbecue items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ABITA BREW PUB 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.comThis tavern was the original home of Abita Brewing Company Today it offers the full range of that local company's beers alongside a menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees like ribs or pecan-crusted catfish. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA CAFE69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.comA family-friendly atmosphere and local flavors are calling cards of Camellia Cafe. The Riverbend platter is a feast of catfish, shrimp, oysters, crab fingers, soft shell crab and hushpuppies. The Monterey chicken is grilled and topped with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

COVINGTON

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.comSee French Quarter section for restaurant description.

ACQUISTAPACE'S COVINGTON SUPERMARKET 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554; www.acquistapace.com The smoker at this grocery store's deli turns out full slabs of ribs, pulled pork and rotisserie chicken. Pick up dinner-to-go entrees like stuffed bell peppers and pasta salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.comYou can choose from the most popular Mediterranean dishes at Albasha or simply order the Albasha meze, a sampler platter for two with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, kibbeh and cabbage rolls. Other options include chicken shawarma, gyros, rice and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ANNADELE'S PLANTATION71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.comThe restaurant at this bed and breakfast offers creative Creole cuisine. Grilled Gulf fish Fourchon is topped with oyster mushrooms, roasted red peppers and char-grilled green onions and served with crawfish and Parmesan risotto. Creole barbecue shrimp, mushrooms and rosemary top onion and smoked shrimp cheesecake. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373Overstuffed po-boys and homemade sides are the calling cards at Bear's. The hot barbecue beef and shrimp po-boys are perennial favorites. The french fry po-boy is topped with roast beef debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 If you're looking for lunch, this casual cafe has you covered with specialty sandwiches, soups, wraps, po-boys and salads. Grilled chicken, ham and Swiss team up on a croissant for the chicken cordon bleu sandwich. Shrimp remoulade is served in a wrap or on a salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BONEFISH GRILL200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.comBonefish Grill takes an international approach to seafood. Look for fall specials like wood-grilled Atlantic swordfish over pumpkin ravioli or clams and linguine cooked with lemon, wine and garlic. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.netBuster's serves oysters raw on the half shell or broiled with a bubbling mix of garlic, butter and seasonings. Jill's crawfish fettuccine is topped with creamy Parmesan sauce, and soft-shell crabs are packed into a po-boy. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

CALYPSO PATIO BAR AND GRILL 326 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-9676Calypso offers island flavors, an inventive drink menu and a large, lush patio. Shrimp nachos make an offbeat appetizer and the Calypso burger gets plenty of zing from honey-ginger sauce, grilled pineapple and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.comScones, cinnamon rolls, muffin tops and other pastries are baked daily and served fresh at this down-home coffee shop. The drink menu includes an array of iced, frozen and hot coffee beverages and a wide variety of loose teas. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com The Northshore meets Philadelphia at this eatery. The traditional cheese steak features sliced sirloin grilled with green peppers, onions, mushrooms and topped with provolone cheese. Breakfast options include omelets, pancakes, banana beignets and croissants. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; www.coffeerani.com At this Northshore cafe, the cuisine is fresh and healthy. The Magazine salad features chopped egg, bacon, almonds, cheddar and provolone cheeses, accompanied by a hearty serving of chicken salad topped with toasted almonds and blue cheese dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COLUMBIA STREET TAP ROOM & GRILL 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.columbiastreettaproom.com Specialty sandwiches are available on sourdough bread, sesame or wheat bun, herb tortilla wrap or Leidenheimer French bread. Fill your sandwich with Buffalo shrimp or chicken, fried catfish, grilled chicken, hot roast beef or grilled portobello mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DAKOTA 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com  This fine dining destination features a menu of contemporary French and Louisiana cooking. The crabmeat and Brie bisque is a signature starter. One veal dish features paneed veal served with crabmeat and bearnaise, bordelaise and beurre blanc sauces. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DICRISTINA'S 810 N. Covington St., Suite C, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.comDiCristina's serves a mix of Creole and Italian dishes including po-boys, seafood and steaks. Veal Parmesan is served with either baked macaroni or spaghetti. Stuffed bell peppers come with a choice of baked macaroni, spaghetti, french fries, potato salad or mashed potatoes. Desserts include spumone ice cream pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.comThe Windsor high tea presents an array of finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, cake bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd and a pot of tea. Lunch items include a shepherd's pie made with ground beef, carrots, peas and gravy topped with mashed potatoes and served with green beans or salad. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net Isabella's Suprema is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, black olives, green peppers and mozzarella. Diners also can choose from an extensive menu of calzones, sandwiches and pastas, like the shrimp and red pepper spaghettini. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOLA517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.comCooking in a 1940s train caboose, chef/owners Keith and Nealy Frantz present a menu of creative dishes. The stuffed flounder is prepared with crabmeat dressing, snap beans and lemon butter. The Depot sandwich is piled with roast chicken, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, cheese and pickles on pressed focaccia bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.comNew York strips come Texas-sized at this chain meat market, as do the baby back ribs. The bone-in Outlaw rib-eye bellies up at 18 ounces, but it's modest in size compared to the fire-grilled 22-oz. porterhouse. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MATTINA BELLA421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708Mattina Bella's Florentine omelet is prepared with three eggs, creamed spinach and artichokes and is topped with melted mozzarella. Try the lump crab cake Benedict special on weekends. For lunch, try the catfish Creole meuniere, which is pecan-crusted and served with creamy meuniere sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 893-0406; www.megumirestaurant.netSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

MELLOW MUSHROOM1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-3407; www.mellowmushroom.comThe pizza chain offers pies, calzones, hoagies and salads, and gluten-free crusts are available. The Bayou Bleu is topped with blue cheese, shrimp, andouille, mozzarella and chives. The Shrunken Head salad features shrimp, applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese and spinach tossed with sweet and tangy "zydeco" sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND SPIRITS208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432; www.neworleansfoodandspirits.comFrom the shrimp and crabmeat stuffed redfish Pontchartrain with garlic new potatoes to the grilled stuffed catfish, the restaurant offers a range of classic South Louisiana dishes. The Taste of N'awlins features jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFFE2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste. 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnarandazzo.comSavor confections such as petits fours, turtles, brownies, eclairs and cream puffs. Order birthday cakes or king cakes any time of year. Sandwich options include the Caprese panino with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a dash of garlic-infused olive oil. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PIZZA MAN OF COVINGTON 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874 Pizza Man offers a mix of traditional and specialty pies. The Wow pie is topped with artichoke hearts, crabmeat, fresh garlic and Romano cheese. The Board pizza features garlic, imported capacolla, spinach, mushrooms, onions and feta cheese. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

RICK'S CATFISH CABIN78461 Hwy. 437, Covington, (985) 893-7274You won't have a problem finding catfish at this Covington seafood joint, where it's baked, fried, broiled and grilled. There's also stuffed shrimp, seafood platters and family-size portions for the whole crew. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Thu.-Sat. Checks. $$

RISTORANTE DEL PORTO501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.comEnjoy Tuscan-inspired contemporary Italian cooking at this Northshore restaurant. Rustic lasagna complements braised beef short ribs with local kale and Montasio cheese fonduta. Seared Muscovy duck breast is served with farro risotto, wilted baby spinach, natural jus and roasted plum. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

ROLY POLY816 Hwy. 90 Suite C, Covington, (985) 892-2462; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge Owner Frieda Wilkerson serves a platter of ribs with sides of coleslaw and a corn muffin that will put a smile on any carnivore's face at Abita Bar-B-Q on the Northshore.
  • Owner Frieda Wilkerson serves a platter of ribs with sides of coleslaw and a corn muffin that will put a smile on any carnivore's face at Abita Bar-B-Q on the Northshore.

ST. JOHN'S COFFEEHOUSE535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553; www.stjohnscoffeehouse.comCappuccino, macchiato, chocolate au lait, iced mocha and fruit tea smoothies are just a few of the specialty drinks at St. John's. There also are pastries and a variety of sandwiches, and daily specials include house-made corned beef. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., early dinner Sun. Checks. $

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S.Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.comSlow cooking is the rule at Sweet Daddy's. Choose from chicken and rib platters with hearty sides like jambalaya, gumbo, barbecue beans and macaroni and cheese. Or try sandwiches filled with chopped pork, brisket, smoked sausage or chicken salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 This family-friendly restaurant offers daily specials, Cuban dishes, muffulettas and po-boys. Country-fried steak comes with a side of mashed potatoes and is covered in gravy. The pressed Cuban sandwich consists of roasted pork, ham and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840; www.yujinjapaneserestaurant.comAn extensive selection of sushi and sashimi is the focus at this Northshore restaurant, with noodle soups, tempura and teriyaki dishes rounding out the offerings. The Boston Hand roll consists of shrimp, snow crab, lettuce and avocado. The Crunchy Dynamite roll features tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crunchy tempura bits and spicy wasabi sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

 

 

 

MADISONVILLE

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com Friends' favorites include quesadillas, Caribbean jerk chicken and char-broiled tenderloin, but the real star is seafood. Blackened catfish is topped with sauteed crabmeat and Key lime butter sauce. Jackleg chicken is jambalaya topped with fried chicken, Jack cheese and a ladle of gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.netAngus beef rules Keith Young's menu three nights a week, and Thursdays and Fridays feature two-and-a-half-pound Maine lobsters. Veal or lamb chops, pan-seared duck and a char-grilled fish entree are regular options. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.comMorton's features an ever-changing menu of seafood entrees. The fried seafood boats are a signature item. Choose from shrimp, catfish or oysters served in a hollowed-out loaf of French bread. The seafood fettuccine comes with any combination of shrimp, crawfish or mushrooms. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855; www.waterstreetbistro.comThis quaint Madisonville bistro serves lunch, dinner and Champagne brunch on Sundays. Red onion, capers and cracked black pepper spice up the Scotch smoked salmon, and paneed veal is served with fettuccine and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

MANDEVILLE

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE2040 Hwy. 59, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.comItalian traditions are front and center at Bosco's. Paneed chicken is sauteed to golden brown. Lasagna blends five cheeses and beef with tomato basil sauce. Try the muffuletta with an extra layer of fine prosciutto. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.comElegant meals often begin with chef Joey Najolia's classic French onion tart or escargot Cerveau in garlic cream sauce. The seared scallops are served with persillade and pistou and the duck is glazed with orange and honey. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CASA GARCIA800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226See Metairie section for restaurant description.

COFFEE RANI 3510 Hwy. 90, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com See Northshore — Mandeville for restaurant description.

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.com Coscino's makes hand-tossed New York-style pies. Try the signature Danny pie with grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, jalapenos and pineapple, or go for the meat lover piled with all the meat fixings. The menu includes pasta, calzones and sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FAZZIO'S 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.comStart with crab cakes or shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. Follow up with filet Fazzio, a filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms and black olives in light cream sauce. The speckled trout and soft-shell crab are popular choices. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.comGeorge's offers favorites such as chicken, beef and shrimp fajitas. Try the sizzling pork or crawfish quesadillas. The ceviche features diced tilapia marinated in lime juice with cilantro, jalapenos and green bell pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

GIO'S VILLA VANCHERI 2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; www.giosvillavancheri.comA popular item at this restaurant is the 14-oz. breaded veal topped with spices and capers. Gio's also serves veal shank osso buco milanese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOOD EARTH MARKET AND CAFE 821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329; www.goodearthmarket.netThe menu at this cafe includes grilled tilapia sandwiches and focaccia muffulettas. Other choices include the cochon de lait and pressed Cuban po-boys. There are vegetarian and organic options as well as a children's menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE HUNGRY FORAGER 902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8883: www.thehungryforager.comEntrees include pan-seared scallops with cauliflower puree, roasted asparagus and sherry caramel. For brunch, the crab Benedict stacks jumbo lump crabmeat and poached eggs on fried green tomatoes and a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

INDIA 4 U1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-5657; www.indiafood4u.comA wide selection of Indian dishes ranges from biryani to tandoori specialties. Start with cheese or vegetable pakoras, deep-fried chickpea batter fritters. Lamb vindaloo is a Goan-style spicy curry. Seafood, including lobster, calamari and shrimp, is prepared with masala spice blends in a variety of dishes. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; www.isabellaspizzeria.net See Northshore — Covington section for restaurant description.

JUNIPER 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www.juniperrestaurant.net Pork osso buco features a shank braised in garlic Creole sauce, topped with Jack Daniels cane sauce and served over oyster and andouille dressing. The duck confit comes with raspberry demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LA CARRETA 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.comBig burritos, flautas, quesadillas, carne asada, chiles rellenos and other Mexican dishes are favorites at this cantina chain. The pollo loco is a chicken breast served with mushrooms, spinach, cheese, vegetables and bean soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA MADELEINE 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

THE LAKEHOUSE2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.comOn the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the Lakehouse serves contemporary Creole cuisine. Crispy tempura shrimp are served over pickled slaw with roasted chili aioli. Seared sea scallops are served with sweet potato puree, andouille, grilled asparagus and sauce americaine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.comSassy sushi items abound at Little Tokyo. Rolls include the Burning Man roll with spicy pepper tuna and avocado. The Fat J roll has tempura shrimp and snow crab wrapped in soy paper with tuna, boiled shrimp and tempura crunchy on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-8101; www.louieandtheredheadlady.comFor breakfast, try the eggs Nouvelle, the restaurant's spin on eggs Benedict with crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Lunch specials include all-you-can-eat catfish and shrimp. Eggplant Algiers sandwiches a crab cake between eggplant slices and tops it with boiled shrimp and crabmeat cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge Bountiful po-boys and a side of fries provide a hearty casual lunch at 5 Fifty 5 restaurant in the Marriott Hotel in the Central Business District.
  • Bountiful po-boys and a side of fries provide a hearty casual lunch at 5 Fifty 5 restaurant in the Marriott Hotel in the Central Business District.

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant listing. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; www.megumirestaurant.netThe sushi bar creates new special rolls every week. Megumi is also known for its yakimono grill, the Japanese's answer to Korean-style tabletop barbecue grills. For a quick Creole fix, try the New Orleans-style crab cakes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183Po-boy options include shrimp, oyster, roast beef and ham and cheese. One of the changing daily seafood specials features fried shrimp, oysters and fish with fried pickle chips, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

N'TINI'S2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.comN'Tini's is a steak house with local seafood options and a martini bar. Try bacon-wrapped pork filets or shrimp or oysters tossed in sweet and spicy fleur-de-lis sauce. Signature sides include mashed sweet potatoes and risotto. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE NUTRITION COMPANY4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.comChoose from organic coffees, smoothies, juices and teas. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. A free-range turkey burger is topped with barbecue sauce. The Wild Ponchatoula salad combines Cajun-spiced chicken, candied pecans and strawberries over mixed greens with poppy seed dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S 246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com The restaurant creates Creole-Italian dishes. Pork osso buco is slowly braised and served au jus with wild mushrooms and Parmesan risotto. Genoa shrimp feature Gulf shrimp tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, candied pecans, penne pasta and basil pesto cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

PETUNIA'S PLACE2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436: www.petuniasplace.comPetunia's serves Creole and Southern dishes in a casual atmosphere. Pecan-crusted pork chops are served with praline sauce. Creamy shrimp sauce covers a fried catfish fillet served over pasta with red sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RAG'S SEAFOOD & GRILL 4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 792-1744; www.ragsmandeville.comRag's serves seafood platters and po-boys like its popular grilled shrimp po-boy. Specials include crab cakes and chicken Pontchartrain topped with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

RISTORANTE CARMELO1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.comThis former French Quarter restaurant is now a Mandeville mainstay. The house specialty is tender veal piccata. Carmelo's also serves seafood, house-made pizzas and pasta, including seafood pasta with shrimp, fish and calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE TIMES GRILL 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com Char-grilled burgers play the starring role on this family-friendly chain restaurant's menu. More than 20 types of burgers, including the Mediterreneo burger (topped with feta cheese, romaine lettuce and kalamata olives) and a grilled portobello cap veggie burger. The eatery also offers seafood platters and grilled chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.comFor 30 years, Trey Yuen has served Chinese fare like egg rolls, hot and sour soup, lemon chicken and lo mein. Coconut shrimp, a new appetizer, consists of coconut tempura-battered shrimp topped with house-made sweet and spicy chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

VIANNE'S TEA SALON & CAFE 544 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com An ever-shifting brunch menu, gourmet sandwiches, salads and house-made soups make Vianne's more than a tea salon. Vianne's tea experience features made-from-scratch scones served with lemon curd, traditional cucumber sandwiches and an assortment of mini-desserts. One popular panino is filled with roasted red pepper jelly, turkey, Brie and fresh basil. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL2999 Hwy. 190 E., Mandeville, (985) 629-2021; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

 

 

 

OUTSKIRTS

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION 40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380; www.houmashouse.comDine in antebellum splendor at this renovated 18th-century plantation home. At Latil's Landing, specials include lobster and Creole tomato risotto. Try the jumbo lump crab cake and mango salad at the more casual Cafe Burnside. Reservations recommended. Cafe Burnside: Lunch daily, brunch Sun. Latil's Landing: Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

JACMEL INN 903 E. Morris St., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.comThe restaurant presents contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Duck two ways is a pan-seared breast and confit of leg over a melange of butternut squash, apples, beets and bacon, spiced cracklins and Amato's orange wine gastrique. Prime steaks and fresh Gulf seafood are always available. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201The restaurant's menu of seafood and pasta dishes includes trout meuniere served with a choice of baked potato or chilled asparagus. The catfish Michelle is fried and topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA CARRETA 107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.comSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge You'll never walk away hungry from Elizabeth's in the Bywater, whether you choose a made-from-scratch breakfast, po-boy, burger or seafood dish.
  • You'll never walk away hungry from Elizabeth's in the Bywater, whether you choose a made-from-scratch breakfast, po-boy, burger or seafood dish.

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.comPart of John Besh's portfolio of restaurants, La Provence tantalizes diners with dishes like slow-cooked lamb and rabbit grandmere, which is served with potato gnocchi and spring vegetables. Bouillabaisse features redfish, Gulf shrimp, mussels, clams, fennel and saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S30160 Hwy. 51 S, Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comThis 75-year-old institution survived hurricane flooding and is run by chef Horst Pfeifer, but it is still known for fried thin-sliced catfish. Enjoy catfish with homemade coleslaw, hushpuppies and french fries. A meal of two stuffed crabs also is served with coleslaw, hushpuppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

O'DONNELL'S RESTAURANT131 S.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-4077The restaurant features contemporary Louisiana dishes for casual diners. Fried eggplant medallions are topped with tasso, sweet pepper and shrimp sauteed in garlic Parmesan cream. It's served with angel hair pasta and vegetables. Roasted duck breast comes with baby sweet potatoes, braised collard greens and blackberry cassis reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PAUL'S CAFE100 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-9581; www.paulscafe.netPaul's serves home-style breakfast plates such as omelets and homemade biscuits with gravy. Red beans and rice with sausage, fried chicken and stuffed crabs are among daily lunch specials that round out a menu of po-boys and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PHIL'S GRILL 1610 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 340-5225; www.phils-grill.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.comSee Northshore — Mandeville section for restaurant description.

SAL & JUDY'S RESTAURANT 27491 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-9443If you like Sal & Judy's sauces in a jar, you'll love them fresh out of the pot. Pan-fried trout Nicky is served with shrimp, mushrooms and crabmeat in white wine sauce. The double-cut veal chop is topped with sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE & RESTAURANT769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, (985) 652-9990For brunch, Wayne's Belle Terre eggs feature a split cracklin' biscuit topped with grillades, poached eggs and tasso hollandaise with creamed spinach on the side. Plantation catfish features a fried fillet topped with mushrooms, artichoke and shrimp in basil cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

 

 

 

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ASSUNTA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT2631 Gause Blvd. W, Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.comSeafood lovers dive into Assunta's frutti di mare, a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, mussels, clams and scallops in marinara. The veal osso buco is prepared with olive oil, onions and tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BAILEY'S ON THE FRONT1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 649-0121 Bailey's serves a Gaelic 6-oz. sirloin with brandy peppercorn sauce. Seafood items include soft-shell crab sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; www.bearsgrillandspirits.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

CAMELLIA CAFE525 Gause Blvd. W, Slidell, (985) 649-6211; www.thecamelliacafe.comSee Northshore — Abita Springs for restaurant description.

CARRETA'S GRILL1340 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 847-0020 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DITALI'S PIZZANorthshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985)-649-5657See West Bank — Other for restaurant description.

J GUMBO'S1169 Robert Blvd., Suite 1, Slidell, (985) 646-0017; www.jgumbos.comJ Gumbo serves Cajun- and Creole-inspired dishes, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo or seafood gumbo brimming with crawfish and shrimp. The drunken chicken po-boy fills French bread with chicken slow-cooked in beer with garlic and tomatoes. Crawfish cheese dip is a popular appetizer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.comThe restaurant offers a menu of hearty items including everything from nachos to fried seafood platters to pasta dishes. The burgers are handmade and served on sesame buns with french fries. The roast beef po-boy features slow-roasted beef dripping with gravy on French bread dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, pickles and mustard. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LENNY'S SUB SHOP4036 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-9424; www.lennys.comLenny's regular 7 1/2-inch sandwiches hold a half-pound of meat and cheese, and the larger size doubles in length and load. Choices include the chicken salad sub, the Philly cheese steak and a chef's salad. A kids' menu is available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-6668; www.nathansrestaurant.netNathan's serves a mix of seafood, Creole and Italian dishes. For an appetizer, oysters are fried in smoked batter and served with honey butter and crumbled blue cheese. Gulf fish amandine is served with a vegetable. The lunch menu includes burgers and wraps. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PALMETTOS ON THE BAYOU1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosonthebayou.netLouisiana seafood highlights this tucked-away bayou restaurant. Flash-fried soft-shell crab is topped with Palmettos' seafood sauce, a mix of shrimp, crab and crawfish tails. Other options include veal Palmettos, paneed veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, shiitake mushrooms and meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE1714 Hwy. 190 W, Slidell, (985) 646-1205South Seas features a full sushi bar as well as an extensive Chinese-American menu that includes a variety of moo shu dishes and egg foo young. The Spartan roll features tempura shrimp, cream cheese, snow crab, tuna and avocado, and is topped with eel sauce and sesame seeds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHSIDE CAFE3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.netThe extensive menu features more than 15 po-boys, as well as burgers, salads, fried seafood, deli sandwiches, Italian dishes and desserts. The Southside muffuletta salad is topped with ham, mortadella, Genoa salami and provolone cheese and is finished with house-made olive dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SPECKLED T'S158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728Speckled T's serves a mix of steaks, seafood, sandwiches and salads. A fried eggplant Napoleon is layered with crab stuffing and topped with crawfish etouffee. Pier 158 bayou pasta combines shrimp, crab and crawfish in cream sauce with rotini. The bayou fondue features crabmeat with melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.com See Northshore – Mandeville section for restaurant description.

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.comThis family-owned restaurant serves up thick, hand-cut steaks, seafood specials and appetizers ranging from shrimp remoulade to escargot. Lump crabmeat and cream sauce top the redfish. Sides include sauteed mushrooms, baked sweet potato and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

 

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