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Local Ease


What lures people to the Northshore and what they do when they get there


hat do the Northshore’s favorite sons and daughters do when they’re not working? Gambit asked a few of them what they love about their respective St. Tammany Parish enclaves and what they do for fun.

Christian Serpas, singer/ guitarist, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town Blending country music with traditional rock ’n’ roll, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town perform all over both shores of Lake Pontchartrain and beyond. Though Serpas has lived in several towns around the country, he calls Mandeville home. “The people are very friendly,” he says. “My wife Melissa and I lived in Los Angeles for a while, and guess what? Not as friendly. “I love the small-town feel of the Northshore; it’s country without being too isolated, yet we have all the modern conveniences without a lot of congestion.” When he’s not making music and entertaining audiences, Serpas likes to take time to appreciate the scenery and participate in community events. “The Mandeville lakefront is beautiful,” he says. “We take our two Chihuahuas, Phoebe and Zack, for walks on the lakefront, and we’ll stop by and sit on a bench to take in the view. The sunsets are fantastic. “There’s always some community event going on. We enjoy the art walks and festivals, and the local farmers markets on a Saturday morning are another favorite. I also emcee the St. Tammany Humane Society Yappy Hours at various local spots, which are not only a blast, but also provide opportunities for animal adoptions.” His top picks for musicians to see at local bars and events? “I usually only get to see other acts if we do a festival together, but good songwriting always catches my ear,” Serpas says. “Cowboy Mouth puts on


a great show, and I enjoy listening to Zebra play a set of good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll.”

Don Dubuc

Jan Biggs, director, Covington Farmers Market Jan Biggs was born and raised in New Orleans, but she relocated outside Covington about 30 years ago. She started the Covington Farmers Market in 1998, and she sings and plays guitar there on market days and at other venues around town. “We play at the Wednesday market,” she says, “but I play with different groups, sometimes at the Abita Springs Opry.” When she’s not setting up tents or recruiting local farmers to join the market, Biggs helps organize the Covington Sunset at the Landing concerts, which take place the third Friday of every month. Biggs says being a locavore is part of what drives her to improve the market, and her pledge to keep it local also influences her dining choices. “We eat at Del Porto (Ristorante), Lola, Toad Hollow (Cafe). We stay mostly local,” she says. What she likes most about the farmers market is also what keeps her on the Northshore: Both are community-oriented places. As for Convington, Biggs says she can walk everywhere, and “you get that small-town feeling.”

Mark Salvetti, founder/owner, Bayou Paddling & project management director, Stirling Properties At his day job, Mark Salvetti works in real estate development, but after hours he runs Bayou Paddling, an outfitter and guide for stand-up paddleboarders, both novice and experienced. With swamps,

lakes, rivers and bayous scattered around the Northshore, Salvetti takes customers — including the New Orleans Saints — out on the water. He says the Northshore is ideal for the sport. “We have so many choices to paddle, that is what makes our area unique,” Salvetti says. “The lake — any direction — from the Mandeville lakefront to the park to the mouth of the river by the lighthouse. You can paddle in the Tchefuncte River, which is wide and great to paddle on. The Bogue Falaya River is awesome for a slow, fun paddle. And the bonus is you can paddle past The Chimes (bar and restaurant in Covington) and get a beer.” When he’s not busy managing property or paddling, Salvetti participates in other activities that promote physical fitness. “My wife, Kristy, and I are very active in multi-sports in the area,” he says. “I have been the race co-director for the Crawfishman Triathlon since I helped

found the race in 1983. It has been a pleasure to help spread the healthy lifestyle of swimming, biking and running to this area and beyond.” The Northshore stands out from the other places he’s lived. “Compared to Baton Rouge, Houston and Southwest Florida, the Northshore has a small-town and family feel but with some of the more progressive entertainment and extracurricular opportunities of larger cities,” Salvetti says. “There are three major health clubs in the area. For the size of the Northshore, that’s pretty impressive.”

Erick Loos, executive chef, La Provence Erick Loos began his culinary career at John Besh’s Restaurant August in New Orleans, and he’s now the executive chef at Besh’s La Provence in Lacombe. He lives in Mandeville but spends every

summer in Provence, France, cooking at the Chateau de Montcaud, a grand hotel and restaurant surrounded by botanical gardens. He likes living on the Northshore because of its pastoral setting, and he says it’s a good place to raise a family. “I lived in New Orleans for more than five years,” he says. “I like the Northshore because it’s greener, more spread out, it’s more rural. I pass by cows, pigs and chickens on my way to work, not traffic and parking lots. The familyfriendly atmosphere is very nice.” When he’s not turning local ingredients into French cuisine at the restaurant, Loos likes to enjoy the outdoors. “Mostly I spend time with my wife and daughter,” he says. “The lakefront is a serene, beautiful walk to enjoy with my family. I also hunt as much as I can.” Where does he eat when he’s not behind the stove? “Lola in Covington (now closed for renovations); Keith and Nealy (Frentz) really know how to cook and love what they do,” he says. “Char Lou’s in Lacombe has the best burger on the Northshore. It’s real and cooked with fire and oozes flavor.”

Don Dubuc, “The Outdoors Guy” Don Dubuc hosts The Fish and Game Report Thursdays on WWL-TV and cohosts Paradise Louisiana on Cox Sports TV. He also hosts the radio shows The Outdoors Show on WWL and More Outdoors on 3WL. He lives between Abita Springs and Mandeville in an area he calls “Abitaville.” Though the Northshore has changed since Dubuc cleared 3 acres and built his home 38 years ago, he says the mix

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of urban, suburban and country living makes St. Tammany Parish a fascinating place to live. “Where else can you legally shoot a deer rifle in your backyard, but the traffic at the intersection of your road and the highway is so bad you can’t make a left turn in the morning?” he asks. When he’s not on television or radio, or hooking fish, Dubuc likes traveling the Tammany Trace, hanging out on the Lake Pontchartrain seawall, watching high school football and going out to eat. “St. Tammany is the perfect place for someone with my job,” Dubuc says. “It has forest, swamp and marine environments that offer a wide variety of fresh and saltwater fishing and every type of game from wild turkeys to woodcock. “Much of my work, including live broadcasts, takes place in my studio in the woods, ‘St. Hubert’s Cathedral,’ named in honor of the patron saint of hunters. Then it’s also close enough for commuting to New Orleans and Baton Rouge broadcast media outlets when I’m required to be there.” NORTHSHORE BOUND


Into the Wild


20 outdoorsy things to do on the Northshore


ver the past decade, the Northshore has seen enough development and growth to become a destination in its own right. Quaint main streets are juxtaposed by industrial stretches. As the Northshore’s population has increased, so too have its opportunities for outdoor recreation. Just an hour away from New Orleans there’s African safari fauna, hiking trails, water sports, horseback riding, bird watching and enough festivals to fill a calendar. With 80,000 acres of wildlife reserve, St. Tammany Parish makes the outdoors accessible to those accustomed to city life. “People have been coming over to the Northshore for more than a century,” says Renee Kientz, vice president of communications for the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. “It’s always been a place for people to get away.” Here are 20 ways to do just that.

1. Spend the day in a swamp —

Home to alligators, raccoons, wild boar, deer, egrets, herons, nutria, bald eagles, owls, black bears and a renowned swamp monster, the Honey Island Swamp was Louisiana’s first nature conservancy. Harlan Ford, a Slidell native, discovered the Honey Island Swamp Monster 10 or 15 years ago. “He said he’d seen this swamp monster, and a mythology was built up around it,” Kientz says. “His daughter has kept the myth alive.” Keep your eyes peeled for a 7-foot-tall beast with grayish hair and big, amber eyes. Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Tours (55345 Hwy 90, Slidell, 985-6415879; and Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours (41490 Crawford Landing Road, Slidell, 985641-1769; provide tours for those seeking a glimpse of the monster and people who just want to enjoy one of the state’s most pristine natural resources.

2. Shop for groceries outdoors — The Covington Farmers Market (985-8921873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket. org) isn’t just a place to shop, it’s also a place to hear live music, watch 6 NORTHSHORE BOUND

chef demonstrations, meet farmers, cheesemakers and coffee roasters. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the side lawn of the Covington Police Department (609 N. Columbia St.) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire St.).

3. Ride the Trace — Formerly part of the Illinois Railway, the Tammany Trace (21490 Koop Drive, 985-867-9490; www. is 28 miles of trail that’s open to pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians, rollerbladers and joggers. It winds through Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe and Slidell and has 31 railroad bridges from which to spot rivers, bayous and streams. One popular trip includes a visit to the Abita Brew Pub (72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, 985-892-5837; www.abitabrewpub. com), where, after a 3.55-mile ride from Covington, you can tour the brewery, eat a po-boy and drink a beer (or a root beer) before continuing the ride. Playgrounds dot the trail and there frequently are festivals at various trailheads. Brooks’ Bike Shop (416 E. Gibson St., Covington, 985-237-3658), Bayou Adventure (27725 Main St., Lacombe, 985-8829208; and Spokesman Professional Bicycle Works (1848 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985727-7211; www.spokesmanprobikeworks. com) rent bikes for the trail. 4. Charter a fishing boat — With a willing crew and a full day free, anglers can take a charter fishing boat onto the lake with an in-the-know captain who can show them where speckled trout and redfish can be caught. Captain John Haller of Chasing Tail Charters (Rigolets Marina, 52250 Highway 90, Slidell, 601-799-6193;, Captain Mike Gallo of Angling Adventures of Louisiana (53105 Hwy 433, Slidell, 985-781-7811;www. and Captains Kenny and Laura Kreeger of Lake Pontchartrain Charters (136 Bermuda Drive, Slidell, 985-643-2944; www. can tell you where to drop your hook. 5. Fish on your own — Public piers dot

the Northshore, like the Sunset Point and

The Tammany Trace is a 28-mile trail through several towns on the Northshore and is popular with bicyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians. PHO TO CO URTE S Y LO UI S I ANANO RTHS HO RE .CO M

Mandeville Fishing Pier (Massena Street at Lake Pontchartrain), which reopened earlier this year after being damaged in Hurricane Isaac. “A lot of people go fishing along Lake Road in Lacombe,” Kientz says. “That’s really old-school and really easy. They just pull up with a lawn chair and a cane pole.” If you plan to catch fish, you’ll need a license. You can purchase one from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (800-256-2749; www.wlf.louisiana. gov/

6. Get in the water — With multiple

points of access to bodies of water comes just as many aquatic sports. Visitors can drop kayaks and canoes into Bayou Cane on the south side of the bridge in Mandeville, which empties into Lake Pontchartrain, making it a good place to start a daylong adventure or paddle around for a few hours. If you don’t have your own boat, Kayak Tours on the Shore (20439 Weinburger Road, Ponchatoula, 985-951-9437; can meet you anywhere you want on the Northshore, including Bayou Cane, and

will outfit up to nine people with boats and paddles. Bayou Adventure also rents kayaks and canoes, and both companies offer guided tours.

7. Stand up and paddle — The Bayou

Paddle Company (1484 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-966-7978) offers rentals for this new water sport trend, standup paddle-boarding, which entails a surfboardtype craft that paddlers stand on and row gondola-style. Owner Mark Salvetti (see “Local Ease,” p. 4) takes groups on rivers, bayous and Lake Pontchartrain. He also outfits individuals.

8. Float on a lazy river — Tubing is

another way to spend a day on the water, but generally entails less effort and more interesting drinks. The Bogue Chitto Tubing Center (10237 S. Choctaw Road, Bogalusa, 985-735-1173; www.tubingboguechitto. com) rents inner tubes with headrests and cupholders, as well as kayaks and canoes for floating on the Bogue Chitto River.

9. Watch birds — The Northshore is a flyway for migratory birds, and two nature reserves offer good vantage points from

which to watch both migratory and local birds. The Northlake Nature Center (23135 Highway 190 E., Mandeville, 985-626-1238;, a 52-acre tract of land along Bayou Castine, hosts The Great Louisiana BirdFest each spring. The Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, 985-882-2000) is another haven to spot migratory species.

10. It’s Frolf! —Disc golf, also called

“frolf,” is golf with Frisbees, and the Northshore has a course of metal baskets for beginners as well as experienced players. When Pelican Park (63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-7997; www. isn’t hosting tournaments, the course is first-come, first-served, though multiple games can be played simultaneously. Bring your own Frisbee.

11. Feed wild animals — From the

shelter of a guided safari wagon, visitors at the Global Wildlife Center (26389 Highway 40, Folsom, 985-796-3585; can see bison, giraffes, zebra, camels, deer, ostriches and other wildlife while touring 900 acres of Louisiana country where the animals roam freely. Visitors can buy grain to feed animals that approach the wagon.

12. Visit some gators — Home to more than 2,000 of Louisiana’s most ancient inhabitants, the Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery (23440 Lowe Davis Road, Covington, 985-892-3669; gives visitors the chance to get a close-up view of alligators big and small. Watch alligators swim, hold a baby gator, or book in advance to see baby alligators hatching in August. 13. Go downtown — Historic Downtown

Covington has lots of things to occupy daytrippers. Between Lee Lane and Columbia Street there are shops and art galleries including Brunner (215 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-893-0444; www., and Savoye Originals (405 N. Columbia St., Covington, 504-5123465). The St. Tammany Art Association (320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-8928650; hosts art classes and has art exhibits. H.J. Smith’s Son General Store and Museum (308 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-8920460) has been around since 1876 and offers a look into south Louisiana’s storied past. Within walking distance is the Covington Brewhouse (226 E. Lockwood St., Covington, 985-893-2884; www., which offers tours on Saturdays.

14. Dine al fresco — Palmettos on the Bayou (1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, 985-643-

0050;, which tells diners they can “come by boat or by car,” has a deck where guests can stay outside on the water while drinking a glass of wine and dining on local seafood, turtle soup and creative salads.

15. Go to the Opry — The Abita Springs

Opry (22161 Level St., Abita Springs, (985)-892-0711; offers concerts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the third Saturday of every month in the fall and spring. The Opry’s goal is to get back to the roots of Louisiana music, mostly featuring old-time country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco and other genres that reflect the area’s diverse cultural heritage.

16. Jazz it up — Built in 1885, the Dew

Drop Jazz and Social Hall (430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, phone n.a.; www. has hosted Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Buddie Petit and other notable jazz artists on its stage. The music continues every other Friday (the next show is a double-bill on Oct. 25). Tickets are $10 at the door.

17. Celebrate the sunset — Every third Friday from March to October, the Covington Farmers Market hosts Sunset at the Landing (www. shtml), a series of free concerts at the foot of Columbia Street. The concerts are “bring your own everything,” and Jan Biggs, director of the Covington Farmers Market, says it’s common for people to bring blankets and picnic baskets. 18. Play golf — If you like your outdoors experience to be in a more manicured setting, there are several golf courses on the Northshore. The Abita Springs Golf and Country Club (73433 Oliver St., Abita Springs, 985-893-2463; www.abitagolf. com) and the Royal Golf Club (201 Royal Drive, Slidell, 985-643-3000) are both public courses with 18 holes. 19. Paint your friends — Paintball

Command (21268 Emile Strain Road, Mandeville, 985-809-7668; provides outdoor fields where combatants can wallop friends and family with paintballs.

20. Get an aerial view — See the sights of the Northshore from up high — then up close as gravity propels you to the ground. Tandem skydiving for adults is available with Skydive N’awlins (62512 Airport Road, Slidell, 985-643-7070; www.

Canon Hospice is making a difference in our community by providing quality end of life care to those seeking comfort and dignity while dealing with a life limiting illness. Care is provided by skilled hospice professionals who specialize in pain and system management. Canon’s community involvement is extended even further throughout the non-profit Akula Foundation. The Foundation sponsors Camp Swan, a children’s bereavement camp, The Canon Hospice Health Hour, Wist 690AM (airs I’ve 9-10AM each Saturday morning), and the Grief Resource Center, a service provided to anyone who is experiencing any type of loss in their life. All foundation services are free and open to the public. For information about Canon Hospice, Camp Swan and the Canon Hospice Health Hour, please call a location in your area. Northshore 985-626-3051 New Orleans 504-818-2723 Mississippi Gulf Coast 228-575-6251 Baton Rouge 225-926-1404 NORTHSHORE BOUND



Chow Down

From upscale to casual, ice cream to steaks, Asian to French, the Northshore has dining options for your food cravings.



Citywide; Founded in New Orleans, this coffee chain offers its own roasts in hot and cold coffee drinks and a selection of bagels, pastres, muffins and more. On the cool side, PJ’s granita is a slushy frozen coffee drink. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205; This family-run restaurant started out in the tiny kitchen of a gas station. Now it’s a stand-alone restaurant serving dry-rubbed St. Louis-cut ribs (smoked in-house with pecan wood and served with the house barbecue sauce), barbecued chicken and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub

72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 8925837; Housed in the former Abita Brewery, the brew pub serves po-boys and burgers and a full selection of its namesake beer. Hazed baby back ribs are marinated in Abita Purple Haze (a wheat beer with sweet berry tones) and topped with house barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sun. Credit cards. $$

Camellia Cafe

69455 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; The New Orleans-style family restaurant has a casual atmosphere and doubles as an exhibit space for St. Tammany Parish artists. The wide-ranging menus vary at the Abita Springs and Slidell locations, but both offer the Camellia pasta salad with Gulf shrimp, lump crabmeat and Louisiana crawfish tails sauteed in a house blend of seasonings before being blended with cream sauce and poured over rotini pasta. It’s served

with salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COVINGTON Acme Oyster & Seafood House

1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; The New Orleans-based oyster house chain serves a medley that includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, grilled smoked sausage and red beans and rice. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Burgers pack a punch at the Abita Brew Pub.

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant

1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; This Mediterranean restaurant has locations across the state. The “meat stuffed plate” includes grape leaves, cabbage, squash, a stuffed bell pepper and feta salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Annadele’s Plantation

71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; The bed and breakfast has an upscale New Orleans-style restaurant serving dishes like strawberry salad Ponchatoula, which features Ponchatoula strawberries and mesclun lettuce tossed with shaved red onion, toasted almonds and vanilla bean vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Bear’s Restaurant

128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373 Don’t let the bear outside scare you; this casual eatery is friendly and filling. The roast beef po-boy features house-roasted meat soaked in house-made gravy on French bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. French fries can be ordered plain or smothered in roast beef debris. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Buster’s Place

519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 8093880; Buster’s serves a burger that’s a char-grilled half-pound beef patty served dressed on a Kaiser roll. There also are char-grilled oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Du Monde

70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-0453; Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait, iced cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar, as well as fountain drinks. Drive-thru is available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.Sat. Cash only. $

Campbell’s Coffee & Tea

516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 2466992; This local coffee shop serves daily specials, like apple chai bread on Tuesday and mocha java scones on Friday. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Cheesesteak Bistro

528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; The Cheesesteak Bistro is housed in a renovated cottage and gives Covington a taste of Philly. Bistro eggs Benedict features poached eggs atop grilled English muffins or French bread with ham and hollandaise served with grits or a hash-brown casserole.

Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Coffee Rani

234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 8936158; With an emphasis on healthy eating, Coffee Rani serves a black bean burger that features a bean-and-corn patty on a wheat bun dressed with grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onions, avocado, three cheeses and chipotle mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Cold Stone Creamery

70380 Highway 21, Suite 3, Covington (985) 871-1470; PAGE 11





The international chain uses a cold piece of marble to keep ice cream frozen while the servers mix in treats. All Lovin’ No Oven is cake batter ice cream with cookie dough, fudge and whipped cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOW Cafe in Covington has something on the menu to bring smiles to everyone at the table.

Copeland’s Of New Orleans

680 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-9659; With franchises across the Southeast, Copeland’s serves traditional New Orleans fare in a casual setting. The eggplant pirogue smothers fried eggplant slices with shrimp and crab claws in au gratin sauce over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


629 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; The upscale restaurant combines Creole cooking with global flavors. Veal comes with bearnaise, beurre blanc and glace de veau sauces and is served with crabmeat and marble potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Del Porto Ristorante

501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 8751006; Del Porto offers Tuscan-inspired Italian dishes including seared scallops with local spaghetti squash cake, wilted baby spinach, toasted hazelnuts and golden raisin brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; The Italian restaurant infuses traditional cuisine with local flavors. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served on a bed of angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

69292 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-2225; Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a Dallasbased chain that serves authentic Texas barbecue. Fall-off-the-bone ribs feature a dry-rubbed marinated pork rib served with one of 12 home-style sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Dimartino’s Famous New Orleans Muffulettas 700 S. Tyler St., Covington,

(985) 276-6460; Dimartino’s was founded in 1975 and serves muffulettas in three locations across the state. The 5-inch po-boy combo is served with a cup of gumbo and potato salad. Signature muffulettas can be ordered in half or whole rounds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Don’s Seafood Hut

126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 3277111; Don’s Seafood Hut started in 1934 and has locations across the state. “Jacked-up” oysters are char-broiled and topped with bacon, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The English Tea Room

734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; This traditional tearoom offers spots of tea and dainty sandwiches as well as the Windsor High Tea, which includes specialty sandwiches, mini-quiches, scones, tea truffles and a chocolate-covered strawberry. Reservations accepted. Breakfast,

lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Gallagher’s Grill

509 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 8929992; Chef Pat Gallagher, formerly of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, serves oysters Pablo, a Southwestern version of oysters Rockefeller made with spinach, chipotle peppers, shallots and tequilaRomano cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$


325 N. Highway 190, Covington (985) 893-4885; The breakfast sampler at this roundthe-clock breakfast chain includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Isabella’s Pizzeria

1331 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 70452 Highway 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;

Isabella’s makes custom pizzas for individual customers. The Four Seasons pizza is divided by dough ropes into quarters: garlic herb sauce with tomato and basil; green onion sausage, roasted red pepper and caramelized onion; shrimp, crawfish and roasted garlic; and spinach. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Pie

70488 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-5252; These pizzerias serve pizzas, salads, pasta, sandwiches and more. Mediterranean pizza features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito

70488 Highway 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 635-4285; Diners can get a burrito made to order with a choice of tortilla (flour, cayenne, spinach or wheat), meats (chicken, steak, shrimp), vegetables, salsas, cheeses, rice and beans. No

reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Jerk’s Island Grill

70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380; This seafood house offers twists on classic Gulf recipes like fish tacos served with grilled mahi mahi with a blend of Jack and cheddar cheeses, diced tomatoes and a house-made chimichurri sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mac’s on Boston Street

324 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 8926550; Fresh seafood, produce and herbs are the foundation for creative dishes served in an upscale atmosphere. The seafood plate is a combination of grilled fish with lemon beurre blanc, a green vegetable, roasted potatoes and crab cakes with grilled shrimp or scallops. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat., brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

McAlister’s Deli

206 Lake Drive, Suite 15, Covington,



(985) 898-2800; The national chain features fresh meats and produce and dishes made to order, including the club sandwich, which has layers of ham, turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on toasted wheat bread. No reservations. Lunch and din ner daily. Credit cards. $

Mellow Mushroom

1645 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 3275407; Specializing in hand-tossed, stonebaked classic Southern pizza (and eclectic decor including colorful murals and kitsch), Mellow Mushroom also offers hoagies, salads, calzones and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nonna Randazzo Italian Bakery & Cafe

2033 N. Highway 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; The casual bakery and cafe offers pastries, turtles, almond macaroons, decorated cookies, breads, pies and more. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $


69008 Highway 190 Service Road, Covington, (985) 892-9994; The chain, which operates 60 cafete rias in 11 states, got its start in Baton Rouge in 1944, and its Southern-style fried chicken continues to be a staple. Shrimp Diablo is simmered in spicy tomato sauce and served over rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pizza Man of Covington

1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874 Owner-operated since 1976, Pizza Man is family-friendly, and the kids can watch chefs throw pizza dough. The Palace Pizza is loaded with housemade Italian sausage, meatballs, pep peroni, green bell pepper and diced onion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

1270 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-0250; Headquartered in Baton Rouge, this chicken finger chain has a simple menu featuring fresh chicken, bat tered, fried and served with a secret sauce. The Box includes four fried chicken tenders, Cane’s sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily.


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WOW Cafe

816 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 8922462; The national franchise serves rolled sandwiches as well as salads and soups. The Spa salad features plum tomatoes, green peppers, cucum ber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

501 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-9691; Opened in Covington in 2001 by three brothers, WOW Cafe has expanded to include franchises all over the country serving chicken wings and tenders, fajitas, wraps, salads and a variety of entrees. The Shanghai shrimp po-boy features fried shrimp topped with Asian slaw, cilantro, house ranch and Shanghai sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


Zea Rotisserie And Grill

Roly Poly

1200 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 867-5232; A Louisiana grocery chain that focuses on local products, Rouses offers food cooked to order at the grill or Asian noodle bar, as well as a salad bar, sandwiches, baked goods and a hot line with items such as pizza, fried chicken, ribs, lasagna, macaroni and cheese and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Sweet Daddy’s BBQ

420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 8982166; The casual eatery offers a two-meat combo platter or pecan-smoked pork plate. Both come with a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Toad Hollow Cafe

207 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 893-8711; www This vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurant uses organic ingredients and serves specialty cocktails and organic wines. The tofu bowl is panseared organic tofu with tamari, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and sesame oil served over brown basmati rice and romaine with carrots and avocados, green onions and sesame seeds. It’s finished with a ginger peanut dressing. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Tues.-Sun., dinner Fri.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Schwing’s Restaurant

1204 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 8931899; It has the ambience of a friend’s hunting and fishing camp and a menu that features an extensive selection of seafood, grilled meats and local Louisiana fare such as eggplant Luzianne, breaded eggplant served over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., din ner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and personal checks. $$

110 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 3270520; Started by the Taste Buds — three New Orleans chefs — Zea serves American cuisine with international influences. Thai ribs are St. Louis-style ribs coated in sweet and spicy Thai sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and Asian herbs. No reserva tions. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$


MANDEVILLE Beach House Bar & Grill

124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; You can sit inside, on the patio or the deck (there’s even a sand-filled beach area) while enjoying Creole cuisine, seafood and live music on some nights. Grilled salmon comes with pesto cream pasta, broccoli and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Bear’s Grill & Spirits

4700 Highway 22., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; Opened in 2004, the restaurant offers a range of sandwiches, burgers, sal ads and sides including Bear’s Famous Gravy Fries, which are topped with roast beef debris, gravy and shredded Swiss and cheddar cheeses. They are served with ranch dressing for dipping. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Bistro Byronz

165 Highway 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; A spinoff of the popular Young’s Restaurant in Slidell, this steakhouse serves a 14-ounce house-cut filet mignon, farm-raised redfish topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and other dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; The neighborhood bistro serves Louisiana cuisine including a seafood muffuletta stacked with baby shrimp and lump crabmeat that have been marinated in Italian spices and herbs, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, hous-made olive salad, toasted sesame seeds and Caesar-dressed baby spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Morton’s Seafood Restaurant

Bop’s Frozen Custard

Keith Young’s Steakhouse

702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 8454970; With a cozy dining room and tables overlooking the Tchefuncte River, Morton’s offers a casual setting for patrons dining on its menu of seafood favorites. The seafood boat is a hollowed-out Leidenheimer bread loaf overstuffed with a choice of fried seafood. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.Mon. Credit cards. $$

Water Street Bistro

804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855; A quaint cottage houses the bistro that serves American and Creole cuisine including pan-seared scallops atop baby spinach with feta or a grilled rack of lamb with creamed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 7275003; This family-oriented frozen custard restaurant features the Snappy Turtle, a custard sundae with hot fudge, caramel, pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Bosco’s Italian Cafe

2040 Highway 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; The family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant offers an old-world atmosphere and serves classics such as cannelloni stuffed with ground veal, spinach and cheese and topped with tomato sauce and tomato cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $$

CC’s Community Coffee House Albertson’s, 3450 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-4460; This coffeehouse chain offers a vari -

ety of hot and cold specialty drinks, including the Mochassippi, a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Many locations serve chocolate croissants, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. No reserva tions. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

Cafe Du Monde

1814 N. Causeway Approach, Suite 1, Mandeville, (985) 951-7474; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Cafe Lynn

3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; The French Creole restaurant offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Partially deboned quail is pan-roasted and served with lemon, herbs and brown sauce. Reservations recom mended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Carmelo Ristorante

1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; The family-style Italian restaurant serves housemade pasta, prime steaks, fresh seafood, pizza and more. Vitello piccata is sauteed, hand-cut veal topped with peppers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Coffee Rani

3517 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; See Covington section for restau rant description.

Coscino’s Italian Grill

1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; The New York-style hand-tossed pies here feature thin crusts and are cooked in stone-deck ovens. Eggplant Parmesan features lightly breaded fried eggplant medallions topped with red gravy and mozzarella cheese served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.Sun., late night Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fazzio’s Restaurant

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; Open since 1987, the family-operated restaurant serves Louisiana and Italian dishes including chicken Parmesan: a lightly breaded paneed chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

George’s Mexican Restaurant

1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; Honduras natives George Espinal and Egla Trujillo, a brother-sister team, make everything they serve from scratch daily (you can even get guacamole made tableside). Honduranstyle pork is marinated pork loin served with rice, black beans and corn or flour tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Gio’s Villa Vancheri

2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; The menu combines Sicilian country cooking and Northern Italian styles for a creative approach to Italian cuisine. Orecchio elefante is a 16-ounce veal chop pounded thin, breaded, paneed and served with arugula. There’s also a bakery. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Hong Kong Restaurant

2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 626-8222 This Chinese restaurant serves a range of dishes, including Jack’s chicken lettuce wrap — stir-fried chicken, water chestnuts and celery with iceberg lettuce leaves for wrapping. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

Isabella’s Pizzeria

2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 6745700; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Italian Pie

4350 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-5252; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Johnny & Joyce’s Seafood

1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-7727 The family-friendly restaurant specializes in Louisiana-style seafood. Grilled shrimp salad consists of grilled shrimp, lettuce, tomato, red onions and seasoned croutons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Kazoku Sushi

1680 Highway 59, Suite 800, Mandeville, (985) 626-8118; Featuring fresh fish and homemade sauces, Kazoku Sushi serves

petizer features a blackened wedge of aged brie served with blueberry compote, grilled jumbo shrimp, Creole remoulade and crostini. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

traditional rolls in addition to creative takes on classic dishes. Pepper tuna sashimi is spiced and seared with ponzu sauce, green onions, chili sauce and sesame seeds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

3900 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-8035; When it started almost 30 years ago, the local chain’s goal was to provide diners with traditional New Orleans dishes. It has become known for its thin-cut fried catfish, which comes as a plate meal accompanied by Mardi Gras coleslaw, hushpuppies and garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

La Carreta

1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; The Hammondbased chain serves Mexican food including Monterrey fajitas with Angus skirt steak, tortillas, rice and beans. Reservations accepted except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Nutrition Company

4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; Local nutrition and wellness expert Catherine Wilbert founded this chain of nutrition supplement stores and natural food bars. The Blast sandwich is made with free-range turkey, bacon, lettuce, avocado and soy Swiss cheese served on grilled bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

La Madeleine

Pizza is the star 3434 Highway at Mellow Mush190, Mandeville, room, but sandwiches and cal(985) 626-7004; zones have strong www.lamadesupporting roles. The French bakery and cafe started in Dallas but has found popularity on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain. The traditional French croque monsieur is a hot sandwich combining ham, cheese and garlic cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ Chef/owner Louie Finnan recently Little Tokyo moved his restaurant to a new loca590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) tion, where he serves traditional New 727-1532; Orleans cuisine, including po-boys, The 10-year-old restaurant offers crab cakes, Italian dishes and more. sushi and Japanese cuisine, including Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered tempura udon, a soup of thick udon noodles topped with tempura shrimp with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and light sherry cream and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit sauce. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards cards. $$ and checks. $$

Louie & The Redhead Lady

2820 E. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieand-

Monster Po-Boys

1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9,


246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; Classic Italian cuisine with south Louisiana flair is the backbone of the menu at this restaurant, which offers white-tablecloth dining inside or casual bistro tables outside. Sea scallops, Gulf shrimp and crabmeat are tossed with pasta and a choice of marinara sauce or sherry cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Petunia’s Place

Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 The small sandwich shop offers a range of choices including a soft-shell crab po-boy and a fried oyster plate that comes with pickles, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.Fri. Credit cards and checks. $


2891 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; Opened in 2007, the concept is New Orleans steaks and martinis, but the menu includes lots of other local dishes. The brie and shrimp ap-

2020 Highway 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; Darin and Julia LeBoeuf ran a catering company/takeout restaurant on Metairie Road before opening this Northshore eatery, which specializes in New Orleans-style cuisine such as pecan-crusted chicken topped with praline sauce and served with jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$


3460 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 612-7306; The frozen Greek yogurt is tart, and the fresh fruit toppings are hand-cut daily. The yogurt itself is made from fresh farm milk, and is served like ice cream, in waffle cone sandwiches or



in shakes that include combi nations such as mango-pine apple and chocolate-peanut butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

3801 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-8553; See Covington section for restaurant description.


3461 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7515; 4350 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-7573; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Rusty Pelican

500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 778-0364; The casual eatery and water ing hole serves salads, burg ers, seafood baskets, po-boys and more. Panko-crusted crab cakes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

The Scotts’ Coffee & Tapas Bar

201 Carroll St., Mandeville, (985) 231-7632; Housed in the 19th-century St. Tammany Bank building, the dog-friendly coffeeshop serves salads, sandwiches, baked goods, smoothies and more. It also offers beer, wine and cocktails, and there’s outdoor seating. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $


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RIVER PARISHES (985) 764-2866 (985) 652-9700

1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; There are 20 specialty burg ers — all char-grilled — at this family-friendly comfort-food restaurant, and the menu also offers other fare, such as catfish Tchefuncte, a fried fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce served over seasoned rice. No reserva tions. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Trey Yuen Cuisine Of China

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; The decor is warm and elegant but the atmosphere is casual and family-friendly at this Chinese restaurant, which also offers local seafood and fish specialties. Traditional Chinese dishes include Sichuan spicy beef, moo goo gai pan and sweet and sour shrimp. Reserva tions accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Vianne’s Tea House

544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; The picturesque cottage that houses Vianne’s has several rooms decorated to com memorate the origins of tea in places like China, Russia and Turkey. Scones are made from scratch daily in a range of flavors, and menu choices include portobello mushroom quiche and sweet potato and andouille soup. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTSKIRTS The Boston Restaurant

100 N.E. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 748-5555; Housed in a renovated French Quarter-style building, the Boston Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu of sea food, steaks, sushi and more. The Saints sushi roll consists of snow crab, fresh jalapeno, avocado and cream cheese topped with fried escolar and eel sauce with togarashi pep pers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cate Street Seafood Station

308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891; www.cates Wood paneling and floors adds warmth to this seafood restaurant, which features a Dungeness crab and steak dinner special on Tuesdays and sushi until midnight on Friday and seating on a

covered patio. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Char Lou’s

27470 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7575 Char Lou’s makes its burger patties in-house and offers seafood plates like the combo, which includes shrimp, fish, oysters, softshell crab and a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Copeland’s Of New Orleans

1534 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma, (985) 873-9600; See Covington section for restaurant description.


207 W. Minnesota Park Road, Hammond, (985) 902-9124; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Isabella’s Pizzeria

200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Jacmel Inn

903 E. Morris Ave., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; Pan-seared scallops are served with bacon crust and truffled mushroom risotto. Shrimp and grits feature local ingredients and are topped with smoked Gouda and barbecue shrimp sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit Cards and checks. $$$

Janie Brown’s Restaurant

27207 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201; The atmosphere here is casual and all the sauces, seafood stock and gravies are made fresh daily. Trout meuniere is served with lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Chicken Marsala tops grilled chicken breasts with to mato and mushroom Marsala

SLIDELL There’s fresh seafood and lots of tables with a view of the Tchefuncte River at Morton’s Seafood Restaurant.

Assunta’s Italian Restaurant

2631 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; The frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Fried crab cakes are available as an appetizer or entree. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Bear’s Grill & Spirits

550 Gause Blvd., Suite 1, Slidell, (985) 201-8905; See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Bonnie C’s

1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 288-5061; The family restaurant offers homestyle cooking, barbecue, Italian cuisine, seafood, po-boys and more. Jessica’s jambalaya pasta includes shrimp, chicken and sausage, and Pappy’s grilled liver and onions is smothered in brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

Camellia Cafe

sauce over capellini or fettuccine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Carreta

108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

La Provence

25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; Slow-roasted duckling is served with grilled plums and rapini, Marcona almonds and fingerling potatoes. Shrimp and mirliton salad is made with roasted heirloom beets, Sylvetta arugula and horseradish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

6131 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 872-5965; See Mandeville section for restaurant description.


30160 Highway 51 S., Akers, (985) 3866666; This casual seafood restaurant is known for its thin-sliced catfish and family-friendly attitude. Barbecued oysters on the half shell are topped with house barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.Sun. Credit cards. $$


Woolco Plaza, 6803 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 879-4222; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Rotolo’s Pizzeria

207 E. Thomas St., Suite C, Hammond, (985) 419-0007; 1311 St. Charles St., Suite A, Houma, (985) 879-3719; The casual Italian franchise focuses on fresh pizza, wings, sandwiches and pasta dishes including its parma rosa, which features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato

sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Trey Yuen Cuisine Of China

2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Voodoo BBQ & Grill

2108 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 345-1131; Pulled pork is cooked for 14 hours over oak and pecan wood and served with two sides and a piece of garlicbuttered Texas toast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WOW Cafe

1731 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma, (985) 876-4969; Wings are available in various quantities, and the sampler platter includes 25 wings and five sauces. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

525 Highway 190 W. Slidell, (985) 649-6211; See Abita Springs section for restaurant description.

Chef Michael’s Blue Bayou Cafe

1101 E. Howze Beach Road, Slidell, (985) 649-3264; This lunch and early dinner spot inside the Bayou Country store is vegan-friendly and offers Cajun and Creole specialties such as seafood and sausage gumbo with a dark roux base, creamy sweet corn and crab bisque, grilled wraps and po-boys, jambalaya nachos and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Christopher’s On Carey

2228 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-4501; The dining room is as elegant as the food presentation and menu, which features Cajun-Creole cuisine including cochon de lait comprising slow-cooked pork served with pineapple-pepper jelly and slaw on slices of chef Susan Spicer’s Wildflour Breads. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Copeland’s Of New Orleans

1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-0001; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Ditali’s Pizza

Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; More than 25 years ago, Ditali’s began offering Louisianans New York-style pizzas made with fresh, hand-tossed housemade dough cooked in stone ovens. Pizzas are available by the slice or whole pie, and there are calzones, Stromboli, pasta dishes and salads.


61101 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 641-4577; See Covington section for restaurant description.

K.Y.’S Olde Towne Bicycle Shop 2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; The casual-dining restaurant focuses on fresh Louisiana seafood, burgers, po-boys and pasta dishes. K.Y.’s Traditional hamburger features a hand-pressed beef patty served dressed on a sesame bun with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

McAlister’s Deli

796 I-10 Service Road, Suite 150, Slidell, (985) 641-2511; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Michael’s Restaurant & Lounge

4820 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, 985-649-8055; michaelsrestaurantslidell The vibe is decidedly upscale at this airy, high-ceilinged spot, which boasts optical illusion art known as trompe l’oeil and waterfront views. Caribbean grilled black drum with honey-butter shrimp and pineapplemango salsa in a coconut-rum sauce was a recent special from the CreoleFrench menu.

Nathan’s Restaurant

36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; The Creole restaurant opened by former Galatoire’s executive chef Ross Eirich (it’s named after his son) offers upscale dishes such as blackened tuna served on a bed of tasso and potato hash with Creole honey-butter.





Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Neely’s Pizzeria

196 Audubon Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-2443 Pizza comes in five sizes — 12-inch, 14-inch, 16-inch, 20-inch and a 30-slice 28-inch — at this kid-friendly, veganfriendly pizzeria, which offers a range of pies, calzones, stromboli and chocolatecovered cannoli (it’s the only dessert). The garlic snapper is a white pizza with olive oil, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, black olives, feta cheese, tomato slices, cheese and fresh garlic. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Palmetto’s on the Bayou

1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell (985) 643-0050; The Acadian-style restaurant offers Cajun and Creole selections and has outdoor seating overlooking Bayou Bonfouca. Trout Pontchar train is sauteed speckled trout topped with local mush rooms mixed with crabmeat and served on a bed of artichokes. It’s finished with tarragon beurre blanc and is served with green beans and roasted potatoes. Reserva tions recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Phil’s Marina Cafe

1194 Harbor Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-0464; The kid-friendly family res taurant focuses on seafood, Italian dishes and po-boys. Specialties include tuna Zachary, grilled tuna topped with crabmeat and grilled mushrooms, and grilled bowtie pasta with lump crabmeat dip. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


The Crossings, 104 Highway 190 W, Slidell, (985) 646-0566; See Covington section for restaurant description.


Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

1654 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 405-1425; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Ruby’s Natural Foods

1030 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 641-1620 The lunch counter at this health food store has a dining area with a view of a garden. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, burritos, salads and sandwiches including the Veggie Super Sandwich with guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrots, tomato, red onion, let tuce and melted cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Southside Cafe

3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www. The neighborhood restaurant serves American cuisine such as the Peacemaker, which combines a dozen fried oys ters, American cheese, two eggs cooked to order and applewood-smoked bacon on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

T LeBlanc’s Creole Kitchen

797 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 781-8100 The neighborhood restaurant focuses on traditional New Orleans dishes such as barbecue shrimp-stuffed mirliton served with baked macaroni, vegetables and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$


2165 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-8900; Intense flavors like fresh lime and chili sauce star at this family eatery. It caters to appetites both restricted (vegetarian entrees include fried tofu with sweet and sour sauce) and raging (there’s a whole Cornish hen served in panang curry with ground peanuts). Reserva -

tions accepted on Sat. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. $$

Thai Orchid

785 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 781-0240 The kid-friendly lunch and dinner destination offers classic takes on Thai cuisine. Customer favorites include pad Thai, a stir-fried medley of rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts, tofu, scallions, ground peanuts and lemon. Delivery available. Reserva tions accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

Times Grill

1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Vera’s Seafood

2020 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 690-9814 The decorations at this eclectic seafood joint include Christmas lights and a statue of a rat clad in shrimp boots — an homage to its previous location on Rat’s Nest Road. Alligator sausage po-boys, seafood platters and gumbo round out the menu. Res ervations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Young’s Restaurant

850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; The longtime restaurant, a precursor to Keith Young’s Steakhouse and K.Y.’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop, ap proaches its offerings in a simple way, using quality cuts of beef and time-hon ored steakhouse grilling tech niques for steaks, chicken and fish. Basic sides include baked potatoes (white or sweet), grilled or steamed asparagus and sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Zea Rotisserie And Grill 173 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 273-0500; See Covington section for restaurant description.

Have a drink


Northshore bars offer places to relax, imbibe and be entertained Anything Geauxs

1540 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 649-6491; There are drag shows featuring nationally acclaimed entertainers, live music, drag contests and pageants at this Slidell night club, as well as New Orleans Saints game day specials, bingo games and karaoke.

The Barley Oak

2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; More than 100 different beers, hand-picked by the owner, are served here. The majority are from craft breweries like Stone, Parish, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Tier, but there’s also Heineken, Miller Lite, Schlitz and other more common brews. The menu features pretzels, sausage platters, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

The Beach House Bar & Grill

124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; The Beach House is reminiscent of a romantic Gulf Coast resort, with an extensive tropical drink list, menu of light fare and sandy patio. There are New Orleans Saints football parties and live music performances, and kids eat free on Thursday.

Cate Street Pub

116 N. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 345-5059 Comedy shows, live music and shot specials make this pub a top hangout for Southeastern Louisiana University students and other twentysomethings. There’s often free popcorn and games.

The Chimes

19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; This bar and grill started near LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge and became popular with the scholarly crowd. The Covington location has a broader customer base that comes to sample the 72 beers on tap, plus more than 170 bottled selections and food including barbecue shrimp, seafood lasagna, po-boys and more. Get $1 off all pints during King’s Hour 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or Emperor Hours from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Columbia Street Tap Room

434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; Take a seat in the courtyard patio and start

sampling the 31 beers on tap, power up with burgers and po-boys while watching TV, or listen to live music Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A full restaurant menu is available.

Dew Drop Dance & Social Hall

Chef Brett Monteleone (right) has a beer with Vanessa Gomes at Old Rail Brewing Company, which opened in Mandeville in July. PHO TO BY CHE RY L G E RBE R

430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3147; The oldest unaltered jazz hall in the United States, this club opened in 1885, just as jazz was gaining popularity in New Orleans. Many famous musicians made this place a stop on tours across the South. It’s owned by the City of Mandeville and operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop, which hosts concerts and maintains the historic venue. Concerts generally are on Friday nights in the fall and Saturday nights in the spring.

Green Room

521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; New Orleans bands drive their vans across the river to play this downtown Covington joint, which features Guinness and Abita’s Andygator on tap.

Interference Sports Bar

2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655; This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Pelicans games. It also has trivia games, pool tables, shuffleboard, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods.

Old Rail Brewing Company

639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1843; The locally owned microbrew pub makes its craft beers on site and is situated near the Tammany Trace trailhead. Founded by the owners of Barley Oak, Old Rail has a menu featuring fare like chicken and alligator sausage sauce piquante, shrimp and grits and kid-friendly selections.

Rosie’s Tavern

22067 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs; (985) 809-0454 Rosie’s is well-established as a favorite watering hole among locals, thanks to a laid-back vibe stemming from its low-key bar banter and friendly bartenders. Step inside its charming brick storefront to find a wood-paneled barroom offering a large beer selection, as well as pool and darts.

Ruby’s Roadhouse

840 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9748; A Northshore favorite operating in Old Mandeville decades before the construction of the Causeway, Ruby’s Roadhouse’s history is steeped in revelry. Known for a friendly mix of patrons from yuppies to bikers, this fall Ruby’s offers free food during Saints games. The livemusic venue charges no cover to see bands on Thursday nights; find everything from rock to blues to zydeco on weekends starting around 9:30 p.m.

Shannon’s Tavern

70117 Hwy. 59, Suite B, Abita Springs, (985) 327-7415 Operating in the former Huddle Sports Bar space, Shannon’s Tavern is an ideal place to watch a New Orleans Saints game, with multiple TVs and a $2 bloody mary special on Sundays. Wednesday night offers a 50-cent chicken-wing deal, and other other nights cater to bikers, women and pool and darts leagues, and happy hour is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Speckled T’s

158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728; In addition to special theme nights such as the annual Halloween bash, afer the sun sets Speckled T’s transforms from a restaurant specializing in seafood and light fare such as wraps and salads into a bustling nightspot offering a variety of live entertainment (music, karaoke, DJs and comedy acts) on Wednesday through Saturday nights. The 28 beers on tap are poured through a mechanism to chill them to 32 degrees. All drinks are half price during a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 201-8096; New management at Tooloula’s has ushered in renovations including a fresh paint job and improvements to the back deck facing the water. Ladies’ night is Wednesday, and Saturday night features live entertainment from a DJ or local band. Enjoy an afternoon watching sports, playing pool, darts or trivia and get $1 domestic drafts during weekday happy hours.



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