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Community Living at its Best! Let the good times roll in the natural surroundings of Abita View Apartments. Located in peaceful Covington, Louisiana, your new home is set away from the city, but with all its conveniences only a short drive away. Returning home to this gated community featuring remote access, you’re greeted by appealing architecture and a host of modern conveniences framed within a serene, wooded setting. Unwind from your work-day with a relaxing stroll through picturesque grounds accented with fishing ponds and fountains … the very best Mother Nature has to offer and more.

• Resort Style Swimming Pool with Fountains • Pergola & Cabana Style Seating • Gazebo • Gated Access • Scenic Stocked Ponds • Picnic Area with Barbecue • Walking Trails • Elegant Clubhouse with Coffee Bar & TV • 24-Hour Business Center • 24-Hour Fitness Center

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Day Tripping The Northshore offers dining, shopping, bars, music, outdoor activities and more

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hose unfamiliar with the Northshore have likely heard of places like Mandeville, Covington and Madisonville, reachable only by crossing one of the world’s longest bridges, or the Twin Spans on the eastern side of the city. But those once-sleepy towns, along with the likes of Abita Springs and Folsom, became bedroom communities for New Orleans once the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was built in 1956. It’s like a different place, with lots of undeveloped land, quaint shops and outdoor recreation, that at the same time feels familiar. Ponchatoula and Hammond grew up along the railroad and thrived as the local agricultural economy went from timber to strawberries and higher education. To the east, along I-10, Slidell’s population exploded with the arrival of the space age and NASA’s moon rocket construction and test facilities constructed in eastern New Orleans and Mississippi. Before then, steamboats and ferries regularly made the trip until the 1930s when travel to the Northshore became an hours-long trek by car or train. New Orleans’ ties to the other bank of Lake Pontchartrain go back a lot further than the Causeway, which until last year held the Guinness World Record as the longest bridge over water in the world. Bernard Marigny, whose namesake Faubourg Marigny is on the South Shore, founded Mandeville on land adjacent to his sugar plantation, Fontainebleau. The massive brick ruins of the sugar mill, which Marigny built in 1828, remain one of the attractions of Fontainebleau State Park, a 2,800-acre park offering camping, swimming and nature trails. Passing through Fontainebleau and tying St. Tammany Parish together is the Tammany Trace. A rails-to-trails project, the Tammany Trace links Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville, Abita Springs and Covington together with 31 miles of converted railroad tracks that host bicyclists, skaters, runners, walkers and horseback riders. Each of the cities along the Trace have built their own trailhead facilities, providing a place for trail users to rest or to begin their treks. The trailheads host concerts, farmers markets and other events.

Serious exercise calls for refreshment, and the Abita Brewing Co. can take care of both thirst and hunger. Located in Abita Springs, the brewing company bottles its nationally distributed Turbodog, Amber, Jockamo IPA and seasonal offerings in a facility with a visitor’s center and tasting room. The brewery’s old plant on the Abita trailhead is now a restaurant, the Abita Brew Pub. Only a few minutes away by car (or a little longer by bike on the Trace) and at trail’s end you’ll find Covington’s trailhead and its monumental statue of Ronald Reagan. Across the street is Covington Brewhouse (formerly Heiner Brau) cranking out a steady supply of microbrews. In Mandeville, there’s the Barley Oak for a huge selection of beer with a great view of the lake. Its owners are set to open their own brewpub, the Old Rail, on the Tammany Trace Mandeville trailhead. Southshore foodies may be familiar with Trey Yuen’s Mandeville and Hammond locations and The Dakota Restaurant in Covington. Other fine-dining options are Del Porto and Lola in Covington, Juniper and Nuvolari’s in Mandeville, Keith Young’s Steakhouse in Madisonville, Jacmel Inn in Hammond, La Provence and Impastato’s in Lacombe and Palmettos and Young’s in Slidell. For old-time seafood dining, there’s Vera’s in Slidell, Rips on the Lake in Mandeville and Morton’s in Madisonville. Middendorf’s might be considered on the way to and not on the Northshore, but either way, it’s classic Louisiana waterside seafood dining. A nice sprinkling of Thai and sushi restaurants have joined the dining scene in recent years, complementing Asian cuisine offered by long-established Chinese restaurants. There are lots of Hispanic restaurants, and Covington seems to be an early New Orleans-area testing ground for some national chains like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Steak ’N Shake. There also are lots of mom and pop po-boy joints, sno-ball stands and cafes. The Northshore is part of the area’s music history. Just a few blocks from the Mandeville lakefront is the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall. The bargeboard landmark

was built in 1895, and jazz historians says it was an important stop on the early jazz circuit. Musicians would travel by steamer to the Northshore, play the Dew Drop and other lakefront venues, then hop a train and perform their way to the resorts in Abita Springs and Covington, returning at the end of the weekend to catch a boat back to New Orleans. Kid Ory, Papa Celestin, Louis Armstrong and scores of New Orleans jazz men are known to have played the Dew Drop. The nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop maintains the building and hosts regular concerts there. The area has always attracted artists — writers, sculptors, painters, glassmakers, potters and others. Novelist Walker Percy — a literary heavyweight and the man credited with getting John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces published — made Covington his home, calling it a “non-place” (relative to New Orleans) where he could work in peace. Covington’s Three Rivers Art Festival hosts more than 200 artists each November for a juried art market. In addition, the St. Tammany Art Association and the City of Slidell’s Cultural Affairs office each work with the New Orleans Museum of Art to bring

exhibits to Covington and Slidell regularly. There’s shopping everywhere. Ponchatoula, Hammond, Mandeville, Covington and Slidell offer antiques, clothing stores and art galleries in smalltown settings, along with a couple of major malls along I-12. You’ll find a variety of options that aren’t available on the South Shore, including a Kohl’s department store and a host of local shops. In addition to Three Rivers, festival opportunities include the Blues and BBQ Festival and annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, the Mandeville Seafood Festival and Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Covington celebrates its bicentennial on July 4, 2013, and will host a series of events leading up to Independence Day. Natives called the waves of commuters who moved to the Northshore over the past decades “come heres” and are still undecided whether the second- or thirdgeneration of commuter families qualify as Northshore natives. But you don’t have to leave New Orleans for good to “come here.” Take a day trip or two — explore what the Northshore has to offer and you may become a regular visitor. northshore bound

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The northshore offers cuisine to satisfy every taste. ABITA SPRINGS AkeRS ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205

House-made sausage plates are served with two sides and rolls or cornbread. Slow-cooked pulled pork is brushed with barbecue sauce and can be served on a bun, in a po-boy or as part of a combination platter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MIddEndoRF’s sEAFood REsTAURAnT 30160 Hwy. 51, Akers, 985-386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.com

Middendorf’s is known for its thin-sliced fried catfish. The fried seafood platter features catfish, oysters, shrimp and hushpuppies. The catfish dinner includes fried catfish, coleslaw, hushpuppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com

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The chicken burger features grilled, blackened or fried chicken and is served with fries. Chicken Abitafeller is grilled chicken topped with fried oysters on a bed of creamed spinach and shrimp-herb cream sauce and it comes with smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ CAMELLIA CAFE 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com

The chef’s salad includes turkey, cheese, tomatoes and bacon. The seafood platter combines fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, stuffed crab and stuffed shrimp, hush puppies, toast, a side and salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Turkey fajitas come with cheese, salsa, guacamole, beans and sour cream at Garcia’s Famous Mexican Food. photo by Cheryl gerber

1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoysterhouse.com

The New Orleans medley includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with Tabasco-infused mayo. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$. ALBAsHA GREEK & LEBAnEsE REsTAURAnT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com

The Albasha platter offers a choice of chicken shawarma, gyros or kebabs and includes stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, hummus and rice. Shrimp broiled in butter, lemon juice and garlic are topped with mushrooms and bell peppers and served with feta salad, rice pilaf, hummus and pita bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ page 8

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ANNADELE’S PLANTATION 71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com

The savory cheesecake St. Tammany is a caramelized onion and shrimp cheesecake topped with barbecue shrimp. Mixed grill Bogue Falaya features lamb chops and quail with demi-glace, mushroom and Parmesan risotto and sauteed sugar snap peas. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Eggplant and crawfish pasta is a popular dish at DiCristina’s in Covington. photo by Cheryl Gerber

BEAR’S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373

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.

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Roast beef po-boys are filled with slow-cooked roast beef dripping with gravy. Meatball po-boys are made with handrolled meatballs in red gravy. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $ BECK-N-CALL CAFE 534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390; www.beckncallcafe.com

Sicilian chicken salad combines baby spinach, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, red onions, feta and roasted garlic vinaigrette. The Cindy special is made of grilled chicken, mushrooms, pepper Jack cheese and Creole mustard on a six-grain bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $ BUSTER’S PLACE

Northshore 985-626-3051 New Orleans 504-818-2723 Mississippi Gulf Coast 228-575-6251 Baton Rouge 225-926-1404 8 northshore bound

519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.com

Fettuccine and crawfish tails are tossed in cream sauce, sprinkled with green onions and Parmesan and served with

salad and French bread. Char-grilled oysters are served with lemon-garlic butter and French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.Mon. Credit cards. $$ CAFE DU MONDE 70437 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-0453; www.cafedumonde.com

Cafe du Monde serves its signature beignets loaded with powdered sugar. Wash them down with a cafe au lait or iced coffee. Drive-thru available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $ CAMPBELL’S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992;

www.campbellscoffee.com

Campbell’s serves Columbia Street Market sandwiches like smoked Gouda with fresh vegetables. Turkey and cranberry salad comes on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.Fri. Credit cards and checks. $ CHEESESTEAK BISTRO 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheeseteakbistro.com

The cheese steak deluxe features grilled sirloin, onions, peppers, mushrooms and provolone on a seeded French loaf. Bistro eggs Benedict rest poached eggs atop grilled English muffins


or French bread with ham and hollandaise and come with grits or hash brown casserole. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

cream. The Birthday Cake Remix combines cake batter ice cream, fudge, rainbow sprinkles and a brownie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Chimes

COLumbiA sTReeT TAp ROOm

19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com

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 who comes to sample the menu of 60 beers from 20 countries and Chimes specialties including barbecue shrimp, seafood lasagna, char-broiled catfish, po-boys and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ COFFee RANi 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; www.coffeerani.com

Spinach and artichoke dip is topped with Parmesan and tomatoes and served with warm pita chips. The black bean burger is a bean and corn patty on a wheat bun with grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onions, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, provolone and pepper Jack cheeses and chipotle mayo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $ COLD sTONe CReAmeRY 70380 Hwy. 21, Suite 3, Covington, (985) 871-1470; www.coldstonecreamery.com

The Brownie a la Cold Stone features a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, pecans and whipped

434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.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. $ COpeLAND’s 680 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-9659; www.copelandsofneworleans.com

Copeland’s offers creative twists on Creole and Cajun flavors. Jambalaya pasta combines shrimp, chicken, andouille, smoked sausage, mushrooms, peppers and bow tie pasta in spicy jambalaya sauce. Shrimp Ducky features strips of duck breast sauteed in Burgundy-mushroom sauce over rice or linguine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ DAKOTA 629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com

Signature Brie soup is topped with crabmeat. Steen’s cane syrup-lacquered duck comes atop a buttermilk cornmeal waffle with spring peas, carrots, creme fraiche and strawberry jam. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Classic New Orleans Food.

DiCRisTiNA’s 810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com

Soft-shell crab Emily features a fried soft-shell crab over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Grilled shrimp are served with cheese ravioli in Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$ DimARTiNO’s FAmOus NeW ORLeANs muFFuLeTTAs 700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; www.dimartinos.com

The muffuletta is served with house-made olive salad. Eggplant Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ DON’s seAFOOD huT 126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; www.donsseafoodonline.com

Crabmeat au gratin features lump crabmeat in Don’s signature creamy au gratin sauce. Jacked Up oysters are char-broiled and topped with bacon, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ The eNGLish TeA ROOm 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988

The Coronation chicken salad combines chicken, grapes, apples and walnuts in mild curry dressing and can be ordered on a salad or sandwich. The Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, miniquiches, two mini-cakes, a chocolate-dipped

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3154 Pontchartrain Drive Slidell • (985) 643- 6133

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strawberry and scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Five Guys BurGers and Fries

isaBeLLa’s PiZZeria

70415 Hwy. 21, Covington; 985892-4400; www.fiveguys.com

The growing Washington, D.C.-based franchise serves a simple menu of handformed grilled burgers, large portions of hand-cut fries, and hot dogs. Its signature burger features two thin patties and is dressed with your choice of toppings. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. No reservations. $

1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 8757620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net

Spinach-artichoke shrimp dip is served with garlic bread. The pasta Cucina combines linguine, shrimp, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions, parsley and a squeeze of lime. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GaLLaGHer’s GriLL

iTaLian Pie

509 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-9992; www.gallaghersgrill.com

70488 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 871-5252; www.italianpie.com

The 16-ounce Chicago USDA Prime marbled rib-eye is cooked to order and arrives sizzling with butter. Sauteed pompano is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and citrus beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Mediterranean pizza features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Fettuccini is topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken or shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Garcia’s Famous mexican Food

IZZo’s iLLeGaL BurriTo

200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 327-7420; www.garciasfamousmex.com

70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114; www.izzos.com

Chef/owner Steve Garcia serves fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, using many recipes handed down from his grandmother. For the Baja fish tacos, lightly breaded and fried fish is placed in two soft corn tortillas with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, honey-habanero glaze and ranch drizzle. They’re served with rice and Mexican corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Illegal salad features romaine lettuce, cheese, tortilla strips and Izzo’s house salsa or dressing. The Illegal burrito is served on a 26-inch tortilla with a choice of meat, Mexican rice, beans, shredded cheese or melted queso, guacamole and one of eight house salsas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

iHoP 325 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 893-4885; www.ihop.com

The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk

LoLa 517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992

Pecan-crusted black drum is served with braised collard greens, andouille and poached Louisiana oyster broth. The Pig is a sandwich of cochon de lait, ham, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Creole mayo on house-made focac-

cia. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ LonGHorn sTeaKHouse

Try a jumbo shrimp salad and half a muffuletta, along with an Abita beer, at Camellia Cafe in Abita Springs.

69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Two can dine on the 30-ounce porterhouse. Other entrees include the Napa grilled chicken and steak Ranchero, which comes with eggs and bacon on top. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ meLLoW musHroom 1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.com

The muffuletta pizza is topped with salami, pepperoni, ham, freshwater mozzarella and caramelized onions and comes with a spring greens salad. The Greek salad tops iceberg lettuce with feta, red onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ nonna’s iTaLian BaKery & caFe 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite F, Covington, (985) 893-1488

House specials at Nonna’s include pastries such as cannoli, featuring house-made filling and shells, and chocolate eclairs. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $ PJ’s coFFee Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com

PJ’s serves an array of hot and cold coffee drinks, including cold-dripped iced coffee. Shops also offer granita, an icy smooth frozen coffee drink, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ PiccadiLLy 69008 Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington, (985) 892-9994; www.piccadilly.com

Southern-style fried chicken is a staple at these cafeterias. Shrimp Diablo is shrimp sim-

mered in spicy tomato sauce served over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $ PiZZa man oF covinGTon 1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874

The Pizza Palace pie is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and house-made meatballs. The Wow pie is topped with artichoke hearts, crab, garlic and Romano cheese and features hand-tossed, olive oil-brushed crust. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

raisinG cane’s cHicKen FinGers 1270 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-0250; www.raisingcanes.com

The Box combines four fried chicken tenderloins, tangy Cane’s sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Wash it down with freshsqueezed lemonade served over crushed ice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ risToranTe deL PorTo 501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.-delportoristorante.com page 12

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The house-made potato gnocchi are served with Wagyu beef bolognese, Pecorino Romano, local mushrooms, garlic and parsley. The mixed grill features grilled Chappapeela Farms pork loin, duck breast, house-made fennel sausage, roasted red pepper-sour plum agrodolce and market vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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RocketfiRe Pizza

SWeet DaDDY’S BBQ

1950 N. Hwy. 190, Covington; 985-327-7600; www.rocketfirepizza.com

420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com

This family-friendly pizza parlor makes thin-crust pizza in its coal-fired oven, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. The restaurant also serves its namesake oysters with garlic butter, spinach, herbs, breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and there’s chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The two-meat combo plate includes a choice of chicken or baby back ribs and two sides. Pecansmoked pork comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

RoLY PoLY

Wings are available in various quantities, and the sampler platter includes 3 pounds (18-24 pieces) and four sauces. The Shanghai shrimp po-boy features shrimp topped with Foo’s sauce, ranch dressing and an Asian slaw of carrots, cucumbers and cilantro. WOW also serves fried boneless wings. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

816 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-2462; www.rolypoly.com

The pressed Key West Cuban sandwich combines smoked pork, turkey, ham, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and honey mustard. The Spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $ RoUSeS

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The options at Rouses vary from a salad bar and sandwiches to sushi, Asian noodle dishes cooked to order and more. Daily specials include Monday’s red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Friday’s fried fish, which is served over white beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

50 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 867-5146; 1200 Hwy. 190 B, Suite 8, Covington, (985) 867-5232; www.rouses.com

WoW cafe 70380 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 892-9691; www.wowcafe.com

stick and boiled shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$ zea RotiSSeRie aND GRiLL 110 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-0520; www.zearestaurants.com

Slow-roasted duck is crisped and served with Asian herbs and honeysoy sauce. Atlantic salmon is grilled over hardwood and served with sweet balsamic glaze. Reservation policies and hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Hammond iHoP 207 W. Minnesota Park Road, Hammond, (985) 902-9124; www.ihop.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. iSaBeLLa’S PizzeRia 200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; www.isabellaspizzeria.net

See Covington section for restaurant description. PJ’S coffee 224 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985)-345-1533; 1913 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 549-1620; 14282 W. University Ave., Hammond, (985) 542-5515; www.pjscoffee.com

See Covington section for restaurant description.

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323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840

1906 S.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 345-3133; 2035 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 542-1400; www.raisingcanes.com

The Chocolate Roll contains spicy tuna, snow crab and crunchy bits wrapped in sesame soybean paper and topped with avocado and peppered tuna. The Lion Roll is filled with tempura shrimp and snow crab and topped with crab-

See Covington section for restaurant description. Hours vary by location. RotoLo’S PizzeRia 207 E. Thomas St., Suite C, Hammond, (985) 419-0007; www.rotolos.com


Parma rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. Barbecue chicken pizza has barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions on a hand-tossed pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789; www.treyyuen.com

The Cantonese-inspired seafood and eggplant includes shrimp, scallops and crawfish stir-fried with Chinese eggplant in bean sauce. Honeyglazed pecan shrimp features large Gulf shrimp in sweet cream sauce served with honey-roasted pecans and sesame seeds. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $ VOODOO BBQ & GRILL 2108 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 345-1131; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com

Pulled pork is cooked for 14 hours over oak and pecan wood and is served with a choice of two sides and garlic-buttered Texas toast. For a side, corn pudding is a cornbread souffle baked with whole sweet corn. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Lacombe JANIE BROWN’S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201

Trout meuniere is served with lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Chicken Marsala tops grilled chicken breasts with tomato and mushroom Marsala sauce over capellini or fettuccine. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA PROVENCE 25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com

A whole quail is stuffed with dirty rice and topped with gumbo jus. Slow-cooked lamb is served with cherry tomatoes, black mushrooms, Covey Rise Farms vegetables and sage jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Gumbo, seafood dishes, oysters and po-boys dominate the menu at Acme Oyster House. photo by Cheryl gerber

madisonviLLe KEITH YOUNG’S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net

A seafood salad tops mixed greens with chilled jumbo lump crabmeat, shrimp and tomatoes. Pan-broiled shrimp come with garlic-butter sauce. 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.com

Twisted grilled oysters are grilled oysters topped with lump crabmeat. The combination seafood boat features shrimp, oysters and catfish in a hollowed-out loaf of Leidenheimer bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$ WATER STREET BISTRO 804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855

Pan-seared scallops are served on top of baby spinach with feta cheese. The grilled rack of lamb is topped with balsamic- and rosemaryinfused olive oil and served with creamed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

mandeviLLe BEAR’S GRILL & SPIRITS 4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; www.bearsgrillandspirits.com

Barbecued beef po-boys feature slow-cooked roast beef in house-made barbecue sauce and come with fries. Gulf shrimp po-boys are stuffed with either fried or grilled shrimp and served with fries. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $ BISTRO BYRONZ 1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; www.bistrobyronz.com

Chicken Paillard is a chicken breast served with mesclun salad and vegetables. Steak frite salad features sliced steak, romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles and cane dressing and a heap of fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ BOSCO’S ITALIAN CAFE 2040 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com

Veal Carmella consists of paneed veal cutlets topped

with shrimp and mushrooms in lemon cream sauce. Crabmeat Buster is baked crabmeat dressing on an artichoke bottom topped with sherry cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

quail is served with demi-glace, vegetables and potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CC’S COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE

1901 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.com

3450 Hwy. 190, Suite 8, Mandeville, (985) 626-4390; www.communitycoffee.com

The hand-cut veal Sorrentina is sauteed with eggplant and prosciutto and topped with fresh mozzarella in white wine sauce and served with vegetables. Grouper Leonora features a pan-roasted fillet topped with Louisiana shrimp, artichokes and mushrooms in light lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CC’s serves an array of hot and cold coffee drinks and teas as well as pastries, cookies, scones, muffins and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $ CAFE DU MONDE 1814 N. Causeway Approach, Suite 1, Mandeville, (985) 951-7474; www.cafedumonde.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. CAFE LYNN 3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com

Baked eggplant is stuffed with shrimp, crabmeat, sauteed vegetables, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Pan-seared

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CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE 1901 N. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 231-7606; www.cherryberryyogurt.com

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nuts, sauce, whipped cream and cherries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ COFFEE RANI 3510 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. COSCINO’S ITALIAN GRILL 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.com

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The appetizer sampler features chicken wings and strips, eggplant and mozzarella sticks and garlic bread. Housemade lasagna is layered with Italian sausage, ground beef, ricotta and whole milk mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat. Credit cards. $$ FAZZIO’S RESTAURANT 1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com

Veal Parmesan is lightly battered, pan-fried, topped with tomato sauce and cheese and served over angel hair pasta. The 16-ounce rib-eye is topped with fried oysters and bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.com

Shrimp fajitas are served with pico de gallo, tortillas and house-made guacamole. The Sizzlin’ Pork plate features citrusmarinated pork, sauteed onions, black beans, Mexican rice and tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIO’S VILLA VANCHERI 2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2597; www.giosvillavancheri.com

Chef Giovanni Vancheri offers a mix of rustic Sicilian and Northern Italian cooking styles. The flounder florentina is fresh flounder cooked in white wine with spinach, peas, grapes and herbs. The coniglio cacciatore consists of rabbit sauteed with crushed tomatoes, red and green peppers, olives, capers, onions, garlic, herbs and wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$ ISABELLA’S PIZZERIA 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; www.isabellaspizzeria.net

See Covington section for restaurant description. ITALIAN PIE 4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-5252; www.italianpie.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. JOHNNY & JOYCE’S SEAFOOD 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-7727

The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and a stuffed crab. The shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato, mayo and a pickle. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ JUNIPER RESTAURANT 301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5330; www. juniperrestaurant.net

The Sapphire salad piles baby greens, grape tomatoes, red onions and honey-glazed almonds into a radicchio cup and

is drizzled with sweet fig and orange vinaigrette. The rack of Aegean lamb is served atop goat feta and spinach and is finished with spicy Thai demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ LA CARRETA 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com

Burritos verdes features grilled chicken topped with tomatillo sauce. A quesadilla features smoked duck and mixed cheeses between flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LA MADELEINE 3434 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com

Roasted pear and prosciutto salad features field greens, pears, prosciutto, pecans and blue cheese tossed with vinaigrette. The crepe Riviera combines roasted chicken, pesto, broccoli and tomatoes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LAkE HOUSE 2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.com

An elegant starter is blackened yellowfin tuna with lemon glaze crowned with avocado slices atop celeriac remoulade. Entrees include crispy shrimp Lafourche, shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, topped with crawfish sauce and served with green bean salad. Reservations recommended. LITTLE TOkYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com


Chefs Torre Bagalman (left) and David Solazzo serve creative dishes at Ristorante Del Porto.

Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$ MI MAMACITA’s 2345 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1400

The restaurant offers New Mexican-style fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, chiles rellenos and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner TuesdaySunday. Credit cards. $$ MOnsTER PO-BOYs 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183

Cheese, ham, turkey and house-made roast beef smothered in gravy fill the Monster po-boy. A popular pasta dish features grilled shrimp over rotini pasta in garlic butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $ n’TInI’s 2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com

The Tiger Roll is a combination of tuna, yellowtail, barbecued eel, fresh salmon and avocado. The Burning Man roll has crunchy tuna inside and pepper tuna on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY 1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com

Oysters La Luzianne are fried oysters topped with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp and crabmeat and topped with light sherry cream sauce. No reservations.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$ MAnDInA’s MAnDEvILLE 4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com/northshore.html

Diners will find most of their favorite dishes from the original Mandina’s at its Northshore counterpart — though each restaurant is under different ownership, the seafood-heavy menus are nearly identical. The Mandeville location features greater emphasis on Italian dishes, including house-made lasagna and eggplant Parmesan. Reservations accepted.

Mediterranean redfish features a fillet seared in a cast-iron skillet, topped with housemade olive salad and served with spinach-artichoke orzo risotto. The Cajun breakfast is a grilled English muffin topped with crawfish cornbread casserole, poached eggs and hollandaise; it comes with grits or hash browns. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ nEW ORLEAns HAMBURGER & sEAFOOD CO. 3900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-8035; www.nohsc.com

The catfish plate features thin-cut fried catfish, Mardi Gras slaw, hushpuppies and garlic-herb fries. The Shrimpzilla is a shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese, roast beef debris gravy and shredded cabbage in Creole mustard sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ THE nUTRITIOn COMPAnY 4350 Hwy. 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityblends.com

The Blast sandwich is made with free-range turkey, bacon, lettuce, avocado and soy Swiss and is served on grilled bread. The free-range Buffalo burger is served on a toasted organic-sprouted grain bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $ nUvOLARI’s 246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com

Paneed veal Alfredo is served over wild mushroom pasta Alfredo and is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter. Pesto-crusted salmon is served with smoked tomato risotto, sauteed asparagus and basil-pesto butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$ PJ’s COFFEE 1665 Dove Park Drive, Mandeville, (985) 898-5282; 2963 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1565; 4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 6249015; www.pjscoffee.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. PETUnIA’s PLACE 2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; www.petuniasplace.com

Eggplant JoAnn features breaded eggplant medallions topped with artichoke dressing, sauteed crawfish and Alfredo sauce and is served with garlic-butter pasta. The grilled redfish Julia is served with creamy crawfish sauce over garlic-butter pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$ PInKBERRY 3460 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 612-7306; www.pinkberry.com

Chocolate hazelnut yogurt comes with roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut wafer roll cookies on top. Waffle cookie sandwiches fill two maple waffle cookies with coconut with lemon crunch and strawberry with chocolate crunch. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

POBOY sHACK 1703 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1303

All the po-boys here are grilled, and there’s no charge for condiments such as gravy and grilled onions or peppers. The Half & Half is half hamburger and half hot sausage with cheese, mayonnaise and lettuce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $ RAIsInG CAnE’s CHICKEn FInGERs 3801 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-2042; www.raisingcanes.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. Hours vary by location. ROUsEs 3461 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7515; 4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985)-674-7573; www.rouses.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. RUsTY PELICAn 500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 778-0364; www.sippinstation.com

Grilled Gulf shrimp and avocado salad is served on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Crab cakes are covered with panko breadcrumbs, fried and served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $ sHUCK ’n’ JIvE sEAFOOD REsTAURAnT & OYsTER BAR 643 Lotus Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-1534; www.shucknjivemandeville.com

Catfish Manchac features a fried fillet topped with crawfish-andouille sauce and is served with a seasonal vegetable. Buffalo frogs’ legs includes four pairs of fried legs topped with spicy sauce on a bed of lettuce with blue cheese sauce on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ THE TIMEs GRILL 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com

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melted cheddar, hickory barbecue sauce and hickory-smoked bacon. Catfish Tchefuncte is a fried catfish fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce and served over seasoned rice with salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Veal Assunta features fried veal topped with shrimp in bechamel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

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DITALI’S PIZZA

NATHAN’S RESTAURANT

Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; www.ditalis.com

36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net

Ditali’s deluxe pizza features pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, black olives and mushrooms. Spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce is a hearty homestyle dish from restaurant cousin Cafe Ditali. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Char-broiled Louisiana oysters are topped with garlic butter. Blackened tuna is served on a bed of tasso and potato hash with Creole honey-butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.com

550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; www.bearsgrillandspirits.com

See Hammond section for restaurant description.

See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

IHOP

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL

CAMELLIA CAFE

61101 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 641-4577; www.ihop.com

2999 Hwy. 190 E., Mandeville, (985) 629-2021; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com

525 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; www.thecamelliacafe.com

See Covington section for restaurant description.

See Hammond section for restaurant description.

See Abita Springs for restaurant description.

ZACHARY’S RESTAURANT

CHRISTOPHER’S ON CAREY

See Covington section for restaurant description.

2228 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 6414501; www.christophersoncarey.com

K.Y.’S OLDE TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP

902 Coffee St., Mandeville, (985) 626-7008; www.zacharys985.com

Chef Zachary Watters prepares dishes like redfish Zachary, crabmeat au gratin and Gulf seafood specials. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Slidell ASSUNTA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com

Assunta’s frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops

Pan-seared speckled trout is served either amandine or meuniere-style with new and sweet potato hash and green beans. The bone-in veal rib-eye comes with fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$ COPELAND’S 1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-0001; www.copelandsofneworleans.com

See Covington section for restaurant description.

ITALIAN PIE 1319 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 661-0240; www.italianpie.com

2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 6411911; www.kysoldetowne.com

The Buster Randle sandwich tops a grilled chicken breast with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and grilled onions and comes on a sesame seed bun. The fried and grilled seafood platters combine shrimp, catfish, oysters, hushpuppies and two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PJ’S COFFEE

The Spartan roll contains two tempura shrimp rolled with cream cheese and is topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce. Sushi poppers are tempura jalapenos stuffed with fresh salmon and cream cheese and drizzled with eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$ THE TIMES GRILL 1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 6393335; www.timesgrill.com

2040 E. Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-6270; 61103 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 847-19474; www.pjscoffee.com

See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

See Covington section for restaurant description.

WOW CAFE

PICCADILLY

2170 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 661-9692; www.wowcafe.com

The Crossings, 104 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 646-0566; www.piccadilly.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. YOUNG’S RESTAURANT

See Covington section for restaurant description.

850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.com

RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS 1654 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 405-1423; www.raisingcanes.com

See Covington section for restaurant description. Hours vary by location. ROUSES 110 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 781-1392; 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985)-646-2620; www.rouses.com

A petit filet is served with crabmeat, crawfish or grilled or boiled shrimp and mushrooms. A fried or grilled softshell crab comes with angel hair pasta tossed in crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

See Covington section for restaurant description.

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL

796 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 641-2511; www.mcalistersdeli.com

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173 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 273-0500; www.zearestaurants.com

See Covington section for restaurant description.

1714 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 646-6085

See Covington section for restaurant description.

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Anything geAuxs 1540 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, 985-643-2191; www.facebook. com/anythinggeauxsslidellla

There’s always something special going on at this nightclub, which is open Thursday through Saturday: comedy shows, live music, DJs, karaoke, an open mic and more. There’s a patio area, a mixologist and a steady slate of drink specials. Future plans call for a restaurant. BArley OAk 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com

There are more than 100 specialty beers from around the world, and Monday through Thursday, the bar picks a country and offers $2 off beers brewed there. Domestic longnecks are $2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon is $1 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there’s occasional live music. Burgers, sandwiches and German-style sausage plates dot the menu. BeAch hOuse BAr & grill 124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.thebeachhousemandeville.com

Push your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail made with fresh fruit and mint while sitting on the beach — or stay high and dry on a deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday through Friday. There’s live music on some days and a bistro menu every day. BOstOn PuB 517 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9907

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Take a seat in the courtyard patio and start sampling the 30 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.

116 N. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 345-5059; www. mulespub.com

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This comedy club and live music venue also hosts DJs, specialty nights and other entertainment. Doors open at 8 p.m. most nights. Thursdays are ladies nights, with free cover and drink specials for women.

430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3147; www.dewdropjazzhall.com

This neighborhood bar in downtown Covington has a laid-back attitude. There is a big-screen TV for Saints and LSU games, a pool table, jukebox and a full bar.

the chimes 19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com

Thisbarand grill started near LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge and became popular with the scholarly crowd. The Covington location has a broader customer base who comes to sample the menu of 60 beers from 20 countries and Chimes specialties 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 midnight to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

The City of Mandeville owns this venerable club, which opened in 1895, just as jazz was gaining popularity in New Orleans. Many famous musicians made this place a stop on tours across the South. It now is operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop, which hosts concerts and maintains the historic jazz venue. Concerts generally are on Friday nights. green rOOm 521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; www.facebook.com/ greenroommusicclub

New Orleans bands have been driving their vans across the river lately to play this Covington joint, which features Abita and Blue Moon on tap, plus a menu of bar food standards.

Order a properly drawn beer from the more than 100 specialty brews at Barley Oak. phOtO By Cheryl GerBer

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The original Howlin’ Wolf earned a reputation for bringing national touring acts to town as well as providing a performance space for local alt musicians. This second Howlin’ Wolf takes the same approach to the Northshore, with eclectic bands scheduled on weekends. It’s open Friday and Saturday.

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70117 Hwy. 59, Suite B, Abita Springs , (985) 327-5187; www.huddlela.co.cc

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Sundays - KaraOKe w/ DJ Bobby Blaze @ 9pm Mondays - all requeSt w/ DJ Jacob Durr tuesdays - 80s Night DaNce Party @ 10pm Wednesdays - OPeN Mic @ 7pm thursdays - DuBSteP @ 10pm

Learn Ballroom, Swing, & Latin Dancing Group or Private Lessons Available

OPEN EVERYDAY 2PM-2AM

All Skill Levels Welcome

521 East Boston St • Covington • 985-892-2225

5150 Hwy. 22 in Mandeville • 985 966-0178

The Little Black Dress

The sports bar is expanding its offerings, booking more local bands for live music performances. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with beer and cocktail specials as well as domestic beer buckets five for $10 and five for $15 for imported brews. interference sports Bar 2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655; www.interferencesportsbar.com

est. 1980

This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Hornets games. It also has trivia games, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a mango margarita or California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods. landluBBers puB & cluB

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live music is on the schedule on weekends at ruby’s roadhouse.

Huddle sports Bar

Little Freddie King @10pm

3606 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-9218; www. landlubberspubandclub.com

REAL New Orleans Style Boiled and Fried Seafood in a friendly, casual atmosphere

This smoke-free pub and music club opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and stages live performances by bands including Andre Bouvier and the Royal Bohemians, Luther Kent, Lynn Drury and John Lisi and Delta Funk. Thursday is bike night and Ladies Night is every Wednesday.

NOW OPEN LATER!

oBelisk wine Bar & art Gallery

985 727 7727 1461 N Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville

22 St. Ann Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-4215; www.obeliskwinebar.com

Soak in some culture at this lounge, which has rotating exhibits by local artists and live music in a range of genres such as blues and New Orleans jazz. The wine cellar-style setting is a comfortable spot to sip martinis or one of the bar’s 72 wines by the glass. It opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. rookies sports cafe

the roadhouse-funk that Ruby’s oozes naturally, from its graffiti’d ceiling to the sedimentary layers of memorabilia on the walls. Weekdays, grab an Abita and chill with bikers, business folk and barflies; weekends bring live music (blues, zydeco, oldies) and an even more eclectic crowd. Ruby’s has been slinging booze since FDR was president and the Northshore was mostly piney woods.

1600 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 231-7661

speckled t’s

Watch your favorite teams on big-screen TVs and choose the right libation to fire you up or wash away your disappointment. Dine on barbecue and burgers among strands of sports pennants and beer signs. Happy hour offers $1 domestic drafts and $4 well drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728; www.speckledts.com

rosie’s tavern 22067 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs; (985) 809-0454; www.rosiestavern.biz

This local watering hole offers a range of beers on tap and a large array of local and import labels by the bottle. You can join a dart league (or play as an amateur), shoot pool or watch sports on TV. ruBy’s roadHouse 840 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9748; www.rubysroadhouse.com

Some music clubs spend millions attempting to fake

After dark, this restaurant and bar becomes a dinner and entertainment venue with live music, karaoke, DJs, comedy, dinner theater and more. It recently got a beer dispensing system that chills beer to 32 degrees. Speckled T’s was opened by the owners of Camellia Cafe in Slidell and Abita Springs. tooloula’s 4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 201-8096; www. facebook.com/tooloulas

Have a drink and listen to live music on Saturday nights. Other days, play trivia games, darts, pool, watch sports on TV or dance to a DJ or jukebox. Domestic drafts are $1 during happy hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Add a rustic touch to your table with a 19th-century fruitwood ladder-back chair, $425 at History Antiques and Interiors (317 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-0010).

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Ward off evil while looking stylish with a Pyrrha talisman necklace featuring 19thcentury wax seals, $658 at Lynn Stirling Antiques (4250 Hwy 22, Mandeville, 985-6267704; www.lynnstirling.com).

He’ll clean up well without trying too hard in button-down collar shirts by Haupt, $140 at Perlis (1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-1711; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; 6070 Magazine St., 504-895-8661; www.perlis.com).

Step up your shoe game this winter in Jessica Simpson platform leather boots, $150 at Shoeffle (228 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985898-6465; 8438 Oak St., 504324-3488; www.shoeffle.com).

Store all your clothes in this elegant antique dresser with a distressed paint finish, $350 at Clayton House Marketplace (1600 Collins Blvd, Covington, 985-892-6368; www.claytonhousemarketplace.com). PAGE 21

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Be comfy and coquettish in a floral print bra with black lace trim, $70, and matching panty, $32, both at Bra Genie (2881 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-9518638; www.thebragenie.com).

Prepare meals in record time on this Wolf dual fuel range with six burners, $8,879 at Marchand Creative Kitchens (2180 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-892-2572; 3517 Division St., Metairie, 504-888-0695; www.mckitchens.com).

Changing your living room’s ambience couldn’t be quicker with these soyveda ayurvedic flip candles, $30 at Niche Modern Home (1901 Hwy 190, Mandeville, 985-624-4045; www.nichemodernhome.com).

You’ll never lose count on this chunky handmade clay rosary, $84.50 at French Mix (228 Lee Lane, Covington, 985809-3152; www. shopthefrenchmix.com).

Show off your New Orleans pride with a Chris Rose quote T-shirt, $25, custom scented candles, $14, New Orleans-themed photo frame, $25, all at Fleurty Girl (2885 Hwy 190., Mandeville, 985-778-0341; metrowide; www.fleurtygirl.net). northshore bound

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The Simpler Life

By Frank E ThEridgE

new developments offer lots of amenities

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erraBella Village sales manager Jeff Sonnenberg had a busy month. Not only did he push the Traditional Neighborhood Development’s (TND) sales past the $1 million mark for October, he also helped with the Covington development’s fourth annual Pumpkins in the Park event, held in TerraBella’s town square with a 5-kilometer run along a lake in the community. “The neighbors all love it,” says Sonnenberg, who adds the event was set up for youngsters. “Parents and grandparents invited friends and family to party in the town square.” He says the event’s easy access and shared festivity illustrate people’s need “to have a community, not just a cluster of houses.” That sense of community is what Sonnenberg and others involved in creating TerraBella Village believe will propel the 450-acre property, located 10 miles north of the Causeway, to grow as robustly as St. Tammany Parish. Created as a TND, TerraBella offers residents and businesses a simpler way of life and safety from some of the pitfalls of unmitigated suburban sprawl. “The thinking several years ago was, ‘Everyone escape to the suburbs,’” Sonnenberg says. “But now that doesn’t seem like such a good idea when you’re stuck in traffic all the time, a prisoner of the highway.” Realizing the appeal of a new lifestyle-oriented development in rapidly expanding St. Tammany Parish, Sonnenberg and his partners visited the Village of River Ranch in Lafayette several years ago and were impressed by what they saw. “Everyone who goes to see River Ranch leaves saying, ‘Wow! This is fabulous,’” Sonnenberg says. Sonnenberg and his partners tapped River Ranch architect and developer Steve Oubre, who observes human psychology and applies aesthetics to make his developments more friendly. For example, he mandates

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that front porches be raised above the sidewalk because studies have shown people use both front porches and sidewalks more frequently when they are a different eye levels. TerraBella offers subsurface drainage and underground utilities — which prevented the community from losing power during Hurricane Isaac — a post office and Tony Bosco’s Italian restaurant. Future plans include adding a bank, school and dental office. “It’s a real neighborhood,” Sonnenberg says. “It’s a community that meets all your daily needs. You don’t have to leave it.” The TND now has 30 families and 11 businesses. The goal over the next decade is to expand to as many as 800 homes ranging in price from $300,000 to $3 million. “It just makes sense to live like this,” Sonnenberg says. “It’s a concept … people really respond to.” “The parish definitely loves these Traditional Neighborhood Developments,” says St. Tammany Parish Homebuilders Association president Susan Meyer, whose business Conbeth Inc. is a builder in TerraBella. “It cuts down on the traffic, for one. The parish about five years ago invited down these smartgrowth experts and really understood it and appreciated it.” The Congress for the New Urbanism, the smart-growth advocacy thinktank created by former Milwaukee, Wis., Mayor John Norquist, champions the creation of TNDs because they have less of an environmental impact than traditional housing developments and they offer a healthier lifestyle marked by walking and an ethos that that promotes neighborliness. Such a need is obvious in St. Tammany Parish, which the Louisiana Parish Population Projection Series predicts will double in population by 2030, increasing from 219,870 in 2005 to 459,160. “If you want smart growth, [TerraBella] is smart growth,” Meyer says. It’s

The Heart of the Forest development at Louisiana Polo Farms has house sites among the woods.

TerraBella is a neighborhood with a town square, restaurant and post office and plans for a school and more.


Experience Fresh Asian Cuisine in Slidell family run since 1993

Lunch Specials Everyday from $6.95

Fresh Shucked Oysters when in Season.

Full Bar & Daily Happy Hour 3pm -7pm • with 2 for 1 Draft Beer & Sake

Watch Your Favorite Games on our Big Screen TVs

1714 Highway 190 West. Slidell. (985) 646-1205 • Open Everyday at 11am. Southern Living chose TerraBella as a location for one of its 2010 “Idea Houses.”

unlikely another TND will be created any time soon, however, because costs of such developments are high and the real estate market is in a lag, she says. “We all certainly hope there will be more, but I don’t know when you’ll see another one come along, because they are just so expensive to develop.” In nearby Tangipahoa Parish, residents are buying homes around the Louisiana Polo Farms in Folsom. “It’s beautiful land up there — plus there are lower taxes in Tangipahoa,” Meyer says. G.R. Jones, president of Louisiana Polo Farms Inc., says he’s seen a 600 percent increase in property values in Tangipahoa Parish over the last 15 years and that property taxes in Tangipahoa Parish are 40 percent less than those just a mile away in St. Tammany. Jones credits the pro-growth initiatives of parish President Gordon Burgess and the area’s high ground and natural beauty for the boom. “We are 80 feet above sea level, so

we’re on nice high ground that won’t flood,” Jones says. “It’s real quiet and secluded, but you’re right off the main highway and minutes from everything you need.” Jones’ Louisiana Polo Farms, Heart of the Forest and Pin Oak Estates grew out of his father’s (Graham W. Jones) Flying J cattle ranch. The developments contain single-family homes, with several lots still available. The land also holds the historic Carroll Road, a highway paved with bricks and oyster shells that brought American troops and munitions back to Tennessee after victory in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Jones says he has been environmentally sensitive in this developments and selective in cutting down trees in the virgin forest of live oaks at a Heart of the Woods home site. Jones says he’s seen substantial growth in the area both in population and land value. “It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” he says. “And with all this increase in demand, we expect that will continue.” northshore bound

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