Food is life and life is good on the Northshore. The Northshore Sampler culinary trail is rich in family-run restaurants where soulful food reflects tradition, heritage and hearty appetites. You’ll also find sophisticated, even innovative cuisine. Talented Northshore chefs showcase the best local and seasonal ingredients on menus inspired by Louisiana’s bounty. From elegant food in elegant dining rooms, to down home flavors in local spots, exciting culinary experiences await you.
Must Experience Restaurant: Dine at La Provence in Lacombe, owned and operated by celebrity chef John Besh who is also famous from his work on the Food Network. This lovely restaurant features traditional French cuisine in a warm, sophisticated setting. Besh prides himself on bringing fresh, locally grown produce into his signature dishes, and several acres of kitchen garden contribute to the picturesque Provencal scene.
Locals Favorites: Try Louie and the Redhead Lady restaurant in Mandeville. They were recently featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Chef Louie Finnan serves up southern classics like grits and grillades and fried green tomatoes, while his wife Ginger (the redhead lady), serves up southern charm.
Great Meal and Great Views: Try Rip’s on the Lake in Mandeville, located on Lake Pontchartrain and the perfect spot for enjoying seafood on the deck at sunset. Or, check out Morton’s, a casual dining experience on the banks of the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville for perfectly fried shrimp and fresh Gulf oysters. In Slidell, dine at Palmettos on the Bayou overlooking beautiful Bayou Bonfouca for Louisiana ambiance and a savory jazz brunch on Sundays.
Staple Drink: Wash down all that Louisiana seafood with Abita beer, brewed from local spring waters in Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish. Abita Brewery has grown from the micro-est of breweries into one of the nations top craft beer producers. The brewery’s popular tasting room introduces visitors to its seasonal and popular brands, including Turbo Dog, Purple Haze and Abita Amber as well as seasonal smaller-batch beers such as strawberry, made from berries grown nearby in Ponchatoula. Ask for an Abita pairing guide and learn how Purple Haze really brings out the flavors in a crawfish etoufée. The brewery’s original home, Abita Brew Pub, still serves up the beer, as well as Louisiana comfort food to enjoy with it. If you’d rather a fine table wine, head on over to Pontchartrain Vineyards in Bush, Louisiana for a tasting.
So come hungry, there’s a place at the table for you. Life’s a feast on the Northshore and that was just a sample of what we have to offer on the menu. For more information, visit LouisianaNorthshore.com/ltpa.