Top Restaurants and Culinary Experiences in the Northshore

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From the famous Ponchatoula strawberries to unforgettable Creole dishes, Louisiana’s Northshore is packed with must-taste restaurants and culinary experiences.
By LouisianaTravel.com Staff
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Oxlot 9 restaurant in Covington
Get ready for an incredible dining experience at Oxlot 9 in Covington. ©Oxlot 9

Louisiana’s Northshore is the name given to the region north of Lake Pontchartrain, and its most populous parish, St. Tammany, is where you’ll find cities such as Covington, Mandeville, Lacombe and Slidell — home to restaurants boasting some of the best Gulf seafood and Creole dishes found anywhere in the Pelican State. Tangipahoa Parish to the east, is home to the famous sweet Louisiana strawberries your taste buds won’t forget. 

Dining Experiences in St. Tammany Parish - Covington, Mandeville

LOLA

Keith and Nealy Frentz, the 2012 King and Queen of Louisiana Seafood, share their Louisiana comfort food in a unique contemporary restaurant in Covington. LOLA is located in an old train depot where the food is prepared in a repurposed caboose. Try the pepper jelly glazed oysters, homemade soups and lunch specials.

Gallagher's Grill

If you're looking for beautifully grilled meat and seafood, look no further than this beloved Covington restaurant. Try the 16-oz marbled Chicago prime ribeye or the fresh catch from Lake Pontchartrain.

Oxlot 9

Located inside the restored Southern Hotel in Covington, Oxlot 9 showcases Southern/Gulf fare and local ingredients. For a treat, try panfried stuffed rabbit or spear-caught pompano.

Del Porto Ristorante

Chef/owners David and Torre Solazzo are three-time James Beard Award nominees for their modern take on Italian fare made with Louisiana ingredients. Del Porto is located in downtown Covington.

La Provence

This Lacombe landmark has an old French farmhouse atmosphere that makes you feel that you are sitting in Provence, France. Many of the ingredients come from the farm and garden behind the restaurant, and all are beautifully prepared.

Sal & Judy's

Locals love the Creole Italian fare, pastas and seafood at this Lacombe restaurant. You'll enjoy every bite of your Brucioloni stuffed with cheese, Italian sausage and ground beef.

Cafe Lynn

French Creole cuisine is the specialty at this neighborhood favorite in Mandeville. You might ask for seconds of the shrimp, crab and eggplant casserole.

Trey Yuen Cuisine of China

Enjoy the Wong Brothers’ traditional Chinese with a Louisiana twist in dishes like Tong cho crawfish at this hidden gem Mandeville restaurant.

Palmettos on the Bayou

Slidell-based Palmettos on the Bayou is a Sunday brunch favorite for many who love the Cajun-style restaurant’s great decks and view of historic Bayou Bonfouca. The shrimp and grits and catfish atop perfectly seasoned garlic mashed potatoes are just two of Palmettos’ great fare.

KY's Old Town Bicycle Shop Restaurant

If you're looking for a family-friendly spot for casual Louisiana fare, this combination bike shop and eatery in Slidell is your place. One of our favorites is the fried oyster po' boy with a side of sweet potato fries. The roast beef also gets rave reviews. 



Dining Experiences in Tangipahoa Parish - Ponchatoula, Hammond

Middendorf’s Restaurant

One of Tangipahoa Parish’s most recognized restaurants and known worldwide for its thin fried catfish, Middendorf’s has managed to stay true to their historic roots while creating a true tourism attraction. 

Ristorante Foodies

Located in Downtown Ponchatoula, Ristorante Foodies offers traditional northern Italian delicacies. Owner and Executive Chef Paolo Cenni delights with house-made pasta and also incorporates influences from Thailand, Mexico and beyond.

Liuzza Land

The largest strawberry farm in Tangipahoa Parish has become one of the most popular agritourism destinations in the area. While field trips and group tours make up most of their market share, u-pick days and special events are enjoyed seasonally by tourists and visitors. 

Berry Town Produce

Owned and operated by the Liuzza family, the Berry Town Produce Markets in Hammond and Ponchatoula offer more than produce. Daily lunch specials, gift items, local and non-local wines, freezer meals and much more may be found here. Seasonal produce from the family’s farm stocks the shelves while Louisiana based products are proudly promoted.

Jacmel Inn

Located inside a 100-year-old home in downtown Hammond and celebrating 30-plus years in business, Jacmel Inn enjoys an excellent reputation for fine dining, excellent wines and a romantic and comfortable atmosphere. With eight fireplaces for winter dining and an outdoor patio for dining al fresco, Jacmel Inn exudes ambiance, regionally inspired cuisine and friendly service.

Rockin’ Willy’s

A cool venue, outstanding entertainers, themed nights, and fabulous food. Rockin’ Willy’s of Ponchatoula features weekend entertainers such as: Puddle of Mud, Wayne Toups, Colt Ford, Todd O’Neill, Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, and more. 

Gnarly Barley

The Gnarly Barley brewery, located in Hammond, is the happening place to be. With beers named Radical Rye, Catahoula Common, and Jucifer IPA, the décor and atmosphere will leave you “stoked” about which tasty concoction they’ll develop next. Themed beers are released periodically throughout the year, paired with dishes from local restaurants.