Don't Miss Dishes - Northshore Sampler Trail

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With the year-round growing season, locally farmed, seasonal ingredients are in the spotlight at restaurants along the Northshore Sampler trail.
By Jay D. Ducote
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Fresh from the garden at Oxlot 9
Fresh from the garden and local ingredients take center plate at Oxlot 9.

Enjoy a variety farm fresh flavors and Louisiana seafood along the Northshore Sampler trail.


The 2012 King and Queen of Louisiana seafood are none other than Keith and Nealy Frentz who share their Louisiana comfort food in a unique contemporary restaurant in Covington. LOLA is located in an old train depot where the food is cooked and prepared in a repurposed caboose. Try the Louisiana sweet potato ravioli, homemade soups and lunch specials.

Gallagher's Grill, Covington

If you're looking for grilled meat and seafood, look no further. Try the 16-oz marbled Chicago prime ribeye are the fresh catch from Lake Pontchartrain.

Oxlot 9, Covington

Located inside the restored Southern Hotel in Covington, Oxlot 9 offers a great variety and features local ingredients.  For a treat, eat the panfried stuffed rabbit.

La ProvenceLacombe

Chef John Besh is well known for his restaurants in the city of New Orleans, but he also has one of his fantastic restaurants, La Provence, in the Northshore town of Lacombe. The restaurant has an antique French farmhouse atmosphere that makes you feel that you are sitting in Provence, France.  Nearby is a large garden where they grow fresh vegetables and other ingredients that perfectly pair with the other local and seasonal ingredients on every plate. 

Sal & Judy's, Lacombe

Locals love the Italian fare and seafood dishes served with a Cajun-Creole twist.  You'll enjoy every bite of your Brucioloni stuffed with cheese, Italian sausage and ground beef.

Cafe LynnMandeville

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

Trey Yuen, Mandeville 

Enjoy traditional Chinese with a Louisiana twist with the Tong cho crawfish.

Palmettos on the BayouSlidell

Palmettos on the Bayou is definitely a Sunday brunch favorite for many who have experienced the scrumptious cuisine. This Cajun style restaurant has a beautiful view along the bayou at historic Roberts Landing. Everything on the menu will please any palate; however the shrimp and grits and the catfish atop perfectly seasoned garlic mashed potatoes are the local favorites.

KY's Old Town Bicycle Shop RestaurantSlidell

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