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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Chef John Besh La Provence
Rest assured that meals at Chef John Besh's La Provence in Lacombe will feature fresh from the garden ingredients.

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. Crowds gather for lunch and dinner to experience the mouth-watering food inside of a one of a kind environment. 


Phenomenal is an understatement when describing Dakota’s Lump Crabmeat and Brie Soup. The fresh and delightfully sweet Louisiana crabmeat and the thick quality of aged Brie cheese are fused together into a creamy soup that attracts people from far and wide to the Dakota restaurant. The uniquely savory soup leaves customers craving more as they move on with the remainder of their meal. 

Del Porto RistoranteCovington

You definitely do not have to fly to Italy in order to experience amazingly fresh, house-made pasta. Del Porto Ristorante in Covington will provide you with just that. Their pastas are mixed with locally grown, seasonal ingredients that allow for a fresh taste in every bite.  The concentration on flavor in each of their dishes is definitely a bit of Louisiana flavor worth experiencing. 

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. 

Liz’s Where Y’at DinerMandeville

If you happen to be driving through Mandeville on your way from a long road trip or just will be passing through before 2:00 pm, there is no doubt that you should stop at Liz’s Where Y’at Diner for an unforgettably delicious breakfast or lunch. The diner is colorful and friendly while the dishes are unique and unquestionably appetizing. You will not regret experiencing a meal at Liz’s. 

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.

Christopher’s on CareySlidell

Chef Christopher Case’s restaurant, Christopher’s on Carey in Slidell, welcomes customers into a pleasant Creole atmosphere. Case’s food is made with a south Louisiana touch and an irresistible flare. A notable menu item is the Crab Cake Ravigote: arugula mixed with sherry vinaigrette and lump crab cakes on top covered in a ravishing ravigote sauce. These crab cakes are bounded by a crispy remoulade that leaves people dreaming about them long after their visit.