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Northshore Bound: Dining

From upscale to casual, ice cream to steaks, Asian to French, the Northshore has dining options for your food cravings.

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CITYWIDE

PJ'S Coffee
Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com
Founded in New Orleans, this coffee chain offers its own roasts in hot and cold coffee drinks and a selection of bagels, pastres, muffins and more. On the cool side, PJ's granita is a slushy frozen coffee drink. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ABITA SPRINGS

Abita Bar-B-Q
69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205; www.abitabbq.com
This family-run restaurant started out in the tiny kitchen of a gas station. Now it's a stand-alone restaurant serving dry-rubbed St. Louis-cut ribs (smoked in-house with pecan wood and served with the house barbecue sauce), barbecued chicken and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com
Housed in the former Abita Brewery, the brew pub serves po-boys and burgers and a full selection of its namesake beer. Hazed baby back ribs are marinated in Abita Purple Haze (a wheat beer with sweet berry tones) and topped with house barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Camellia Cafe
69455 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com
The New Orleans-style family restaurant has a casual atmosphere and doubles as an exhibit space for St. Tammany Parish artists. The wide-ranging menus vary at the Abita Springs and Slidell locations, but both offer the Camellia pasta salad with Gulf shrimp, lump crabmeat and Louisiana crawfish tails sauteed in a house blend of seasonings before being blended with cream sauce and poured over rotini pasta. It's served with salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COVINGTON

Acme Oyster & Seafood House
1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; www.acmeoyster.com
The New Orleans-based oyster house chain serves a medley that includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, grilled smoked sausage and red beans and rice. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters and is dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com
This Mediterranean restaurant has locations across the state. The "meat stuffed plate" includes grape leaves, cabbage, squash, a stuffed bell pepper and feta salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Annadele's Plantation
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669; www.annadeles.com
The bed and breakfast has an upscale New Orleans-style restaurant serving dishes like strawberry salad Ponchatoula, which features Ponchatoula strawberries and mesclun lettuce tossed with shaved red onion, toasted almonds and vanilla bean vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Bear's Restaurant
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373
Don't let the bear outside scare you; this casual eatery is friendly and filling. The roast beef po-boy features house-roasted meat soaked in house-made gravy on French bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. French fries can be ordered plain or smothered in roast beef debris. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Buster's Place
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.com
Buster's serves a burger that's a char-grilled half-pound beef patty served dressed on a Kaiser roll. There also are char-grilled oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Du Monde
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-0453; www.cafedumonde.com
Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait, iced cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar, as well as fountain drinks. Drive-thru is available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only. $

Campbell's Coffee & Tea
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com
This local coffee shop serves daily specials, like apple chai bread on Tuesday and mocha java scones on Friday. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Cheesesteak Bistro
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com
The Cheesesteak Bistro is housed in a renovated cottage and gives Covington a taste of Philly. Bistro eggs Benedict features poached eggs atop grilled English muffins or French bread with ham and hollandaise served with grits or a hash-brown casserole. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Coffee Rani
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; www.coffeerani.com
With an emphasis on healthy eating, Coffee Rani serves a black bean burger that features a bean-and-corn patty on a wheat bun dressed with grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onions, avocado, three cheeses and chipotle mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Cold Stone Creamery
70380 Highway 21, Suite 3, Covington (985) 871-1470; www.coldstonecreamery.com
The international chain uses a cold piece of marble to keep ice cream frozen while the servers mix in treats. All Lovin' No Oven is cake batter ice cream with cookie dough, fudge and whipped cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Copeland's Of New Orleans
680 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-9659; www.copelandsofneworleans.com
With franchises across the Southeast, Copeland's serves traditional New Orleans fare in a casual setting. The eggplant pirogue smothers fried eggplant slices with shrimp and crab claws in au gratin sauce over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Dakota
629 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com
The upscale restaurant combines Creole cooking with global flavors. Veal comes with bearnaise, beurre blanc and glace de veau sauces and is served with crabmeat and marble potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Del Porto Ristorante
501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006; www.delportoristorante.com
Del Porto offers Tuscan-inspired Italian dishes including seared scallops with local spaghetti squash cake, wilted baby spinach, toasted hazelnuts and golden raisin brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DiCristina's
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
The Italian restaurant infuses traditional cuisine with local flavors. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served on a bed of angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
69292 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-2225; www.dickeys.com
Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a Dallas-based chain that serves authentic Texas barbecue. Fall-off-the-bone ribs feature a dry-rubbed marinated pork rib served with one of 12 home-style sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Dimartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; www.dimartinos.com
Dimartino's was founded in 1975 and serves muffulettas in three locations across the state. The 5-inch po-boy combo is served with a cup of gumbo and potato salad. Signature muffulettas can be ordered in half or whole rounds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Don's Seafood Hut
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; www.donsseafoodonline.com
Don's Seafood Hut started in 1934 and has locations across the state. "Jacked-up" oysters are char-broiled and topped with bacon, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The English Tea Room
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com
This traditional tearoom offers spots of tea and dainty sandwiches as well as the Windsor High Tea, which includes specialty sandwiches, mini-quiches, scones, tea truffles and a chocolate-covered strawberry. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Gallagher's Grill
509 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 892-9992; www.gallaghersgrill.com
Chef Pat Gallagher, formerly of Ruth's Chris Steak House, serves oysters Pablo, a Southwestern version of oysters Rockefeller made with spinach, chipotle peppers, shallots and tequila-Romano cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

IHOP
325 N. Highway 190, Covington (985) 893-4885; www.ihop.com
The breakfast sampler at this round-the-clock breakfast chain includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Isabella's Pizzeria
1331 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 70452 Highway 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net
Isabella's makes custom pizzas for individual customers. The Four Seasons pizza is divided by dough ropes into quarters: garlic herb sauce with tomato and basil; green onion sausage, roasted red pepper and caramelized onion; shrimp, crawfish and roasted garlic; and spinach. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Pie
70488 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-5252; www.italianpie.com
These pizzerias serve pizzas, salads, pasta, sandwiches and more. Mediterranean pizza features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
70488 Highway 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 635-4285; www.izzos.com
Diners can get a burrito made to order with a choice of tortilla (flour, cayenne, spinach or wheat), meats (chicken, steak, shrimp), vegetables, salsas, cheeses, rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Jerk's Island Grill
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380; www.jerksislandgrill.com
This seafood house offers twists on classic Gulf recipes like fish tacos served with grilled mahi mahi with a blend of Jack and cheddar cheeses, diced tomatoes and a house-made chimichurri sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mac's on Boston Street
324 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-6550; www.macsonboston.com
Fresh seafood, produce and herbs are the foundation for creative dishes served in an upscale atmosphere. The seafood plate is a combination of grilled fish with lemon beurre blanc, a green vegetable, roasted potatoes and crab cakes with grilled shrimp or scallops. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat., brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

McAlister's Deli
206 Lake Drive, Suite 15, Covington, (985) 898-2800; www.mcalistersdeli.com
The national chain features fresh meats and produce and dishes made to order, including the club sandwich, which has layers of ham, turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on toasted wheat bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mellow Mushroom
1645 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.com
Specializing in hand-tossed, stone-baked classic Southern pizza (and eclectic decor including colorful murals and kitsch), Mellow Mushroom also offers hoagies, salads, calzones and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Nonna Randazzo Italian Bakery & Cafe
2033 N. Highway 190, Suite 5, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnaskingcakes.com
The casual bakery and cafe offers pastries, turtles, almond macaroons, decorated cookies, breads, pies and more. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Piccadilly
69008 Highway 190 Service Road, Covington, (985) 892-9994; www.piccadilly.com
The chain, which operates 60 cafeterias in 11 states, got its start in Baton Rouge in 1944, and its Southern-style fried chicken continues to be a staple. Shrimp Diablo is simmered in spicy tomato sauce and served over rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Pizza Man of Covington
1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874
Owner-operated since 1976, Pizza Man is family-friendly, and the kids can watch chefs throw pizza dough. The Palace Pizza is loaded with house-made Italian sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, green bell pepper and diced onion. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
1270 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-0250; www.raisingcanes.com
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, this chicken finger chain has a simple menu featuring fresh chicken, battered, fried and served with a secret sauce. The Box includes four fried chicken tenders, Cane's sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Roly Poly
816 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-2462; www.rolypoly.com
The national franchise serves rolled sandwiches as well as salads and soups. The Spa salad features plum tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Rouses
1200 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 867-5232; www.rouses.com
A Louisiana grocery chain that focuses on local products, Rouses offers food cooked to order at the grill or Asian noodle bar, as well as a salad bar, sandwiches, baked goods and a hot line with items such as pizza, fried chicken, ribs, lasagna, macaroni and cheese and more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

WOW Cafe in Covington has something on the menu to bring smiles to everyone at the table. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • WOW Cafe in Covington has something on the menu to bring smiles to everyone at the table.

Sweet Daddy's BBQ
420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com
The casual eatery offers a two-meat combo platter or pecan-smoked pork plate. Both come with a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Toad Hollow Cafe
207 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 893-8711; www.toadhollowcafe.com
This vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurant uses organic ingredients and serves specialty cocktails and organic wines. The tofu bowl is pan-seared organic tofu with tamari, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and sesame oil served over brown basmati rice and romaine with carrots and avocados, green onions and sesame seeds. It's finished with a ginger peanut dressing. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch Tues.-Sun., dinner Fri.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Schwing's Restaurant
1204 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-1899; www.schwingsrestaurant.com
It has the ambience of a friend's hunting and fishing camp and a menu that features an extensive selection of seafood, grilled meats and local Louisiana fare such as eggplant Luzianne, breaded eggplant served over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and personal checks. $$

WOW Cafe
501 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-9691; www.wowcafe.com
Opened in Covington in 2001 by three brothers, WOW Cafe has expanded to include franchises all over the country serving chicken wings and tenders, fajitas, wraps, salads and a variety of entrees. The Shanghai shrimp po-boy features fried shrimp topped with Asian slaw, cilantro, house ranch and Shanghai sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Zea Rotisserie And Grill
110 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-0520; www.zearestaurants.com
Started by the Taste Buds — three New Orleans chefs — Zea serves American cuisine with international influences. Thai ribs are St. Louis-style ribs coated in sweet and spicy Thai sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and Asian herbs. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

MADISONVILLE

Keith Young's Steakhouse
165 Highway 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; www.keithyoungs.net
A spinoff of the popular Young's Restaurant in Slidell, this steakhouse serves a 14-ounce house-cut filet mignon, farm-raised redfish topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and other dishes. 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
With a cozy dining room and tables overlooking the Tchefuncte River, Morton's offers a casual setting for patrons dining on its menu of seafood favorites. The seafood boat is a hollowed-out Leidenheimer bread loaf overstuffed with a choice of fried seafood. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Water Street Bistro
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855; www.waterstreetbistro-madisonville.com
A quaint cottage houses the bistro that serves American and Creole cuisine including pan-seared scallops atop baby spinach with feta or a grilled rack of lamb with creamed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDEVILLE

Beach House Bar & Grill
124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.thebeachhousemandeville.com
You can sit inside, on the patio or the deck (there's even a sand-filled beach area) while enjoying Creole cuisine, seafood and live music on some nights. Grilled salmon comes with pesto cream pasta, broccoli and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Bear's Grill & Spirits
4700 Highway 22., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; www.bearsgrillandspirits.com
Opened in 2004, the restaurant offers a range of sandwiches, burgers, salads and sides including Bear's Famous Gravy Fries, which are topped with roast beef debris, gravy and shredded Swiss and cheddar cheeses. They are served with ranch dressing for dipping. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Bistro Byronz
1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; www.bistrobyronz.com
The neighborhood bistro serves Louisiana cuisine including a seafood muffuletta stacked with baby shrimp and lump crabmeat that have been marinated in Italian spices and herbs, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, hous-made olive salad, toasted sesame seeds and Caesar-dressed baby spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bop's Frozen Custard
2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 727-5003; www.bopsfrozencustard.com
This family-oriented frozen custard restaurant features the Snappy Turtle, a custard sundae with hot fudge, caramel, pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Highway 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
The family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant offers an old-world atmosphere and serves classics such as cannelloni stuffed with ground veal, spinach and cheese and topped with tomato sauce and tomato cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CC's Community Coffee House
Albertson's, 3450 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-4460; www.ccscoffee.com
This coffeehouse chain offers a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks, including the Mochassippi, a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Many locations serve chocolate croissants, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. 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
The French Creole restaurant offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Partially deboned quail is pan-roasted and served with lemon, herbs and brown sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Carmelo Ristorante
1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.carmeloristorante.com
The family-style Italian restaurant serves housemade pasta, prime steaks, fresh seafood, pizza and more. Vitello piccata is sauteed, hand-cut veal topped with peppers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Coffee Ran
i3517 Highway 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.coscinositaliangrill.com
The New York-style hand-tossed pies here feature thin crusts and are cooked in stone-deck ovens. Eggplant Parmesan features lightly breaded fried eggplant medallions topped with red gravy and mozzarella cheese served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., late night Sat. Credit cards. $$

Fazzio's Restaurant
1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704; www.fazziosrestaurant.com
Open since 1987, the family-operated restaurant serves Louisiana and Italian dishes including chicken Parmesan: a lightly breaded paneed chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella, served with pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

George's Mexican Restaurant
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.com
Honduras natives George Espinal and Egla Trujillo, a brother-sister team, make everything they serve from scratch daily (you can even get guacamole made tableside). Honduran-style pork is marinated pork loin served with rice, black beans and corn or flour 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.giosvilla-vancheri.com
The menu combines Sicilian country cooking and Northern Italian styles for a creative approach to Italian cuisine. Orecchio elefante is a 16-ounce veal chop pounded thin, breaded, paneed and served with arugula. There's also a bakery. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Hong Kong Restaurant
2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 626-8222
This Chinese restaurant serves a range of dishes, including Jack's chicken lettuce wrap — stir-fried chicken, water chestnuts and celery with iceberg lettuce leaves for wrapping. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-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 Highway 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 family-friendly restaurant specializes in Louisiana-style seafood. Grilled shrimp salad consists of grilled shrimp, lettuce, tomato, red onions and seasoned croutons. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Kazoku Sushi
1680 Highway 59, Suite 800, Mandeville, (985) 626-8118;www.kazokusushibar.com
Featuring fresh fish and homemade sauces, Kazoku Sushi serves traditional rolls in addition to creative takes on classic dishes. Pepper tuna sashimi is spiced and seared with ponzu sauce, green onions, chili sauce and sesame seeds. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

La Carreta
1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com
The Hammond-based chain serves Mexican food including Monterrey fajitas with Angus skirt steak, tortillas, rice and beans. Reservations accepted except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Madeleine
3434 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; www.lamadeleine.com
The French bakery and cafe started in Dallas but has found popularity on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain. The traditional French croque monsieur is a hot sandwich combining ham, cheese and garlic cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The 10-year-old restaurant offers sushi and Japanese cuisine, including tempura udon, a soup of thick udon noodles topped with tempura shrimp and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louie & The Redhead Lady
2820 E. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com
Chef/owner Louie Finnan recently moved his restaurant to a new location, where he serves traditional New Orleans cuisine, including po-boys, crab cakes, Italian dishes and more. Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and light sherry cream sauce. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Monster Po-Boys
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
The small sandwich shop offers a range of choices including a soft-shell crab po-boy and a fried oyster plate that comes with pickles, Cajun fries, potato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

N'tini's
2891 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com
Opened in 2007, the concept is New Orleans steaks and martinis, but the menu includes lots of other local dishes. The brie and shrimp appetizer features a blackened wedge of aged brie served with blueberry compote, grilled jumbo shrimp, Creole remoulade and crostini. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.
3900 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-8035; www.nohsc.com
When it started almost 30 years ago, the local chain's goal was to provide diners with traditional New Orleans dishes. It has become known for its thin-cut fried catfish, which comes as a plate meal accompanied by Mardi Gras coleslaw, hushpuppies and garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pizza is the star 
at Mellow Mushroom, but sand-wiches and calzones have strong supporting roles. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Pizza is the star at Mellow Mushroom, but sand-wiches and calzones have strong supporting roles.

The Nutrition Company
4350 Highway 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.thenutritioncompany.com
Local nutrition and wellness expert Catherine Wilbert founded this chain of nutrition supplement stores and natural food bars. The Blast sandwich is made with free-range turkey, bacon, lettuce, avocado and soy Swiss cheese served on grilled bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Nuvolari's
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com
Classic Italian cuisine with south Louisiana flair is the backbone of the menu at this restaurant, which offers white-tablecloth dining inside or casual bistro tables outside. Sea scallops, Gulf shrimp and crabmeat are tossed with pasta and a choice of marinara sauce or sherry cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Petunia's Place
2020 Highway 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436; www.petuniasplace.com
Darin and Julia LeBoeuf ran a catering company/takeout restaurant on Metairie Road before opening this Northshore eatery, which specializes in New Orleans-style cuisine such as pecan-crusted chicken topped with praline sauce and served with jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Pinkberry
3460 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 612-7306; www.pinkberry.com
The frozen Greek yogurt is tart, and the fresh fruit toppings are hand-cut daily. The yogurt itself is made from fresh farm milk, and is served like ice cream, in waffle cone sandwiches or in shakes that include combinations such as mango-pineapple and chocolate-peanut butter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
3801 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 624-8553; www.raisingcanes.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Rouses
3461 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7515; 4350 Highway 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
The casual eatery and watering hole serves salads, burgers, seafood baskets, po-boys and more. Panko-crusted crab cakes are served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

The Scotts' Coffee & Tapas Bar
201 Carroll St., Mandeville, (985) 231-7632; www.thescottscoffeebar.com
Housed in the 19th-century St. Tammany Bank building, the dog-friendly coffeeshop serves salads, sandwiches, baked goods, smoothies and more. It also offers beer, wine and cocktails, and there's outdoor seating. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

The Times Grill
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com
There are 20 specialty burgers — all char-grilled — at this family-friendly comfort-food restaurant, and the menu also offers other fare, such as catfish Tchefuncte, a fried fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce served over seasoned rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Trey Yuen Cuisine Of China
600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; www.treyyuen.com
The decor is warm and elegant but the atmosphere is casual and family-friendly at this Chinese restaurant, which also offers local seafood and fish specialties. Traditional Chinese dishes include Sichuan spicy beef, moo goo gai pan and sweet and sour shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Vianne's Tea House
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com
The picturesque cottage that houses Vianne's has several rooms decorated to commemorate the origins of tea in places like China, Russia and Turkey. Scones are made from scratch daily in a range of flavors, and menu choices include portobello mushroom quiche and sweet potato and andouille soup. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

OUTSKIRTS

The Boston Restaurant
100 N.E. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 748-5555; www.bostonofamite.com
Housed in a renovated French Quarter-style building, the Boston Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu of seafood, steaks, sushi and more. The Saints sushi roll consists of snow crab, fresh jalapeno, avocado and cream cheese topped with fried escolar and eel sauce with togarashi peppers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cate Street Seafood Station
308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891; www.catestreet308.com
Wood paneling and floors adds warmth to this seafood restaurant, which features a Dungeness crab and steak dinner special on Tuesdays and sushi until midnight on Friday and seating on a covered patio. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Char Lou's
27470 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7575
Char Lou's makes its burger patties in-house and offers seafood plates like the combo, which includes shrimp, fish, oysters, soft-shell crab and a choice of two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Copeland's Of New Orleans
1534 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma, (985) 873-9600; www.copelandsofneworleans.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

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.

Jacmel Inn
903 E. Morris Ave., Hammond, (985) 542-0043; www.jacmelinn.com
Pan-seared scallops are served with bacon crust and truffled mushroom risotto. Shrimp and grits feature local ingredients and are topped with smoked Gouda and barbecue shrimp sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit Cards and checks. $$$

There's fresh seafood and lots of tables with a view of the Tchefuncte River at Morton's Seafood Restaurant. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • There's fresh seafood and lots of tables with a view of the Tchefuncte River at Morton's Seafood Restaurant.

Janie Brown's Restaurant
27207 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201; www.janiebrowns.com
The atmosphere here is casual and all the sauces, seafood stock and gravies are made fresh daily. 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 for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Carreta
108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; www.carretarestaurant.com
See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Slow-roasted duckling is served with grilled plums and rapini, Marcona almonds and fingerling potatoes. Shrimp and mirliton salad is made with roasted heirloom beets, Sylvetta arugula and horseradish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.
6131 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 872-5965; www.nohsc.com
See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Middendorf's
30160 Highway 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.com
This casual seafood restaurant is known for its thin-sliced catfish and family-friendly attitude. Barbecued oysters on the half shell are topped with house barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Piccadilly
Woolco Plaza, 6803 W. Park Ave., Houma, (985) 879-4222; www.piccadilly.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Rotolo's Pizzeria
207 E. Thomas St., Suite C, Hammond, (985) 419-0007; 1311 St. Charles St., Suite A, Houma, (985) 879-3719; www.rotolos.com
The casual Italian franchise focuses on fresh pizza, wings, sandwiches and pasta dishes including its parma rosa, which features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. 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
See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Voodoo BBQ & Grill
2108 W. Thomas St., Hammond, (985) 345-1131; www.voodoobbq.com
Pulled pork is cooked for 14 hours over oak and pecan wood and served with two sides and a piece of garlic-buttered Texas toast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WOW Cafe
1731 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma, (985) 876-4969; www.wowcafe.com
Wings are available in various quantities, and the sampler platter includes 25 wings and five sauces. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

SLIDELL

Assunta's Italian Restaurant
2631 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768; www.assuntas.com
The frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Fried crab cakes are available as an appetizer or entree. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Bear's Grill & Spirits
550 Gause Blvd., Suite 1, Slidell, (985) 201-8905; www.bearsgrillandspirits.com
See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Bonnie C's
1768 Front St., Slidell, (985) 288-5061; www.bonniecs.com
The family restaurant offers homestyle cooking, barbecue, Italian cuisine, seafood, po-boys and more. Jessica's jambalaya pasta includes shrimp, chicken and sausage, and Pappy's grilled liver and onions is smothered in brown gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $

Camellia Cafe
525 Highway 190 W. Slidell, (985) 649-6211; www.thecamelliacafe.com
See Abita Springs section for restaurant description.

Chef Michael's Blue Bayou Cafe
1101 E. Howze Beach Road, Slidell, (985) 649-3264; www.bayoucountry.com
This lunch and early dinner spot inside the Bayou Country store is vegan-friendly and offers Cajun and Creole specialties such as seafood and sausage gumbo with a dark roux base, creamy sweet corn and crab bisque, grilled wraps and po-boys, jambalaya nachos and daily specials. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Christopher's On Carey
2228 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-4501; www.christophersoncarey.com
The dining room is as elegant as the food presentation and menu, which features Cajun-Creole cuisine including cochon de lait comprising slow-cooked pork served with pineapple-pepper jelly and slaw on slices of chef Susan Spicer's Wildflour Breads. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Copeland's Of New Orleans
1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-0001; www.copelandsofneworleans.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Ditali's Pizza
Northshore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 649-5657; www.ditalis.com
More than 25 years ago, Ditali's began offering Louisianans New York-style pizzas made with fresh, hand-tossed housemade dough cooked in stone ovens. Pizzas are available by the slice or whole pie, and there are calzones, Stromboli, pasta dishes and salads.

IHOP
61101 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 641-4577; www.ihop.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

K.Y.'S Olde Towne Bicycle Shop
2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.com
The casual-dining restaurant focuses on fresh Louisiana seafood, burgers, po-boys and pasta dishes. K.Y.'s Traditional hamburger features a hand-pressed beef patty served dressed on a sesame bun with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

McAlister's Deli
796 I-10 Service Road, Suite 150, Slidell, (985) 641-2511; www.mcalistersdeli.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Michael's Restaurant & Lounge
4820 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, 985-649-8055; www.facebook.com/michaelsrestaurantslidell
The vibe is decidedly upscale at this airy, high-ceilinged spot, which boasts optical illusion art known as trompe l'oeil and waterfront views. Caribbean grilled black drum with honey-butter shrimp and pineapple-mango salsa in a coconut-rum sauce was a recent special from the Creole-French menu.

Nathan's Restaurant
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net
The Creole restaurant opened by former Galatoire's executive chef Ross Eirich (it's named after his son) offers upscale dishes such as blackened tuna served on a bed of tasso and potato hash with Creole honey-butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Neely's Pizzeria
196 Audubon Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-2443
Pizza comes in five sizes — 12-inch, 14-inch, 16-inch, 20-inch and a 30-slice 28-inch — at this kid-friendly, vegan-friendly pizzeria, which offers a range of pies, calzones, stromboli and chocolate-covered cannoli (it's the only dessert). The garlic snapper is a white pizza with olive oil, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, black olives, feta cheese, tomato slices, cheese and fresh garlic. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Palmetto's on the Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell (985) 643-0050; www.palmettosrestaurant.com
The Acadian-style restaurant offers Cajun and Creole selections and has outdoor seating overlooking Bayou Bonfouca. Trout Pontchartrain is sauteed speckled trout topped with local mushrooms mixed with crabmeat and served on a bed of artichokes. It's finished with tarragon beurre blanc and is served with green beans and roasted potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Phil's Marina Cafe
1194 Harbor Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-0464; www.philsmarinacafe.net
The kid-friendly family restaurant focuses on seafood, Italian dishes and po-boys. Specialties include tuna Zachary, grilled tuna topped with crabmeat and grilled mushrooms, and grilled bowtie pasta with lump crabmeat dip. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Piccadilly
The Crossings, 104 Highway 190 W, Slidell, (985) 646-0566; www.piccadilly.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
1654 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 405-1425; www.raisingcanes.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

Ruby's Natural Foods
1030 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 641-1620
The lunch counter at this health food store has a dining area with a view of a garden. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, burritos, salads and sandwiches including the Veggie Super Sandwich with guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrots, tomato, red onion, lettuce and melted cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Southside Cafe
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net
The neighborhood restaurant serves American cuisine such as the Peacemaker, which combines a dozen fried oysters, American cheese, two eggs cooked to order and applewood-smoked bacon on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

T LeBlanc's Creole Kitchen
797 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 781-8100
The neighborhood restaurant focuses on traditional New Orleans dishes such as barbecue shrimp-stuffed mirliton served with baked macaroni, vegetables and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

Thailicious
2165 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 649-8900; www.thailicious.net
Intense flavors like fresh lime and chili sauce star at this family eatery. It caters to appetites both restricted (vegetarian entrees include fried tofu with sweet and sour sauce) and raging (there's a whole Cornish hen served in panang curry with ground peanuts). Reservations accepted on Sat. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. $$

Thai Orchid
785 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 781-0240
The kid-friendly lunch and dinner destination offers classic takes on Thai cuisine. Customer favorites include pad Thai, a stir-fried medley of rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts, tofu, scallions, ground peanuts and lemon. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

Times Grill
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; www.timesgrill.com
See Mandeville section for restaurant description.

Vera's Seafood
2020 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 690-9814
The decorations at this eclectic seafood joint include Christmas lights and a statue of a rat clad in shrimp boots — an homage to its previous location on Rat's Nest Road. Alligator sausage po-boys, seafood platters and gumbo round out the menu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Young's Restaurant
850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; www.youngssteakhouse.com
The longtime restaurant, a precursor to Keith Young's Steakhouse and K.Y.'s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop, approaches its offerings in a simple way, using quality cuts of beef and time-honored steakhouse grilling techniques for steaks, chicken and fish. Basic sides include baked potatoes (white or sweet), grilled or steamed asparagus and sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Zea Rotisserie And Grill
173 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, (985) 273-0500; www.zearestaurants.com
See Covington section for restaurant description.

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