69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205
Known for slow-cooked brisket and a menu brimming with a variety of barbecue ribs, chicken and pork, Abita Bar-B-Q is a local favorite offering family specials and made-to-order children's plates. Get all the fixings with helpings of cornbread, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob or baked beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
The culinary outpost for the famous Abita brewery, Abita Brew Pub is a great stop for quick grub after touring the famous distillery or while biking the nearby Tammany Trace. While offering pub-style favorites such as burgers and hot wings, it also caters to the dinner crowd with meals such as crawfish pasta and fried quail. Reservations acceped for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155;
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125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-7554;
Stop by Acquistapace's any time for deli sandwiches such as the hot roast beef, or pick your favorite daily special from choices including Friday's seafood, Monday's red beans and rice with sausage and cornbread and Tuesday's meatloaf with sides. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

1102 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-0223
The authentic Mediterranean food available here includes standards like gyro, shawarma, shish kebabs, hummus and falafel and some specialties as well. Try the Couscous a La Marocaine: green semolina couscous served with grape leaves, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkin, chickpeas and rice. Reservations are recommended for Wednesday and Friday evenings when belly dancers perform. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

71495 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
Taking the antebellum plantation as a model, Annadele's is an expansive fine-dining restaurant and bed and breakfast. With multiple dining rooms, a lounge, tearoom and views overlooking the Bogue Falaya river, it is perfectly suited for special celebrations and weekend getaways. The kitchen serves a range of Louisiana staples such as Creole turtle soup and Cajun marinated duck breast, along with a variety of beef and lamb entrees. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

315 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 898-0500;
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414 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-5252
Dig into sandwiches and salads at the Back Porch Grill. Deli-style sandwiches include club, ham and cheese, grilled chicken and tuna. Boiled shrimp, grilled chicken or tuna salad are piled on top of mixed field greens in the salads, or choose a classic Caesar. Several soup, salad and sandwich options are available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

128 W. 21st St., Covington, (985) 892-5252
Po-boys big enough to satisfy a bear-sized appetite are the calling card of this Northshore favorite, where the specialty roast beef po-boys covered either in gravy or homemade barbecue sauce move constantly over the counter. Shrimp, chicken and cheeseburger po-boys are also heavy hitters. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390
Among the many breakfast and lunch dishes at Beck-N-Call, you'll find traditional choices with a twist, such as the turkey club — smoked turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes and honey mustard on honey-wheat bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

1144 Lover's Lane, Mandeville, (985) 626-3856;
Normally, the plantation is the setting for private parties and other events, but on Sundays it's open to the public for brunch and lunch. On the brunch side, the menu offers entrees such as grillades, grits and Eggs Nicole — poached eggs served on crabcakes. For lunch, the kitchen serves southern specialties like sweet potato catfish, fresh trout and prime rib. Live music and complimentary champagne complete the scene. Reservations recommended. Brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

1202 N Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 80-0969;
Boule Prime is all about beef, from pecan-smoked prime rib to big bone-in rib-eyes to blackened and seared prime rib with horseradish to filet tips topped with mushroom bordelaise. The Seafood Lover's Penne tops pasta and Alfredo sauce with shrimp, crab, crawfish and oysters. Side dishes include beer-battered fries, sweet potatoes and steakhouse regulars. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

200 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3388
The huge variety of specialty omelets at the Broken Egg is enough to crack you up. But you also can start your day with stuffed French toast: brioche bread stuffed with pastry cream, strawberries or blueberries and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

95 E. Fairway Drive, (Lakeview Regional Medical Center) Covington, (985) 871-4133; 1202 S. Tyler St. Covington, (St. Tammany Parish Hospital), (985) 871-8832; 70380 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 809-9272;
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3900 Hwy. 122, Mandeville, (985) 727-4222;
Head to Caffe! Caffe! and you'll find much more than coffee. Savory salad options include one with grilled chicken, avocado, gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts topped with housemade mango vinaigrette. Sandwiches includechicken Caesar salad in a pita. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313
You can opt for a snack at Camellia Café with homemande soups like French onion and oyster and artichoke, or a shrimp remoulade appetizer. If you're hungrier than that, try an entr — e such as beef tips on a bed of egg noodles, paneed veal or stuffed crabs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 727-7212
Caretta's offers a splendiferous array of Mexican favorites. Make your own meal a la carte or go for a complete dinner. Appetizers include tortilla soup, cheesy-beefy nachos and a variety of dips (guacamole, spinach and artichoke, and bean). For your main meal, choose from burritos, tacos, enchiladas and sizzling fajitas. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 951-8226
Tex-Mex staples and more creative Mexican fare are available. House specialties include seafood enchiladas, a spicy, creamy sauté of crab and shrimp wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with chili con queso sauce. To accompany the dish, choose traditional rice and beans or more health-conscious grilled vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158
An original, extensive food menu backs up the many java choices poured at Coffee Rani. The originality is evident in such dishes as the shrimp curry, which features grilled fruits of the sea on a bed of mixed greens with raisins, apples and tangy curry dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

415 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985)893-0355
A haven for the health-conscious, Columbia Street Natural Foods offers a daily soup made from fresh, organic ingredients. Among the sandwiches, the staff recommends smoked gouda and veggies on whole wheat, which comes with lettuce, carrots, onion, tomato and avocado. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899
Beyond all the beers, Columbia Street breaks the bar-food mold with a number of surf and turf options. There's a variety of burgers ground in house, as well as a grilled fish lunch plate with a special sauce, blackened wahoo and fried trout. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

680 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-9659;
This restaurant features some of Al Copeland's most popular dishes, plus steaks and great values at lunch. There are traditional dishes like shrimp Creole as well as seafood combinations like creamy shrimp over golden fried catfish. Pasta dishes include pasta jambalaya and shrimp and tasso over bow-tie pasta. Crawfish popcorn salad also is a popular choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793:
There's no better place to rush to dessert and dig into cheesecakes like bananas Foster, Oreo cookies and cream, white chocolate macadamia, strawberry or fudge brownie. But you would be bypassing a large menu of salads, steaks, sandwiches, burgers and wraps and entrees such as jambalaya pasta, paneed chicken over crawfish linguine and almond-crusted trout meuniere. And back in the dessert area, there also are banana splits and sundaes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984
Don't let the name fool you; there's more than pizza at this Italian eatery. House specialties include eggplant parmigiano, lasagna, and spaghetti and meatballs. Pizzas — including a meat-lover's special — are served New York thin-crust style, but thicker crust is available as well. Subs and salads round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4250 Hwy. 22, Suite B., Mandeville, (985) 624-2300
D. Lamarque's offers Italian meals "with a twist." Come on Saturday night and dance your meal away. The extensive and elegant menu includes a Muscony duck breast, thinly sliced and served with seared foie gras and stir-fried vegetables. For dessert, sink your teeth into homemade tiramisu or molten chocolate cake. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

629 North Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-892-3712;
Contemporary Louisiana cuisine using fresh local and seasonal ingredients is the calling card of the Dakota, which has earned bragging rights as one of the most celebrated restaurants in the area. Try the immensely popular soup made with lump crabmeat and brie before turning your attention to the soft-shell crab with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. The wine list is focused on American vintners and has more than 500 selections. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

68083 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 809-2133;
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407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-4578
This bustling bistro serves up new takes on Louisiana and French cuisine, with a menu that includes homemade pates, steamed mussels served with sweet potato fries and sesame tuna seared rare with bok choy, pickled ginger, sweet chili and honey vinaigrette. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704
For a blend of Italian and Creole food, head to Fazzio's, which offers everything from shrimp remoulade and crabcakes to fettuccini Alfredo with crawfish. Pasta dishes include options for angel hair pasta topped with Italian sausage or meatballs or crabmeat in cream sauce, all served with a house salad. Signature entrees include chicken or veal picatta, Marsala or parmigiana. In season, golden fried soft-shell crabs served amandine or with crabmeat creme are popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

100 Marina del Ray Drive, Madisonville, (985) 792-4000;
Sip a cold one and watch the river flow by or sit down with a menu that ranges from boiled seafood to gumbo to salads to sandwiches. Specialty sandwiches highlight the menu, including Miles' Oyster, Bacon and Swiss Po-Boy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. $

1461 N. Causeway, Mandeville, (985) 626-4342
Northshore diners will feel like they're south of the border at George's. The restaurant offers a full line of Mexican dishes and is particularly proud of its fajitas — beef, chicken or shrimp — which are broiled and served sizzling at the table. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

821 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 674-4329
The Good Earth serves up delicious local favorites along with a variety of organic and vegetarian options your doctor would certainly approve. Start your day with a bowl of granola, milk and fruit. Cochon de lait and roast beef po-boys are available, along with vegetarian tempeh bacon BLT on whole wheat for lunch. No reservations. Credit cards and checks. $

70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington, (985) 809-7445
Seems like folks named "Hershey" have a way with sweets — but the ice cream parlor founder was no relation to That Candy Bar. Nonetheless, the makers of this ice cream have 112 years of experience in churning out today's flavors such as Cappuccino Crunch, S'mores and old-fashioned vanilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-3126;
You can stop by Hugh's to sip and spin during on-site tasting parties, or you can sit for a spell and enjoy a menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches, which are made with Boar's Head brand meats. Try a bottle with the pate and cheese plate. Reservations accepted. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-7620
Heaping gourmet pies are what's on the menu at this family-friendly Northshore pizza restaurant. Spinach or artichoke with pesto or garlic-herb sauce are delicious green options. Heartier appetites might choose the 16-inch Isabella pizza, which is laden with everything. If you can't make up your mind, the Four Seasons has a quarter each of four different gourmet pies. Reservations accepted for large groups. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-5252;
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301 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3330
Juniper constantly changes its menu to reflect the season and what's freshest in terms of seafood and produce. You'll also find regular favorites like smothered duck served over Cajun dirty rice and with sweet potato casserole. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940
Keith Young's believes steaks should come in generous portions. The indulgence includes succulent filet mignons and tender 14-oz. rib-eyes served with a salad and side. There also are seafood dishes featuring what's in season. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

643 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-8667
La Casa Gomez is located in a turn of West Causeway Approach that's shaded by trees that almost hide its splashy neon sign. Be careful not to bypass the restaurant, because you don't want to miss its traditional Mexican and Cuban cuisine, including tender, flavorful roast pork, which also stars in the Cuban sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004;
Start your day with strong French roast coffee or a milder American blend. La Madeleine offers a selection of breads and pastries, plus a cafeteria-style service of salads and sandwiches, plus meats and vegetable combinations cooked in puff pastries, like the chicken and mushroom Friand. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

590 Asbury St., Mandeville, (985) 727-1532
For a true alternative option, go right for the "Burning Man Roll" which has sesame spicy tuna inside and peppered tuna, avocado, green onions and hot sauce on the outside. More conventional options include appetizers like gyoza dumplings served with ponzu sauce, seaweed salad, udon noodles in broth served with tempura, or nebeyaki — udon noodles served with assorted seafood. Entrees include options of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and a long list of special rolls. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

21516 Hwy 36., Abita Springs, (985) 871-8171,
Chef/owners Alison Vine-Rushing and husband, Slade Rushing, are two rising stars in the culinary scene with good reason. The Longbranch is resplendent in Southern elegance, reminding diners of a more refined era. Menu choices include deconstructed Oysters Rockefeller, filo-crusted baby drum fish and other exquisite dishes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit Cards. $$$

1119 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-8099;
While the Pizza Grill offers thick or thin crusts and gourmet pizzas like its pie with portobello mushrooms, pesto, Roma tomatoes, smoked bacon, Asiago cheese, caramelized onions and herbs, the menu covers a lot of bases. There's a wide range of salads, sandwiches, wraps and a kid's menu. Desserts include hand-dipped shakes with add-ons like Oreos and Butterfingers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970;
Enjoy fresh seafood on the banks of the Tchefuncte River. At Morton's, seafood and Creole specialties are served in a rustic building or on the deck. Everything on the menu is homemade, from the shrimp and crab bisque and seafood gumbo to remoulade and freshly fried platters. Try the lobster and fresh asparagus as well. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432
This Northshore haven serves up boatloads of seafood, including exotic voodoo rolls (stuffed with crawfish and cheese, deep fried, and served with Creole honey mustard) and a fried seafood sampler. Also popular is smothered rabbit with white beans and rice, a lunch special. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

246 Gerard St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619
An extensive wine list accompanies a menu of Italian and Creole dishes. Starters include corn and crawfish chowder, oysters Rockefeller and shrimp, crab and avocado remoulade. Dinner offers steakhouse classics that range from big rib-eyes to veal Marsala to pasta and lasagna. There's also plenty of fresh local seafood. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

60 Park Place Drive, Covington, (985) 893-0505;
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2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville (985) 674-3436;
Unpretentious and inviting, Petunia's offers comfort food with a quirky flair, such as the oysters on piggy back (fried and wrapped with bacon) and Cajun Doodads (thin-sliced onions marinated in hot sauce and fried). Specials include Eggplant Acadian, breaded, fried and topped with fried shrimp and creamy shrimp sauce, served with pasta. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $

1270 N. Hwy 190, Covington, 985-809-0250
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2891 Hwy. 190, Suite D, Mandeville, (985) 625-5566
Popular dishes include slow-roasted, herb-crusted, boneless prime rib served with au jus and a horseradish cream, and seafood mixed grill, which pairs fresh ahi tuna with char-broiled grouper and jumbo shrimp sauté ed in a light citrus beurre blanc. Steak options include large and petit cut filets, rib-eyes, New York strips and more. There also are entr — e salads and seafood dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

100 Tyler Square., Covington, (985) 898-0004; 2999 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8923;
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535 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-5553;
St. John's offers many coffee specialty drinks, like lattes, mocchiatos and white and dark chocolate mochas as well as gourmet sandwiches, ice cream, shakes and blended iced drinks with coffee or chocolate. There are also specialty teas and noncaffeinated, vitamin C-rich blended smoothies. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

315 N. Vermont St., Covington, (985) 809-7886
This romantic spot boasts a flavorful and spicy red curry as well as the popular Pad Thai, enhanced by an assortment of seasonal vegetables. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4476;
The grandeur of imperial Chinese architecture sets the stage for a Far East culinary experience at this landmark restaurant. Past the gardens and within the pagoda-style building, Trey Yuen's many regulars feast on multi-course "dynasty dinners" with appetizers, soups and entrees like smoked tea duck, shrimp Kew and curry shrimp. Ther also is a large a la carte menu, and lunch specials offer bargain combo platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683;
An enchanting atmosphere sets the mood for "high tea" at this relaxing oasis. Catch up with a friend or two as you work through the three-course tea, which includes scones and fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, savories or canapes, and a variety of desserts, along with a choice of more than 100 teas. "Royal tea" adds two more courses to this line-up, or go for the ultimate, six-course "court tea." A lunch menu of soups, salads and sandwiches is also served. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 246-9739
Nint' Warders won't have any problem with the menu At Vic and Nat'ly's. Try the "swimps," "erstas" or catfish on platters or in po-boys. "Da hawt attack" burger comes dressed and stacked with ham, "toikey," bacon, Swiss and "chedda" cheeses. There also are roasted chicken dishes, barbecue ribs and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

322 Dalwill Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482;
Vitality gets you going with organic coffee, smoothies, juices, teas and dessert shakes, all in a wide variety of flavors. Fruit smoothies come with blends of everything from strawberry to pomegranate to green tea. Lunch includes Fleur de C salad with grilled chicken, feta cheese, cranberries and pecans plus many healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855
Seafood specials and housemade desserts are the hallmarks of this cozy bistro. Start with the scotch-smoked salmon or crab claws sauté ed in Chardonnay and garlic before you ponder entr — e choices like Gulf shrimp grilled with roma tomatoes, olives, capers, artichoke hearts and leeks over pasta or a roasted duck in port wine sauce with scallions and toasted pecans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

70380 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 892-9691;
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