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Can’t Miss Dining Options in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish is situated just north of Lake Pontchartrain and is home to cities including Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville and Covington. The first settler arrived in the area that is now known as Louisiana’s “North Shore” in 1699. Since then, the area has been recognized for its fine dining experiences at many restaurants all throughout St. Tammany Parish.

Here are some of the “can’t miss” dining options in St. Tammany Parish:

La Provence

Located near where our hometown boy, made good, celebrity chef John Besh grew up, his acclaimed La Provence is a warm, welcoming Provençal auberge on picturesque grounds with extensive greenery, including several acres of kitchen garden. The fully renovated interior of the tile-roofed restaurant features gleaming hardwood floors, rustic stucco-work, and ceiling beams of distressed oak. It is filled with antiques from Provence, as well as photographs and paintings that contribute to the eclectic Provencal warmth of the atmosphere. An antique French bar presides over the sitting room where guests may enjoy a cocktail and the fireplace. An understated country establishment that keeps out from the New Orleans limelight, La Provence nevertheless impresses the press, as well as loyal guests and more recent devotees. In 2008, Bon Appétit’s annual green issue included La Provence on its notable list, “The Hot 10/The Best Eco-Friendly Restaurants.” In 2009, The Times-Picayune named Chef Erick Loos the “Chef to Watch.”

Nathan’s Restaurant

Nathan’s Restaurant is located on Old Bayou Liberty Rd, in Slidell Louisiana. They offer a large assortment of daily lunch specials and evening specials including surf and turf night, steak night, an Italian feast night. Their extensive dinner menu includes a variety of Louisiana favorites including Chicken Parmesan, Veal Marsala, Rib Eye Steaks and Veal Porterhouse. Additionally, they offer a wide extensive array of seafood entrées including Stuffed Redfish, Eggplant and Seafood Napoleon, Barbecued Shrimp, Pecan Crusted Snapper, Roasted Seafood Eggplant and a fried oyster, catfish or shrimp platter.

Louie & The Redhead Lady

Certainly, with the name Louie & The Redhead Lady, this restaurant is a one of a kind dining experience. Located on Florida St. in Mandeville Louisiana, the restaurant offers a variety of delectable treats on their menu that include jambalaya, Louie’s Seafood Platter, all-you-can-eat shrimp or catfish, along with Eggplant Fingers, Crab Cakes, oysters, New Orleans style Seafood Platters and their popular Black & Blue Filet.

Sal & Judy’s

Sal & Judy’s is located in Lacombe, Louisiana on Highway 190. With Sal’s Sicilian background, he developed an exciting menu, including Sicilian specialties such as Veal Pane, Cannelloni, Spaghetti and Oysters, Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti Aglio Olio. Their American specialties include Ribeye Steak, Seafood Platters, Fried Oysters, Soft Shell Crab (during season) Trout Almondine, Shrimp Scampi and Speckled Trout.

The Big Easy Diner

Situated on Gause Blvd in Slidell Louisiana, the Big Easy Diner offers traditional down-home comfort food including Potato and Bacon Soup, Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Shrimp platters, New Orleans style Catfish Fillets, Roast Beast Sandwiches (open face) and the traditional Red Beans & Rice with sausage. Cream of Broccoli and Cheese Soup is served every day as is the Turkey Club.

The Beach House Bar & Grill

One of the main traditions of South Louisiana is the consumption of fried pickles. These can be found at the Beach House Bar & Grill located on Girod St., in Mandeville Louisiana. Situated just north of Lake Pontchartrain, this popular stop serves amazing Cal-Mex bar food in a friendly, beautiful atmosphere.

Alice’s Restaurant

One quick wink when traveling down Highway 190 in Lacombe, Louisiana and passerbys could drive right by Alice’s Restaurant, which would be a mistake. Alice’s Restaurant is known for their Curry Chicken, Hot and Sour Soup and Corn Chicken Soup. Guests should make special room for traditional Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. For the vegan, Alice serves Green Salad Fried Tofu. However it is their seafood including Prawns with Black Bean Sauce or Spicy Garlic Sauce that makes the biggest impression. Other entrées include Asparagus Salmon, Mongolian Beef, Vegetarian Moo Shu and Shanghai Tofu.

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant

For hot and spicy food, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street, in Lacombe is one of the favorites in St. Tammany Parish. Aside from delicious guacamole and their chili queso, it is the Grilled Chicken Quesadillas and Chorizo Quesadillas that make the biggest hit. Combination plates include enchiladas, tacos and tostadas. Local favorites include Enchilada Poblanos Guacamole Tacos and the Steak Taco platter.

The dining experiences along the northern side of Lake Pontchartrain can rival nearly any restaurant further south along the Louisiana coastline. Guests and visitors enjoy the fine dining and exquisite cuisine offered in St. Tammany Parish.

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