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Can’t Miss Dining Options in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish is situated just north of Lake Pontchartrain, only forty minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans and is home to cities including Abita Springs, Madisonville, Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville and Covington. The first settler arrived in the area that is now known as Louisiana’s “North Shore” in 1699. New Orleanians have considered the Northshore a getaway since the 1880s, when steamboats brought them across the lake to stay in large resorts shaded by tall trees, where the air was cooler and cleaner and the deep-spring water was reputed to cure ills and calm nerves.

Today, visitors are still escaping to St. Tammany Parish. The culinary scene, known as the "Tammany Taste" is where we celebrate the brewers, the bakers, the chef and the makers.  Whether you choose poboys from a mom-and-pop shop or Gulf-inspired fare from talented chefs, there's a great meal waiting for you. Here are some of the “can’t miss” dining options in St. Tammany Parish:

Palmettos on the Bayou

The name describes the place, a large Acadian cabin on the banks of historic Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell, lush with palmettos and iconic Louisiana greenery enjoyed from the decks. Enjoy gumbo, shrimp and grits, crawfish beignets, trout amandine, balsamic duck, and on Sundays, a live jazz brunch.

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.

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 Lakehouse

Spectacular sunsets over Lake Pontchartrain are on the menu at Cayman Sinclair’s restaurant in the historic Bechac building in Mandeville, as are the melt-in-your-mouth pan seared scallops with bourbon brown butter. Fresh Louisiana seafood plucked from nearby waters is impeccably presented in the form of Gulf Fish Amandine, Fried Soft-shelled Crab, or a Bouillabaisse.

Bayou Kitchen at Bayou Adventure

Lacombe's hub for all things outdoors, Bayou Adventure, also serves hot, fresh meals daily in its adjacent restaurant, Bayou Kitchen, open daily. Start a day of fishing, kayaking or cycling (all equipment available to rent or purchase) with a hearty, hot breakfast of biscuits, eggs, loaded grits, boudin, beignets, burritos and more. Or, get a picnic to go for lunch and dinner--meals can be wrapped and packed to go. Bayou Kitchen specializes in pizza with a wide variety of toppings, like their signature "Bayou" complete with Cajun Alfredo sauce, Gulf shrimp and crab, smoked alligator sausage, mushroom, onion and cheeses--or any of eight other flavor combinations. Also on the menu are baskets of hot or cold sandwiches and wraps, hearty chili and gumbo, hot wings, unique Cajun creations, and finished plates.

The Crabby Shack

With its lived-in ambience, The Crabby Shack in Madisonville, near the Tchefuncte River, is a typical South Louisiana neighborhood spot. There’s dark-roux gumbo, steaming platters of boiled crabs and crawfish in season, fried seafood platters and poboys. Join the locals for some serious seafood.

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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