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Eats across Lake Ponchartrain?

tripleshot Sep 8, 2009 12:03 AM

Coming to New Orleans for Wednesday-Sunday trip. As I remember, the drive across Lake Ponchartrain is pretty neat... although it's been 10 years since I was there.

If we make the trip across, where should we eat when we get there? Open to making the drive for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on what meal sounds best. We are open to anything, preferably something we can't get here in Chicago.


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    cookbooknola Sep 10, 2009 07:44 PM

    Dakota is pretty nice and very reliable. Juniper is pretty good too for a nice lunch. If you want to go to go to Manchac try Middendorf's for fried catfish. There is also another place in Laplace on the lake but the name escapes me right now. Hope it helps!

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    1. re: cookbooknola
      edible complex Sep 11, 2009 06:12 AM

      are you thinking of the places out at Peavine Rd?
      there's the Crab Trap and Frenier's Landing.

      1. re: edible complex
        cookbooknola Sep 14, 2009 07:35 PM

        Yep, thanks! That is it. Crab Trap...

        1. re: cookbooknola
          carol land Sep 17, 2009 01:44 PM

          Also Nuvolaris

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      maf Sep 8, 2009 08:56 AM

      La Provence gets my recommendation for cocktails & dinner. Not sure if they're open for lunch, but hours etc should be easy to find on the web. This is my favorite of John Besh's restaurants in terms of overall experience.

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      1. re: maf
        sweetbreads39 Sep 9, 2009 06:56 PM

        I second La Provence. Really getting back to form. That being said Dakota is the best restaurant on the Northshore hands down. And they are open for lunch.

      2. Lydia R Sep 8, 2009 07:23 AM

        Been quite a while, but I still have fond memories of driving the causeway to Abita Springs.

        Abita Beer
        Brew Pub Hours:
        Tuesday - Sunday; 11am - 10pm
        (closed on Mondays)

        Abita Beer
        Tasting Room
        166 Barbee Rd.
        Covington, LA

        Visited NOLA 2 years ago but didn't have a car. Next time...

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        1. re: Lydia R
          uptownlibrarian Sep 8, 2009 08:42 AM

          The brewery tour is great, a must-do if you're fan of that sort of thing. But the food at the brew pub is seriously mediocre unless they've overhauled the place since I was last there about a year ago. Reminiscent of Applebees or that sort of thing, except possibly worse.

          1. re: Lydia R
            nikinik Sep 8, 2009 10:31 AM

            The brewery gives a great tour with free beer. The Brew Pub is medicocre at best. If you want to eat lunch or dinner while you're over there touring the brewery, hit Camellia Cafe in Abita Springs.

            1. re: Lydia R
              Lydia R Sep 8, 2009 08:29 PM

              Yikes. Thanks for the reality check.
              It's probably the dining companion and not the dining that glows in my memory.

            2. edible complex Sep 8, 2009 06:26 AM

              Rip's on the Lake
              1917 Lakeshore Dr
              Mandeville, LA 70448-5830
              (985) 727-2829

              great lake and sunset views. many choices on the menu that you may not find in Chicago.

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              1. re: edible complex
                sweetbreads39 Sep 9, 2009 06:55 PM

                Rips is absolutely horrible. If you want bad food with a great view Friends offers more of what the Northshore is all about. If you want something bad on the Lakefront The Lake House is a better option than Rips.

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