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Abita Springs/Mandeville Area Sing out!!

bourbonstjoe Jan 23, 2010 11:41 AM

I've been told to ask those who know where I should eat after taking the Abita brewery tour. Apparently the pub isn't the best the area has to offer. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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    Jeff_NO RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 26, 2010 11:10 AM

    Nuvolari's in old Mandeville. Contemporary Creole/Italian. Really good looking place. Extensive menu. Try the Snails 'n Tails (escargot & crawfish) appetizer and any of their redfish dishes.

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      bourbonstjoe RE: Jeff_NO Jan 27, 2010 05:35 PM

      Snails 'n Tails...I love the sound of that and really appreciate the adive Jeff_NO. I'm trying for more of the local feel to things instead of the touristy trap places with average food and above average hype.


    2. edible complex RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 26, 2010 03:04 PM

      Abita Abbey Ale is a must.
      I like Gio's Villa Vancheri's lasagna and Sal and Judy's is worth the trek. also check out La Provence.

      La Provence
      25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

      Sal and Judy's Restaurants
      Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

      Gio's Villa Vancheri
      2890 E Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448

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        bourbonstjoe RE: edible complex Jan 27, 2010 05:37 PM

        Abita Abbey Ale? Is it a darker version of the standard Abita, I remember checking out the website but all I seem to remember is the standard, Turbodog and the raspberry one...Purple Haze? Thanks for the eatin' suggestions as well edible complex!


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          Jeff_NO RE: edible complex Jan 28, 2010 07:14 AM

          Gio's has the best Iasagna around, IMO. I also love the "elephant ear", veal pounded flat and sauted parmesan style. Yum! Great restaurant. More classic neopolitan than typical local creole/italian, though. For classic creole/italian on the north shore, Sal and Judy's is king.

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            bourbonstjoe RE: Jeff_NO Jan 28, 2010 08:51 AM

            Thanks Jeff_NO. Tried to find some info on Sal and Judy's and I came up with some product web site, but, no restaurant information. Does Sal and Judy have a commercial line that they prepare(sauces etc)?


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              Jeff_NO RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 28, 2010 12:11 PM

              Yes, and everything I've bought has been really good. The restaurant is in Lacombe. 27491 U.S. 190. Hint: order less than you think you want. The portions are huge!

        2. mrsfury RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 26, 2010 04:34 PM

          This place is quite good. They have plate lunches and poboys. The shrimp creole is delicious.


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            bourbonstjoe RE: mrsfury Jan 27, 2010 05:38 PM

            The website looks amazing mrsfury, do you have a favorite po-boy or at least a suggestion? Thanks again.


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              mrsfury RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 28, 2010 06:58 AM

              My friend is a regular there but I have only been once. I believe one friend had a Cuban and the other had roast beef. I had bites of each and they were very good, as was my shrimp creole.

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                bourbonstjoe RE: mrsfury Jan 28, 2010 08:52 AM

                I think I might try one of the specialty's the "Fried green tomatos with grilled shrimp and homemade remoulade" seems to be calling my name mrsfury!!


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                  mrsfury RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 28, 2010 09:36 AM

                  If you go bring their # and your cell. The place is kinda hard to spot. Enjoy!

          2. nikinik RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 27, 2010 07:21 AM

            Camelia Cafe is really good and nearby. Definitely do not eat at the pub.

            Camellia Cafe
            69455 Highway 59, Abita Springs, LA 70420

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              bourbonstjoe RE: nikinik Jan 27, 2010 05:39 PM

              I definitely know where NOT to eat when I'm done with the Brewery Tour. I've seen very little good said about the Brew pub other than it's good to avoid it!


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                BayouEgger RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 29, 2010 09:57 AM

                Bourbonstjoe, I have to disagree. I've eaten at the pub 3 times in the last month or so and everything I had was pretty good. It's bar food with a little upscale to it. The burgers were very good, cooked medium if asked and that's kind of rare :). Some of the pastas are pretty good too. Yes there are better places in the area but I don't think the pub is nasty!
                My 93 year old grandmother in law has moved in with us for medical reasons. She loves to go out on Sunday for dinner somewhere after Mass. She grew up in Abita in the 1920s so we head over there after Mass and drive around. It's amazing what she remebers and points out. We went straight to the house where she lived!!! And, the current owner was in the yard, saw us looking at the house and came over and invited us in so she could see the inside. Pretty cool that she did that, but I guess when you have a 93 old woman with you how much trouble could you cause!
                So we've been hitting all the area places on Sundays. Thinking about creating a blog called "Sunday's with Grams" and list all the different places we eat at!

                I also like Mamma D's pizza right across from the pub. Small place but very good pizza.


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                  bourbonstjoe RE: BayouEgger Jan 29, 2010 07:01 PM

                  Any responses are always appreciated BayouEgger! I'll probably still give it a pass though as soooo many other suggestions have surfaced for what looks like incredible food. I'll just have to frequent NOLA more often so that I can experience them all for myself.

                  Thanks Again.


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                    mcegielski RE: bourbonstjoe Jan 31, 2010 05:38 PM

                    in covington there is the columbia street taproom. it is a bar with a big tap selection and great bar food )wings, po-boys, etc.) but they also have daily specials that are incredible. we have had the trout topped with candied pecans twice now and it blew our minds! i could not believe this food was coming out of a bar kitchen. they had scallops for an appetizer served over chipotle creamed corn with basil and this was also incredible. for bar food their wings rock. pizzaman in covington would be good after the pub tour. there is some really good thai like thai spice on 190 fresh, inexpensive and delicious. nuvolari's in old mandeville is a special place. great food, nice, people, warm vibe. if you headed over to madisonville there's morton's which has great oysters, fish, shrimp, etc. juniper is another really cool place in an old house in old mandeville. good luck

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                      bourbonstjoe RE: mcegielski Feb 2, 2010 06:52 PM

                      With recommendations like yours and others I won't need luck mcegielski just time and an empty stomach trying to eat everything!!!



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