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Jan 4, 2011 07:35 AM

Cafe's or lunch spots in Ponchatoula?

Anyone know of anyplace for lunch in Ponchatoula? Headed there in a couple days and internet searches are coming up empty. Thanks!

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  1. All I ever hear about Ponchatoula is the Strawberry Festival. Rockefeller's Restaurant, on NW Railroad Ave, looks possible. And you have some options en route. If you are approaching northbound on Hwy 55, you will hit Middendorf's in Manchac shortly before Ponchatoula. If approaching westbound on 12, you could stop in Mandeville, where there are many choices, including Rip's on the Lake and Mandina's Northshore (same ownership as Canal Street). Unfortunately Nuvolari's offers dinner only, as does La Provence - except for Sunday brunch - just to the east of Mandeville in Lacombe .

    La Provence
    25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

    Mandinas Restaurant
    4240 Highway 22 Ste 2, Mandeville, LA 70471

    1. There are only what can be considered lunch spots. Everthing worth thinking about will be within 1 block of the main intersection including Rockerfellers and Old Town. For good seafood it may be worth a few mile drive down 55 to Middendorf's. Not that what you may get is bad but it will be what you will get in most any south Louisiana mom and pop restaurant

      If you opt for Hammond, Covington or Mandeville the choices and quality will increase. Let us know.

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      1. re: collardman

        Actually, O'Donnell's is quite the dinner spot. The scallop dinner and apps are fabulous.

      2. Here is the link for Paul's Old Town Cafe, mentioned above by collardman: Open 7 days a week until 2:30 pm. They tout the strawberry daiquiris, which likely are at their best when local berries are in season.

        Another Ponchatoula option is the Taste of Bavaria, open for breakfast and lunch Wed-Sun. Although it was founded by non-Germans, the current owner is from Bayreuth (you can query her about the Wagner Festival)

        Paul's Old Town Cafe
        100 E Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

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        1. re: erikschwarz

          Hammond is nearby and though I have never been, I hear great things about Jacmel's Inn.

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          1. We went to Paul's Cafe - we mostly talked and the food was an afterthought. My friend had a hamburger and I had the club sandwich on wheat, which had roast beef on it too! Coffee was decent. I watched as plates came out filled with daily specials, po-boys and one of the waitresses was walking around with a tray of desserts. And the bill was less than $20 for everything.

            If you need a quick lunch spot that won't blow out your wallet, Paul's Cafe is the place.

            1. re: mimadeli

              So glad you liked it. Paul owns it and his seven (or more) daughters work there.