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May 19, 2011 02:45 PM


I'm heading to Covington from Boston in June for a weekend. Staying in the Best Western. Not looking to eat at chains. Thinking about CFS and grits for breakfast. BBQ or catfish for dinner. Best Chinese?


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  1. Broaden your horizons! Make dinner reservations at either Del Porto or Dakota.

    Del Porto Restaurant
    501 E Boston St, Covington, LA 70433

    Dakota Restaurant
    629 N. Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433

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    1. re: TaTee

      Thanks TT, I know Dakota is next door but I'm not moved by the menu. I'm a simple man. lol.

      1. re: filetofish

        OK...how about these suggestions: Trey Yuen in Mandeville and Thai Thai on US 190 in Covington.

        Trey Yuen
        600 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70448

        Thai Thai by Ricky
        1536 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433

        1. re: TaTee

          Heard that Trey Yuen was good but Sesame Inn was better. Can you suggest a good spot for CFS?

          Trey Yuen
          600 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70448

          1. re: filetofish

            CFS? Country fried steak? Some one who lives in the Covington area will have to respond, as I am only an occasional visitor.

    2. Don't miss Bear's for lunchtime po-boys. Go late because it's packed at noon.

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      1. re: Big Easy

        Checked it out on line, I'm goin'....

      2. You are at an interstate interchange so you really have to go a few miles for a non chain restaurant.

        For Chinese we prefer Sesame Inn to all others. Trey Yuen is good but more expensive with not an appreciable increase in quality.

        For breakfast Louie & Red Haired Lady or old time just reopened Mandy's. I don't remember seeing CFs on many local menus. That is something I hunt down in East Texas or North/Northwest LA. and adjacent areas.

        Seafood, including catfish, Buster's in Covington or the more scenic Morton's in Madisonville. Possibly try K-Gee's too. The local Acme is Ok but we prefer the other two

        For po-boys it's hard to beat Pontchartrain PoBoys. Like Bears' you need to avoid peak hours as they will be full with a line.

        Trey Yuen
        600 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70448

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        1. re: collardman

          Is that Acme OK? the on on boston? I dropped in there after a long day researching in the Clerk of Court's office and it was so bad I have never been back. Maybe a bad day for them..of course the work was fairly boring so mebbe it was me.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            That must have been a while ago. That site is now Buster's, but I agree that as Acme it was not much and may explain why we avoid the new Acme place on Hwy 190. We find Buster's adequet and steady, not bad for a local mom and pop type place.

            1. re: collardman

              Yes it was several years ago and my sole experience with Acme since then has been a few desperate trips in the FQ and a few times I have been dragged to the Piercing Noise Factory that is their Baton rouge operation. Gives me a headache just thinking about it. And I had a taste of their so-called jambalaya last time. Blech.

          1. re: filetofish

            i would make sure to hit the Columbia Street Taproom.

            It is a bar with incredible "bar food" but it also has a group of daily special appetizers, soups, salads, and entree's that could hold their own with dishes from many big name restaurants. sauteed drum topped with a meuniere sauce and candied pecans, blackened pork chop, all kinds of really stand out dishes cooked to perfection.

            They have a nice selection of bottled beer and tap beers. They carry many craft beers that are made locally.

            They have killer buffalo wings! Awesome bleu cheese dressing as well. Club sandwich for 7.50 that could feed three!!!!!

            So they have all of your typical bar food (wings, burgers, onion rings, sandwiches) but then they have different steak and fish specials and after 2pm daily they also make a really nice BBQ Shrimp. It is a little on the sweet side which I absolutely love. The shrimp are cooked a tad too long for me but the sauce is so good that I overlook it. Also, it is only $9.

            Columbia Street Taproom all the way!!!!!!

          2. check out RIP's on the Lake, Mattina Bella, Sal & Judy's, Mandina's, and Zea's

            Sal & Judy's Restaurant
            27491 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA

            Mattina Bell Restaurant
            421 E Gibson St, Covington, LA 70433

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

            Zea Rotisserie Grill
            110 Lake Dr, Covington, LA 70433