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Weekend in Covington

I hope it's OK to post this here! My husband and I are spending a weekend in Covington at the end of the month and need some dining suggestions. We've never been but are trying something different than our usual weekend away in New Orleans. We'll have 2 dinners and 2 lunches - are staying at a B&B so will have breakfast covered.

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  1. Lots of good places in the vicinity: La Provence, Carmellos, Sal and Judy's and Del Porto immediately come to mind. Don't live there, but visit often. I am sure someone from the area
    will post other good options.

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

    La Provence
    25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

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

    1. I agree with all of the above (especially Del Porto) and will add Nuvolari's and Juniper to the dinner mix. Both are excellent restaurants in Old Mandeville. Juniper has a creative creole menu in a quaint old cottage. Nuvolari's has an extensive creole Italian menu and a great bar.

      For a weekend lunch/brunch, you really should check out the Lake House, also in Mandeville. Very good food in a historic building with an incredible view of Lake Pontchartrain.

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

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      1. re: Jeff_NO

        The list so far is good. Juniper is our usual first choice. Nuvolari's is good and has very nice atmosphere. Del Porto of course.

        For the everyday local meal and lunch try Buster's in Covington. For view Morton's on the river in Madisonville; for beef Kieth Young's steakhouse Madisonville;

        Pontchartrain Po-boys Mandeville. We haven't yet made Cafe Lynn but have heard many good reviews. The Abita Brewpub can make for a good lunch if you favor good beer. They may even have a cask conditioned going. Speaking of beer you can also get a tour and a few sips of beer at the Kolsch brewery in Covington. Columbia Street Taproom has some good sandwiches, mainly their burger

        There is not much on Hwy 190 between Covington and Mandeville but chains and some oriental places. Several of the Thai places are well spoken of. Zia's is a good local chain but I wouldn't omit any of the main places for Zia's which is just solid basics at a decent price.

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

        Cafe Lynn
        3051 E Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448

        1. re: collardman

          Good call on Columbia Street Tap Room for lunch or a casual dinner. Stick with the blackboard specials, as opposed to the regular menu. That's where the best and freshest stuff is.

          Cafe Lynn is a good, but not quite great, continental French restaurant in an old Burger King. (I kid you not). I've had some excellent dishes there, but I don't think their consistency has quite caught up with the price tag yet. I've had best results with fish there.

          One more: Thai Thai on Hwy 190 (the restaurant in the A-frame) is the best Thai restaurant in the New Orleans area, IMO, and as good as I've had anywhere.

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          Cafe Lynn
          3051 E Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448

      2. A few to add. Cafe Rani I enjoy their salads for lunch or dinner. Mattina Bella, I like there burgers and grilled shrimp salad. The Chimes I have only been there once for dinner and did enjoy their salmon. My one visit to Mortons will be my last, in my opinion all they have going for them is the view.

        1. Consider Zoes bakery, take something to go for a late night treat.

          1. Rip's on the Lake at Mandeville.

            1. Visit Abita Springs and Abita Brew Pub.

              http://www.abitabrewpub.com/

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              Abita Brew Pub
              72011 Holly St, Abita Springs, LA 70420

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              1. re: Littleman

                Thanks for all the great suggestions! I think we'll try to do brunch at La Provence, and maybe dinner at Juniper and Del Porto. I was thinking of biking to the Abita Brew Pub since our B&B has bikes available, but it will only be hotter then and we might die of heat stroke before we get there!

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

                La Provence
                25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

                Abita Brew Pub
                72011 Holly St, Abita Springs, LA 70420

                1. re: mbc1217

                  In the morning or evening muchof the Trace has shade which can make it a tad more bearable to/from Abita

                  1. re: collardman

                    One more question - how big is the Martin's in Mandeville? As big as the one in Metarie?

                    1. re: mbc1217

                      If the question is about Matin's Wine Cellar, no it isn't. It is rather small but does have a few things you can't find other places.

                      If your just looking for most of the basics, particularly hard liquor, at a good price, try Saia's on Hwy 90 in Mandeville. If you want the widest choice of wine on the N. Shore at a good price go to Acquistapace's in Covington

                  2. re: mbc1217

                    Nooo not Abita Brew Pub restaurant. They can even make a salad suck.

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                    Abita Brew Pub
                    72011 Holly St, Abita Springs, LA 70420

                    1. re: mrsfury

                      @Mrsfury - I didn't realize that Abita Brew Pub was not actually part of the brewery. My husband clarified, and that he had been there once, and wasn't blown away, so since there are lots of other options I think we'll try something else. @collardman - thanks! I was talking about Martin's Wine Cellar, and I am looking for wine that we can't get in MS, so we'll go by Acquistapace's.