Cross the 24-mile Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain, and be ready to be quietly dazzled. Just 45 minutes’ drive but a world away from New Orleans, the towns like St. Tammany Parish – Abita Springs, Covington, Folsom, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville, and Slidell are more than bedroom communities for the Big Easy. All have good food (shout out to Hambone and Lakehouse in Mandeville), but Covington is a true dining destination.
With some 30 restaurants dishing everything from crispy spear-caught pompano to the best chicken salad you ever ate, Covington is worth the time. Anchored by Del Porto, Oxlot 9 and Lola, with chef Pat Gallagher at Gallagher’s Grill just up the road, there are also more casual spots serving Thai, Cuban and Japanese eats, and mom-and-pop po’ boy spots within easy strolling distance.Read More