Restaurateurs Saunders Conroy and Jeff Talbot bring to Covington the flavors of New Orleans' Restaurant August and Ancora Pizzeria on Freret St., and the former Artesia Restaurant of Abita Springs. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner with a French flair, the café is unique in the area, as it also makes its own pastries, served each morning with the New Orleans-made French Truck Coffee.
Chef Talbot prepares is a collection of classics and specialty items. For brunch, there's the Croque Madame with slow-cooked egg, dirty rice grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches and more; for lunch and dinner, a mix of sandwiches, salads, and dishes featuring seafood and slow roasted meats. The restaurant serves wine and beer, too.
A glance at the mouthwatering menu reveals some intriguing flavor combinations; the mixed lettuce salad features watermelon radish, Comte cheese and apple cider vinaigrette, and there's the Thai Shrimp with Avocado Mousse and Jicama Salad on Brioche Bun, Crab Au Gratin Tartine, Croque Monsieur, Carnitas Torta with Avocado, Spicy Cabbage and Cilantro Slaw, and more. There's plenty of classic flavors to choose from, too, including Wagyu Burger with Hash Browns, BLT, Patty Melt with Roasted Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions, Flounder Filet of Fish Sandwich, Smoked Brisket Reuben on Rye, and more. All are less than $15.
The café is open six days a week from 6:30 to 8:30am for pastries and coffee, serving lunch from 11am to 2pm and re-opening for dinner, 5:30-8:30pm. Saturday and Sunday brunch is 11-2:30; the cafe closes at 2:30pm on Sundays, and is closed on Tuesdays.