When the Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar opened in 2013, Nick Asprodites brought the tradition of lakefront seafood dining back to the New Orleans Lakefront. After finding a waterfront property on the Louisiana Northshore, Nick and his family expanded and opened a second Blue Crab at the Pointe Marina in Slidell that is reachable by car and boat soon.
Chef Jeff Mattia's story began in Hartford, Connecticut. The Marine vet and his family moved to New Orleans in 2010 where they quickly found themselves in St. Tammany Parish. In 2019, just three months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he opened Pyre Provisions. Despite the challenges, his methods of live-fire cooking have carried Chef Mattia through to begin a food truck and second location, Pyre BBQ.
Michael Gottlieb, of Tchefuncte's and The Anchor in Madisonville, began his culinary journey the day he was born. His family bakery, The family bakery, Gottlieb’s was established in 1884 making him a 5th generation baker at birth. Gottlieb’s of Savannah, GA was famous for many things, including being the bakery that first baked cookies for the Girl Scouts of America. Chef Gottlieb is now the executive chef of the "worldly destination" dual-concept restaurants along the Tchefuncte River
In the quaint little downtown of Covington, there’s a charming yellow cottage filled with English tradition and taste. That’s the English Tea Room, established in 2002 by Jan and Tim Lantrip. Guests of the establishment experience one of the finest High Teas to be found anywhere on this side of the pond. A word to the wise, make reservations before you visit the English Tea Room, as the seats tend to fill quickly. If you’d like to try the experience yourself at home, you can visit the tearoom virtually.
The Northshore’s very own, Chef Robert Vasquez formerly with Pepe’s Sonoran Cuisine and now Forks & Corks in Covington handily won the 2020 King of Louisiana Seafood crown with his red snapper, crawfish sofrito. Learn all about this year’s competition and just how the Southwestern native came to win this special Louisiana Seafood honor.
Since 1965, the Randazzo family name has been closely tied to New Orleans’ king cake tradition. In 1997, Tricia and Lou decided to open their own bakery in Slidell where they continue the family tradition today. Order your king cake online at KingCakes.com for pick-up and shipping in 2022.
Emma’s Famous Pralines is a compact but cozy space filled with the rich aroma of butter and sugar. There you’ll find individually wrapped pralines for sale, along with homemade goods, both sweet and savory. You can find Miss Emma at her shop at 705 Spanish Trail in Slidell and she does ship! She’s on Facebook and you may give her a ring at 985-641-9151.
Everybody needs a little love sometimes and there is a place on the Northshore where that love is served with every bite. From the palm trees to the peace signs to the tie-dyed T-shirts, everything about Liz Munson’s diner is laid back. Be forewarned – Liz's happiness is perfectly contagious!