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Nestled on the north shore of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell boasts small town charm and a vibrant dining scene. Read on for our round-up of the very best of Slidell’s locally owned restaurants, and discover everything from classic Cajun and Creole fare to authentic Italian and Cuban cuisine.
Found at the back of the Bayou Country General Store, the Blue Bayou Cafe is a quirky little spot where both the food and ambiance pay tribute to the Cajun style. Guests can choose from a large variety of Po’ boys like the popular Cajun Club (with turkey, ham, jack cheese, bacon and pineapple coleslaw) or Gator Dawg (with alligator sausage, Cap’naise and pineapple slaw). Other tasty options include seafood and sausage gumbo or creamy-sweet corn and crab bisque.
A long-standing Slidell eatery, KY’s Old Towne Bicycle Shop is located in a turn-of-the-century building that, as the restaurant’s name might suggest, formerly housed a bicycle store. KY’s interior features vintage bicycles suspended from the ceiling – a quirky, sentimental homage to the venue’s past. Food-wise, guests can expect local classics like fried catfish, oyster bordelaise and plenty of po’boys. The must-try item on their menu is KY’s legendary burger; hand-pressed on site and served in a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard and a side of French fries, guests can personalize their burgers with their own choice of cheese and extra toppings.
Serving some of the most raved-about seafood in Slidell, Peck’s Seafood serves dishes like boiled crawfish, oyster po’boys and fried crab claws. There are also plenty of burgers and wraps alongside lunch specials like homemade lasagna and chicken and sausage jambalaya. The tempting dessert menu features bread pudding with praline sauce and pecan pie à la mode.
Southern cuisine may be king in Slidell, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only fare on offer. Guests with a hankering for traditional, authentic Italian food should try Assunta’s Italian Restaurant. The restaurant is nestled in a cozy, charming property, and serves appetizers like homemade gnocchi baked with three cheeses and served in marinara sauce. Plenty of Italian wines and classic desserts like tiramisu and amaretto spumoni cheesecake complete the authentic dining experience at Assunta’s.