Restaurants in Slidell, LA (Where to Eat After a Swamp Tour)
If you’re coming to visit New Orleans, you’ve quite likely got a swamp tour on your list of things to do. Deservedly so; it’s a unique glimpse into an unusual ecosystem, and an activity we often do with friends who visit us. Several companies based in Slidell, LA offer swamp tours, but that’s not actually the focus of today’s post. Do the swamp tour; it’s great and enjoyable. Then let us point you in the direction of our favorite restaurants in Slidell, as well as treats both hot and cold. All the restaurants listed are locally-owned, and serve awesome regional food (with the exception of the Thai place. It’s just delicious Thai food. ;)). They’re all also family-friendly and moderately priced. And last but not least, one of the advantages of a small town is that the very longest drive to any of these restaurants from the swamp tours is about 15 minutes. . . and some would be just 5 minutes away. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the best restaurants in Slidell, LA!
TLeblanc’s Creole Kitchen
If you’re looking for authentic Creole down-home cooking, TLeblanc’s is the place to go. Run by long-time friends of ours, all their food is cooked in-house by two to three generations of the LeBlanc family, and is just plain delicious. Personal favorites are their fried green tomatoes with crabmeat remoulade sauce, killer roast beef po-boys, the BEST fried chicken (Tuesday’s lunch special, but you can always ask), crab and corn bisque, creamy mac’n’cheese, and excellent bread pudding. They also have delicious salads if people in your party are looking for a lighter option, ha! Food pacing is very important in New Orleans. . . Check out their website for more menu items, plus they update their Facebook and Instagram pages regularly with specials. Heads up: they’re only open for lunch most days, and closed on the weekends, so time your visit for weekday lunch! (Even better if it’s a Tuesday for fried chicken day. . .)
Beignet au Lait
Literally just down the road from TLeblanc’s are the best beignets around. If you’re not from here, beignets are square donuts that come buried under a mound of powdered sugar. If you’ve come to the New Orleans area to visit, I’m sure they’re already on your list to eat. Beignet au Lait is tucked into a little strip mall off of Robert Rd., and, truth be told, does not have the atmosphere of the iconic Cafe du Monde. But iconic or not, Beignet au Lait’s version is way better! Beignet au Lait offers both classic beignets and those with flavored glazes, as well as cafe au lait (coffee with milk). They do also serve breakfast and lunch items, but we’ve never made it past the beignets.
Owned by a retired Marine, and filled with military memorabilia, Southside Café serves up some of my favorite sandwiches ever. All the food we’ve ever gotten has been delicious, but somehow I always come back to the sandwiches. Equally memorable is their excellent fried eggplant appetizer; long wedges of crisp eggplant are served with marinara sauce and dusted in Parmesan cheese. My hubby’s favorite meal there is a Reuben with a side of fries (great fries!) and honey mustard sauce to dip the fries in. I love both their Ponchartrain Pig (bbq pork with crisp coleslaw) and Honey Island Chicken sandwiches.
Old Town Soda Shop
Slidell’s Old Town Soda Shop offers not only an enjoyable retro atmosphere but also the best ice cream on the Northshore! (The honor of the Southshore’s best goes to Creole Creamery.) Get a scoop of their rotating flavors and enjoy it in a vintage booth. Bonus for families with little kids: they offer “half scoops” which are plenty big to make kids happy, but go easy on the wallet. You can find even more info on their Facebook page.
Southern Delights Snoballs
Also a must when in the New Orleans area, snoballs are unlike anything you’ve had elsewhere. Silky smooth shaved ice is topped with one of a hundred flavors for a cold pick-me-up on a hot day. Locals often get theirs “stuffed” (soft serve ice cream in the middle) or topped with condensed milk (surprisingly delicious). The “Blue House” does them well, and serves up many other treats to please every palate. Check out their Facebook page for seasonal hours.
If you’re in the mood for fried seafood, Vera’s is one of THE best seafood restaurants in Slidell! Their fried shrimp are ginormous and tender, and you can get platters that let you mix and match a variety of seafood. Don’t miss their soup of the day either; it’s usually a cream-based soup with a creamed vegetable pureed in it and seafood mixed in. Past favorites have been artichoke and crab or asparagus and crab. But whatever it is, it will be delicious! It also has a bayou-esque atmosphere, if you wish to continue the swamp tour theme.
Okay, so Thai isn’t Southern cuisine (at least, not this continent’s. . . ), but we have a delicious Thai restaurant in Slidell if that’s what you’re craving! My personal favorites are their panang curry and fresh spring rolls with a peanut sauce, but my mother’s is their pad woodsen. Check our Thailicious’ menu and info on their website.
I hope I’ve convinced you that the restaurants in Slidell are worth a stop! Check some of these places out and let me know what you think.
Top photo from T Leblanc’s Facebook page. Other photo creds and thanks go to my sister and mother-in-love, who humored me by taking pictures of their food for me. We aren’t the only ones who love these places!!