The massive Lake Pontchartrain separates the metropolis of New Orleans to the south from the quaint residential community of Covington, nestled on the lake's northern shores. Covington's small-town charm is put on display at its twice-weekly farmers' market, where live music emanates as vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, and breads, in addition to prepared Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, and Mexican fare.Abita Brewing Company, which crafts popular beers such as Turbodog and Purple Haze, is based out of nearby Abita Springs. On guided one-hour tours, visitors pass through a gas-lit courtyard to the tasting room, where they can sample several types of suds and make snow angels in piles of yeast on a tour of the brewing facility. An adjacent restaurant brewpub serves southern comfort fare and Abita beers that are only available at the brewery, such as chocolate stout and cask-conditioned brown ale.
Sunlight filters through the white curtains of Tbones Grill's lofty windows, illuminating hearty plates of homestyle fare. Custom burgers emerge promptly from the kitchen, bearing each customer's chosen toppings. The portal from the kitchen to the dining area also ushers along thick steaks and meaty pastas, always in a timely manner. Each Friday, the restaurant hosts a fish fry, providing guests with regional seafood and a proper venue to wear socks with "TGIF" embroidered across the top, which is a class 3 felony on Mondays.
The roar of televised football games echoes through Sweet Daddy's BBQ where diners dig into a menu of Southern-inspired cuisine. Sandwich plates and meat platters are piled high with barbecue pulled pork, baby-back ribs, sliced beef brisket, and smoked sausage, and the smoked-chicken-and-sausage gumbo delivers bursts of hickory flavor. Each entree can be punched up with such sides as mac 'n' cheese, fried okra, and barbequed beans, or followed by a housemade dessert of bread pudding with rum sauce.
Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.
Offering a plethora of healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, toasty panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed hickory chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties ($3.95+). The Key West Cuban mix ($3.95+) comes stuffed with enough roast pork, baked ham, and turkey breast to soothe even the most vivacious meat eater's grumbling food sack.