Most of the sandwiches at Carmo are vegan, but even those that aren’t can be ordered without animal products upon request. This is good news for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to try the beloved Rico sandwich, which is actually a grilled plantain patty smothered with vegan meat and cheese, salsa, and avocado.
There’s a reason the thin crust of Sugar Park’s pizza seems extra crunchy: cornmeal. Sticking to a recipe handed down from New York’s finest pizza-makers, the chefs dust their crusts with cornmeal before adding finishing touches of veggies, fruit, and even vegetarian meatballs.
The stuffed avocado salad and veggie stir-fry rank among the most sought-after eats at Back to the Garden, but they’re far from the only vegetarian options. Try the vegetarian chili, tacos, or hummus sandwich, or forgo food altogether and chug a freshly squeezed juice.
Rather than sticking to one type of cuisine, the chefs of Restaurant IPO delight palates with surprising pairings of southern Louisiana and international flavors. Inventive renditions of familiar regional favorites include southern-style egg rolls, with fillings of pulled pork and smoked gouda cheese grits, and blackened tuna, which arrives alongside a serving of housemade kimchi and mashed sweet potatoes tinged with ginger.
Guests enjoy the cuisine and muddled cocktails amid the eatery's rustic, yet somewhat industrial, decor, which features dangling Edison bulbs, and shabby-chic brick walls suspended between exposed wood beams. The dining room also features, "handmade cypress furniture designed and built by a local artisan," according to 225 magazine.
When faced with time off after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University, Maggie DiMaggio took to baking cake after cake in her own kitchen. Seeing the potential in her baked treats, she soon began taking weekly pilgrimages to the Mandeville farmers' market to sell her cupcakes and fine breads. As the popularity of her creations grew, the special orders began pouring in?so many, in fact, that she had to open a storefront just to manage the demand.
That storefront soon evolved from its humble beginnings into The Chocolate Vine, a European-style bakery that also houses an intimate caf?. To foster a cozy, inviting atmosphere, Maggie furnishes the small eatery with tables and chairs from local antique stores and regularly applies a fresh coat of buttercream icing to the walls. When not crafting almond-, strawberry-, and chocolate-infused cakes , she cooks light lunches with fruits and vegetables from a local produce stand. Maggie also graciously opens up her wine cellar for regular tastings, during which guests sip on eight glasses of her finest reserves.
Often referred to as simply "The Pie," The Original Italian Pie has cropped up in various cities across Louisiana since its inception in 1992. The eatery specializes in gourmet pizzas, with predesigned pies like the garlic shrimp and chicken alfredo, as well as create-your-own varieties. The Italian eats also extend to oven-baked sandwiches, pastas, calzones, and dessert.