City Greens' team of chefs and farmers nurture heads of baby bibb lettuce and leaves of kale in hydroponic gardens, where they are safeguarded from pesticides and soil contaminants before blossoming into the eatery's signature salads. Behind a tiled mosaic counter, staffers mingle seasonal and locally sourced ingredients into salads inspired by a vision of sustainability, freshness, and fashion statements from the Garden of Eden, dousing them with more than 11 dressings, such as fig balsamic vinaigrette and truffle caesar. Soups du jour round out the menu alongside hearty wraps, kombucha, and specialty juices. Light from mod silver pendant lamps glints off the dining room's chrome-accented furniture, offset by vivid green walls, a big-screen TV, and colorful paintings of geometric shapes.
3 Potato 4 celebrates an unsung superfood?the potato?with gourmet versions of oven-baked fries loaded with sauces such as sun-dried-tomato-pesto ketchup, wasabi-ginger mayo, and thai chili. Guests pick from their choice of russet, red-skin, sweet-potato, and purple potatoes or warm their gullets with a host of organic vegan soups and chilies. A plethora of '50s-era sci-fi decorations surround visitors, forming a whimsical backdrop to potato snacks loaded with vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.
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.
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.
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.