The Gunn family, owners of Gourmet Pasture Beef, raises its cows the way cows should be raised: in fresh air and green pastures. On their Robertson County ranch, cattle are not only fed a diet of pure grass, but they never receive hormones or antibiotics either. When the cattle reach upwards of 1,000 pounds, they head to a local USDA facility for butchering and at least two weeks of dry-aging to ensure maximum flavor. And guests can taste this in the tender rib eyes, porterhouses, marbled sirloin steaks, roasts, and ribs delivered to their door or available for pickup at several locations. Because grass-fed beef cooks differently, their website also offers cooking tips and temperature guidelines to keep each cut its juiciest and to prevent guests from naturally assuming steak should be cooked with a flamethrower.
The pastry mavens at Tricia’s on the Square bake an assortment of treats from fresh ingredients. Cake bites deliver sweet morsels in dainty portions, eliminating the hazards of cake-induced delirium. Bakers with tiny hands incorporate timeless flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and lemon into each tasty nibble. Moist strawberry cupcakes crowned with cream-cheese icing kiss taste buds with a delicate sweetness, and triple-chocolate cupcakes pack a decadent, cocoa-rich punch.
Taste of N'awlins's salivary-gland-sating menu spans the spectrum of traditional Cajun cuisine, with bayou-inspired starters, po' boys, seafood, and platters. Start with a succulent order of French Quarter crab cakes ($10.99) before moving on to the catfish-filet platter, which saunters onto the table with an entourage of slaw, white beans, hush puppies, and choice of potato ($9.50 for small, $11.99 for large). The roast-beef po' boy ($7.50 for 6", $9.25 for 12", and $5.50 for a bun), a juicy serving of roasted bovine sandwiched between halves of crusty French bread, will float tasters down a lazy meat-juice bayou while the slow-cooked gumbo ($3.25 for a cup, $5.99 for a bowl) balances spice, chicken, and sausage in a succulent pool of authentic Cajun roux. Diners diligently watching their figure can opt for the fresh garden salad with grilled shrimp ($10.99) and feel confident flashing those inner elbows this year on Bourbon Street.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.