Almost directly between Baton Rouge and New Orleans not far off Interstate 10 lies a cluster of communities which make up Ascension Parish, LA thriving with generations of family owned restaurants and great southern culinary flair. These communities are so deeply rooted in their own unique culinary traditions you may be able to smell the rich scent of roux and onions as you pass through.
Family owned restaurants like Mike Anderson’s Seafood, The Cabin Restaurant and Sno’s Seafood and Steakhouse have been here for more than forty years, providing the area with new twists on authentic cuisine for generation after generation. In the parishes’ Historic District of Downtown Donaldsonville, set in the casual atmosphere of a beautifully restored 1920’s building that hosts rotating collections of colorful works of area artists and the sounds of local musicians, lies The Grapevine Café and Gallery. Earning rave reviews from visitors, food writers and the ever-important, locals for its authentic South Louisiana cuisine.
All of these restaurants continue to showcase new and fresh interpretations of the rich traditions. But every great culinary destination in the south must have an exceptional “must see and taste”. For Ascension Parish, it’s “The Crown Jewel of the River Road” Houmas House and Gardens. Houmas House Plantation, one of the South’s oldest and most beautiful plantation estates, is the home of Latil’s Landing Restaurant, The Carriage House Restaurant, and Café Burnside, each providing guest with a culinary experience of a lifetime all on its own. Executive Chef Jeremy Langlois masterfully creates wonderful dishes using the freshest local ingredients that Louisiana has to offer giving his guests an unforgettable experience in one of Louisiana’s most beautiful settings.
So what’s this “unique and authentic flavor” you’ve been hearing so much about?
I’ll guess you’ll just have to come visit and taste for yourself!
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