Din­ing

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THE CABIN The Cabin of­fers “meals typ­i­cal of the River Road tra­di­tion,” served with “a small sam­pling of south­ern Louisiana his­tory.” The restau­rant’s at­mos­phere, with walls cov­ered in

yel­lowed Ca­jun spe­cial­ties. newsprint, L (daily), is as au­then­tic D (Tu-Su). as www.the- its tra­di­tional cab­in­restau­rant.com. 225.473.3007. 5405 Hwy. 44, Burn­side, La., CAFÉ ca­sual BURN­SIDE out­door din­ing Houmas amid House its lush Plan­ta­tion court­yard of­fers and gar­dens. a boun­ti­ful Light buf­fet. lunch A tra­di­tional items are fea­tured, South­ern along brunch with with all of the trim­mings (seafood crepes, craw­fis­hand-brie omelettes) is served on Sun­days. L (daily); Su brunch. www.houmashouse.com. 40136 Hwy. 942, Dar­row, La., 225.473.7841. CAFÉ LAFOURCHE Tur­tle soup, al­li­ga­tor sauce pi­quant, craw­fish pie, fried seafood plat­ters: What else would you ex­pect from a restau­rant perched on the banks of the bayou? Get a taste of it all with the Bayou Bell Clas­sic (shrimp, craw­fish and an­douille served over pasta) or go for the Swamp steak. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.cafe­lafourche.com. 817 Vet­er­ans Blvd., Don­ald­sonville, La., 225.473.7451. THE CAR­RIAGE HOUSE Dur­ing the 1860s famed New Orleans ar­chi­tect James Gal­lier de­signed a pair of car­riage houses for Houmas House Plan­ta­tion that were never built...un­til 2013. The op­u­lent space, out­fit­ted with carved mar­ble man­tles, gilt mir­rors and crys­tal chan­de­liers, serves an el­e­gant af­ter­noon tea and ca­sual din­ner daily. www. houmashouse.com. 40136 Hwy. 942, Dar­row, La., 225.473.7841. FIRST AND LAST CHANCE CAFÉ Lo­cated in a for­mer train de­pot, this family-style restau­rant has been a pop­u­lar gath­er­ing place since 1921. Po’boys, burg­ers, resh seafood and other Louisiana spe­cial­ties are of­fered. B, L, D (daily). 812 Rail­road Ave., Don­ald­sonville, La., 225.473.8236.. GRAPEVINE CAFÉ This com­bon­a­tion restau­rant/art gallery, lo­cated in a for­mer 1920s tav­ern and gam­bling par­lor (fre­quented by Al Capone), features ro­tat­ing ex­hibits, live mu­sic and above-stan­dard Ca­jun and Cre­ole fare. L, D (Tu-Sa); Su brunch. www.grapevinecafe­andgallery.com. 211 Rail­road Ave., Don­ald­sonville, La., 225.473.8463.

LATIL’S LAND­ING Old World el­e­gance with in­no­va­tive, ir­re­sistible food: That’s the win­ning for­mula be­hind this in-house fine din­ing venue at Houmas House Plan­ta­tion. Latil’s features a multi-course, sea­sonal tast­ing menu, with dishes such as speck­led trout with fen­nel-and-heir­loom tomato ragout and pancetta-wrapped pork belly with pureed sweet pota­toes served on the plan­ta­tion’s sig­na­ture Li­mo­ges china. D (W-Sa). www.houmashouse. com. 40136 Hwy. 942, Dar­row, La., 225.473.7841. THE MAN­SION Not­toway’s in-house restau­rant of­fers sweep­ing views of the plan­ta­tion’s amaz­ing oaks and amaz­ing eats by chef Daniel Thompson. Crab-and-brie bisque, smoked duck with Cre­ole tomato grits, grouper with truf­fle-mashed pota­toes, pecan-crusted rack of lamb: No need to head back to New Orleans any­time soon. B, L, D (M-Sa); Su brunch. www.not­toway.com. 31025 Hwy. 1 South, White Castle, La., 225.545.2730. OAK AL­LEY PLAN­TA­TION RESTAU­RANT Ex­plor­ing Plan­ta­tion coun­try calls for se­ri­ous sus­te­nance. For­tify your­self by start­ing the day with a cup of cof­fee and an or­der of beignets at Oak Al­ley Plan­ta­tion’s on-site eatery. Worked up an af­ter­noon ap­petite? Grab a late lunch of al­li­ga­tor nuggets or jam­bal­aya and a slice of but­ter­milk pie for the road. B, L (daily). www.oakalley­plan­ta­tion.com. 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, La., 800.44A.LLEY.

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