Sunday, May 9, 2010

Palmettos Bayou Bar & Grill - Rustic elegance in Slidell

Palmettos Bayou Bar & Grill
1901 Bayou Lane
Slidell, LA 70458
Open – Wednesday-Sunday
Lunch 11:30-2:30
Bar: 4 p.m.
Dinner – 5 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Deck Party 3-6 p.m.

When you walk into Palmettos in this New Orleans suburb you may have a difficult time deciding where to sit; the outside deck, visible from the interior entrance, is as inviting as the main dining room.  In any case, stroll onto the deck, over to the dock on the bayou and throughout this eatery to soak in the ambiance. Rustic elegance comes to mind in describing this tree-enshrined jewel on the water.

On the deck under the tent one Saturday afternoon, I dined on seafood gumbo ($5), Seared Duck Breast with a wild berry reduction ($17) and the requisite Louisiana dessert, bread pudding. I brought crab cakes ($9)with a salsa of horseradish cream home for dinner.

The cup of gumbo, generously loaded with oysters, shrimp and crawfish, was enough for an entire meal. But I plowed on through with the duck, which, though on the tough side, came with a wonderful berry sauce, perfectly cooked asparagus and a tasty scoop of rice. I could barely look at the bread pudding, but a few forkfuls proved delicious. Oh yes – about those crab cakes  - excellent.

There is plenty to choose from - salads, sandwiches and other fare - at different price points.

Palmettos provides jazz on Friday nights inside and music outdoors on Sunday. With two decks and a party room, it’s a great venue for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. Service: excellent. © Jane Feehan All rights reserved. Slidell, Louisiana

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