Hidden in the back of the Thibodaux Country Club neighborhood, Grady V’s feels like a very exclusive restaurant but it couldn’t be more accessible to diners thanks to its eclectic menu. You’d expect some upscale dishes at a place like this and you’d be right to do so, but it might surprise you to learn that Grady V’s also serves some of the best burgers around. The dining room is just dark enough and has a great view of the beautiful golf course out back. You feel like you’re getting away from it all, if just for an hour, when you have a meal at Grady V’s.
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Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Sushi is usually just one part of a Japanese restaurant’s larger menu, but Zen is first and foremost a sushi restaurant with a focus on beautifully constructed rolls that employ unique ingredients. And while most sushi menus separate their rolls between “basic” and “special,” Zen organizes its sushi further based on degrees of rawness. Skittish diners can sample rolls from the “Fully Cooked” section with ingredients like bacon, fried shrimp, and calamari before possibly moving onto the more adventurous “Open Minded” and “Eat It Raw” categories where they’ll find tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. If you’re still not interested or simply want fried rice, noodles, or other hibachi specials, Zen has the full menu you’re used to without all the theatrics.
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Cuisine: Sandwiches, Baked Goods
While it’s difficult to resist jumping straight to dessert at the Weeping Willow, do yourself a favor and have lunch. You’ll be glad you did when your sandwich on homemade bread arrives alongside a cup of the best tomato basil soup around. The Weeping Willow has a small menu of sandwiches and salads as well as a soup du jour or two. The tomato basil is offered most days and it’s not to be missed. In fact, the Willow is the kind of place where you can confidently order the same meal every time: Willow sandwich with a cup of the tomato basil. Turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Caesar dressed lettuce with a generous dollop of pesto make for the perfect sandwich. Only then, if you still have room, should you treat yourself to the display case of fresh baked goods and a nice cup of coffee.
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By the time this Louisiana restaurant chain entered our area, a wide variety of Mexican food had already been available for years. Despite that, La Caretta managed to significantly expand upon that variety with a great approach to Tex-Mex. A trio of ceviche options with the added touch of mango and cucumber is a nice start and the wide range of authentic style tacos is fantastic. The menu is more concise than most other Mexican restaurants and the vibe is much more fun and hip. La Caretta is a welcome step in the right direction for our area’s Mexican food.
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Cuisine: Cajun, Seafood
It’s fitting that you have to travel beside several miles of bayou and marsh to arrive at what is possibly the best seafood restaurant in Lafourche Parish. You’re completely surrounded by the unique sights of our humble swampland by the time you arrive at Leeville’s best and only restaurant. It’s modest surroundings are completely devoid of pretentiousness, but it’s menu isn’t lacking in sophistication when you look past the typical (but delicious) fried fare and into the restaurant’s specials. They’re especially good with crab: claws, fried softshell, and plain old jumbo lump find their way into many of the dishes with delicious results. It’s the height of decadence for the bayou made only better by the modest and authentic surroundings of Cajun country. Continue reading Leeville Seafood Restaurant
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches
Dominique’s Bistro is the area’s quintessential upscale lunch spot. Only open at midday during the week aside from the occasional wine dinner, the menu at Dominique’s makes the restaurant’s premise abundantly clear. There are currently only three traditional entrees available while salads and sandwiches dominate the menu. These aren’t simple mixed greens or poboys though. There are decadent options like an arugula and beef tenderloin salad with fried egg or a hot ham and brie sandwich with caramelized onions and pepper jelly on brioche. And despite the elegant dining room, beautiful bar, and wine menu; Dominique’s manages to make one of the area’s best burgers. If you’re ever free for a midweek lunch and are looking to indulge a bit, Dominique’s Bistro is worth a visit.
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Cuisine: Thai, Asian
The convenient location and incredible beer selection help set Song Phi Nong apart from the area’s other Thai restaurants, but the food is the star here. There are no surprises on the menu, just consistently delicious food as spicy as you like. The atmosphere is extremely casual, and there are enough approachable Asian standards on the menu that anyone can have a great time at Song Phi Nong. Continue reading Song Phi Nong