With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our back-to-normal continues to evolve. Not sure if you feel like COVID-19 stands for the number of pounds gained over these last several months, but it is spot-on for me. I want to thank the amazing St. Tammany Parish restaurants that have helped add those pounds. While there are too many to list in one post, here are three of my favorites in Covington:

Del Porto Ristorante

Oh my gosh, whenever you crave fresh Italian food (always for me), look no further than Del Porto Ristorante. In addition to their typical delicious offerings, family-style dinners are currently available. Some recent entrees are pork loin porchetta style, chicken Parmesan and giant (as in full sheet pan) pizzas. Don’t forget their incredible cocktail kits! By the way, Del Porto was recently awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2020.

Lola restaurant in Covington, LA

Lola’s food is simply exceptional, including their signature white truffle fries!


How can you feel anything but pure joy at a former train depot now home to some of the best Louisiana cooking around? Lola masters creativity, as evidenced by their innovative recipes, many of which can be found here. Chefs and owners Nealy and Keith Frentz are huge supporters of local seafood, and we are the lucky benefactors. Redfish, Gulf shrimp salad and Louisiana catfish are just some of the menu items. Don’t forget to indulge in the Hummingbird cake. Lola is currently open for lunch, and there is plenty of outdoor deck seating.

Gallagher’s Grill

Seafood is one thing our parish is known for, but sometimes you just want a juicy steak. Whenever that desire hits me, I head to Gallagher’s Grill. While there are three locations, I favor the one in Covington. No matter what style or cut you prefer, you will walk away satisfied (and likely stuffed). Even so, save some room for the flourless chocolate pyramid. There is no way to adequately describe this spectacular treat, so just trust me on this one.

These restaurants each offer delectable starters, entrees and desserts sure to please. And, these three places deliver on one resounding thing: a memorable meal, whether dining in or out.