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1901 Bayou Ln.

An elegant dining experience may be found at both lunch and dinner at Palmettos on the Bayou, open since 2002 on the banks of Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell.

One of the most intriguing features of this waterfront retreat is its astounding 5,000-square-foot covered deck with a cathedral ceiling, surrounded by Louisiana cypress. The deck is appropriately named the Cypress Deck.

Picture yourself dining outdoors and surrounded by live oaks dressed in moss, accented by seemingly endless cypress. A mental image such as this may suggest total seclusion, but Palmettos is merely a mile or so off Interstate 10. But then again, who needs roadways when you can arrive on a waterway? With plenty of boat parking next door at the Heritage Park marina, those with access to a boat are encouraged to arrive in one.

“We’ve got our own little corner here in Slidell,” says general manager Scott Cheatwood.

Palmettos’ menu is rife with modern takes on regional ingredients, from their fresh Catch Pontchartrain to their Double Cut Pork Chop, brined with sweet tea and grilled to order. If you’re someone with a brunch habit and a live music obsession, Sundays are ideal for a musical feast at Palmettos on the Bayou.