By Suzanne Fox
Inspire Health Magazine readers of Mandeville and Covington have chosen their favorite all natural burgers. And, I’ll say these are not your regular burgers! They are both works of art, handcrafted by the chef.
I grew up in Houma so when I walk into The Shack in Covington, it brings me back to my childhood. A time when chain restaurants weren’t on every corner and when you went out to eat, everyone knew your name. The authentic Latin-inspired cuisine crafted by Lolo LoPresti and his wife Christine Clouatre has that fresh, home-style vibe like the restaurants of my childhood.
Lolo and Christine moved to the Northshore to open The Shack in 2008, 20 days before their third child was born. They’ve been providing some of the freshest dishes in Covington since. They knew when they started this restaurant that they wanted to create a home-style family atmosphere with a yard where kids can play while parents unwind and listen to music. After a long week of work, what more can we ask for! The Shack fits that bill perfectly.
They are known for their fresh food with a Caribbean vibe and new world influence. Even so, they still have the best burger around! There are six different award-winning tacos on the menu and only one burger.
“Why mess with something that’s great!” said Clouatre. “We might have the best burger, but we also have a lot of healthy options too, like Maryland style crab cake, gluten free options and lots of vegetarian choices. Our Daily Bowl is packed with vegetables and a different protein every day. Our food is fresh, never frozen and that includes the seafood.”
“We have live music in The Shackyard every Friday night and the yard is also open all day Saturday. Once a month, on Saturday, Baby and the Brasshearts (local high school students) entertains our guests in the yard with their next event coming up on March 21.”
The Shack is located at 1204 West 21st Avenue in Covington. Friday night reservations are suggested. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm, Closed Sunday & Monday. 985-888-6288,
“Made to order,” said Jeffery Barnes, the new owner of KGee’s restaurant in Mandeville. “Just as Kathy Williams did before me, I get my beef fresh daily from Saia’s across the street and as burgers are ordered, we make the patty fresh, using only a little salt and pepper.”
Jeffrey, an Executive Chef by trade started his culinary career washing dishes at Middendorf’s.
After graduating from Johnson & Wells University in Denver, Colorado with a degree in Culinary Arts, he moved to Dallas where he was the Executive Chef of Compas Group USA, a healthcare food service. 10 years in the corporate world led him back to his hometown on the Northshore. And, I know we are all glad he did.
Jeffrey purchased KGee’s from Kathy in January. “When my Fiance’, Emily Barton and I found out Kathy wanted to sell her restaurant, we didn’t have to think twice. We wanted a restaurant with a family atmosphere and homestyle cooking, where everything is made fresh,” said Barnes.
You may see a few changes around KGee’s in the coming months, but one thing you will not see ever is a frozen hamburger! Jeffrey is proud of the fresh all-natural burger at KGee’s and can’t wait to welcome families in Mandeville to stop by and try one along with their famous handmade chips which they call frips.
KGee’s is located at 2534 Florida Street, Mandeville, Monday–Thursday, 11am–9pm, Friday–Saturday, 11am–10pm, www.kgeesrestaurant.com