Located less than an hour from the New Orleans’ French Quarter, Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, St. Tammany Parish has long been a favorite vacation spot. The allure of piney woods, fresh air, charming historic towns, and delicious food has beckoned visitors for over a century. On this week’s show, we take you along with us as we cross Lake Pontchartrain to meet some chefs and restaurateurs on Louisiana’s Northshore.

We begin at Tchefuncte’s in Madisonville with Chef Michael Gottlieb, who’s introducing a whole new level of fine dining on the restaurant’s namesake river. Downstairs from Tchefuncte’s, Michael also operates The Anchor, which provides more casual dockside food and drink.

Next, we meet the inimitable Liz Munson of Liz’s Where Y’at Diner, a place that offers a very special kind of family-style hospitality along with a killer crab meat grilled cheese sandwich.

We also experience some authentic German-style fun at Horst Pfeifer’s Middendorf’s before catching up with Billy and Sarah Rieger to learn the story of the couple and their dream restaurant, Rieger’s On The Trace, which unfortunately couldn’t survive the pandemic.

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