Photo by Jenn Ocken

Dish: Louisiana Lagniappe’s Pontchartrain

Lush, bold and decadent, Louisiana Lagniappe’s beloved Pontchartrain entrée has been on the menu since the restaurant first opened in Destin, Florida, in 1984. The Baton Rouge location opened in 2003 and is known for its expansive, locally sourced seafood menu. In the Pontchartrain, chef Carson Wandell and his team use “puppy” drum—small fillets of the popular mild fish—as the dish’s anchor. The drum is sautéed and plated, then topped with fried softshell crab, house-made Hollandaise sauce and caramelized almonds and pecans.

“It’s one of our most popular menu items,” says Wandell, who is preparing for lots of visiting patrons in town this month for LSU home games. The Pontchartrain is served with the Lagniappe House Sensation Salad and a twice-baked potato. No shortage of lip-smacking goodness here.

Louisiana Lagniappe
9990 Perkins Road

Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.