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Artesia (Abita Springs) and Rips (Mandeville) LONGISH


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Artesia (Abita Springs) and Rips (Mandeville) LONGISH

Pressing Luck | Aug 2, 2004 02:12 PM

I spend every weekend in Mandeville so I'll post restaurant experiences here if I think they may be of interest. Moderator please let me know if restaurants on the north shore are OT for this forum.

Artesia: Had heard good reviews of this place, so we tried it Saturday night. It's a lovely location in an very old home on pretty grounds, it is close to Covington/Mandeville. First, we were sent to "the bar" to wait 20 minutes for a table, the restaurant was mostly empty. Bar was about 5 feet long, and two feet of that were taken up by a telephone system. This was a service bar IMO. There was no bartender. We had to finally flag down a waiter passing through there to ask for a drink. He came back in a little while and made us two nice cocktails. Upon seating we had to ask for menus, we then had to ask for bread, which when it arrived was stale pistolettes like you get in the grocery as "brown and serve". We sent them back and the new ones were hot, but still stale. Oh well.

The menu was very limited, as was the uninspired listing of wines by the glass. The smoked salmon appetizer - two nice large mounds of wonderful salmon accompanied by two _small_ pieces of toast and a one half teaspoon of egg white and a few capers. Where was the onion? the egg yolk? the cream cheese or boursin? the proper amount of toast to eat our salmon? A travesty for that beautiful salmon.

The entrees were mixed. My duck breast in some sort of fruity sweet glaze was very good. However, the partner's grilled tuna was sent very rare despite emphasis made during ordering that it be cooked well. When it came back it was still underdone and flavorless. Given these experiences, we didn't order dessert. The service was ambivalent and hurried (why, I do not know, since it wasn't crowded...). Anyway, it's a cute place and seemed to have promise, but they just couldn't get it together.

Rips: This is on the lakefront in old Mandeville. We eat there often due to convenience and I just wanted to mention here that for a fried seafood bar/restaraunt type place the food is quite good and always fresh. Fresh seafood, and the friend eggplant appetizer is great. While the crabcakes are not world class, they are pretty respectable and come with a creamy white mornay sort of sauce. This is a nice laid back place to have a big frozen beer and eat seafood. The service can be a wee bit slow at times.

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