Located in the heart of Old Mandeville on Girod Street, just blocks from the lakefront and St. Tammany Trace, sits a 1940’s cottage with a red tin roof. Take a walk up to the front steps through the kid-friendly, fenced-in, outdoor seating area. Inside you will find some of the best southern food around. Chef Luke Hidalgo and his wife Marci, both South Louisiana born, spent nearly a decade working in some of New Orleans’ most outstanding fine dining restaurants before opening Hambone. Luke was a sous chef at Commander’s Palace for over 6 years when he met Marci, who was a server there. With other great names under their belts like Galatoire’s and Coquette, Luke and Marci developed what they wanted out of a restaurant. Delicious, approachable comfort food made from a chef’s perspective with fresh, local ingredients pulled straight from the Gulf or surrounding farms. The mouth-watering food, accompanied by excellent, yet warm and fuzzy service in the coziest of atmospheres will hopefully leave you dreaming of your next meal at Hambone.