Where to Eat in Ponchatoula: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Ponchatoula is a small city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,559 at the 2010 census. Ponchatoula is known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World". It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Ponchatoula

1. Cafe Nola

1625 Highway 51, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-6593 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television American, Seafood, Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 985-386-2266
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Cafe Nola

Reviewed By Lorrie14618 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Traveling cross country we found Cafe Nola. Terrific waitress who was patient and helpful and fun. I had seafood salad - grilled crayfish, shrimp and crab on top of salad. Delicious. Husband had perfectly cooked and tender steak special with spinach. He raved about its perfection. We added a glass of wine and had a relaxing and fun dinner after a long drive.

2. Coffee Culture

1625 Highway 51, Ste A, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-6593 +1 985-386-9922
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4 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By NOLACajunQueen - New Orleans

After lunch at CAFE NOLA, us girls popped next door for a cup of coffee and to chat some more. We had hot and fresh Latte's which were perfectly prepared with foam on top. Then we continued our chat at one of their comfortable tables for a relaxing visit. Pastries are available but we were too full from lunch. Many different coffees to choose from, hot & cold, so give them a try.

3. Yum-Yum Bakery

1625 Highway 51, Suite B, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-6593 +1 985-386-2227
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By transplantedcajuns

Yum Yum has the best petit fours around!! I love the little cakes and have tasted them everywhere! Yum Yum's taste very similar to Carona's old recipe! Truly YUM YUM!

4. Roux & Brew Seafood and Steak House

135 SW Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-3338 Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 985-486-7689
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Roux & Brew Seafood and Steak House

From 1996 to 2006 we operated C'est Bon Restaurant in this same location. We have created a fresh, new, CASUAL atmosphere while bringing back a few favorites from C'est Bon that many have been asking for! We offer a bar dining room featuring tables, high tops, booths, and lounge seating, complete with 6 TV's for sports and entertainment for everyone, along with a full service bar. We have converted our old banquet room into our main dining room for additional seating. Additionally, we have two private dining rooms for special events and parties, all serviced by our brand new 1800 square foot kitchen. We are proud to offer seafood, steaks, fresh shucked and char-grilled oysters, daily fresh catch fish, burgers, crab cakes, salads, Louisiana specialties, tasty appetizers, draft and bottled beers, wine, and spirits! "We are very excited to be back into the restaurant business to serve the people of Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas. Our new concept is more casual, featuring old favorites and great new items." -Randy and Kayla Tomeny Restaurant Owners Book us for your next holiday party! We are perfect for large groups.

Reviewed By TarynCar - Rogers, Arkansas

Three out of four of us got steak. Oddly enough, three out of four of us loved our meals. I ordered the grilled cheese with blue crab meat because I mean, come on, it sounded awesome. I feel like if they'd had a better description I would not have gotten it because I did not like it. I was expecting gooey cheese with some chunks of crab meat, however, what I got was a crab cake with a little cheese on bread. It was ok, the tomato basil dipping sauce was way better than the sandwich. They should make what they offer along with that tomato dip as a soup and then it would be amazing. All that being said, everyone raved about the steak and how well they were cooked and seasoned and how tender and juicy they were. I'll definitely go back, I'll just question my server to make sure I get what I'm ordering.

5. Bea's French Bakery & Bistro

129 E Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-2501 French +1 985-467-1243
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1 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By walker-roamer - new orleans

This place used to be the Chocolate Vine and then Bea's Bistro. Both are closed. I'm sure someone will take another stab at this location one day. It's a small place with a decent kitchen area. A really good coffee shop would do well here if the owner was diligent and the rent not too high.

6. Paul's Cafe

100 E Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-2502 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 985-386-9581
Excellent
51%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 98 reviews

Paul's Cafe

Reviewed By Swampcactus - Phoenix, AZ

Whoa, what happened? We remember a different Paul's from that which experienced today. All three of us ordered the shrimp étouffée. What we were served bore zero resemblance to the real deal. The selection consisted of tiny specimens of shrimp cooked in simple canned tomato sauce that had no flavor except for tomato and salt--lots and lots of salt. Crazy salt. Excessive salt. Insane salt. On complaining to the server, my wife's meal was replaced with gumbo, which also contained too much salt, but at least not at turbocharged levels. I had eaten too much of mine to feel comfortable with sending it back. We'll never return. This was awful.

7. Millside

810 SW Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-3555 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 985-386-2676
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Millside

Reviewed By Terri J - Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Food is delicious. Will not find better fried seafood in the area. Very generous portions, and reasonable prices.
Most definitely not fancy (very dated furnishings with this big eyesore cooler display that serves as storage), and service can be slow and is hit or miss. But again, best fried seafood in the area!

8. Mi Patio Mexican Restaurant

120 N Baronne St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-8859 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 985-370-0006
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Mi Patio Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By Kathy P - Ponchatoula

I love this place! Never had anything I didn't like. Friend got a fajita taco salad and it looked so good. I got tamales and other friend got burritos. Everything was good! Service was fast even restaurant was packed for lunch. Large portions and reasonable priced. Can eat outside on the patio if not raining. Very nice!

9. La Carreta

147 NW Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-3336 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 985-370-0930
Excellent
48%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

La Carreta

The best of the American-style Mexican restaurants in this area.

Reviewed By Ronnie M

A good place to stop in for lunch or dinner. Reasonably priced daily specials and a menu with many options. Tex Mex dishes are a staple and you can also get Asian dishes including fresh made Sushi Rolls. Right in the middle of town and ample parking make this a good choice if you are in a hurry fur lunch.

10. Bootsy's

365 W Pine St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-3334 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
50%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Bootsy's

Reviewed By TisaJ1 - Ponchatoula, Louisiana

We order takeout & the jambalaya lunch special is really good, also like the hamburgers!! Located on the main drag in downtown Ponchatoula, they are usually pretty busy & I find ordering takeout frustrating because they sometimes take forever to answer & then put you on hold, very casual but pricees are very resonable & food is good

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