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Seafood: Just in case you needed one more reason to cross the 24-mile causeway across Lake Pontchartrain, Ox Lot 9 in the suave Southern Hotel in Covington does the trick. The love child of chef/co-owner Jeffrey Hansell and his wife, co-owner and general manager Amy Hansell, Ox Lot 9 is a sprightly addition to the eclectic Northshore dining scene. This simply sophisticated Southern bistro spotlights chef Hansell's deft homage to Gulf Coast ingredients, including many a Valentine to fresh local seafood. Hansell adds his own Southern twist to dishes like bouillabaise with the addition of okra, local red fish and shrimp, and poached oysters in Pernod and cream tucked into puffed pastry so good they should be against the law. A well informed wine list and brilliant array of craft cocktails add allure to this destination restaurant.

Romantic Dining: Just in case you needed one more reason to cross the 24-mile causeway across Lake Pontchartrain, Ox Lot 9 in the suave Southern Hotel in Covington is open for business. The love child of chef/co-owner Jeffrey Hansell and his wife, co-wner and general manager Amy Hansell, Ox Lot 9 is a sprightly addition to the eclectic Northshore dining scene. This simply sophisticated Southern bistro spotlights chef Hansell's deft homage to Gulf Coast ingredients and time-tested Southern comfort dishes. Hansell, whose resume includes stints at Commander's Palace, Veranda in Birmingham and Luke, adds his own Southern twist to dishes like bouillabaise, with the addition of okra, local red fish and shrimp, presenting stuffed rabbit with tasso and housemade mozzarella and poached oysters in pernod and cream tucked into puffed pastry so good they should be against the law. A well informed wine list and brilliant array of craft cocktails add allure to this destination restaurant. Feeling lucky? Give the bartender a few hints and he or she will concoct something just for your palate. By the way, the restaurant's name comes from Covington's original planning scheme, which allotted space for farmers to tie up their oxen.

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Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:

Seafood, Romantic Dining: "Don't miss a stroll through the hotel lobby and bar, where you'll see stunning examples of local art."

Best for Seafood, Romantic Dining Because: Ox Lot 9 elevates even the simplest Gulf ingredients to lofty heights.

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