Yesterday was my fiancé‘s 26th birthday, so today I’m not going to be doing my typical post. Instead, I want to share our experience at this AMAZING restaurant that we went to and hopefully get you all hungry just before your lunch!
Both my fiancé and I don’t generally make a big deal about our birthdays. While we plan to have dinner or something that night, we still end up working during the day. He just started bartending at Tsunami in Baton Rouge, so while he was at work yesterday, I popped in to see him and had some delicious sushi for the 2nd time in a week! You might have noticed I rave about Tsunami in all of my New Orleans posts (Friday Favorites : Bars & Restaurants in New Orleans and Weekend in New Orleans) and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed I eat there pretty often.
For dinner he wanted to try something new, so we decided to head out to Covington, LA to try one of our old restaurant friend’s new restaurant – Meribo. It’s been open almost a year, and we haven’t had the opportunity to make the trip until now. But we will definitely be back! Their food is absolutely amazing (check out their menu here) – everything is fresh, local, and absolutely delicious. The building itself actually used to be a house before they took over, and the space itself is bright and inviting. I would highly recommend it if you’re anywhere around the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Covington/Hammond area. It was just over an hours drive from where we live in Baton Rouge and about an hour from New Orleans, and definitely worth the drive! In additional to being open for dinner, they also offer lunch Tuesday thru Sunday and brunch on Sunday’s.
So without further delay, let’s get to the food!
Their beer/wine/cocktail menu has a little bit of everything, but as I mentioned in The Liebster Award post, I’m a huge fan of moscow mules. They recently changed their cocktail menu, so the Yule Mule that is listed on their menu currently changed to a Bee Sting Mule (pictured below). Made with honeysuckle vodka and lemonade (and a few other things), I was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter told me not to compare it to an actual moscow mule, and I had my fingers crossed it wasn’t too sweet. It was the perfect balance between sweet and sour!
We also ordered the meatballs as an appetizer, and the smelled so good we dug in and forgot to take a picture first – hence why only 1 meatball is seen below! The dish normally comes with 3 meatballs in a tomato sauce, herbed ricotta and fresh bread. These were probably the best meatballs I’ve ever had. Tender, moist and flavorful.
Because our friend was the chef that night, we decided to splurge a bit and get their Off The Butcher Block special, which was duck confit with yellow squash and green beans, in addition to one of their wood-fired pizzas. Both their Off The Butcher Block and Wood-Fired Fish specials change frequently depending on what’s fresh and what the chef picks, so you can bet they’ll always be delicious! The duck was absolutely amazing – we ate every bit of food on the plate. The pizza was also delicious – the crust was crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Their pizza oven can bake a serious pie.
For dessert we had their white chocolate cheesecake, which comes topped with a bruleéd (and I believe salted?) caramel. Despite being full, we managed to find room to eat the entire thing.
Overall, I think he had a wonderful 26th birthday! We had amazing food and chatted with an old friend – definitely worth a short trip in my book. So if you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by Meribo for some delicious food!
And also happy birthday again to this goofball I call my fiancé.
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