Located just 45 miles north of New Orleans near where Chef John Besh grew up, La Provence is a warm, welcoming Provençal auberge on picturesque grounds with extensive greenery, including several acres of kitchen garden. The fully renovated interior of the tile-roofed restaurant features gleaming hardwood floors, rustic stucco-work, and ceiling beams of distressed oak. It is filled with antiques from Provence, as well as photographs and paintings that contribute to the eclectic Provencal warmth of the atmosphere. An antique French bar presides over the sitting room where guests may enjoy a cocktail and the fireplace.

An understated country establishment that keeps out from the New Orleans limelight, La Provence nevertheless impresses the press, as well as loyal guests and more recent devotees. In 2008, Bon Appétit’s annual green issue included La Provence on its notable list, “The Hot 10/The Best Eco-Friendly Restaurants.” In 2009, The Times-Picayune named Chef Erick Loos the “Chef to Watch.”