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Country Roads Magazine has just published their July issue, which focuses on cuisine from Natchez to New Orleans. The Cabin Restaurant in Burnside was featured in the issue. Below is the article on The Cabin; a nice piece of positive press!
From Gone with the Wind to Little House on the Prairie, books and movies often afford us the chance to travel back in time, experiencing the culture of centuries past from the comfort of an armchair. In that vein, The Cabin—located on Highway 44 in Gonzales—gives guests the chance to dine within the walls of Louisiana’s history. The 180-year-old building is one of ten original slave dwellings from Monroe Plantation. Along with the original architecture, the restaurant includes a 140-year-old extension and flooring from Welham Plantation in Convent as well as restroom partitions from Old Crow Distillery in New Orleans. Not only does the building seek to preserve its own history but also to pay homage to other structures in the region. The main dining room opens into a courtyard surrounded by two additional cabins and a restored schoolhouse, originally built by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1865.
Inside the restaurant, collected antique artifacts dating back two centuries are displayed, offering insight into local farming traditions. “You get to see what life was like in the middle of sugarcane plantation country and how it changed,” said manager Justin Newhart. Despite these quaint distractions, food is no afterthought at The Cabin.
Owner Al Robert was selling poboys out of a gas station in 1973 when the popularity of this sandwich inspired him to expand. Now in a historic location, Robert’s menu specializes in traditional River Road cuisine—fried seafood, jambalaya, and gumbo—to name just a few.
Lunchtime sees The Cabin packed with regulars. “The Roberts know everybody in Ascension Parish, and everybody knows them,” said Newhart. Every Monday, the kitchen serves fresh sausage and white beans over rice,a favorite of the owner. Other specials include fried chicken and garlic mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans, shrimp creole over rice with spinach, and crawfish stew with corn.
Don’t forget to pet Rock the alligator on your way out! He shouldn’t bite—he’s sculpted from a centuries-old cypress log fished out of the water in 1988.
With a meal at The Cabin, you’re not just getting a full stomach, but a chance to step back into history and experience a glimpse of South Louisiana as it was in years gone by.