The Mangham’s

Noon – Baton Rouge, LA

-Son Jack’s artwork hangs on the fridge away from fridge, home away from home, at the Silver Spoon.

His’n’Hers restaurant. We were invited to the Silver Spoon in Baton Rouge where we dined with Katia one half of the husband & wife team who run the restaurant. When you walk into the restaurant it is tastefully outfitted and every last detail is perfectly paid attention to. My favorite was the gorgeously antiqued flatware.

Co-Owner Katia, sat down with us and chatted easily about the restaurant business, fusion cuisine (she’s Italian and Lebanese, born in EL Salvador married to a handsome, jolly Lousianan).

We sampled the crab pupusa’s a Lousiana fusion on an El Salvadorean staple. After a gorgeous lunch of Tortilla Soup, Shrimp Creole and one of Katia’s beautifully handmade berry trifles (Pound Cake, Creme Brulee Filling and fresh Louisiana Strawberries) – we headed into the back kitchen. Which is Husband, Mike’s domain.

It’s busy & crazy, smells like heaven and looks like home. A radio was playing classic rock. We watched Mike easily dress salads, garnish plates, grill meats and still relay stories about his youth in the Deep South. He told us that, as a kindergartner, he used to sneak away from school and go to the local bar and charge hamburgers onto his grandfathers account. They were hand ground patties and were grilled fresh in front of you.

We’ve been invited back this summer for a Crab Boil, and I’m pretty sure Baton Rouge hasn’t seen the last of us.

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