North Gate Tavern and Grill
Chimes Street bar adds a new menu
By Lucia EllenderPosted Feb 22, 2012
Looking for a happenin’ bar in the area serving lunch and dinner? As of a few weeks ago, you won’t have to walk too far, because North Gate Tavern is now serving food.
Located on West Chimes Street right outside the north gates of LSU, the tavern has been a home to college students and local musicians for over a decade. Now, new Owner Dusty Cooper is utilizing her experiences as a fine dining chef and is presenting traditional dishes to the recently renovated establishment.
“The tavern has been lacking a student atmosphere for years now, and I’m ready to bring that back,” Cooper said. “My passion for cuisine will invite a new environment, but [it will] continue to maintain the comfortable and positive vibe it is known for.”
Cooper strives to increase the restaurant’s clientele by gearing attention toward students and residents in the LSU area. The menu selections provide a wide variety of affordable and homemade foods that are convenient enough for the hike to class.
“I have packed the menu with appetizing ingredients that I hope will win over audiences and make them want to keep coming back for more,” said Cooper.
She tells her customers that there’s much to look forward to, and she won’t stop until everyone is pleased. From the southern praline chicken and waffles, to grilled cheese stuffed with macaroni and cheese, there is something for most types of taste buds.
As this was a great excuse to drink and enjoy lunch after school, I decided to pay the Tavern a visit.
The laid-back bar tempted my stomach in more ways than one. While I mulled over my lunch options, Cooper shared with me her passion for preparing Asian-style food, and recommended the Asian Salad.
The Eastern-tinted salad is made fresh with cilantro and basil chicken, and uses edamame, carrots, and cabbage for a surprising mix of textures. Then, it’s finished with green onions, crispy wontons, and peanut vinaigrette.
The chicken, edamame, and peanut vinaigrette make this salad a meal – it’s enough protein to sustain a university-sized hunger, but it’s also healthy enough to energize a student’s hike from the low-lying campus parking lots.
Cooper aims to have all transformations complete by the end of the year, and to welcome 2013 with a booming scene. With the addition of a functional kitchen, she wants to pull together a lunch crowd while maintaining North Gate Tavern’s long-time regulars.
Cooper feels pretty confident about the menu she’s been itching to implement since she bought the bar.
“It will be satisfying quality now, and incomparable quality later,” she said.
Take a peek at North Gate Tavern’s daily menu, which includes juicy hamburgers, salads, wraps, and round-the-clock breakfast burritos at 136 W. Chimes St. The kitchen stays open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.