Race to the Greyhound :: Covington’s Gourmet Gastropub

A few weeks ago, I wasn’t in the mood to cook, so my husband figured it was a great opportunity to go to a new restaurant. We had passed by the Greyhound a few times, and after checking online to make sure they had a kids’ menu, we decided to try it out.

The Greyhound is the sister restaurant to del Porto, and is located in the old Greyhound bus station in Old Covington, hence the name. When we first walked in, I was so impressed with the simple but classy décor that I was a little worried we were underdressed or that it might not be a very kid-friendly restaurant, but my concerns were immediately alleviated. We were quickly seated and the waitress was fantastic with my girls throughout the entire meal. I’m not usually a huge fan of gastropub-style restaurants because I typically feel the food is very heavy, but the menu at the Greyhound includes a variety of European-inspired dishes, many of them as light and fresh as the restaurant’s décor. There were so many great-sounding options, that my husband and I had already decided before we ordered that we would have to come back again.

On our first visit, my girls ordered the pizza and grilled cheese from the kids’ menu, my husband ordered the Greyhound Pub Burger, and I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie. We also ordered fries for the table. My youngest absolutely devoured her pizza. We all enjoyed bites of my eldest’s grilled cheese, which looked like it had been made for a food magazine. She didn’t complain about us helping ourselves to her food because she was too busy stealing chicken out of my pot pie, which had all the comforts of a made-from-scratch recipe. My husband also thoroughly enjoyed his burger, which I didn’t even get to sample because he ate it so quickly, and we bantered over which of the three fry sauces was best. We ended the night with some ice cream for the girls and an order of the Warm Sticky Toffee Date Pudding for my husband and me to share. Sticky Toffee Pudding has always been one of my favorite desserts, and the Greyhound’s version certainly did not disappoint.

As we left that night, my husband and I agreed we would definitely be returning, and last week, I decided that a date night to celebrate the end of the school year was the perfect excuse. This time, we went just the two of us. We started the night off with drinks and an appetizer. My husband ordered a Reissdorf Kolsch, and I ordered the St. Germain Spritz, which was light and refreshing – a perfect summer drink. For our appetizer, we ordered the Wood Oven Roasted Feta Mediterranean, a baked block of feta cheese with tomato sauce, olives, and artichokes, served with pocket bread. The appetizer could easily serve a bigger group, but we couldn’t stop eating it and finished it off just as our entrees were delivered to the table. This time, my husband ordered the NY Strip and I ordered the Doner Kebab. My husband’s steak was perfectly cooked and tender, and my kebab, which was more like a Gyro, was extremely flavorful, especially with the chili-vinegar sauce. We finished off the night with the Schwarzenwalder Kirschtorte (black forest cake) to satisfy my chocolate cravings.

As we ate, we took in the sights and smells of the dishes served to other tables, and as with the previous visit, began discussing what we’d order next time. I want to try the Reuben and the fish sandwich, and my husband wants to try the Butchers Plate and the Confit Buffalo Turkey Wing. At some point, we’ll also have to agree to share one of the wood-fired pizza and a Chocolate Chip, Peanut & Pretzel Cookie Sandwich. And there are so many other delicious-sounding menu items to choose from. We’ve definitely discovered our new favorite restaurant.

Whether you are looking for an inspired family meal or just for drinks and dessert at the bar, I highly recommend the Greyhound on the Northshore.

Kelly Vollmer
Kelly first moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, from which she earned a B.S. in Psychology and English and an M.A. in English. She quickly discovered New Orleans was the place where she had always belonged, and her high school sweetheart, Jeff, soon followed her here. They have now been married for 16 years and have two beautiful girls, Emma Jane (11) and Hannah (6), and 4 year-old pup named Ember. Kelly is a lover of all things nerdy, a proud fangirl, and she is a passionate high school English teacher.


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