Lagniappe Cooks up a Little Something Extra

By Dylan Bailey

Lagniappe takes inspiration from the flavors of New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah. With its unique twists on traditional dishes and an upscale ambiance, it’s the perfect place for a special celebration or an indulgent night out.

When you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant’s interior is eclectic, but if you prefer something more relaxed, the outside patio is the way to go. With a canopy covering the tables and a cozy fire pit, dining al fresco at Lagniappe offers a peaceful experience. Even without a reservation, you can still find a spot, especially in the back where the ambiance truly shines.

Exploring the menu at Lagniappe, you’ll find an extensive selection of drinks to kickstart your night. From a variety of wines to imaginative cocktails like the smoked Manhattan, Lagniappe offers a drink to suit every taste. And don’t forget to check out their impressive collection of spirits, including Japanese whiskeys for the discerning connoisseur.

Mayport shrimp and clam linguine.

When it comes to food, Lagniappe’s menu is truly an adventure. I was impressed to see the wide variety of options for appetizers. From house hot-smoked Norwegian steelhead salmon brulee to calamari and poutine with brisket, there’s something for every palate. And speaking of the poutine, it was fantastic. With its perfectly cooked fries, cheese curds, and tender brisket, it’s a standout choice. Heavy for a starter, but absolutely delicious.

That same variety carries over to the entrees. I sampled the Mayport shrimp and clam linguine, which comes served with grilled Tuscan bread. The linguine was cooked perfectly, and the succulent shrimp and clams were easily the stars. While it could benefit from a touch more seasoning in the broth, the flavors blended harmoniously and created a satisfying and filling meal.

If you’re not a seafood fan, the panko-crusted chicken breast is my personal favorite. Served with a champagne mushroom cream sauce, Carolina gold rice, and house vegetables, this dish was a visual and tasty delight. The chicken breast was beautifully coated, while the sauce, rice, and vegetables complemented each other with great aplomb.

No meal is complete without sides, and Lagniappe offers a nice variety to fluff up your main course. The crispy Brussels sprouts are a standout choice, offering a salty crunch and a burst of flavor.

Key lime pie.

To end the meal on a sweet note, I indulged in two of Lagniappe’s delectable desserts. The Key lime pie, drizzled with strawberry sauce and topped with whipped cream, was a slice of heaven. However, if you want something richer, the peanut butter pie is a must-try. Its dense and creamy texture will satisfy any sweet tooth, though it might be a bit too rich for some.

What sets Lagniappe apart is its commitment to creating an experience that goes beyond just great food. From the moment you step inside to the last bite, everything is carefully curated and wonderfully executed.

Something that left a lasting impression was the impeccable plating of each dish. Every plate was a work of art, elevating the already high bar. And the attention to detail extends to the flavors as well, with each component of the dish thoughtfully complementing each other.

If you’re looking for a dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary, Lagniappe is the spot. With its unique blend of flavors, this restaurant offers a little something extra. From the eclectic menu to the upscale ambiance, every aspect of Lagniappe is designed to provide a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.



Address: 4810 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, FL 32034

Hours: Open all week (hours vary)