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A chefs table at Oak Crest Mansion Inn

Oak Crest Mansion Inn may be one of the most exciting new dining options on the Coast.
Oak Crest Mansion Inn may be one of the most exciting new dining options on the Coast. Special to the Sun Herald

I visit a lot of restaurants, and it isn’t very often that I am really wowed. Chef Jean Paul Lavalle recently invited me to be a guest in his kitchen at Oak Crest Mansion Inn in Pass Christian and the wow factor was very high indeed.

As a guest in his kitchen (I mean it literally; he set up a table in the kitchen, a classic chef’s table), Lavalle lavished our table with course after course: crab cakes, escargot, fresh grilled Gulf fish and a filet of beef that was nothing short of wonderful. It’s a tough job, isn’t it?

Lavalle was trained in the classic French style, but he has taken on a Southern/Coastal flair that is a delightful fusion. Make reservations and check this place out.

Oak Crest is a Bed and Breakfast and the restaurant is only open Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Crest Mansion Inn

Chef Jean Paul Lavalle

5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian

228-452-5677

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