What food rarely takes center stage, spans
nearly all cultures, is refreshing in the sweltering summer heat and
warms our bones in the bitter, colder months? Why, it’s soup, my
At Mexico’s southern tip lie three small
coastal fishing villages: San Agustinillo, La Ventanilla and Mazunte,
whose combined population tops out at just more than a thousand.
Thatched roof huts of dried palm overlook golden sandy beaches,
frolicking sea turtles and stunning ocean views, luring eco-tourists who
seek the last of the world’s pristine, undeveloped lands.
SwampWater Grill is located inside the same
sprawling, shanty-like building that houses Riverside Centre Antique
Mall. The restaurant is the brainchild of property owner Chris Ornella
and partner Kirk Prest, who hails from Plaquemines Parish, La., just
south of New Orleans.
Yard House is a restaurant chain purchased
last year by Darden Restaurants, the publicly traded corporation that
brought us Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Seasons 52. The chain’s 44th
location overlooks the Roebling Bridge, a baseball toss from the
homegrown and similarly themed Moerlein Lager House.