The Courtyard

After spending the morning cutting the grass (finally), walking the Danes, cleaning the house, and training for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon, we were STARVING. Deciding to try a new lunch spot, Beau and I headed off to Airline Hwy., near Jefferson, to The Courtyard Cafe (formerly O-Ya-Ya's). The restaurant is located behind The Courtyard gift and antique store, and offers inside as well as patio seating in the courtyard (hence the name). The location of The Courtyard is a bit peculiar as it sits on a random street surrounded by outdated...and somewhat dilapidated houses, but we forgot all that when we drove around back and walked into the quaint and almost whimsical courtyard.

Since the restaurant offered outside seating, Beau and I chose to sit in the courtyard, which was quite nice - especially since we were the only people there. There was no server, so the chef took our order, which was a little strange, but he was very nice. Anyway, Beau ordered a curry chicken salad sandwich with a side pasta salad, and I ordered a turkey sub with basil, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, and tomatoes with a side potato salad. I have to say - the descriptions sounded much better than the actual food itself. It definitely wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either. We walked away glad we tried it, but not dying to go back a second time. After eating, we walked over to the gift shop/antique store...

Once inside, we were pleasantly surprised. Similar to The Royal Standard, The Courtyard gift and antique store offered monogrammed trinkets, jewelry, art, soaps, antiques, and other miscellaneous gift ideas. Since it was in an old house, it had more of a charming antique store feel, and less of a store vibe. The staff was friendly and helpful, and made us feel right at home. Needless to say, we will be back again...just not to eat.

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