Warm colors, lustrous woods, and floral accents set the scene at Dakota, one of the most reliable and consistent fine-dining experiences on the north shore. Owner-chef Kim Kringlie's inspirations may be multicultural, but his seasonal menus are solidly grounded in south Louisiana. Both the Brie and crabmeat soup and the crackly soft-shell crab stuffed with a variety of expertly seasoned shellfish are signatures. The wine list is among the most complex and well-planned
in the area. This is a delicious stop if you're visiting the Northshore.