Marigny brings New Orleans to South Walton (Photos)

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 04:57 PM.

Marigny (pronounced "mari-in-knee") is South Walton's newest restaurant and a place executive chef/co-owner Chris Mongogna and managing partner Jason Jaume have taken on as a labor of love.

As a salute to their roots, the restaurant's name comes from the name of a neighborhood in New Orleans that is adjacent to the French Quarter and popular with the city's natives due to its cool bars, restaurants, and music scene.

"The whole area there is called the 'Faubourg Marigny,' meaning neighborhood of Marigny," explained Mongogna. "Bernard De Marigny was an interesting man. We decided that it was perfect for us because of the restaurant's location, as well as our NOLA personalities. We hang out in the Marigny because we love the culture, music and food it encapsulates. Since we are tucked back in this neighborhood, we felt the name fit perfectly."

The neighborhood that Marigny is tucked back in is almost at the end of E. Hewett on Hogtown Bayou, similar to the New Orleans neighborhood's proximity to the water.

From this locale, the two guys who were best friends in high school in New Orleans, serve up genuine New Orleans-style fare such as shrimp Creole, crab-meat stuffed catfish, grillades and grits, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, charbroiled oysters, gumbo, crabcakes, and po' boys, for between $6.95 and $21.95.

Although their restaurant is newly opened, the two men are not new to the area. They are part of the New Orleans group that moved here in a caravan down Interstate 10 in 2007 following Katrina. The men have lived and worked here for the past seven years, with Mongogna being most recently Restaurant Fire's executive chef.

"I wanted to see if I could make it going out on my own," he said.

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