For Throwback Thursday, I want to talk about one of my old Oxford favorites–L&M’s Kitchen and Salumeria.
I say old because I moved to Oxford in 2006 and was only able to enjoy L&M’s for a couple of years before it closed.
The place had such a warmth about it. You’d walk down the long hallway entrance, past a variety of meats hanging in a glass room where someone in the group would usually pause to say, “I’ll take that one!” Once you reached the dining room, the smell of marinara, steaks and garlic hit you in the most delightful way. The clinking of wine glasses and the dull roar of diners disappeared as you bit into crispy bruschetta, perfectly al dente pasta, and herbacious local sausage. That’s just dinner. Don’t even get me started on brunch!
Oxford history says that L&M’s Kitchen closed (and Boure moved) because of the Vieux Carre construction project (you’re familiar with the building housing Pita Pit on the corner of Lamar and Jefferson?). There was scheduled to be a second Vieux Carre tower. That was six years ago. You can probably see where I’m going with this.
In my opinion, Oxford sacrificed one if its best restaurants in order to make room for a project that never came to fruition.
There is a silver lining here, though. For those who fell in love with the sausage and pork served at L&M’s, I believe you can still obtain it from the restaurant’s original supplier, Stan’s Country Store on Hwy 6 or the Farmers’ Market on Old Hwy 7. And if you can whip up some pasta and bruschetta like Dan Latham used to make, call me up and I’ll head right over.
P.S. Wondering what happened to chef/owner Dan Latham? After closing L&M’s, he moved to Atlanta and began Moto Bene, a successful mobile pizza truck, before moving on to open his own restaurant consulting business, LQC Ventures, in 2011.