Eating My Way Through Shreveport/Bossier City
Shreveport/Bossier City has left quite an impression on me with its fabulous culinary options. While her sister city, New Orleans, will always be my favorite eating spot in the world, Louisiana has many other cities that are making foodies like myself stand up and take notice.
If you haven’t eaten your way through Shreveport/Bossier City, you may be surprised at what it has to offer. I found Shreveport Bossier City to be a perfect place for a weekend getaway or road trip, complete with dynamic restaurant choices.
Eating my way through Shreveport/Bossier City, cities separated by a river, but tied together in history and geography, was a fun way to explore them both.
**this article was originally published in March 2017, but updated in April 2020.
Grab a Beer and a Bite
Grab a cold beer and Shrimp Buster platter for dinner from the iconic Herby K’s. This fried shrimp po’boy inspired meal has been served since Herby K’s opened in 1936. The shrimp are pounded thin, deep-fried, and stacked on buttery bread. The taste is superb! I love Herby K’s signature sauce, which you will not want to skimp on. Hopefully, calories do not count from this neighborhood favorite restaurant.
For appetizers and drinks, try the Twisted Root Burger Co. or Zocolo Neighborhood Eatery & Drinkery. Twisted Root Burger Co. serves up boozy milkshakes and creative cocktails. This establishment wins Best Burger year after year and was most recently awarded one of the Top 10 Turkey Burgers in the United States by USA Today.
Breakfast in Shreveport
Breakfast happens at Strawn’s Eat Shop, a classic diner that offers all of your breakfast favorites, including homemade biscuits. The pancakes are light and fluffy, eggs cooked to perfection, and you will never run out of butter. Strawn’s huge mounds of butter even have their own Instagram page.
No matter how full you are, try a slice of pie or heck, just take a whole pie back to the hotel because you will want the entire thing. Strawberry is my preference and the sugary topping is enough to make your eyes roll back in your head.
Brunch is Always a Big Deal
Impressive Sunday brunches in Shreveport Bossier City come from the madhouse operation known as Marilynn’s Place. This all-you-can-drink brunch is a favorite of the hip, young crowds as well as families. Bring your pets and enjoy their company on the patio.
With his dazzling array of Cajun and Creole food options, Chef Boz hones in on what foods are popular and trendy. I recommend the Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya as it is flavorful and packed with meat. Purchase a ticket for the all-you-can-drink and go back for as many as you can hold.
Venture Out a Bit
Another restaurant option comes free with your stay at Mahaffey Farms in Princeton, Louisiana. This family-owned sustainable farm dates back to 1927. Mahaffey Farms supplies locals with fresh pasture-raised beef, poultry, eggs, and pork.
Belly up to the Airbnb’s vintage 1900’s kitchen table and enjoy the innkeeper’s home-cooked breakfast, which may include something like Breakfast Casserole, Fruit Salad, and fluffy fresh-baked muffins. Afterward, visit the animals around the grounds and learn a little about the life of farming. Mahaffey Farms is a charming place to visit.
So Many Lunch Choices, So Little Time
Get back to Southern goodness at Cush’s Grocery and Market. Here, you can have a Trio Salad (three scoops of Chicken, Tuna, Egg, or Pimento Cheese) or Shrimp Salads over a bed of lettuce. I love all of these Southern staples, so picture me over the moon that I can choose three! Take home some upscale food items from Cush’s gourmet market while you are there.
Another awesome choice is Ki’ Mexico, home of fresh and creative Mexican gourmet meals. I suggest the Mexican Tomato Soup, Carne Asada Con Chilaquiles, or the Green Mole. Save room for the Flan; flavors change seasonally, but the Caramel Flan with Macerated Blueberries is fantastic!
A Special Offering
Try food from around the city with Food Tours Louisiana. Chef Hardette Harris is the epitome of the perfect hostess. Perhaps you recognize her name as she adopted the Official Meal of North Louisiana. Yes, that is a real thing. It was passed under House Concurrent Resolution No 88.
Chef Hardette’s state meal includes Fried Catfish (which she cooks hard, no gummy breading on this fish), Barbecue Ribs, Collard Greens, and Hot Water Cornbread. This is a true testament to righteous soul food cooking.
A few of the stops on my food tour Harvey Clay’s Real BBQ and More (melt in your mouth grilled meats) and Rib Tip Express (Chicago style BBQ).
Dinner or Supper…You Choose
The one place that you must try in Bossier City is Lucky Palace. Do not be deterred by the appearance of the motel it is located in; the real treasure is within. Lucky Palace is an Asian restaurant with family-style portions and an incredible wine menu. Vegetarian options are abundant.
Home Style Duck is a popular choice for meat eaters while other popular dishes include the Happy Family, Thai Green Curry Prawns, and Korean Pancakes. Chef Kuan Lim knows how to satisfy the palate on every level. Bonus, the wine list is mind-blowing.
Find a fun downtown Shreveport restaurant at Parish Taceaux, home of darned good tacos. Their menu offers dishes such as Louisiana Catfish Tacos, Avocado Fries (I could eat my weight in these), Chorizo and Pimento Cheese Quesadillas, and the Nashville Hot! Chicken taco. Begin with Queso Dip and Guacamole. Your taste buds will celebrate after eating at Parish.
Spirits and Beer
You are bound to have worked up a thirst with all of this eating. Craft beer lovers will enjoy Great Raft Brewing, the most acclaimed brewery in the state of Louisiana. Great Raft Brewing’s Shreveport location offers a fun atmosphere for getting together with friends, playing games, or watching sports on their TV’s. Commotion, an American Pale Ale and my pick, is crisp and has no aftertaste. Locals also rave about Great Raft Brewing’s seasonal offerings which sell fast!
If beer is not your thing, Louisiana is full of drive-thru daiquiri shops, a unique concept that is still strange to this Florida gal. Alky Therapy is my favorite, known for their clever combinations and Instagram-worthy drinks. Their specialties have included a White Russian, Pokemon Go, and Purple Rain. You can even place your order by phone.
Delicious Sweet Treats
Should you wish to walk around an outdoor setting, visit the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. A few extra calories will not matter since you are walking around; may as well stop in The Chocolate Crocodile for local candies and chocolates. Everything here is chocolate-dipped! I prefer the chocolate dipped fruits but pretzels, marshmallows, apples, whatever your fancy is, they have it. Yum!
Shreveport’s Own Culinary Celebration
I was a guest of the second Eat Here: A Culinary Celebration of Shreveport Bossier City extravaganza. This elegant night of tasty fun and cultural history featured prepared recipes from Shreveport’s Past, Present, and Future by local chefs.
The setting was fabulous; on the outskirts of town at Sainte Terre’s gorgeous Benton property. The 2016 line-up included stuffed shrimp from Eddie’s Seafood & Soulfood Restaurant, ice-box pies from Strawn’s Eat Shop, Hawaiian cuisine from Ono’s Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine, and a fabulous, futuristic Chicken & Noodles by Chef Holly Schreiber.
You should definitely look for this event in September and plan accordingly. Tickets must be purchased in advance. It is one food fest you will not want to miss!
Where I Stayed in Shreveport Bossier City
My stay in Shreveport Bossier City was so good that I had to mention where I stayed during my travels. The Homewood Suites by Hilton was a fabulous place to rest my bones after hours upon hours of eating my way through the city. All of the rooms have modern conveniences, plus the Homewood Suites had a commendable staff and affordable rates.
I had a tastefully decorated room with a super comfy bed and spacious work area. Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and afternoon snacks were other attractive features. Bonus, the Homewood Suites are located within minutes of many Shreveport Bossier City offerings.
Shreveport Bossier City, Louisiana, offers a wonderful and diverse selection of food and drinks. Come see for Louisiana’s other side and judge for yourself! I know I still have a lot of restaurants to try; do you have any favorites to recommend?
Thanks to Shreveport Bossier City and their partners for hosting me on this food extravaganza. As with all posts, opinions are 100% and unbiased.
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