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    My Recommended Eats
    for Shreveport-Bossier City

    HUNGRY? Check out these great eats!

    (These listings are my personal favorites and are in no particular order.)


    Tacomania Grill & Cantina
    641 E. Kings Hwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 868-4588

    In my opinion, the best Mexican food in town is at Tacomania, now located further down on East Kings Hwy., just east of Youree Drive. The food and service is excellent. My personal favorite order is a cup of their delicious homemade soup and a homemade tamale. The chips and salsa are great, and the menu is not like anything you'll see at any other Mexican restaurant in town. From the fresh salsa bar to several varieties of tacos to excellent Margaritas (2 for 1 at Happy Hour), Tacomania is everything you could ask for in a Mexican restaurant and more.


    Yeero! Yeero!
    4511 Youree Drive
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 219-0027

    One of my favorite places to grab a quick bite through the drive-thru window is Yeero! Yeero!, located on Youree Drive near Southfield. A gigantic step above the average fast food fare, the Gyro sandwich is delicious, and an icy Frozen Cappuchino topped with whipped cream sure hits the spot on a hot summer day. They also have daily specials featuring generous portions of Greek specialties and the prices are excellent. For the sit-down experience and many more options, visit their sister restaurant, Athenian Delights, located at 6535 Line Avenue.


    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    6251 Westport Ave.
    Shreveport, LA
    Phone: (318) 688-6080

    Yes! There is a Cracker Barrel in Shreveport! First time I tried one of Cracker Barrel's delicious homestyle breakfasts was on a trip in 1995. We were headed to Washington, DC, and fortunate enough to happen onto the original location in Tennessee. It's certainly an experience and there's nothing else like it. There's generally a wait for a table during peak dining hours, but it's well worth it and they provide a wonderful gift shop to browse around while your appetite builds. You'll need it for the huge portions they serve.


    Jason's Deli
    5810 Line Ave.
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    Phone: (318) 861-6952

    Soup and sandwich or a giant stuffed baked potato always hit the spot at Jason's Deli. But don't stop there--the menu is HUGE. Every conceivable sandwich, soups, fresh fruit, cookies, brownies. And they also have a great salad bar with everything you could possibly think to put on a salad bar. Save room for the free softserv ice cream, complete with toppings. Low prices and plenty of parking inside Uptown Shopping Center.


    Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
    7150 Youree Drive
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 797-8303

    You can never go wrong at Olive Garden. I love the minestrone soup, salad, and bread, and every pasta dish I've tried has been delicious. As you probably already know, this is a very popular national chain with an extensive menu of creative dishes, so be prepared for a wait for peak lunch and dinner times as this is the one and only location in the area. I personally prefer to go during off times but this restaurant is so good, it's worth the wait. You'll enjoy the excellent, friendly service.


    Copeland's of New Orleans
    1665 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 797-0143

    Copeland's of New Orleans is a highly rated Cajun restaurant based in New Orleans that finally made it to Shreveport late in 1997. They have incredible steaks and seafood, hot biscuits are made from scratch and melt in your mouth. Leave some room for the decadent, creamy homemade cheesecake. Go EARLY to avoid a wait. My favorite time to visit Copeland's is mid-afternoon--no wait, and you still get the great lunch prices.


    Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
    1601 Spring St.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 226-1325

    The exquisite tastes of Ernest's Orleans Restaurant, home of the one and only Kentucky Limestone Salad, is a truly memorable dining experience, one of the finest in town. They offer casual dining with a bar and live entertainment on one side, and elegant formal dining (proper dress required) on the other. I'm a fan of the casual side, having been first introduced to it years ago when my friend, Tim Boatman, performed there. The marinated crab claws are outstanding. As are the steaks and seafood dishes. Open for dinner only. Closed on Monday. Pricey, but worth it.


    Herby K's
    1833 Pierre Ave.
    Shreveport, LA 71103
    Phone: (318) 424-2724

    You can't come all the way here and not have a Shrimpbuster from Herby K's, a Shreveport institution for decades. Go early or late for lunch. The place is small but worth any wait, and the prices are great. If the weather's nice, they have a patio. And they have icy cold beer. It's off the beaten path, but worth seeking out.


    Ralph & Kacoo's
    1700 Old Minden Rd.
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    Phone: (318) 747-6660

    Everything on the menu is delicious at Ralph & Kacoo's in Bossier City, where the locals go to eat Louisiana style seafood and great steaks. It's pricey for dinner but worth every penny. Lunch is half the price and you can even get a burger, but why? Go for the gumbo, catfish, or a po-boy. The service is great and the servers know the menu, so ask them for a recommendation if you're not sure. On the way out, check out their store and fish tanks, and pick up a R&K cookbook before you leave. It's filled with the best Cajun seafood recipes you'll find anywhere.


    Monjunis Italian Cafe & Grocery
    1315 Louisiana Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 227-0847
    7601 Youree Drive
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 797-9999

    Try anything on the menu at Monjuni's! Go for the Muffaletta! Or the Lasagna! Or the Spaghetti & Meatballs! Mmmmm! Take a group and try everything! Or get the Sampler like I do and have leftovers for a day or two. (Can you tell I like Monjunis?) The original location is on Louisiana Ave., but all the locations are fabulous and take-out is a breeze. For those watching their sugar, they have a no sugar version of their homemade sauce and garlic bread. They also have great salads. If you don't live here, you can order their wonderful sauce, olive mix (I try not to run out), and more, through their web site.


    Olive Street Bistro
    1027 Olive Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 221-4517

    Savor the rich and hearty Osso Bucco or an incredible wood fired pizza at Olive Street Bistro, the best Northern Italian cuisine this side of Italy and a great date restaurant, though a bit cozy. Wonderful ambiance and everything is muy delicioso! Try the authentic deli for a great picnic. They have incredible homemade mozzarella. The bread is wonderful. Everything is good. You cannot go wrong for lunch or dinner at this charming, off the beaten path bistro.


    Deli-Casino Sandwich Shoppe
    637 E. Kings Hwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 869-2379

    With sandwiches like One-Armed Bandit and Full House, Deli Casino, has gained a sterling reputation for serving absolutely the best deli sandwiches in town, and they have great salads and soup, too, not to mention the friendliest owner in town behind the counter! It's a warm, friendly place and I've loved it since it opened over 20 years ago. Call in for pick-up at their drive-thru window or eat inside, but do it early, they're not open for dinner.


    Superior Grill
    6123 Line Ave.
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    Phone: (318) 869-3243

    Want to eat great Mexican food while seeing and being seen? Try Superior Grill, a longtime Shreveport happy hour favorite that serves fabulous mesquite grilled fajitas in several varieties and one of the best Margaritas in town. This is a place that is always packed, so keep in mind that you'll have to wait a while for a table if you choose to go during actual meal times. I generally choose to visit Superior mid-afternoon during the week, when you can get a table without waiting, but if you want to be packed in with all the beautiful people in town, by all means, go any evening and you'll be in people heaven. [Remember years ago when it was Cadillac Grill, back in the 80s? I worked there for a short time as a hostess back then.]


    The Blind Tiger

    120 Texas Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 226-8747

    My favorite place for Chicken Strips is at The Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport where you'll also find a great bar, karaoki, video poker, and delicious seafood and steaks. If you can find room, they have some interesting looking desserts as well. This is a favorite for locals groups. I've eaten there many times over the last three decades (in all the location's incarnations) with groups of 5 or 6 to 10 or more. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is great. [Years ago when this place was called Chelsea's {Thank you D.C.}, I worked for a catering company that sometimes worked out of their kitchen. On January 28, 1986, I was standing in front of a television near the east end of the bar while several of us watched, first in awe, then in horror, as the space shuttle Challenger exploded before our eyes.]


    George's Grill
    175 E. Kings Hwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    Phone: (318) 861-7264

    The first time I ate at George's Grill, I was just a kid. Since then, I've enjoyed dozens of breakfasts (get there before they run out of homemade biscuits) and lunches (and slices of Strawberry pie), usually sitting at one of their window tables, and can certainly vouch for how good the food is. I particularly enjoy the simple burgers and fried chicken plate lunch. It's a comfortable hometown place to be, a classic diner, and long-time Shreveport institution that is as friendly as it is good.


    Strawn's Eat Shop
    125 E. Kings Hwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    Phone: (318) 868-0634

    Another classic diner choice for breakfast or lunch is Strawn's Eat Shop, known for it's delicious ice box pies, homestyle fried chicken dinner, and crispy, chunky hash browns, not to mention a great view of Centenary College. The pie is so good, locals are in and out of there all day long buying whole pies and slices to go. This longtime institution is such a hit, they've opened another location.
    Strawn's Eat Shop Too
    1643 E. 70th Street
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Phone: (318) 798-7117


    Cuban Liquor & Wine Company
    928 Pierremont Road
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    Phone: (318) 869-1236

    Wine and gourmet lovers like myself, would be remiss not to visit Cuban Liquor & Wine Company for that special bottle of wine or a gourmet basket for a lovely picnic. They have so much great stuff, it's fun to browse, but you'll pick up something to take with you for sure. Cuban is located just west of Line Ave.


    Southern Maid Donuts #5
    3230 Barksdale Blvd.
    Bossier City, La 71112
    Phone: (318) 741-1003
    FAX: (318) 741-1016

    You haven't been to Shreveport-Bossier if you haven't tasted the melt-in-your-mouth glazed donuts at Southern Maid Donuts #5. Check the sign for when they're HOT! Mmmmmm! This particular location also has Kolaches and ice cream. They also have a wall of cool photos from the early Hayride days that you really must check out if you're into the stars of that era. If you're lucky, the very friendly owner will also be there to share his own memories of the Hayride days and our local area. I remember going to the original Southern Maid Donuts as a child (It's no longer there but you can see a photo of it on Alvin's web site) and nothing takes me back to childhood faster than a hot Southern Maid donut. It was "the" treat back in the 60s, and it still is today. [Does anyone else remember the watermelon stand that was just down the road from the original Southern Maid?]

    More locations for Southern Maid Donuts
    3505 Hearne Ave.
    Shreveport, LA 71103
    Phone: (318) 636-7202
    9359 Mansfield Road
    Shreveport, LA 71118
    Phone: (318) 687-1050
    4701 E. Texas St.
    Bossier City, LA
    Phone: (318) 742-5350
    Bayou Walk Shopping Center
    6658 Youree Dr., Ste. 175
    Shreveport, LA
    Phone: (318) 524-3900


    Bon Appetit!


    Disclaimer: These listings are my recommendations, actually personal favorites, as a Shreveport native and are not meant to be all-inclusive. There are many great restaurants in town I've yet to visit or may never visit, and there are great restaurants I have visited and just haven't put them on my list yet. I've visited many of the restaurants around here over the years, but not all of them. If you know of a great place that you'd like to see on this list, send me an email and I'll try to visit them as soon as time and budget will allow, but I can't recommend it unless I've actually been there, loved it, and know I'll be going back. Most of the restaurants on this list are places I've visited many times. So, if the food and service, among other things, hit a home run with me, I'll add them to my list once I've been there a few times.


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