If you thought Shreveport’s culinary scene was all cajun and creole foods, you are sorely mistaken. Check out this impressive list as Southern TravelingMom ventures out to eat her way through Shreveport, Louisiana. From iconic restaurants to new and now eateries, this list will surely please your palate with the delightful food in Shreveport.
7 Dining Spots with Amazing Food in Shreveport, Louisiana
No matter how upscale and gourmet we claim our culinary palate is, it will always crave comfort foods. On a recent press trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, I found another fantastic Southern eating destination that was one of the most flavorful that I’ve encountered. Here, comfort foods, ethnic eats, and classic dishes are done with flair and finesse to impress and pleasure your palate. Here are my insider tips on the best food in Shreveport.
1. Cush’s Grocery & Market
This delightful upscale grocery store (think fresh seafood, fine wines, and specialty foods) has a small restaurant inside. Homemade salads, picture perfect sandwiches, and Southern favorites highlight the menu. I favored the tuna salad avocado, creamy and chopped super fine, served on avocado halves. Cush’s Grocery & Market has all of my favorites: tuna, pasta, chicken, fruit, and shrimp salad, of which can be scooped over a bed of salad mix, too. Have a bouquet of these salads (choose 3) and taste even more deliciousness. For a lighter appetite, go for the Seafood Gumbo.
2. Real BBQ and More
Chef Harvey knows a thing or two about ribs (low and slow!) …and chicken, turkey, pork, you name it. He is a master Chicago style griller and everything we had at his restaurant, Real BBQ and More, was spectacular. Harvey just kept piling on the food and his personality could light up the night. You may recognize Chef Harvey (I mean he is 6’8″ tall) from his episode on LA Kitchen & Culture with Food Network fave Guy Fieri.
The brisket and rib tips dominate the menu- they were mouth-watering. We (a group of travel/food bloggers and I) tried to conquer the Now & Later Fries (loaded with brisket, beef tips, sausage, turkey, chicken, and covered with a scoop of ooey gooey amazing macaroni and cheese) but it was too much. Real BBQ and More’s smoked turkey breast was my favorite item on the menu.
3. Strawn’s Eat Shop
This homestyle diner, opened in 1944, has amazing breakfast offerings. One of my favorites was the Strawn’s Eat Shop’s fluffy, buttery biscuits. Speaking of butter, their huge, heaping mound of butter that they cook on the grill with even has its own Instagram account! The gravy was scrumptious and the eggs cooked to perfection. My favorite thing at Strawn’s Eat Shop was their world famous icebox pies, strawberry in particular. Other best sellers include coconut and chocolate. I can see why my friends in Louisiana always keep one on-hand in their refrigerators. The hand painted murals on the walls are kitschy and fun, too.
My favorite thing at Strawn’s Eat Shop was their world famous icebox pies, strawberry in particular. Other best sellers include coconut and chocolate. I can see why my friends in Louisiana always keep one on-hand in their refrigerators. The hand painted murals on the walls are kitschy and fun, too.
4. Ki Mexico
Never would I have guessed the level of upscale eats that lies inside when we pulled in the parking lot. Ki Mexico is a foodie lover’s favorite kind of Mexican fare—with a good dose of healthy eating involved as well. Owner Rodrigo and his brother (the chef behind the deliciousness) have created a killer menu and fun restaurant.
The tantalizing items I tried were the Guacamole (with sunflower seeds!), Vegetarian Tortuga Salad, and the Flan with warm apple Bourbon sauce, not to mention topped with candied pecans. Oh good heavens this was brilliant!
5. Blue Southern Comfort Foods and Ice Cream Parlor
Shew! From that name, I never would have guessed amazing chef restaurant inside as it looks like an ice cream parlor from outside. But stepping inside, Chef Carolyn Simmons, a James Beard recipient, is making delectable dishes that will make your eyes roll in the back of your head. The Shrimp and Grits can’t
The Shrimp and Grits can’t be beat…creamy grits with the perfect balance of salt and cheese, topped with plump Gulf shrimp, perfectly grilled. Yum! And there is the Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. This is comfort food done on another level, one you won’t soon forget. I think daydream over that decadent dish. Don’t forget the sweet tea!
For those not wanting comfort food, there are also brick oven pizzas and of course, ice cream.
**Unfortunately I have learned that this restaurant is no longer in business. Watch for Chef Carolyn Simmons to pop up in another spot.
6. Marilynn’s Place
Marilynn’s Place brings a new dimension to the term “Brunch.” The food is fantastic, they are pet-friendly, offer unlimited libations ($10 buys your wristband to their Bloody Mary bar which also includes mimosas and screwdrivers), and it is the popular spot to be in Shreveport.
I was in awe over the stellar food combinations and would have eaten every single item on the menu. Since I could not do that (guess I could have tried), I had the outrageously good red beans and rice and nibbled on a friend’s Mexican Breakfast and Shrimp & Grits. Wow, were they all fab! Save from for beignets, they are seriously delicious with their heavy dusting of powdered sugar and warm strawberry dipping sauce.
7. Parish Taceaux
Find a fun, artsy 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 Alabama Barbecue Chicken taco (with a bangin’ buttermilk bacon slaw). We began with Queso Dip and Guacamole, both equally addicting. Fancy a hand-crafted margarita or cocktail? This is where you will find them…great ones! Your taste buds will celebrate after eating at Parish. Mine did.
Shreveport was purely delicious. I am glad to have added another flavorful city to my repertoire of Southern arsenal. It’s been wonderful learning that another Louisiana city, besides New Orleans, has just as delicious offerings for foodies and families.
Have you tasted the food in Shreveport and if so, did you have any tasty dishes? I would love to hear your restaurant and dish suggestions.