The South is synonymous with good food and Shreveport, Louisiana is a must stop on every foodie’s short list. The variety of taste experiences that a traveler can have in this quaint yet cosmopolitan community is almost endless.
- Geauxsicles: Forget luxury cupcakes, premium popsicles are the way to go. This family owned business has been creating artisinal cold desserts without artificial flavors for over 5 years in Shreveport. Cookies and cream, PB&J and a plethora of other unique flavors await the traveler looking for a cool treat during the dog days of summer or any other day for that matter.
- Sabores: Located across the Red River in Bossier City, Sabores is a family run restaurant serving up the best Dominican food in the area. Esther, Juan and the rest of the family bring out some of the most amazing Caribbean fare that you will ever have the pleasure of tasting. Start off with the Mofonguitos, small piles of mofongo (mashed plantain) topped with avocado and shrimp. Any of the slow roasted pork dishes make an excellent entrée as do the fish dishes. Make sure to request a bowl of the “Green Sauce”, it is heaven in liquid form.
- Strawn’s Eat Shop: This crazy diner has been listed as one of Southern Livings top 10 diners in the south. Murals decorate the shop while daily specials and great breakfast foods beg to be tasted. Best known for their pies, saddle up and try a slice of strawberry, coconut cream, chocolate, banana, or butterscotch. Butterscotch being my favorite of course.
- Lucky Palace: Don’t let the 2 star no-tell motel that houses this restaurant scare you off, this Chinese restaurant hearkens back to a bygone era. Kitschy decor belies the fact that this kitchen serves up some awesome Cajun Asian food. With more Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast awards than you can shake a stick at, you’er sure to find the perfect vino to compliment the Sweet and Sour Alligator or Duck Pancakes.
- Fertitta’s Deli: If there is such a thing as Shreveport Comfort food then this is the place to find it. Located in an old store front, this restaurant is the epitome of the Southern dining experience. Picnic tables and big rolls of paper towels let you know that this meal is going to get messy. Huge Italian rolls encapsulate the sandwich, nay the delicious dream experience that is the “Muffy”. Four types of deli meat and the most delicious olive mix you’ve ever tasted will have you begging for more and Fertitta’s can accommodate, shipping a “Muffy” directly to your front door. Be sure to skip the soda though and grab a cup of Mama’s Italian sweet mint ice tea.
If you’re lucky enough to be in town during the Louisiana State Fair, head on out to fairgrounds to catch a ride or two and some of the best fair food in the country. Fried eats may be the norm on the midway but check out a few of the lesser known delicacies. Sample frog legs, pork parfait,, grasshopper pizza, or a hot beef sundae. Top it all off with a red velvet funnel cake, an ass-kicking daiquiri and a helping of deep fried Kool-Aid.
A portion of this review’s underlying trip was hosted by Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. My opinions, however, are my own, and I was not paid to express any bias for or against this product or destination.