Shreveport Louisiana (and its sister city Bossier City) in Northwest Louisiana is known as the Ark-La-Tex region since the state borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas intersect here. The food culture is unique because it is influenced by the surrounding areas and perfected by local chefs. Here are some don’t miss places to eat in Shreveport.
Up for Brunch Cafe
1520 Texas Ave, Shreveport, La 71103
Up for Brunch Cafe is delicious food in a bright, eclectic space with large glass windows overlooking the interstate. Watching the traffic is oddly satisfying and works with the murals created by local Shreveport artist Kalandra Jones.
They also have traditional southern favorites like shrimp and grits, beignets, and chicken and waffles. If you visit on a weekend, go early. This isn’t a large space and if you snooze, you’ll be waiting in a line outside the door to get in.
Earnest’s Orleans Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
1610 Spring St. Shreveport, LA 71101
This restaurant has been a part of Shreveport’s food scene for over 60 years. Earnest’s definitely has that special occasion vibe going on, so whether or not you’re celebrating, you will feel like you are.
The signature appetizer is marinated crab claws. The marinade is a secret sauce but it resembles a pesto type sauce with a heavy taste of celery. The portions are generous and the crab is fresh.
They also serve a variety of steaks, seafood and Italian specialties. What really makes this restaurant special is the attention they give to their flaming desserts and cocktails, prepared table side. There are currently four flaming dessert items on the menu. Ask your server or bartender for flaming cocktail recommendations.
Dining here is quite an experience. There’s also daily live entertainment in Ernest’s cocktail lounge. Reservations recommended.
East Bank District
Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City LA
The East Bank District in Bossier City, across the river from Shreveport, is the area’s fun new entertainment district where you’ll find many food and drink options.
Beaux Jax Crafthouse serves up hearty appetizers like nachos and Cajun deviled eggs plus a full menu of traditional Louisiana favorites like po’boy sandwiches, Jambalaya, blackened shrimp and grits plus and more.
The Frozen Pirogue is a daquiri and oyster bar with a weekend brunch. Additionally, there’s a robust menu with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers.
Sugar Sheaux is a weekly popup desert shop. Tuesday through Friday delivery is available. To inquire about delivery or pickup or to find out what they’re baking, visit their website.
The East Bank district is one of Shreveport-Bossier’s most up and coming areas. More than just food, the district has fantastic outdoor space perfect for live music and game day celebrations, with the largest outdoor TV I’ve ever seen. If you want to really shake things up, try your hand at axe throwing at Bayou Axe Throwing Co.
East Bank also offers the Chef’s Table, an event venue primarily used for chefs to showcase their talents. With the popularity of food trucks on the rise, this space gets a lot of use from food truck chefs who want to host a sit down dinner for their customers. This is where I had dinner when I visited East Bank District and sampled several items on the various menus, which included a lesson on how to eat crawfish.
All of the businesses mentioned above are on the same block and owned by the same family.
Fat Calf Brasserie
3030 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71104
I did not visit Fat Calf’s Creswell Avenue location but I recommend it based on the excellent quality of a lunch their chef catered at the Shreveport Aquarium. We visited on a cold, drizzly day and the beef stew with puff pastry and the sauteed Brussel sprouts with Korean vinegar, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds made for the perfect, warm and comforting meal.
I’ll also share that Brussel sprouts aren’t my favorite food but that I couldn’t stop eating these. The preparation was perfect and so flavorful.
Fat Calf Brasserie is on the top of my list to try next time I’m in Shreveport.
Note: the Shreveport Aquarium is a great, family friendly experience but the meal I had here was part of a special event.
3839 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport LA 71104
Ki’ Mexico is not your run of the mill taco joint. Family owned by two brothers from Mexico, this trendy eatery strives to bring different something fresh and different to the table. The brothers got their start as in the restaurant business with their mom expressed interest in selling her salsas at local farmers markets and business at their brick and mortar restaurant is booming. Mom’s salsas are still available for take home.
Menu items include salmon tostadas, tortugas (Mexican sandwiches) and a list of creative tacos, such as the Nopal, which is tender cactus sauteed with onions and oregano in a corn tortilla topped with avocado. Their Facebook page is a tempting parade of various specials, to include a Mexican burger and homemade ramen noodles.
Ki’ Mexico also offers Sunday brunch and live music.
Whisk Desert Bar
724 AZALEA DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA, 71106
Whisk is the place to go for something sweet in Shreveport. From the perfect cookie for an afternoon treat to custom cakes that are almost too pretty to eat, this light and airy desert bar is the spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. Gluten free baked goods are available.
Chef Blake Jackson creates his dreamy baked goods by pairing imported chocolates with fresh fruit and locally sourced ingredients. If you stop for a cookie, I recommend grabbing a few extra to nibble on later.