In Louisiana, no one can hear you scream…that you’re hungry. Because they’re hellbent on feeding you, and feeding you well. From traditional Cajun influences to fine dining, there’s something for everyone.
At Columbia Cafe, a charming little bungalow, breakfast is the order of the day. Known for flavorful omelettes, it’s a hip and funky place. Even though the waitress we had was super green and didn’t even know what Gruyere cheese was or how to make coffee, her cheery attitude and lack of knowledge only seemed to add to the charm.
3030 Creswell St.
(Kings Hwy at Creswell Avenue)
Shreveport, LA 71104
We found two great places for lunch fare. First, Abby Singer’s Bistro, inside the Robinson Film Center (home to Shreveport’s soon-to-be three-year-old gay and lesbian film festival), food can be enjoyed on the balcony above the marquee, inside the restaurant, or even inside the theaters where cutting-edge independent films frequently run. Kick-ass burgers and an amazing version of chicken and waffles are highlights of the menu.
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 459-4122 Perhaps our favorite meal of the trip was at world-famous Herby K’s, a dive eatery that’s been serving up great food since 1936. Sit on the original side of the restaurant,which is the dining room on the RIGHT side if facing the front door from the street. It looks like a movie set with all the eclectic items in the room and behind the bar. Gumbo and jambalaya are amazing, but it’s the Famous Shrimp Buster that steals the show. A po boy at heart, it features shrimp pounded flat and deep fried and served with a secret “Shrimp Buster” sauce that is totally addictive. Wash it down with one of their ice-cold draft beers and we challenge you to find a better — or more authentic — taste of Louisiana.
Shreveport, LA 71103
If you’re determined to find finer dining, Bella Fresca is ideal. A small, intimate restaurant serving up innovative cuisine, the vibe is casual enough to not be stuffy. But the food is top-notch. The Angus filet mignon was perfectly cooked and atop the most wonderful garlic mashed potatoes. And we’ve had our share of garlic mashed potatoes. At dinner, the dining room is dimly lit, so we weren’t able to take any good pictures. Just imagine a beautiful steak.
If you find yourself in Shreveport in the summer months, you’re going to need something to cool you off. And there’s not much better than a gourmet popsicle. Geauxcicles features imaginative flavors like Parisian Pink, which is made with white chocolate cheesecake and raspberries. Or Cookie Mac-ster, a combo of smooth caramel and chocolate cookies. They’re all delicious, only $3.25 and there’s one really cute guy that works there, too. We’re keeping those photos for ourselves.
Geauxsicles Gourmet Ice Pops
3970 Youree Drive