Located in the heart of central Louisiana, Alexandria is a city of mixed cultures where the traditions of south and north Louisiana meet. This mix of influences extends to the city’s dining scene too, where classic Cajun recipes and southern Louisianan fare are served up alongside soul food and upscale American cuisine. The Culture Trip has lined up the best locally owned restaurants to get a taste of what Alexandria is all about.
A charming little haunt in the heart of Alexandria’s historic Garden District, 1921 Jackson St. serves up delicious breakfast and lunchtime fare alongside coffee and specialty pastries. Regular menu items include hearty sandwiches like The Porker (slow-roasted pork seared with house-made BBQ sauce with miso-slaw and garlic aioli on a brioche bun) and pan-seared ahi tuna with artichoke cream sauce, tomatoes, red onions and fresh greens. Daily lunch specials are also offered and include the likes of French onion soup and bourbon-glazed salmon. Better yet, as 1921 Jackson St. is a proud participant in Fresh Central, all of its eats are crafted from locally sourced fare.
1921 Jackson St., 1921 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA, USA, +1 318 787 2222
Inconspicuously tucked away in a cozy, little renovated house in downtown Alexandria, Word of Mouth Café’s focus is Southern-inspired eats and comfort food classics. Since owner-chef John Gunter opened the establishment five years ago, it’s become one of the city’s favorite lunch spots. The menu changes frequently, but dishes like Asian pork tacos and spicy shrimp pasta feature often, and there are always hearty sandwiches and a wholesome soup of the day to choose from too. Make sure you leave room for dessert; Word of Mouth Café’s bread pudding is apparently legendary, and Chef John likes to mix it up with different flavors like bananas foster and peanut butter chocolate.
Word of Mouth Café, 918 Foisy Street, Alexandria, LA, USA, +1 318 528 8702
Cooking up homestyle eats and southern Louisiana classics just like your grandmother used to make, Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl is a hidden gem on the outskirts of downtown Alexandria. Daily changing plate lunches make up most of Pamela’s menu, with hearty portions of fried fish and shrimp, smothered chicken and fried pork chops teamed with sides like macaroni and cheese, okra and corn maque choux. A few salads feature too alongside a number of po’boys with fillings like asiago cheese and roast beef or bacon and smoked turkey breast.