Where To Eat In Shreveport-Bossier

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25 October 2016

Shreveport and Bossier, two cities located by the Red River on Louisiana’s less touristy side, bring together strong English, French and Cajun influences to create an exciting culture mix. Residents here are known for taking pride in their traditional Southern hospitality and are typically welcoming. The food on offer throughout the area is second to none, with a number of restaurants serving innovative twists on good, wholesome, American food.

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Restaurant, Pub Grub, Seafood, American, $$$
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2 Johns is an unstuffy, sophisticated restaurant: the tables are decked with floor length white table clothes that ooze class; the grand piano also helps with the atmosphere, serenading guests as they dine on sumptuous meat and fish dishes. The menu features a great array of steaks and wonderful grilled fish, cooked to perfection. Resident artist Neil Johnson keeps the restaurant looking elegantly chic with a number of beautiful and original photographs.

The Chocolate Crocodile

For a quick and delicious sugar fix, chocolate lovers should visit The Chocolate Crocodile for some delicious, tasty treats. As well as selling sets of ornately decorated chocolate boxes, The Chocolate Crocodile also specializes in apples that are festooned with additional tasty tit-bits. These range from the traditional caramel, or toffee, apple, but also include varieties such as the peanut, and the cheesecake apples.

The Chocolate Crocodile, 460 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City, LA, USA; +1 318 742 3316

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A Signature Cocktail at Don Juanz Beach Tacos | Courtesy Don Juanz Beach Tacos

Don Juanz Beach Tacos

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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Don Juanz Beach Tacos are a little piece of Mexico in the heart of Bossier city. After spending years in California’s Mexican Baja area, owner Don O’Byrne decided the only course of action left to him was to open a specialist beach taco shop and pioneer his own west coast Cali-Mex cuisine. Don Juanz’s beach tacos are accordingly stuffed with all manner of delicious beach based fillings; snapper, yellow fin tuna, and shrimp, all make an appearance on this exciting and innovative menu. The bar menu features a wide range of domestic and Mexican beer, as well as the inevitable margaritas.

Bodacious BBQ

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Bodacious BBQ in Bossier, Louisiana, is the home of the botato. For those wondering what that is, the botato is a jacket potato, stuffed with pulled pork and topped with cheese (it’s quite bodacious – hence the name). Other menu items include slow-cooked ribs and brisket, served with classic creole and barbecue sides. The restaurant was inspired by a combined 26 years of creole style cookery, handed down by grandmother and mother, as well as a stint in San Antonio style barbecue. This venue has a relaxed, no frills approach to cookery, and is all the better for it.

Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
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Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant is a family owned restaurant in Shreveport. The menu is famously well established, with people travelling from far and wide to try Ernest’s favorite dishes. Popular items include marinated crab claws, panned chicken, and spaghetti and meatballs. However, the most renowned dishes are the fried seafood dinners, where selected fish and shellfish are served on a huge platter of deliciousness.

Four Winds

Restaurant, Asian, Vegetarian
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Four Winds is the resident high class restaurant inside the Horseshoe Hotel in Bossier city. The restaurant is the finest example of Asian fusion cuisine for miles around, incorporating elements of Cantonese, Mandarin, Szechuan, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. The menu features chicken lettuce wraps, where wok seared minced chicken is fried alongside water chestnuts, green onions and mushrooms before being wrapped in lettuce and devoured. Mains include lemon chicken – battered chicken served with a sweet lemon sauce – and Ma Po Tofu, braised pork served in a soup with tofu cubes. With so much variety on offer, Four Winds has something for everyone.

What's Up? Diner

Diner, Dessert, Fast Food, $$$
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What’s Up? Diner in Bossier is a cultural institution in the heart of the southern states. As well as the typical diner fare, What’s Up? also serves Louisiana classics such as Po’ Boys, sandwiches that are filled with delectable slow-cooked meats or fried fish, placed inside a French style baguette. Customers can also opt to build their own burger.

Lucky Palace

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Lucky Palace in central Bossier City is a Chinese restaurant with a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. The restaurant serves typical Chinese food with a gourmet twist, allowing for some truly sumptuous dishes. Main courses include Peking duck, served with hoisin sauce and pancakes. Dishes like these are perfect for sharing.

Pietro's Pizzeria

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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A small group of family-run pizza restaurants, Pietro’s Pizzeria has a restaurant in three of the southern states. Pizza can be bought whole or by the slice. Pasta dishes are plentiful, featuring creamy or tomato-based sauces with a variety of meats and vegetables. Dessert comes in the form of homemade gelatos, a perfect sweet indulgence after a heavy meal.

Superior Grill

Restaurant, Mexican, Beer, $$$
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The Superior Grill is regarded as one of the finest Mexican grills in North Louisiana. The restaurant is famous for its tortillas and margaritas, both of which it serves in abundance. There is a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable-filled tortillas, burritos and tacos, suited to any tastes. The restaurant also provides a number of Mexican themed nights.

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