When traveling to Northern Louisiana, many people will combine Shreveport and Bossier City as one town to visit. But in fact, Shreveport and Bossier City are two district cities in Northern Louisiana, and both offer a variety of restaurants to try.
Whether you are looking for fine dining in Shreveport or restaurants in Bossier City, this blog post will help you decide on where and what to eat when you are out sightseeing and enjoying the great outdoors.
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What food to eat in Shreveport-Bossier City
There are many hidden gems sprinkled throughout Shreveport and Bossier City, but expect to find a lot of holes in the walls, local favorites, and delicious food.
If you are looking for fine dining, delicious donuts, or something called a Shrimp Buster, keep reading below! These are some of the best places I visited when looking for good places to eat near me.
Restaurants in Bossier City
1. BeauxJax CraftHouse
501 Barksdale Blvd
Looking for good comfort food, craft beer, and a fun atmosphere for everyone, then check out BeauxJax Crafthouse.
BeauxJax is located in the heart of Bossier City, in the middle of the East Bank Market. If you are looking for food or a selection of beer, BeauxJax is the way to go.
What to order: Everything on the menu looks and sounds delicious, but get the Bourbon Street Chicken PoBoy.
Spicy chicken, coleslaw, melted cheese all wrapped up in butter french bread. This PoBoy is non-traditional but sure to keep your mouth watering. Pair the Poboy with a side salad or a serving of rice beans.
2. World Tour Buffet at Margaritaville
777 Margaritaville Way
Leave your passport at home because, at this casino, you can try foods from all around the world at World Tour Buffet without having to go through TSA.
After a day of sightseeing or gambling, you are sure to be hungry for a whole lot of food!
What to order: Well, it is a buffet, so you don’t need to order, but your $30 does include two glasses of wine or beer!
Everyone comes to this buffet to get an order (or three) of the crab legs. If you are not in the mood for seafood, then the salad bar and dessert bar are super nice.
Also – Margaritaville has a hotel to stay, and the rate is pretty inexpensive! If you are looking for a place to stay while in Bossier City, check out Margaritaville.
3. 2 Johns
2151 Airline Dr
Voted as OpenTable’s Top 100 Steakhouses in America and the best overall restaurant in Bossier – 2 Johns is the upscale dining restaurant you are looking for.
Fine dining, live music, and delicious cocktails and wine will draw you into 2 Johns.
What to order: the 10-ounce filet comes with whipped red potatoes and haricots verts, add a side of sauteed mushrooms or potatoes Au Gratin for the whole table to enjoy.
4. Lucky Palace
750 Diamond Jacks Blvd
One of my favorite restaurants in Bossier City is Lucky Palace.
Why? Well, did you know that Lucky Palace is a James Beard Semi-Finalist, has been featured in Garden and Gun Magazine, and is located in a seedy motel that rents rooms for $195 a week?
Yup, you heard me – some of the best food in Bossier City is located in a building that advertises cheap hotel rooms by the week. But wait, there is more.
Not only does Lucky Palace have some of the best Chinese food in Louisiana, but the owner Kaun Lim also taught himself everything about wine and has one of the largest collections of wines.
Once you get inside of Lucky Palace, get ready to eat and drink to your heart’s desire. This is one of the coolest places to eat near me.
What to Order: Honestly, go with a big group and order as many things as you can! Everything that we tried was delicious, but you have to get the Appetizers Tray for 2.
You get to sample the eggrolls, crab rangoon, coconut shrimp, chicken wing, beef on a stick, and fried dumpling.
Once you know what you want to eat for appetizers and dinner, make sure you order a bottle or two of their world-famous wine.
Good places to Eat in Shreveport
5. Frank’s Pizza Napoletana
6950 Fern Ave
At Frank’s Pizza Napoletana, you will feel like you’ve gone to Naples without leaving Shreveport. Cozy, Casual, Upscale and a moose head in the main dining area – You will love Franks for any celebration.
They even allow you to order and eat your 12-inch pizza because – that’s what Italians do.
What to order: Order a bunch of appetizers for the table, including the Wood Fired Focaccia, Spiedini, and Blue Crab Bagna Cauda.
The Spiedini is skewers of mozzarella wrapped in pepperoni and roasted in the wood-burning oven if you are looking for a “lighter” meal after all those appetizers get the fried oysters Insalata or the Fig & Pig Pizze Bianche.
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6. Bella Fresca
6307 Line Ave
Upscale yes unpretentious, Bella Fresca offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Here you can dine on Filet Mignon at night or Filet Mignon Burger during lunch. The lunch and dinner menus are wildly different that you can have a casual experience for lunch but then come back again for a white table cloth dinner at night.
What to order: If you have noticed, I am a steak lady, and the Certified Angus Filet mignon is the way to go for dinner. Served with white truffle bearnaise, garlic mashed potatoes, and shaved asparagus, this meal is the full deal.
7. Southern Maid Donuts
Various locations throughout Shreveport
Known as the only place where Elvis Presley created a commercial, Southern Maid Donuts is a must when in Shreveport.
The original location is located right off of I-20, these donuts are great anytime, but the jingle does say that you can get piping hot donuts every day at 4 pm!
What to order: These donuts are so inexpensive you should get one of everything, but if you are only in the mood to eat one or two donuts, get their classic glaze and whatever your favorite type of donut is!
I ended up getting the chocolate log.
8. Herby K’s
1833 Pierre Ave
There is something about finding a super-local hole in the wall that just makes visiting a new town perfect.
Herby K’s claims themselves as a classic hole in the wall and is a family-friendly eatery in Shreveport. It’s been run by the same family since 1936.
What to order: You need to get the world-famous Shrimp Buster. A delicious shrimp poboy created by HerbyK himself.
This open-faced, jumbo shrimp pounded flat poboy is the way to go. You can either get the full-sized shrimp buster or the smaller, baby shrimp buster. Don’t forget to dip everything in the secret sauce.
9. Ki’ Mexico
3839 Gilbert Dr
Ki Mexico began as a small family-owned business selling salsa and tacos at farmers’ markets and grew to a local neighborhood eatery with some of the best tacos and Great Raft Beers all around.
The ambiance of this restaurant is a cute rustic taco shop that meets local eatery.
What to Order: For a first-timer, you have to get the tacos! It is a must!
My Two favorites were the Nopal and Biste. The Nopal is surprisingly delicious, made from tender cactus, and topped off with spicy sauce, and the Biste is one of the tastiest thinly sliced steak tacos I’ve ever had.
The Elote. Mexica style corn, is something to write home to – seriously, I texted the family after devouring it with my friend.
10. Mabry’s House
1540 Irving Pl
With only a Facebook page, Mabry’s House is one of the best places to eat in Shreveport’s premier dining restaurants – only open for dinner five days a week.
Mabry has to be one of the coolest places I ate in Shreveport because it is located in a Victorian-era mansion with a menu that changes seasonally.
Making every dining adventure can be a different experience than the last.
Make sure you call ahead and make a reservation because Mabry’s House is old school, and reservations are required.
What to Order: You will want to partake in a 3-4 course dinner because the food is just that good. All of the appetizers and desserts are delicious, but you will want to get the Filet of Beef Blue Steak.
This is one of the best steaks I’ve had while traveling, the filet is encrusted in blue cheese and has a delicious green peppercorn sauce.
11. Great Raft
1251 Dalzell St
There are three breweries in Shreveport, but for some reason, I always find myself gravitating towards Great Raft Brewing every time I am in town.
One of the Instagrammable breweries I’ve been in, Great Raft, not only has excellent beer, but it has a great ambiance.
Their tag line is Drink Real Beer, and with a sizeable rotational draft list, you need to snag a sip of Old Mad Joy, Creature of Habit, or Cheat Day while visiting.
What to Order: Make sure you get a beer flight to try a bunch of different beers. My favorite beer is the Seasonal Cheat Day because it is made with over 30 dozen Southern Maid Donuts!
Eating Good in Shreveport and Bossier City
No Matter what you are looking for, fine dining, breakfast, casual food, or even beer – Shreveport and Bossier City has something for everyone! This is a great place to stop or spend the night while taking a road trip in the South.
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