Restaurant Guide–Arkansas

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alma

Crawpappy’s Cajun Cuisine–1915 US 71 (Cajun) Closed Sun-Tue.  Reviewers say it is really good Cajun food. (5-6-19)

Altus

Wiederkehr–3324 Swiss Family Dr. (German) Open daily except Sun evening (closes at 8 pm on weekdays). Swiss and Austrian specialties.  Bratwurst, reuben, German potato salad are good.  Stroganoff is disappointing (according to reviewers). (2-3-17)

Benton

Sullivan’s Diner–520 Lillian St. (Thai) Open 10 am to 7 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  If you are interested in a diner with a five-star rating on Yelp that also serves very good Thai food, then this is the place.  For the diner food, catfish is recommended (also the hamburgers).  For the Thai side, pad thai and fried rice are recommended. (3-16-17)

Bentonville

Miss Saigon Pho–310 S. Walton Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.  Good pho, but has a menu with a number of other good options. Banh xeo (crepes) is a good choice. Has a very good vegan pho. (4-1-19)

Pho Thanh–1204 S. Walton Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.  Reviews for the pho are not as good as Miss Saigon, but has other items the reviewers say are good, such as bun bo hue. (4-1-19)

Note: there are a number of interesting looking restaurants with different cuisines in town. Most look very good, but the one that seemed to stand out (3rd St. Eatery) is now closed. I think there are a number of good restaurants in Bentonville, but it is hard to tell from reviews that any of them stand out enough that I would recommend them over the others.

Conway

Bai Tong–605 Salem Rd. (Thai) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 pm to 4:30 pm).  Good place for pad thai, drunken noodles, tom ka kai soup, or any noodle dish. Reviews are mixed about the curries, but mostly positive–they are sweet so you should order them spicy to offset it. (3-16-17)

De Valls Bluff

Craig’s BBQ–315 Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Real deal, hole in the wall BBQ. Doesn’t just have one specialty, but pulled pork, chicken, etc. are all good. Sides are exceptionally good also (such as the slaw). (5-18-19)

Ms Lena’s Pies–2885 Hwy. 33 S. (Bakery).  Pies–fried chocolate pie is especially good, but any pie they have is recommended. Sells pies Thu-Sat from morning to early afternoon, or any time the “Open” sign is posted.  Roadfood says the fried pies (sold only on Sat.) are even better than the regular pies (the best fried pies they’ve ever had). (5-18-19)

Eureka Springs

Bavarian Inn–329 W. Van Buren (Czech) Open daily (dinner only).  Wienerschnitzel is unpounded (don’t recommend).  Czech dumplings, chicken anna mari, goulash, and desserts are good. (2-18-19)

Mei Li Cuisine–3094 E. Van Buren (Thai) Open Daily.  Has Hmong food (along with a full menu of Americanized Chinese food in order to keep them in business in a small town). (2-18-19)

Oscar’s Cafe–17 White St. (Cafe) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Mon).  It’s hard to put a label on the type of food served, but everyone seems to agree it is good.  Norwegian waffles, BLT, and quiche are recommended. (2-18-19)

Thai House–2059 E. Van Buren (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 4:30 pm).  Most people like the food. Items that don’t get less good reviews are the pad thai and rice. (2-18-19)

Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory–33 S. Main St. (Candy) Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.  Enjoy fudge fresh off the press and other family recipes (all for the sweet tooth). (2-18-19)

Fayetteville

Farmer’s Table Cafe–1079 S. School Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Fri & Sat.  People say the food has good flavor and is fresh. Photos show colorful food that is not the typical fried food of this region. The problem is that so many people want to eat here there is frequently a problem getting in. (4-1-19)

Thep Thai–1525 S. School Ave. (Thai) Closed Tue. Seems to be the most authentic Thai rest. in NWA which may not mean much, but I would give it a shot. They say there is no handicapped parking here, so to me this is a sign that there may be other problems with management as well (but the food is good). (4-1-19)

Wes’s BBQ–14 S. University Ave. (BBQ) Closed Sun. BBQ ribs. Many recommend the burgers. (4-1-19)

Fort Smith

Calico County–2401 S. 56th St. (Southern) Open daily (including breakfast).  Southern style home cooking (reviewers say it is like Cracker Barrel but with better food). (5-6-19)

Pho Vietnam–2214 Rogers Ave. (Vietnamese) Open daily (closed in the evening Tue & Sun). Located in an old gas station, reviewers say it is not fancy but cheap, very good, and totally authentic Pho, lemongrass Bun, banh mi are recommended. Every customer gets a free banana tapioca dessert. (5-6-19)

Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ–2801 Old Greenwood Rd. (BBQ) Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Fri & Sat.  The BBQ here was the winner of the Kansas City Barbecue Society grand championship. Reviews are mixed, though–some love it and some seem to think they are too successful to keep up the quality that makes award winning BBQ. Brisket, pulled pork, and sausage are supposed to be the best items, but many say they love everything they have tasted. (5-6-19)

Tassanee’s Thai Cuisine–1611 Dodson Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun.  This is the one Thai restaurant that reviewers say you can be sure has authentic food (they also say it is delicious). (5-6-19)

Thai Chicken Bowl–2100 Rogers Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Curries are highly recommended. Note: this is the number one rated restaurant on Yelp in Ft. Smith. (5-6-19)

Hot Springs

McClard’s–505 Albert Pike Rd. (BBQ).  The most famous and popular BBQ in town.  People like the ribs, tamale spread, and the red sauce. My sources tell me this is among the best BBQ restaurants in the state, but it is for people who like a spicy sauce (this is the only sauce they have). (2-22-17)

Phil’s–2900 Central Ave. (Southern) Breakfast & lunch daily; dinner Mon-Thu.  Recommended items are breakfast special (eggs, sausage & pancakes), chicken & dumplings, patty melt, pork loin, and pie. Some reviewers report that there is a “no sharing” policy which they (and I) find rather strange, but they say the food is worth it (even if you end up leaving some on the plate). (2-22-17)

Pho Hoang My–608 E. Grand Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  Has a number of different varieties of pho.  Vietnamese pork chop is also recommended. (2-3-17)

Rolando’s–210 Central Ave. (Cuban) Open Daily.  El Cubano plate is recommended, but also has available a wide variety of Cuban dishes and appetizers.  Also is in a very nice wooded setting with an outdoor patio available. (2-22-27)

Smokin In Style BBQ–2278 Albert Pike Rd. (BBQ) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Ribs, pulled pork (most people say ribs are the best item).  Homemade banana pudding is also quite good. (2-22-17)

Steinhaus Keller–801 Central Ave. (German) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Excellent food. Diners recommend getting one of the “Chef’s Specials.” (2-22-17)

Taste of India–1204 Central Ave. (Indian) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has better reviews than the Indian food in Little Rock–good vegetarian options here.  Has a lunch buffet, but the menu has a large number of choices. (2-22-17)

Johnson

Wright’s Barbecue–2212 Main Dr. (BBQ) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Very good reviews, especially considering it is not one of the places that runs out of meat shortly after noon. Brisket is said to be especially good, but reviewers like all of the meats. (4-1-19)

Lake Village

JJ’s Lakeside Cafe–1025 Hwy 65 & 82 (American) Dinner only on Fri & Sat.  (I think it’s a buffet).  Breakfast daily except Sun.  Southern cooking, fried chicken is good. (2-3-17)

Rhoda’s Hot Tamales–714 St. Mary St. (American).  Hot tamales that are definitely worth making a special trip to experience. This is a real restaurant (not just a takeout place). Fried chicken and pies are also recommended. (2-3-17)

Lewisville

Burge’s–526 Spruce St. (BBQ) Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.  Famous for its smoked turkey and ham–serves both in its very popular sandwiches, along with hamburgers and other items. (Also has a location in Little Rock). (2-3-17)

Little Rock

Capital Bar & Grill–111 W. Markham St. (American) Open Daily.  Upscale sandwiches & American food.  Cuban sandwich, french onion soup, burger, gumbo, brown sugar pie.  Pulled pork (special on Thursday) is the favorite of some. (3-16-17)

Gus’s Fried Chicken–300 President Clinton Ave. (American) Open Daily.  Fried chicken that takes about 15 min. to cook (to me this is a sign that the chicken is good!).  Some say they like the dark meat (so this is another sign that the chicken is good).  Most say they don’t like the sides unless you get the mac & cheese or one of the other “upgraded” items. (3-16-17)

Layla’s Market–9501 N. Rodney Parham Rd. (Middle Eastern) Open daily except Sun evening.  Has standard Middle Eastern food from the Syria/ Jordan region.  What makes it stand out, though, is the amount of food you get for your money and the fact that it is all good (everything down to the rice is something diners really enjoy). (3-16-17)

Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese–3901 S. University Ave. (Chinese) Open daily to 9 pm.  Basil chicken, steamed dumplings, steamed buns, Taiwanese braised pork, hot pot. (3-16-17)

The Pantry–11401 N. Rodney Parham Rd. (Czech) Dinner until 1 am (Mon-Sat); lunch Mon-Fri.  Owners are Czech, but they also serve German food.  Jager Schnitzel has good recommendations.  My feeling is to get Czech food that is available at few other restaurants. This is the number one rated restaurant in LR on Yelp. (3-16-17)

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co–611 S. Main St. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic style Chinese food with a very simple menu–noodles or dumplings. It is served fast food style on plastic plates, but it looks very good and reviews confirm this (noodles get the best reviews). (5-6-19)

Van Lang–3600 S. University Ave. (Korean) Open 11 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sun).  Serves pho and some Chinese dishes, but reviewers say the Korean food is best.  Tamarind soup is especially good. (3-16-17)

Whole Hog Cafe–2516 Cantrell Rd. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.  I have been told by a local that this is the best BBQ in Little Rock, and maybe the state (Lindsey’s in North Little Rock is second). Ribs and chopped beef are the best items here (sliced beef is the best item at Lindsey’s). They have several types of sauce, and this is one of the features that makes it a favorite over other restaurants. (5-6-19)

Marianna

Jones Bar-B-Q–219 W. Louisiana St. (BBQ) Lunch only (Yelp says it opens at 7 am) (closed Sun).  In operation for over 100 years, it has barbecue made the old fashioned way (meat is smoked on site, served on plain white bread with thin vinegar-based sauce). Many say this is the best barbecue they have ever eaten. (5-6-19)

Mountain Home

Dusit Thai–920 Hwy 62 E. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 4 pm).  Good food, but order the spice level higher than you would at a big city restaurant. Flavors seem to be Americanized (sweeter than they should be), but this can be offset by getting dishes such as ones with basil or other ingredients that will have a stronger flavor than the sauce. (2-18-19)

North Little Rock

Lindsey’s BBQ–207 Curtis Sykes Dr. (Southern) Lunch only (open to 8 pm on Fri) (closed Sun).  This is mainly a Southern cooking/ soul food restaurant, but the BBQ is said to be some of the best in the state (some say the sliced brisket is best). A good thing about this place, though, is that you can get real side dishes with it (yams, slaw, cornbread, black eyed peas, etc.). Sometimes has specials such as turkey and dressing, and I think fried chicken is always available. (5-6-19)

Rosalinda–900 W. 35th St. (Honduran) Open daily except Sun evening. Reviewers say this is some of the best food in the LR area–even the vegetarian dishes are very good. Plantains are especially recommended. On Sat & Sun it opens at 9 am, and reviewers say chorizo and eggs are good. (5-6-19)

Rogers

Havana Tropical Grill–203 N. 2nd St. (Cuban) Open Daily. Authentic Cuban food. Most dishes look fried, but have salads, grilled dishes, etc. (4-1-19)

Monte Ne Inn Chicken–13843 E. Hwy. 94 (Southern) Dinner Tue-Sat; lunch Sun. This is supposed to be fried chicken that is worth going out of your way to try. May be comparable to Stroud’s (in MO and KS). (4-1-19)

Saiwok Vietnamese–2882 W. Walnut St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Good food with a number of menu choices (including vegetarian). People seem to particularly like the pork belly dishes. (4-1-19)

Searcy

Filipino Restaurant–701 E. Race Ave. (Filipino) Open daily except Sun evening.  A Filipino restaurant that gets very good reviews from locals has to be a winner. Lemon pork is recommended, but I haven’t seen a negative review about any of the items served. (2-3-17)

Springdale

AQ Chicken House–1207 N. Thompson St. (American) Open Daily. Fried chicken–maybe better than Stroud’s (comparable restaurants in KS and MO). (4-1-19)

Szechuan House–2255 W. Sunset Ave. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Offers both authentic Sichuan food and more Americanized dishes (I think they will be clearly marked and obvious to customers which are which). (4-1-19)

Thai Taste–3138 S. Old Missouri Rd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  I believe this was the popular restaurant in Roland, OK that then moved to Ft Smith. (That restaurant had good curries, soups, and pineapple fried rice but people said skip the pad thai). People in Springdale say they like the soups and curries, but not so much the pad thai. (5-6-19)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

About You Magazine (Arkansas Goodies)

Arkansas.com (Arkansas BBQ Trail)

Roadfood

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Arkansas)

Zomato (Little Rock)

 

Restaurant Guide–New Orleans

Restaurant Guide Main Index


Louisiana


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Gretna

Banana Blossom–500 9th St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon. Very good Thai food, and seems to pass whatever test (flavor, authenticity, etc.) the reviewers have. Pineapple curry has good reviews (but really everything does). (3-6-19)

Kenner

Little Chinatown–3800 Williams Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  The Chinese food here is solid, but the seafood clay pot I had made this one of the most memorable Chinese meals I have had with very fresh and delicious sea food. (3-6-19)

Metairie

Acme Oyster House–3000 Veterans Blvd. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Branch of a popular French Quarter restaurant that specializes in oysters. I was told they also have very good red beans and rice. (3-6-19)

Cafe Du Monde–3301 Veterans Memorial Hwy. (Cafe) Open until 9 pm (6 pm on Sun). I was not able to go to the original location in the French Quarter because one of the people in my party was unable to stand in line for the hour or more that it looked as if it would take to get in. I was unaware at the time, but Cafe du Monde has some branch locations such as this one in the Lakeside Mall food court (not very touristy, but reviewers say the world famous beignets are just as good here). Also recommended is the hot chocolate. (3-6-19)

Chef Ron’s Gumbo Shop–2309 N. Causeway Blvd. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon. Of course the star here is the gumbo, but other items are popular as well (jambalaya, etc.). Reviews are very good for the food. (3-6-19)

Drago’s Seafood–3232 N. Arnoult Rd. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Known for its oysters, which are said to be some of the best. Charbroiled oysters are particularly recommended. Shrimp is also said to be good. Reviewers are not impressed with items that are not seafood (steaks, etc.). (3-6-19)

Pho Michael–3559 18th St. (Vietnamese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Mon).  Despite the name, reviewers say the best food here is from the extensive menu of items other than pho. Bun Bo Hue is one of the recommended items. (3-6-19)

New Orleans

Acme Oyster House–724 Iberville St. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Known for its oysters, which are said to be some of the best. I got a very good tip that they have some of the best red beans and rice, but I did not get to try time (they are on the list for next time!). There are 3 locations including one in Metairie, but I assume the one in the French Quarter (this one) would be the most interesting. (3-6-19)

Ancora Pizzeria–4508 Freret St. (Pizza) Closed Sun. Authentic Neapolitan pizza. (3-6-19)

Angelo Brocato–214 N. Carrollton Ave. (Desserts) Closed Mon.  It probably takes a lot to impress the locals here with desserts, since they seem to be everywhere. People really give good reviews, though, to the coffee, gelato, biscotti, cannoli, and spumoni (which may be the best of all) that are served here. (5-18-19)

Antoine’s–713 Saint Louis St. (French) Open daily except Sun evening.  Sometimes dinner is worth the price, but it is hit-or-miss. Many still like to go for the nostalgia and because usually the food is good (I went there when I was young and it is on my list for a return visit). Birthplace of oysters rockefeller. (5-18-19)

Ba Mien–13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Closes at 7 pm (closed Mon). In the Vietnamese neighborhood. Food from “3 regions” (north, south, & central). The favorite of locals on eater.com. (3-6-19)

Bao & Noodle–2700 Chartres St. (Chinese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Some may question why they would want to come to New Orleans and eat Chinese food, but for me this was one of the best meals I have had anywhere. Dan dan noodles are a good place to start (it is very spicy). I didn’t get a chance to try the bao, but it looked excellent as well. (3-6-19)

Cafe du Monde–800 Decatur St. (Coffee) Open 24 hrs.  Known for its coffee and beignets. There is usually a line to get in but there’s no rush to leave once you are inside. (4-4-19)

Cafe Minh–4139 Canal St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sat. lunch & Sun. Upscale Vietnamese. Expensive, but they have items you can’t find elsewhere. It is described as the fanciest Vietnamese restaurant in town. Also has Cajun food. (4-4-19)

Casa Borrega–1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. (Mexican) Closed Sun & Mon.  Oaxacan style–mole, tamales. (4-4-19)

Commander’s Palace–1403 Washington Ave. (Organic/Farm to Table) Open Daily Lunch & Dinner. Expensive, but one of the best meals you will have. Dressy attire according to Yelp (probably requires a coat). (4-4-19)

Dong Phuong–14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Open 8 am to 5 pm (closed Tue). In the “Little Vietnam” neighborhood. Lemongrass dishes are good. People say the banh mi is the best in town (has a bakery and is known for its baked goods including cake, etc.). (3-6-19)

Doson Noodle House–135 N. Carrollton Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun. Serves both Vietnamese and Chinese food, and largely because of this it has mixed reviews (the Vietnamese is better). Pho ga (chicken pho) seems to be the most popular item here. Good lunch place with good prices. (4-4-19)

Emeril’s–800 Tchoupitoulas St. (Southern) Open daily for dinner; lunch Mon-Fri.  Expensive, but a memorable meal. The shrimp and the banana cream pie seem to always be a hit with diners. (4-4-19)

Galatoire’s–209 Bourbon St. (Creole) Closed Mon. $$$ (most others are $$$$) Must bring a coat (dress code).  Looks like it would be food I would like better than many other places. Souffled potatoes with Bernaise, fish entree, creamed spinach, potatoes brabant, crabmeat sardou. Easier to get a table than other places. (5-18-19)

Irene’s Cuisine–529 Bienville St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun). Highest rated Italian in the French Quarter-described as authentic Italian-Creole. Hard to get in-wait can be 20 min. to an hour (they have a hard time predicting the correct time for you). (5-18-19)

Jacques-Imo’s–8324 Oak St. (Creole) Dinner only (closed Sun). Expensive, but good food. Loud bar atmosphere. Very busy on weekends. Chicken pontalba is excellent. The menu has a large variety of interesting dishes. Restaurant is casual (no dress code) and is a good place to relax and have fun. (3-6-19)

Mr. B’s Bistro–201 Royal St. (Modern American) Open Daily. Known for its shrimp, gumbo is very good also.  $$$$ (but maybe not as expensive as other high end rests). (3-6-19)

Mona’s Cafe–4126 Magazine St. (Lebanese) Open Daily.  Some say this is the best of the several Mona’s locations. Serves traditional Lebanese food. With the falafel getting good ratings, this is a good sign to me that they know what they are doing. (5-18-19)

Oceana Grill–739 Conti St. (Cajun) Open Daily.  Highly rated Cajun food. Reviewers say that the daily specials are a special treat. I also heard that this is one of the best places for red beans and rice. (3-6-19)

Parkway Bakery–538 Hagan Ave. (Po’Boys) Open 11 am to 10 pm (closed Tue). Probably the best Po’boys in town, but some says sandwiches are too small (and cost too much). (3-6-19)

Pho Tau Bay–1565 Tulane Ave. (Vietnamese) Closes at 7 pm (closed Sat & Sun). Some say it is the best & most authentic Vietnamese in New Orleans (and is cheap). Used to be in Gretna but has now moved to downtown NO. (3-6-19)

Note: There are many more very good high end restaurants than I can list, but for ones that are here I have tried to include both the good and bad comments about them. I am trying to round out the list with lower priced restaurants that will also give a very good dining experience (at least to those who like the particular type of food being served).

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (New Orleans)

Zomato (New Orleans)

Restaurant Guide–Louisiana

Restaurant Guide Main Index


New Orleans Metro


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alexandria

Cafe Desoto–414 Desoto St. (Latin American) Lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  It looks like the idea here is to have healthy Latin American food with real flavor but without relying on greasy fried items. The reviews indicate they are able to pull it off. (3-28-19)

Noodles & Grill Asian Cuisine–3650 North Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Reviews are extremely convincing that this is an excellent restaurant (although I think part of it is that you get a lot of food for the money). (3-28-19)

Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl–2049 N. Mall Dr. (American) Closed Sat & closed Sun evening.  Reviewers recommended it for beef tips, fried chicken, smothered chicken, pork roast, etc. The menu changes daily and the flavor is consistent with things being fresh. Some say skip the Cajun food (you can find that anywhere) but the American food here is much better than other places. (3-28-19)

Pho U–4722 Jackson St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Pho is said to be flavorful but does not have a great variety. Serves banh mi and noodle bowls. Customers recommend the Phnom Penh soup served on Tue (owners are probably Cambodian). (3-28-19)

Word of Mouth–918 Foisy St. (New American) Lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  American food with a creative menu. Seems to have similar quality to Pamela’s, but the food is more non-traditional. Pot roast and bread pudding are recommended. (3-28-19)

Basile

D.I.’s Cajun Rest.–6561 Evangeline Hwy. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon; closed Sat lunch.  Blackened catfish supreme, shrimp etouffee (but reviewers like a number of items). (3-22-17)

Baton Rouge

Ava Street Cafe–5207 Essen Ln. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Photos of the food indicate that they take extra steps to make it flavorful and give you the “extras” found with true Vietnamese style food. (3-15-17)

Bao–8342 Perkins Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  When cities have such a strong Vietnamese presence as BR there should be several restaurants that are worthy to try, and Bao appears to be one of them. This is a more modern and upscale restaurant than others, but the food seems to be just as good and as authentic (but it is more expensive). Has bun bo hue with pig’s blood (the authentic version). Other dishes are more to the taste of most Americans, but all seem to be authentic and delicious. (3-2-19)

BB&PF–10248 Florida Blvd. (African) Open daily (closes at 8 pm).  Reviewers say it is authentic home made African food. The restaurant is small and run by one person. It is vegetarian friendly (has fufu bread, bean burgers, jolof rice, plantains, etc.). Some items are spicy. (3-2-19)

Dang’s–12385 Florida Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  Many say this is the best Vietnamese restaurant in the city in terms of the menu and the execution of the food. The only thing is that the restaurant is old and might have some well-worn booths, etc. (3-2-19)

Dorothy’s Soul Food Kitchen–1221 Gardere Ln. (Southern) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only, but open until 6:30 on Fri).  Traditional Southern cooking as opposed to Cajun. Smothered pork chop is recommended. (3-15-17)

Duang Tawan–4850 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. (Thai) Closed Tue. Authentic. Pad ped, pad thai, red curry, pad prik khing are recommended. (3-15-17)

Harrington’s Cafe–329 Florida St. (Cajun) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only).  There are a ton of Cajun restaurants in town, but this one is a little more upscale offering such items as carrot souffle, seafood stuffed chicken (on Thurs), and shrimp with creamy crab sauce. (3-15-17)

Louisiana Lagniappe–9990 Perkins Rd. (Seafood) Dinner only (closed Sun). Many say it’s the best seafood in BR. Seems to not specialize in fried food, but has the more upscale versions of seafood. (3-2-19)

OMI–7951 One Calais Ave. (Chinese) Closed Mon. Authentic Szechuan and northern Chinese food (but it also has Americanized dishes and sushi). Chongqing spicy chicken and eggplant (Sichuan dishes) are good bets. (3-2-19)

Parrain’s Seafood–3225 Perkins Rd. (Cajun) Open Daily.  I added this because it’s one of the top rated restaurants in BR on Yelp. (3-2-19)

Rama Thai–2919 Perkins Rd. (Thai) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Some say it’s the most like Thailand in BR. Curries are recommended, or use the opportunity to order items that may not be available in other restaurants. (3-15-17)

The Chimes–3357 Highland Rd. (Cajun) Open daily (open late night).  Red beans & rice, crab cakes, seafood, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, blackened alligator bites. (3-2-19)

Viet Garden–11990 Florida Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Very good, authentic, large choice of dishes. Vietnamese pork chops are recommended. (3-2-19)

Bossier City

Bergerons Boudin and Cajun Meats–3933 Benton Rd. (Cajun) Lunch only (but open until 6:30 pm Mon-Fri)–closed Sun.  Smoked meats are the featured item. Boudin, chicken, tasso, etc. (Also in Shreveport) (12-26-17)

Greek Corner–2153 Airline Dr. (Greek) Open Daily.  People say the food is delicious and authentic, but the menu is limited (more than gyros but doesn’t have moussaka). (3-2-19)

Lemongrass–3244 Barksdale Blvd. (Asian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Has Singapore & Lao dishes. Reviewers like Singapore Mei Fun. (3-2-19)

Lucky Palace–750 Diamond Jacks Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Supposedly the best Chinese in Shreveport area. Upscale food and dining room. Some reviewers say the quality is similar to Dallas restaurants. I think this is an exaggeration, but the food here is good (some food seems authentic and some more Americanized). (3-2-19)

Pho Bowl–1605 Benton Rd. (Lao) Closed Sun.  Lao restaurant, but also has pho & Vietnamese (Lao food has the best reviews). (5-8-17)

Sam’s Southern Eatery–2910 Barksdale Blvd. (Southern) Closed Sun.  Known for its (giant) fried shrimp. Gumbo is also very good. Has home made cake for dessert. (3-2-19)

Southern Pho–2100 Benton Rd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Reviewers like the pho, vermicelli dishes, fried rice, etc. (and say it has a true Asian flavor). (5-8-17)

Taqueria San Miguel–4100 Barksdale Blvd. (Mexican).  Authentic Mexican food. Has “arroz con mole” and other Mexican style sauces (chile verde, chipotle red sauce, etc.). Many people recommend the fish and fish tacos, as well as the tacos al pastor. (5-5-19)

Vincent General Asian Store–1000 Northgate Rd. (Vietnamese).  Vietnamese grocery store that also has a restaurant–food is very good, and reviewers say the pho is full of flavor (also try the pho ga–chicken pho). (5-9-17)

Breaux Bridge

Cafe Sydnie Mae–140 E. Bridge St. (Cajun) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm). (Formerly Cafe des Amis–it closed for a while and was reopened by other family members). No longer serves breakfast (which I wanted to try), but reviewers say the other food is good. Steaks and seafood are popular. Side dishes, dessert, etc. are Cajun or New Orleans style. (3-2-19)

Poche’s–3015 Main Hwy. (Cajun) Open daily 5:30 am to 8 pm.  Has a wide variety of real Cajun cooking, but may be most famous for its meat market (sausage, etc). This is the restaurant featured on Globe Trekker’s program highlighting Cajun food and culture. I particularly liked the gumbo (special served in winter only). (3-28-19)

Church Point

Sunny’s Fried Chicken–111 E. Ebey St. (Cajun). Seems to be competing with Palace Cafe in Opelousas, because they both have excellent fried chicken and shrimp poboys. (3-22-17)

Covington

Baan Thai Sala Thai–315 N. Vermont St. (Thai) Closed Mon.  Reviewers think the flavor here stands out compared to other Thai restaurants. Many think the lunch buffet is a particularly good deal (Tue-Sat)–the flavor is good and you get a good selection of different items. (3-2-19)

Lola–517 N. New Hampshire St. (American) Closed Sat lunch, closed Sun.  One reviewer describes this as fresh, seasonal Southern fare. Also has sandwiches and Cajun food (this is fresh and seasonal as well). (3-2-19)

Pho Cong Noodles & Grill–1200 US 190 Bus. (Vietnamese) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Many excellent reviews for the pho, but those who move to other items on the menu love them as well. Has Vietnamese “pancakes” (banh xeo). (3-2-19)

Denham Springs

Randazzo’s Italian Market–240 Capitol St. (Italian) Open Tue-Sat (closes at 7 pm Tue-Thu; 8 pm Fri & Sat).  Authentic fresh tasting (as opposed to “red sauce” type) food, with ingredients imported from Italy. Very high ratings on Yelp. (3-2-19)

Donaldsonville

Grapevine Cafe and Gallery–211 Railroad Ave. (Cajun) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say this is one of those special hidden gems found in small towns that gives you local food the way it should be prepared. Has both Cajun and Creole food, and both are upscale. Prices are a little high but not to the point of being “fine dining.” (3-15-17)

Hammond

Pho Grace–2728 W. Thomas St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Seems to be authentic, but the menu is pretty basic. People like the flavor of the food, and the drinks are good (almond milk tea, etc.). (3-2-19)

Punjabi Dhaba–2201 SW Railroad Ave. (Indian) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Inside a gas station, but the food is described as being genuinely good. Has a buffet on weekdays, and reviewers say it is fresh and delicious. It seems that they have chutney/sauces which add to the flavor. (3-2-19)

Lafayette

Bangkok Thai–3904 Johnston St. (Thai) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Consensus for one of the best or the best Thai in Lafayette. Green and red curry are popular. Quieter than other Thai (no loud TV). (3-22-17)

Blu Basil–5451 Johnston St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Upscale, sister restaurant to Saigon Noodles. More expensive, but you’re paying for a bigger selection, quiet atmosphere, and supposedly better food (such as more high quality shrimp). (3-28-19)

Bon Temps Grill–1312 Verot School Rd. (Cajun) Open Daily.  Top quality Cajun food. This is a large restaurant in an out-of-the-way neighborhood. Some selling points of this restaurant are that it’s large, so they have a large menu and they are not likely to run out of individual items. (3-28-19)

Cafe Vermilionville–1304 W. Pinhook (Cajun) Closed Sun. & Sat. lunch.  Well regarded Cajun restaurant. More upscale than most other Cajun restaurants. (3-22-17)

Cedar Grocery–1115 Jefferson St. (Lebanese) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Serves Middle Eastern food (Lebanese & Greek among others), mostly sandwiches. Has some Indian food. Seems to be doing a Cajun fusion thing also, with a muffaletta (Middle Eastern sandwich on round bread instead of pita). (3-22-17)

Charley G’s–3809 Ambassador Caffery (Cajun) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 5:30 pm).  Upscale Cajun.  Expensive–should go for a special occasion experience.  Andouille gumbo, crab cakes, crab meat salad, blackened mahi mahi. Seasonal specialties are recommended. (3-22-17)

Dwyer’s Cafe–323 Jefferson St. (Cafe) Open daily 6 am to 2 pm.  Known for its breakfast and hot plate lunch. Has Cajun dishes such as gumbo, sausage, poboy, etc. Food is somewhat upscale and reviewers say it is very good. The restaurant also has a special “French table” where locals meet around 7 am to enjoy breakfast and to speak French. (3-28-19)

Johnson’s Boucaniere–1111 St. John St. (Cajun) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun & Mon).  Come here for “real Cajun food and culture.” Made in house smoked sausage is recommended. Note: this is only “to go” or for dining on picnic tables outdoors. (3-28-19)

La Pagua–5425 Johnston St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  A friend of mine who ate there says this is real-deal Mexican food with a good flavor (not touristy or Americanized). (5-27-18)

Mae Sone Noodle House–4807 Johnston St. (Lao) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Several cuisines, but the specialty seems to be Lao.  Very good reviews of the food. (Seems to be more expensive than the typical Asian restaurant, though). There are several other authentic Asian restaurants close by (on Johnston St.). (3-22-17)

Magic Wok–2944 Johnston St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  This is the only Chinese restaurant in town that looks like it has real Chinese food (string bean & tofu, garlic green beans, udon noodle soup, dumplings, etc.). Reviewers say to skip the buffet and ask the owners to make some “specialty authentic Chinese cuisine.” (5-27-18)

Old Tyme Grocery–218 W. St. Mary Blvd. (Cajun) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  Excellent PoBoys (shrimp is popular, but all are good). Has an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio. Note: their sister restaurants are Sandra’s Cafe & Health Food Store in Lafayette and BJ’s Poorboy in Broussard. (3-28-19)

Saigon Noodles–2865 Ambassador Caffery (Vietnamese) Open daily except Sun evening.  Medium selection of dishes–rest. is small. (Go to their sister restaurant Blu Basil for a larger menu choice, but if you want pho or one of the basic dishes Saigon Noodles is probably a better choice and seems to be less expensive). (3-22-17)

Social Southern Table–3901 Johnston St. (Southern) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Primarily a traditional Southern restaurant (fried chicken, etc.) but also has Cajun food. (3-22-17)

Thai With Love–924 Kaliste Saloom Rd. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Seems to be the most authentic Thai in Lafayette. Tom yum, panang curry, green curry. (3-22-17)

The French Press–214 E. Vermillion St. (French) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only). Especially recommended for breakfast.The Cajun Benedict is popular.This is a white tablecloth restaurant (upscale). (3-28-19)

Lake Charles

Big Daddy’s Sports Grill–1737 W. Sale Rd. (Seafood) Breakfast & lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Tue-Fri.  Supposedly the best place for fresh (not frozen) fried shrimp. Other food, though (not seafood) gets mixed reviews. (5-27-18).

Billedeaux’s Cajun Kitchen–2633 Fruge St. (Cajun) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Cajun food with good reviews by people who seem to know how Cajun food should be prepared. This is a casual place with food served on paper plates. (5-27-18)

Pho Tien–4415 Nelson Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Generally good ratings–some say it is lacking mint & is not authentic (but the owners are Vietnamese refugees). (5-27-18)

Leesville

Tha da Petch–1910 S. 5th St. (Thai) Closed Sat & Sun (according to Yelp).  Very good Thai with rich flavors. (5-27-18)

Mamou

Cafe Mamou–411 6th St. (Cajun) Open 7 am to 8 pm (but I don’t know which days).  Very informal, hometown Cajun food–shrimp sandwich is recommended. (3-22-17)

Fred’s Lounge–420 6th St. (Cajun) Only open Sat 8 am to 2 pm. Live music and Cajun dancing Sat. morning (along with the food–mostly breakfast items). (3-22-17)

Mermentau

C’Est Bon–1400 Railroad Ave. (Cajun) Dinner Wed-Sat.  Excellent Cajun food. Boiled crab, shrimp, and crawfish is the specialty (can also get it in gumbo). (E. of Jennings). (3-22-17)

Monroe

Athena–1530 Sterlington Rd. (Greek) Open Daily.  Mostly Lebanese food with a few Greek dishes. Moussaka, lamb chops, chicken shawarma, hummus, & falafel are recommended. Seems to be more expensive than typical Middle Eastern restaurants (and they seem to have large servings). (5-27-18)

Big Momma’s–1118 S. 2nd St. (Southern) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Reviewers say it is excellent southern style food. Soul food and BBQ are both good here. (5-27-18)

Rawz–1100 Sterlington Rd. (Thai) Closed Sun and closed from 2 to 5 pm.  Curries are good. (5-27-18)

Note: See West Monroe for more Thai options

Natchitoches

Laysone’s–622 2nd St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Meat pie is a local specialty, and Laysone’s is the most well known place that serves it. Red beans and rice are a popular suggestion to go with it. (3-28-19)

Opelousas

Palace Cafe–135 W. Landry St. (Cajun).  Shrimp poboy is recommended (bread is thin so you get a good taste of the sandwich). Fried chicken is also among the best. (3-22-17)

Rayne

Chef Roy’s Frog City Cafe (Cajun) Closed Mon; closed Sat lunch; closed Sun evening.  The food is upscale (the atmosphere seems to be casual). The chef is from France, and either puts a French spin on Cajun food or vice versa (I’m not sure which). In any case, they say it is very good. (3-22-17)

Gabe’s Cajun Food–1410 The Blvd. (Cajun) Open 10 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Gumbo, chicken. Lunch plates. (3-22-17)

Shreveport

El Cabo Verde–1023 Provenance Pl. (Mexican) Open Daily.  It does not seem to be authentic, but it is fresh and organic, it is said to be delicious, and gives a good food experience. Vegetable enchiladas and vegetable tacos are two of their specialties, but they have meat dishes as well. (5-5-19)

Evi’s Schnitzel Haus–820 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy. (German) Lunch Tue-Sat, dinner Fri & Sat.  The schnitzel is recommended (they have 5 kinds including jaeger schnitzel). A friend of mine (who knows German food) says the schnitzel is the real deal. (5-5-19)

Marilynn’s Place–4041 Fern Ave. (Cajun) Open daily except Sun evening.  One of the highest rated restaurants in Shreveport on Yelp. Gumbo is especially recommended. (5-5-19)

Real BBQ and More–5863 Fairfield Ave. (BBQ) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  People say the name “real BBQ” is correct. Brisket sausage is recommended. (5-5-19)

Taqueria La Michoacana–2905 Youree Dr. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Seems to be the most authentic Mexican restaurant in town (mostly serves tacos). Note: this does not have upscale Mexican food–for that the reviewers recommend Ki’ Mexico or El Cabo Verde, but neither of them is said to be really authentic. This also has much better prices than most of the other restaurants. (5-5-19)

Slidell

Copeland’s of New Orleans–1337 Gause Blvd. (Creole) Open Daily.  If you want New Orleans food without the traffic and parking problems, this looks like a good bet. Mostly gets very high reviews (this is a chain out of New Orleans with 15 locations, all of which are in the Southeast). (3-2-19)

Kenney Seafood–400 Pontchartrain Dr. (Seafood) Open daily (closes at 6:30 pm-5:00 on Sun).  This seems to be the locals’ favorite for fresh seafood (has a market and restaurant). It is not the only seafood restaurant with high ratings, though (others include Pearl’s, Peck’s, and Kingfish). (3-2-19)

Pho House–720 Brownswitch Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it is authentic, has a pretty large menu, and is as good as the Vietnamese restaurants in New Orleans (or at least is pretty close). (3-2-19)

Terry Lynn’s Cafe–1960 1st St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  May be the best place in town for breakfast. Other food is eclectic: American (hamburgers, etc) New Orleans style (muffaletta, etc.). (3-2-19)

Thai Orchid–785 Robert Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily. Excellent food according to reviews. People especially like pad thai, panang curry, yum nuea. Extensive menu (can find some new, interesting dishes). Is reasonably priced. (3-2-19)

Sunset

Cafe Josephine–818 Napoleon Ave. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm). Good alternative to Prejean’s (Prejean’s used to be good but has reportedly gone downhill).  Gumbo, seafood (reviewers really like everything). This looks upscale, and the food is not like you will find in most Cajun restaurants. (3-2-19)

Thibodaux

Fremin’s–402 W. 3rd St. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon, closed Sat lunch (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  New Orleans quality food. Upscale–lunch has some affordable choices such as soup and sandwich for about $8 to $10. Most dinners are about $20 to $30. (3-2-19)

The Venetian–401 Jackson St. (Cajun) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  This is Cajun food served in a diner (definitely not upscale). Poboys are popular. Update 2019–I cannot confirm that this is still open. (3-2-19)

West Monroe

Bangkok Spice–5332 Cypress St. (Thai) Closed Sun and closed from 2:30 to 4:30pm.  May be more authentic than Rawz. Most people like pad thai here (and curry at Rawz in Monroe).  Say the flavors here are complex. (5-27-18)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

TripAdvisor (Louisiana)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Louisiana)

Zomato (Lafayette)