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)

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. (2-3-17)

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 just not ones that I would call regional specialties, and are the type I like to include on this list.

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). (2-3-17)

Ms Lena’s Pies–2885 Ark. Hwy. 33 (Bakery).  Pies–fried chocolate pie is especially good, but any pie they have is recommended. Sells pies Wed-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). (2-3-17)

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. (1-17-16)

Mei Li Cuisine–3094 E. Van Buren (Thai) Open Daily.  Has Hmong food. (1-17-16)

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. (1-17-16)

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). (2-3-17)

Fayetteville

El Burrito Loco–2155 W. 6th St. (Mexican) Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.  The place to go in NWA for authentic Mexican street food. (1-17-16)

San Lio–300 W. Dickson St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Reviews indicate the possibility that there is authentic Chinese food here, but I am not sure.  Dumpling soup and crispy drunken chicken are recommended. (1-17-16)

Thep Thai–1525 S. School Ave. (Thai) Open Daily.  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). (1-17-16)

Wes’s BBQ–14 S. University Ave. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  BBQ ribs. (1-17-16)

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). (2-3-17)

Emmy’s German–200 N. 13th St. (German) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  In business over 40 yrs–good food. Jaeger Schnitzel (pork or veal) is recommended (other schnitzels are also popular). (2-3-17)

Green Papaya–6301 Hwy. 271 S. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Bun Tom Xan noodles, Canh Chua. This is listed based on its popularity with reviewers, but some say it is Americanized. (2-3-17)

Pho DaNa–3802 Towson Ave. (Vietnamese).  Reviews indicate that this is a hole in the wall place that the Vietnamese community frequents. It might be a good place to find food that is not available at other restaurants. (2-3-17)

Pho Vietnam–2214 Rogers Ave. (Vietnamese) Open daily (closed Tue & Sun evening).  Pho, lemongrass Bun. Reviewers say it is totally authentic. (2-3-17)

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. (2-3-17)

Thai Taste–4700 Rogers Ave. (Thai) Open daily 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.  I believe this was the popular restaurant in Roland, OK that has now moved to Ft Smith. Reviewers say to skip the pad thai but get the curries, soups, or pineapple fried rice. Note: I’m not sure about the address–apparently they are moving to a new bldg in Spring 2017 but I don’t know if 4700 Rogers is the old address or the new one. (3-16-17)

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)

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–215 Center St. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 8 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). (2-3-17)

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 is second). Ribs and chopped beef are the best items here (sliced BBQ 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. (2-3-17)

Mountain Home

Dusit Thai–920 Hwy 62 E. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 4 pm).  Big city quality Thai food, but order the spice level higher than you would at a big city restaurant. (2-3-17)

North Little Rock

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. (3-16-17)

Rogers

Havana Tropical Grill–1207 W. Walnut St. (Cuban) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Authentic Cuban food. (1-17-16)

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). (1-17-16)

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) Closed Sun.  Fried chicken–maybe better than Stroud’s. (2-3-17)

So Pho Real–909 S. Pleasant St. (Korean) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Highest rated Asian restaurant in the area. This is actually an “Asian fusion” restaurant, but Korean is their specialty. (2-3-17)

 

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)

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–2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Very good Thai food, but looks like it might have Malaysian also.  Pineapple curry is very good. (10-16-14)

Pho Tau Bay–113 Westbank Expwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Thu & Sun.  Best & most authentic Vietnamese in New Orleans (and is cheap).

New Orleans

Ancora Pizzeria–4508 Freret St. (Pizza) Closed Sun.  Authentic Neapolitan pizza.

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. (5-5-17)

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. (5-5-17)

Ba Mien–13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon.  In the Vietnamese neighborhood.  Food from “3 regions” (north, south, & central).  The favorite of locals on eater.com

Cafe du Monde–813 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. (5-5-17)

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. (5-5-17)

Casa Borrega–1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. (Mexican) Closed Sun & Mon.  Oaxacan style–mole, tamales. (5-5-17)

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). (5-5-17)

Dong Phuong–14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  In the Vietnamese neighborhood.  According to Urbanspoon, is better than Ba Mien.  Lemongrass dishes are good.  Looks like southern cuisine–might not have as varied a menu as Ba Mien.  (Wikipedia says this is the best known rest. in the “Little Vietnam” neighborhood).

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. (5-5-17)

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. (5-5-17)

Galatoire’s–209 Bourbon St. (Creole) Closed Mon.  $$$ (most others are $$$$) Must bring a coat (dress code).  Look 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. (5-5-17)

Irene’s Cuisine–539 Saint Philip St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Highest rated Italian in the French Quarter-only legitimate Italian in N.O. (according to some). Hard to get in-wait can be 20 min. to an hour (they have a hard time predicting the correct time for you). (5-5-17)

Jacques-Imo’s–8324 Oak St. (Creole) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Expensive, but good food. Loud bar atmosphere. Too busy on weekends. Fried chicken is a good bet if you’re not sure what to order. I take it that there is no dress code here. (5-5-17)

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.)

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. (5-5-17)

Parkway Bakery–538 Hagan Ave. (Po’Boys) Closed Tue.  Probably the best Po’boys in town, but some says sandwiches are too small (and cost too much).

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)

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)

BB&PF–10248 Florida Blvd. (African) Open Daily.  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. (3-15-17)

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)

La Reyna–13213 Perkins Rd. (Honduran) Open 9 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Serves pupusas and other Honduran food. Reviewers say, though, that it also has excellent pollo en mole, puerco guisado, and other southern Mexico style dishes. (3-15-17)

Louisiana Lagniappe–9990 Perkins Rd. (Seafood) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Many say it’s the best seafood in BR. (3-15-17)

OMI–7951 One Calais Ave. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Authentic Szechuan and northern Chinese food (but I think it also has a number of Americanized dishes). Also has sushi. (3-15-17)

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. (3-15-17)

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.  Red beans & rice, crab cakes, seafood, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, blackened alligator bites. (3-15-17)

Viet Garden–11990 Florida Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Very good, authentic, large choice of dishes. Vietnamese pork chops are recommended. (3-15-17)

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) (5-8-17)

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). (5-8-17)

Lemongrass–3244 Barksdale Blvd. (Asian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Has Singapore & Lao dishes. Reviewers like Singapore Mei Fun. (5-8-17)

Lucky Palace–750 Diamond Jacks Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Best Chinese in Shreveport area. Upscale Chinese–quality similar to Dallas restaurants (according to reviewers). Scallion pancakes. (5-8-17)

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).  Fried chicken and fish are popular. Grilled tilapia may be better than the fried version. (5-8-17)

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. (5-8-17)

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)

Boyce

Janohn’s–410 Pacific Ave. (French) Dinner only (closed Sun-Mon).  Very good food, but expect slow service.  Food is more New Orleans style than traditional French.

Breaux Bridge

Cafe des Amis–140 E. Bridge St. (Cajun) Open Wed.-Sat.  Breakfast is popular (get beignets).  Live music Sat. for breakfast.  Crawfish quiche (this rest. is French/ Cajun fusion). (3-22-17 Reported as being temporarily closed–will reopen sometime soon)

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. (3-22-17)

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)

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. (3-15-17)

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

Thai Green Leaf–1905 W. Thomas St. (Thai).  Seems to be really good Thai. Panang curry is good.

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). (3-22-17)

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. (3-22-17)

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)

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. (3-22-17)

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).  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.” (3-22-17)

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. (3-22-17)

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).  Go for breakfast. The Cajun Benedict is recommended. This is a white tablecloth restaurant (upscale). (3-22-17)

Lake Charles

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

Leesville

Thadapetch–1910 S. 5th St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Very good Thai.

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–1700 N. 18th St. (Greek) Open Daily.  Greek & Middle Eastern (hummus, falafel).

Rawz–1100 Sterlington Rd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Curries are good.

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. (5-9-17)

Evi’s Schnitzel Haus–1608 N. Market St. (German) Closed Sun & Mon (open until 7 pm Tue-Thu and 8 pm on Fri & Sat).  This is in an old building and the atmosphere is not very upscale, but the schnitzel is recommended (they have 5 kinds including jaeger schnitzel). In fact, schnitzels are the only German food they serve other than the vegetables. Reviewers say the schnitzel is the real deal. (5-9-17)

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. (5-9-17)

Real BBQ and More–7828 Line Ave. (BBQ) Lunch only (open daily).  People say the name “real BBQ” is correct. Brisket sausage is recommended. (5-9-17)

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. (5-9-17)

Slidell

Thai Orchid–785 Robert Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Excellent food.  People especially like pad thai, panang curry, yum nuea.  Extensive menu (can find some new, interesting dishes).

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). (3-22-17)

Thibodaux

Fremin’s–402 W. 3rd St. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon (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. (3-22-17)

The Venetian–401 Jackson St. (Cajun) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  This is Cajun food served in a diner (definitely not upscale). Poboys are popular. (3-22-17)

West Monroe

Bangkok Spice–5332 Cypress St. (Thai) Closed Sun. & Mon.  May be more authentic than Rawz.  Most people like pad thai here (and curry at Rawz in Monroe).  Say the flavors here are complex.

 

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)