Restaurant Guide–Louisiana

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  • 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). Has live music at night. (6-28-19)

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. (1-13-20)

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. (Dining room is open 8-15-20)

BB&PF–10248 Florida Blvd. (Nigerian) Closed Sun.  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. (I don’t know if the dining room is open)

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. (Dining room is open 8-15-20)

Dorothy’s Soul Food Kitchen–1221 Gardere Ln. (Southern) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only, but open until 6:30 most days).  Traditional Southern cooking as opposed to Cajun. Smothered pork chop is recommended. (1-13-20)

Duang Tawan–4850 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. (Thai) Closed Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm). Authentic. Pad ped, pad thai, red curry, pad prik khing are recommended. (1-13-20)

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. (Takeout only 8-15-20)

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. There does not seem to be any one favorite dish here–you can pick anything that looks good. (1-13-20)

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. (1-13-20)

Ruffino’s–18811 Highland Rd. (Italian) Open daily (dinner only, but lunch served on Fri & Sun).  One of the co-owners has been described as a local celebrity chef of Italian heritage born in New Orleans, and the restaurant is described as a hybrid of Italian and Creole cuisine. Reviewers on Yelp seem to praise the steak more than any other dish, but they like the Italian food as well (I have had experience with the Italian food in New Orleans that would make me want to try the food here as well). (1-13-20)

The Chimes–3357 Highland Rd. (Cajun) Open Daily).  Red beans & rice, crab cakes, seafood, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, blackened alligator bites. (Dining room is open 8-15-20)

Viet Garden–11990 Florida Blvd. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Very good, authentic, large choice of dishes. Vietnamese pork chops are recommended. (I believe it is takeout only 8-15-20)

Bossier City

Bergerons Boudin and Cajun Meats–3933 Benton Rd. (Cajun) Mon-Fri 9 am to 6 pm; Fri 9 to 5 (closed Sun).  Smoked meats are the featured item. Boudin, chicken, tasso, etc. (Also in Shreveport) (I don’t know if the dining room is open 7-10-20)

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). (Takeout only 7-10-20)

Lemongrass–3244 Barksdale Blvd. (Asian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Has Singapore & Lao dishes. Reviewers like Singapore Mei Fun. (I only have information that they have takeout 7-10-20)

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). (Dining room is open with limited seating 7-10-20)

Pho Bowl–1605 Benton Rd. (Lao) Closed Sun & closed Sat evening.  Lao restaurant, but also has pho & Vietnamese (Lao food has the best reviews). (I don’t know if the dining room is open 7-10-20)

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. (Dining room is open 7-10-20)

Southern Pho–2100 Benton Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue & closed Sun evening.  Reviewers like the pho, vermicelli dishes, fried rice, etc. (and say it has a true Asian flavor). (I do not know if the dining room is open 7-10-20)

Taqueria San Miguel–4100 Barksdale Blvd. (Mexican) Open Daily.  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. (Dining room is open 7-10-20)

Vincent General Asian Store–1000 Northgate Rd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  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). (I do not know if the deli is open, but the grocery store is open 7-10-20)

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 (closes at 6 on Sun).  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). Note: you can get some of Poche’s items by mail order at cajungrocer.com. (Takeout only 7-3-20)

Church Point

Sunny’s Fried Chicken–111 E. Ebey St. (Cajun) Open daily 7:30 am to 10 pm. Seems to be competing with Palace Cafe in Opelousas, because they both are said have excellent fried chicken and shrimp poboys. (I don’t know if the dining room is open 7-3-20)

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. (Patio dining is available 8-15-20)

Donaldsonville

Grapevine Cafe and Gallery–211 Railroad Ave. (Cajun) Closed Mon, closed Sun evening (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.” (1-13-20)

Elton

Neptunes–1010 Main St. (Cajun) Open daily except Sun evening & Mon evening.  Many say this is the best place ever for crawfish. Other items get very good reviews as well. (6-28-19)

Eunice

The New Ronnie’s Cajun Cafe–541 W. Laurel Ave. (Cajun) Breakfast & lunch daily; dinner Wed-Sat.  Doesn’t just concentrate on seafood (has pork chops, chicken, beef tips, and according to Yelp even has vegetarian options. Plate lunch comes with side dishes & dessert. (6-28-19)

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.  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). (I don’t know if the dining room is open 7-3-20)

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). (Dining room is open 7-3-20)

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. (Dining room is open 7-3-20)

Cafe Vermilionville–1304 W. Pinhook (Cajun) Closed Sun. & Sat. lunch.  Well regarded Cajun restaurant. More upscale than most other Cajun restaurants. (I think the dining room is open 7-2-20)

Cedar Grocery–1115 Jefferson St. (Lebanese) Lunch only (closed Sat & 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). (I think they have tables-it is self serve 7-3-20)

Charley G’s–3809 Ambassador Caffery (Cajun) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Upscale Cajun. Expensive–should go for a special occasion experience. Andouille gumbo, crab cakes, crab meat salad, blackened mahi mahi. Seasonal specialties are recommended. (Dining room is open 7-3-20)

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). (I don’t know if the dining room is open 7-3-20)

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.). (I don’t know if the dining room is open 8-15-20)

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.” (I don’t know if the diing room is open 7-3-20)

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. (I don’t know if the dining room is open 8-15-20)

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). (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-3-20)

Social Southern Table–3901 Johnston St. (Southern) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Primarily a traditional Southern restaurant (fried chicken, etc.) but also has Cajun food. (Dining room is open 7-3-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-3-20)

The French Press–214 E. Vermillion St. (French) Open daily (breakfast & lunch only); dinner Fri & Sat. Especially recommended for breakfast.The Cajun Benedict is popular. Food is said to be some of the best in town, and setting is upscale (as opposed to many places that have more of a diner atmosphere). (Dining room is open 8-15-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-3-20)

Gabe’s Cajun Food–1410 The Blvd. (Cajun) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Gumbo, chicken. Lunch plates. (Takeout only 7-3-20)

Shreveport

El Cabo Verde–1023 Provenance Pl. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Chef is from Oaxaca. It does not seem to totally follow traditional recipes, 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. (Dining room is open 7-10-20)

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. (Takeout only 7-10-20)

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. (Takeout only 7-10-20)

Taqueria La Michoacana–2905 Youree Dr. (Mexican) Open daily 8 am to 9:30 pm .  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. (Takeout and delivery only 7-10-20)

Note: Evi’s Schnitzel House is reported to be permanently closed but in case it opens again, a friend of mine who ate there highly recommends it.

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:

Culture Trip (Baton Rouge)

Google Maps

TripAdvisor (Louisiana)

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

Yelp (Louisiana)

Zomato (Lafayette)

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