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)

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)

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