1301 N. Market St. Shreveport, LA
Jack's BBQ has been in business at its current location for over 30 years, and was in business at another Shreveport location for several years prior to that. I had the pleasure of dining at Jack's for the first time in February, 2011, and feel the need to tell everybody how wonderful the food is. It's a quick ride to Jack's from either I-20 or I-220. Conveniently located on North Market, its ideal location makes it easy to get to, and well worth the stop. It's where the locals eat! If you were to ask someone in Shreveport, "where is the best BBQ?", they would likely send you to Jack's BBQ. The portions are large, the food is fantastic and the prices are reasonable. Stop by and tell Tom (the owner) that Pinky sent you!
There's plenty of places to eat in any town, but what you need to know is "where is the best place?" The following are my favorites, and where the locals eat!
Auntie Skinners - Jefferson, TX
Skinners Riverboat Club in Jefferson, TX is well known for its biker
friendly atmosphere. The central location of the annual Boo Benefit,
thousands of bikes come from hundreds of miles away. Located
in downtown Jefferson, the massive bar, good food and friendly folks
welcome bikers. With items like Texas toothpicks (battered jalapenos
and onion strips), bottle caps (beer battered jalapeno slices), fried
pickles (battered dill pickle chips), chicken fried steak, and a
personal favorite the "off the chain sandwich", a chicken breast
grilled with honey ham, Swiss cheese, bacon, and their secret sauce on a
po-boy roll, there's something for everyone.Read more about Auntie Skinners.
12903 Highway 371
Minden, LA 71055
Hole #2 is at the Dixie Inn Exit off Interstate 20. After you exit,
head north, and it will be on the right. There are large dining areas
inside and picnic tables outside. The restaurant has some of the best,
highly seasoned crawfish around and is served with corn and potatoes.
Market price is fair and reasonable. The atmosphere is friendly and
homey with red and white checkered tablecloths. The ice cold beer
helps take the burn off your lips from the seasoning. Parking is
abundant, but some is gravelly, so be careful entering the parking lot.
This is my top place for crawfish in the Shreveport/Bossier area. I rate it 5 stars!
Busted: Crawfish Tail Curl and Food Safety. Have you been told not to
eat the straight tailed crawfish? Then read this article. Click on
the crawfish picture below.
Griff's Hamburgers - Old Minden Rd, Bossier City, LA
Big Fat Juicy Burgers with grease running down your arms. What more can I say! If you're hungry for burgers, this place is a mainstay conveniently located at the corner of Old Minden and North Gate Road in Bossier City. Sure beats the heck out of the fast food at Wendy's, McDonalds, Burger King and the like.
the Swamp or Sweep the Kitchen. Yes, those are names of pizzas. Sweep
the Swamp has a variety of seafood, and is not available all the time.
Sweep the kitchen is great for those who want everything. It has
pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, black olives, onions, sausage, anchovies,
ground beef, green peppers and jalapenos with lots of gooey cheese. I
recommend the meat plus which has pepperoni, ham, hamburger, sausage and
real bacon topped with lots of gooey cheese. If you eat in, there's a
nice salad bar, albeit a little small, flat screen televisions, and cold
beer. This is a family pizza place with ten locations in Shreveport
and Bossier; I just happen to frequent the Haughton lcoation near my
home. Johnny's Pizza also delivers!
Lighthouse Bar and Grill - Uncertain, Texas
1805 Blair Landing Road
Karnack, TX 75661
Get out the GPS to find this difficult to find place. Your good fortune and attention to the route will bring you to the Lighthouse Grocery & Bar.
Here, you'll feel right at home as the music plays from a modern juke
box in the corner. Likely, the owners will be cooking up some grub on
the grill outside, and you can rest at the picnic table nearby while
enjoying a cold drink. If you didn't eat at the Longwood stop, then
this place has the best nachos in the West. For just about $6, you can
enjoy a large mound of cheesy chips topped with salsa, jalapenos, sour
cream and guacamole if you so desire. This is a popular destination for
bikers, but is not well known otherwise. You're likely to have a chat
with locals as they invite you to rest a spell and share their
relaxation spot. Just up the road you'll find the Uncertain Tavern,
another biker friendly establishment, owned by the same friendly
folks. A large screen television broadcasts NASCAR and football games
during the respective seasons, and there are pool tables and dart boards
to help pass the time. Remember folks, you're not in Louisiana
anymore, and the Saints aren't the favored football team. In Texas,
they root for the Cowboys. Don't stay inside too long, as the beauty of
the area awaits you. If you're up for it, a ride to Jefferson, Texas is next.
Longwood Grocery - Longwood, LA
Shreveport, take exit 5 off Interstate 220 and head North. A short
jaunt under the railroad trellis will take you to North Lakeshore Drive,
where you can enjoy the winding road that follows Cross Lake. Point
toward Blanchard and turn left at Blanchard Furrh Road. At Hwy 169,
stop at the Longwood Grocery and enjoy a thick juicy burger, or their
famous rib eye steak. Not a city or even a town, Longwood is listed as a
in Caddo Parish. But, there is good food and even gaming machines if
you'd like to try your luck at winning. They are open every day
including Sundays, but the casino doesn't open until noon on Sundays.
BTW - beer is just $1 if you're playing!
Nicky's Mexican - Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA
4100 Barksdale Blvd, LA
Bossier City, LA
Are you starving? Want to eat lots of Chinese food that tastes delicious? Try the Mayflower lunch
menu. For just $4.60, you'll get a plate full of your favorite Chinese
dish, fried rice, and soup or soda. Located at 4100 Barksdale Blvd,
Suite 115, next to Kroger, it's easy to find, and there's plenty of
parking. Dinner prices are around the $7-$8 price range. Quality,
quantity, and a fair price. One can't ask for much more!
Moon's Grocery near Homer
About an hour and 10 minutes from Shreveport, this out of the way place will take you to a destination worth the trip. Great ribs and steaks in a "down to earth" atmosphere. For review and directions, read more here.
Sue's Country Kitchen - Bossier City, LA
Bossier City, LA 71111
Down home country style food. This is one of the few places in town where Eggs Benedict are on the menu, and I go there just for that. Their signature dinner rolls are to die for, as are their home made biscuits! There are breakfast, lunch and dinner specials at affordable prices. The waitresses are always friendly, and the atmosphere is cozy. The country decor welcomes guests and you'll feel like you're eating fare from Grandma's secret recipes. It's open 24 hours, so Sue's is a great place to eat any time. The place is busy and that's certainly a good sign that the food is good. And, there aren't any skinny cooks - another good sign.
Keep watching for more of my reviews!
The Blind Tiger, Texas Street, Shreveport, LA
Superior's Steakhouse - Shreveport, LA
Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro - on the Boardwalk, Bossier City, LA
Archie Hebert's - Villagio, Bossier City, LA
Ernest's Orleans - Shreveport, LA
Bodacious BBQ - Bossier City, LA
Julie Anne's Bakery - Shreveport, LA
Posado's Mexican - Bossier City or Shreveport
Southfield Grill - Shreveport
Strawn's Eat Shop
Papa and Company - Shreveport, LA
Notini's Italian - Bossier City, LA
Fat Boys - Centenary Blvd, Shreveport, LA Strawn's Eat Shop
OUT OF THE Shreveport AREA
Breakfast in Lincoln, NE
If you’re ever in Lincoln, NE, the Engine House Café on Havelock Avenue is the place to dine. The restaurant is located in the historic Engine House. In the 1970’s the firehouse was relocated, and in 1995, the facility was renovated to become the Engine House Café. As you walk in the door, you’ll feel a sense of camaraderie with the Firefighters who worked and lived in the building as far back as 1900 when the fire station was erected, and was home to a horse drawn fire team. Their photos adorn the walls, along with memorabilia from days gone by. The original wood beamed ceilings grandly dominate the mood of the café. To my dismay, the only thing missing was the fireman’s pole, which I felt would have enhanced the décor.
Recently I had an opportunity to eat breakfast with my daughter in law and her husband, who live within walking distance of the café. I was delighted to find that my all time breakfast favorite, eggs Benedict, was on the menu, and even more delighted when the steaming plate was placed before me. One bite of the creamy hollandaise sauce revealed a real cook was in the kitchen. These were the best Benedict I’ve ever eaten, bar none. My dining companions all enjoyed their meals, and the service was fantastic; we even had the opportunity to speak with owner, Roger Pletcher, who was friendly and attentive.
Open Monday through Friday from 6 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 6 am to 2 pm and Sunday 7 am to 2 pm; very reasonable prices; get discounts by texting “engine house” to 90210.
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