We discovered some pretty amazing local eats this year throughout Shreveport and Bossier City. From cuisine fusions to perfect lunch spots, locally sourced food and more. Take a walk down memory lane and add these amazing local restaurants to your list of places to try.
Delicatessen offers a bit of everything at the airport
We start the new year with a restaurant focused on a gastronomic trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Sweet Cheezus is more than custom trendy meats and cheeses, when Jessica Shaw started this company she was creating single-serve deli for people in the community during COVID.
Now, Shaw’s serves more than downtown airport deli, and the menu features soups, sandwiches and breakfast options.
West Africa meets the Caribbean in a Shreveport food truck
Niema Longstratt DiGrazia was one of The Times Ones to Watch this year, and her goal to bring healthy, authentic African-Caribbean fusion to Shreveport is one of the many reasons why.
DiGrazia was born in Serria Leone in West Africa, where her only culinary training was helping her mother in the kitchen while growing up. That experience is what makes RNL’s Kitchen Corner so special with its unique flavors mixed with comfort food favorites.
Learn more about DiGrazia and his delicious menu at the RNL food truck that you can find all over Shreveport.
French pastry comes to Bossier City
Bakery Loré was started by Lorena Cervantes as a way to let her creativity shine while bringing something unique to the heart of Bossier City.
Starting out by baking tres leches cakes at home, Cervantes eventually had the idea of opening a bakery once demand for his cakes grew. Now the community can enjoy macrones, tres leches, croissants and more.
Look at all the delicious and beautiful creations you can find at Bakery Loré.
Asian and Cajun fusion creates creative and unexpected dishes
Cajun Asian owner Ryan Dunning was born and raised in Shreveport, but the inspiration for his restaurant came from his future father-in-law, Tom Tran.
Dunning melded cultures into Cajun Asian like Tran did at his Pho L’amour restaurant. Neither had a traditional culinary background, but the idea of combining their native cuisines with other culinary traditions was the starting point for both.
Find out all about how this unique fusion restaurant came to be and what interesting things to find on the menu.
Pop into this pizzeria for a slice and a great photo
Known for her Fashion Prize design skills, Brittani Shabazz and her husband Rill Trill took over Pop N Pizza from the previous owners to keep it from going out of business.
The popular pizzeria has moved to take up residence on the corner of Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. Shabazz designed the new space with bright colors and local artwork that is ideal for Instagram photos.
Check out a menu filled with a variety of pizzas with traditional and unique toppings, plus fries and other great sides.
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Two restaurants share a goal
Chef Gabriel Balderas owns two popular restaurants that focus on fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican and Latin flavors.
Cape Verde offers diners a fresh twist on authentic Mexican cuisine that’s made from scratch, while Zuzul Coastal Cuisine focuses on fresh, sustainable dishes inspired by the Latin American coast.
Learn more about Balderas and his journey from Mexico to Shreveport and his mission for fresh slow food.
Don’t let the name fool you. They don’t serve cookies.
While the name can be a little confusing, Cookie B’s Smoothies and More got its name to honor the legacy of co-owner Kira McKnight’s mother, known as Cookie B.
McKnight, along with his fiancée Sierra Baker, love juicing and opened this restaurant in downtown Shreveport to bring that passion to the Shreveport community. More than just a place to grab a tea or a smoothie, Cookie B’s is a fun downtown hangout with brightly colored walls and Instagram-worthy photo spots.
Since the original story, Cookie B’s has moved to a new location on Line Ave.
Learn about McKnight and Baker and the story behind why they wanted to open this smoothie business.
You can eat this Cajun option on the go for a taste of home.
A new lunch option opened in downtown Shreveport in late 2021 with a mission to bring the community a takeout meal that feels like home.
The Kajun Korner Food Express is owned by Karanda Tucker and she has been cooking since she joined her grandmother in the kitchen at age 4. While she has no traditional culinary experience, her time in the kitchen cooking for her family and the church community has more than made up for it.
Take a closer look at the variety of comfort food in the form of soups, sandwiches, and salads that feature traditional Louisiana flavors.
Looking for the perfect cup of coffee?
While Shreveport has plenty of options for a cup of coffee like Starbucks and Dunkin’, what was missing was a low-key place for coffee.
Sugar and Cream is owned by husband and wife duo Mark and Shakiah Myers and their friend Dezerra Wesley and is a cute little shop with a cozy atmosphere.
In addition to the local coffee, you can order teas and lemonades while you borrow a book from their shelves or leave a note of encouragement for someone.
Meet the owners and find out more about this new coffee shop at Jewella in Shreveport.
Juice pop-up sweetens life with healthy drinks
The summer season had us on the hunt for something refreshing, and Randy Roberson’s fresh cold-pressed juices and wellness shots at Urban Verde were a great find.
Roberson’s journey began when he switched to a plant-based lifestyle in 2019, and when he couldn’t find a place in Shreveport that would fit his needs, he decided to create one himself.
Urban Verde can be found around Shreveport and Bossier at different events, including farmers markets, and even at some of your favorite local restaurants.
Take your ice cream to the next level with cookie dough
A new ice cream place opened in Bossier City at the perfect time: when the summer heat was reaching its highest point in Louisiana.
This is not your traditional ice cream parlor; Dough & Arrows is a unique candy spot that takes ice cream to the next level by combining it with edible cookie dough. Whether you want classic flavors or dare to go a little bolder, it’s great for kids and the kids at heart.
Learn about the owners and why they wanted to open this unique, family-owned business in Bossier.
Amado Chef Opens New Downtown Latino Restaurant
Pepito Muñoz is a well-known celebrity chef from Shreveport who took over the vacant spot next to Artspace after Parish Taceauxs closed its doors earlier this year.
Muñoz has worked in restaurants in Shreveport for more than 20 years and is excited to bring his new company downtown and put together an elevated menu inspired by Latin cuisine.
Take a look at the updated space and check out the new menu filled with delicious seasonal options and signature drinks.
Noble Savage is new, improved and open again
The community mourned the loss of downtown staple Noble Savage when it closed its doors in 2021, but after a change in ownership and a remodel, the popular restaurant returned.
Elizabeth Walkoviak and her business partners have brought the restaurant back to life and it underwent a drastic renovation. The wall of the jewelry store next door was torn down, the stage was expanded, and the menu was completely revamped.
Take a look at all the changes made to this venue that is open again.
These donuts are dripping with gourmet flavor.
Caleb and Michelle King can be found in their iconic black Dripp Donuts RV that shows up at almost every event in and around Shreveport.
Donuts are usually simple and understated, but the Kings take donuts up several notches with their house-made sourdoughs in a variety of fun and quirky flavors that are Instagram-ready.
And rumor has it that Dripp Donuts is coming to downtown Shreveport possibly later in the year.
These Local Restaurants Offer Iconic Louisiana Comfort Food
There are two things Louisianans take very seriously: gumbo, red beans, and rice. These traditional southern classics have a deep history and are considered the ultimate comfort food, especially once the weather turns colder.
I found a few restaurants around Shreveport that serve red beans and rice, like Sam’s Southern Eatery and Jacquelyn’s Cafe, and found out where you could get gumbo like Herby K’s and Marilynn’s Place.
We end the year by taking a look at some of the most exciting deals available at the Louisiana State Fair.
While giant turkey legs and irresistible corn dogs are fan favorites, there’s something to be said for testing the limits of your taste buds. That could be a barbecue parfait, filled with savory pulled pork and layers of mashed potatoes and a signature sauce. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can take a bite of a scorpion or cricket pizza.
Take a closer look at the other options we found while walking the Louisiana State Fair this year.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter like @meredithgwhite and email her at [email protected]