From food trucks opening brick and mortar restaurants to fine dining and quick eats, it’s obvious that Shreveport-Bossier City’s culinary scene is flourishing. There are over a dozen new restaurants (opened within the last 12 months) on this list and each one brings its own unique flavor to the community. Read on to learn more about these restaurants.
LOWDER BAKING CO.
Lowder King Cakes were all the buzz during the 2019 Mardi Gras season, but for owners Preston and Sarah Lowder, their venture actually began a year earlier — in 2018, they sold over 550 king cakes out of their home. “We love doing it and after we had a successful Mardi Gras season in 2018 selling out of our house, we felt like we were on to something,” Sarah Lowder said. “It had always been a dream of ours to open up a bakery.” The bakers arrive around 3 a.m. and everything is made from scratch daily. There are three rotating menus throughout the day: early morning consists of croissants, Danishes and pastries; mid-morning features their breads; afternoon is sweet with cookies and cookie cakes.
From the menu: Almond Croissants; Pan Bread; Rustic Boule; Braided Bread
4019 Fern Ave. , Suite 500 | Shreveport, LA 71115 | 318.562.1150
PORTERHOUSE STEAK & SEAFOOD
Owner and Chef Wil Pipkins has worked in the local culinary world for years. In fact, if you’ve ever had one of the renowned steaks served at The Cub in Shreveport, you’ve had Pipkin’s cooking. He decided to branch out on his own and earlier this year, opened Porterhouse Steak & Seafood. The food is wonderful and if it’s atmosphere you’re after, the bar lounge is the perfect setting for a romantic night out or an evening with good friends.
From the menu: Grilled Quail; Seared Snapper; New Yorker (New York Strip Steak); Crab Claws
189 E. Kings Highway | Shreveport, LA 71104 | 318.562.6760
THE CAJUN ASIAN
A fusion of Cajun and Asian cuisines, The Cajun Asian opened in December with owner Ryan Dunning at the helm. Dunning said they’ve received a lot of support but the concept of combining the two styles of food left some locals scratching their heads. “Some people have said ‘how can it be Cajun if it’s the Cajun Asian?,’” he said. It helps that both styles of food share many similarities. “There’s a lot of sweet and salty and they both use a lot of rice. Cajuns eat rice with everything and then Asians do as well,” Dunning said. “You have a lot of common ground where you can build stuff together because they’re kind of the same bases.” Another unique feature of the restaurant is the dessert menu — so make sure to save room. Inspired by the treats at the state fair, they offer funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, deep fried Twinkies and deep fried cheesecake.
From the menu: The Cajun Asian Sampler; Fried Rice Etouffee; Grilled Filet
1964 Airline Drive | Bossier City, LA 71111 | 318.588.5250
KIM'S CHICKEN & WAFFLES
There’s just something about that sweet and salty combination that is so wrong it’s right. Chicken and waffles are a common pairing in other areas of the country and although some local restaurants offer this duo on the menu, it wasn’t until recently that Shreveport welcomed its own eatery specializing in chicken and waffles. If the idea of drizzling syrup on your chicken is too adventurous, they also offer your standard dipping sauces for chicken tenders or wings.
From the menu: Spicy Fried Green Beans; Wings & Chicken Tenders; Catfish
1203 Shreveport-Barksdale Highway | Shreveport, LA 71105 | 318.670.8699
It started out as a bright red food truck in 2015, and while they still operate the mobile kitchen, the owners now have a brick and mortar for fans of its South Louisiana cuisine. Located in the East Bank District in Bossier City, the restaurant touts handcrafted cocktails to accompany the yummy menu. Every Friday night from 8-10 p.m., BeauxJax invites local bands to perform. The restaurant also has a private event space called The Rouxgaroux Bar with amenities such as a full bar, big screen TV and 50 seats.
From the menu: Jambalaya, Blackened Shrimp Po’boy, Gator Andouille Po’boy, Jumbo Shrimp & Grits
501 Barksdale Blvd. | Bossier City, LA | 318.584.7169
THE MISSING LINK
The Missing Link started as a food truck in 2013 but the owners (Cade and Jessica Horn, Brady Crenshaw) always knew they wanted to open a brick and mortar. So, they decided to purchase space in downtown Shreveport and after a few years of renovations, they opened their doors in July 2018. Their specialty is gourmet hot dogs, such as the Chorizo Con Huevos hot dog and one of the newer items on the menu, the Gordon McKernan hot dog (named after the Baton Rouge based attorney known for billboards). “The Gordon McKernan is a super popular one. It’s made with linguisa, a Portuguese sausage. It has a little bit of spice to it,” co-owner Jessica Horn said. “He came in about two months ago. He has some law firms up here. Someone got a picture with him. He tried it and he liked it.”
From the menu: Carb Your Enthusiasm; The Bacon Cheddar; The Chicago; Rosemary & Garlic Fries
504 Texas St., Suite 100 | Shreveport, LA 71101 | 318.751.5820
Louisianans love seafood. And the sea fare at Laughing Crab is no laughing matter. The menu’s focus is on boiled seafood — all served with corn, sausage and potatoes — and it doesn’t matter which crustacean you prefer. They have it all. If you like your seafood battered and fried, they have that too.
From the menu: Blue Crab; Snow Crab Legs; Mussels; Crawfish; Lobster Tail; Fried Shrimp
7511 Youree Drive, Suite 100 | Shreveport, LA 71105 | 318.900.8881
ONO'S HAWAIIAN GRILL
Aloha! Ono’s Hawaiian Grill officially opened in April and their food truck fans couldn’t be more delighted. Now that the chefs are in a full-sized kitchen, get ready to watch them take their creativity to a new level. The restaurant occupies the former El Chico space in the Madison Park shopping plaza, but the owners remodeled it to look more contemporary with a little island flair.
From the menu: Poke Bowls; Shoyu Chicken; Ahi Poke Wonton Nachos; Kahuku Shrimp
4015 Fern Ave. | Shreveport, LA 71115 | 318.861.2492
SILVER STAR CANTINA
You know Silver Star Grille and Silver Star Smokehouse. Now, restaurateur David Alvis is introducing Silver Star Cantina. With appetizers like fried avocado and entrees such as the Cantina Au Gratin Potatoes (yes, the signature Silver Star Au Gratin Potatoes) this isn’t your traditional Tex-Mex restaurant. With hues of cobalt blue, the attention to detail is everywhere — from the ceiling fans to the bar and even the bathrooms. It’s a stunning establishment and their food is just as pretty.
From the menu: Stacked Salad; Wagyu Carne Asada; Enchiladas; Street Tacos
3015 E. Texas St. | Bossier City, LA 71111 | 318.584.7374
DILLA'S PRIMO QUESADILLAS
Are you the person that orders a quesadilla no matter which Mexican restaurant you’re eating at? Well, quesadilla lovers, your new favorite lunch spot has arrived. Dillas Primo Quesadillas celebrates all things quesadilla. They have a dozen different ‘dillas’ on the menu with a variety of fun ingredient combinations as well as delicious sides such as cilantro lime black beans, citrus corn salad, and house fried chips.
From the menu: Hot Hatch Quesadilla; Black & Blue Quesadilla; Lone Star Quesadilla
855 Pierremont Road, Suite 135 | Shreveport, LA 71106 | 318.868.5100
MAIN SQUEEZE JUICE CO.
Everyone is trying to lead a healthier lifestyle these days, so Main Squeeze Juice in Bossier City couldn’t have opened at a better time. Based out of New Orleans, the company’s products are 100 percent plant based and the menu features everything from cold-pressed juice to smoothies and wellness shots. The team at Main Squeeze also can help you build a juice cleanse to suit your needs.
From the menu: Creamy Colada Smoothie; Almond Mylk; Awaken Cold Pressed Juice (apple, lemon, ginger and cinnamon)
2114 Airline Drive, Suite A | Bossier City, LA 71111 | 318.588.5071
Located in the Shreveport Downtown Airport, Tempo Eatery has that classic diner feel without the greasy spoon. Owner and Chef Megan Chavez is on a mission to help locals eat clean and healthy. She also owns Prepped Up Meals — a meal prep service featuring fitness-oriented meal plans. While the menu features well-known items such as BLTs and Sloppy Joes, each dish is unique to Tempo — the Buzzed BLT is made with local, honey glazed thick cut bacon and porter infused scratch honey mustard. And the Not So Sloppy Joe Wrap is made with a flaxseed wrap stuffed with turkey Sloppy Joe and mozzarella cheese. They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options.
From the menu: Moooommmm, The Meatloaf; Lean Shrimp Scampi; Wilder West Turkey Burger
1550 Airport Drive | Shreveport, LA 71107 | 318.216.3456
Casa Jimador uses authentic recipes in all of their dishes. The extensive menu has it all — burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, nachos and seafood. Specialties include the Taquitos Mexicanos, Carnitas Plate and Milanesa, to name a few.
From the menu: Chimichanga Balboa; Tropical Filet; Ranchero Desoto
4801 Line Ave., Suite 14 | Shreveport, LA 71106 | 318.754.3885
EL PASO MEXICAN GRILL
The chefs at El Paso Mexican Grill pride themselves on making their food from scratch every day. The salsa, pico de gallo and even their refried beans are made fresh daily. After you’ve dined on the mouth-watering fajitas, make sure you’ve saved room for dessert — the Banana Cheesecake Chimichanga is a pastry shell stuffed with banana cheesecake and topped with cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Yum.
From the menu: Enchiladas Alcarbon; Burrito Loco; Bistec A La Mexicana
7515 Youree Drive | Shreveport, LA 71105 | 318.900.8899