[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very city offers a culinary experience all its own — a flavor palate that teases to the area’s culture and history. In Shreveport-Bossier City, there are restaurants that have stood the test of time and with the right ingredients, they’ve become famous for menu items that are unique, and well, delicious.
Locations throughout Shreveport-Bossier City
Mr. J.B. Hargrove saw the need in the Shreveport area for a quality donut. So, in 1937, he and his wife created their own donut recipe and began selling the ooey gooey delights in their own private shops. Southern Maid continues to reign supreme in the donut department and even sells other items such as kolaches. Fun fact: Elvis Presley only did one commercial in his life, for Southern Maid in 1954.
1124 Fairfield Ave. in Shreveport
A sandwich that started out as an accident would become one of the most famous menu items in Shreveport. In 1960, Sam R. Fertitta prepared a sandwich with the muffuletta bread he recently purchased from New Orleans to sell in his store. As a way of introducing the bread to a customer, Sam let the gentleman sample his sandwich. That following Monday, the customer’s coworkers were lined up to purchase it — and The Muffy was born. Sam’s daughter, Agatha Fertitta-McCall, continues to sell the trademarked sandwich, which is very different than a traditional New Orleans style muffuletta. “Like I tell people, the only similarity is the bread — it’s muffuletta bread. The name came from the name of the bread, not necessarily the name of the sandwich,” she said. The Muffy is heated up and made with olive salad from the Fertitta’s family recipe — which consists of both green and black olives, finely chopped.
Strawn's Eat Shop
STRAWBERRY ICE BOX PIE
Three locations in Shreveport-Bossier City
Strawn’s slogan is “Home of the ice box pie,” but there is one that stands out above the rest — their famous strawberry ice box pie. The pies were featured multiple times in Southern Living and on Food Network, bringing national attention to this iconic dessert. Topped with whipped cream, the strawberry ice box pie is filled with fresh strawberries but if fruit filling isn’t up your alley, they also serve pies in butterscotch and chocolate flavors.
THE HUMPHREY YOGART
Locations throughout Louisiana
With its clever name, the Humphrey Yogart is dubbed as Counter Culture’s “house specialty.” Tangy yogurt is topped with a trifecta of fruit (often grapes, strawberries and bananas) and then finished with granola and honey. The original location built in 1973 on East Kings Highway in Shreveport continues to serve the frozen treat but the company has since expanded with locations across the state.
THE SHRIMP BUSTER
1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport
Created by Herby K. himself in 1945, no one knows where the idea to flatten shrimp came from, let alone the idea to deconstruct a po’boy. Customers love it, as well as the “secret sauce.” It features four deep fried jumbo gulf shrimp piled atop toasted buttered French bread (Gambino’s from New Orleans) with slaw, fries, or onion rings and the sauce.