Clayton and I did a lot of exploring this weekend and everywhere we browsed, sipped and dined was incredible – and best of all, really unique. On Saturday, we spent most of the afternoon on the hunt for a large Shreveport or Louisiana sign. I’m a sucker for photo ops and we weren’t stopping until we had a frame-worthy winner. Mission accomplished.
During our search we stopped at a local sandwich shop for lunch: The Real Pickle. The menu is a little tough to navigate – seems like someone, with a knack for punny sandwich names, just typed whatever came to mind leading to 110+ sandwich options. BUT the food was amazing and cheap. Being from Alaska, I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to $7.50 for a meal of unhealthy proportions. I ordered a 1/4 Muffuletta sandwich which is served as a 1/4, 1/2 or whole, the waitress told me a grown man could barely finish a 1/2.
Louisiana tidbit: The Muffuletta originated from the Sicilian immigrants of New Orleans and is an iconic Louisiana dish – made with large rounds of sesame bread, cured meats, cheese and the secret ingredient: olive salad.
After our successful photo journey, we ventured to Great Raft Brewing for a celebratory brew. The brewery is located in a large warehouse in the industrial area of town – they don’t serve food but their parking lot was hosting 2 food trucks: Jester’s (Mexican food with a Cajun twist) and Missing Link (gourmet hotdogs). The two main areas, the taproom and the brewery, feature really cool furniture and decor – distressed wood bar tops, barrels as tables, mason jar chandeliers and vintage marquee light signs. The taproom surrounds the bar while the brewery is an open garage (the actual brewery is inaccessible and sectioned off) with big screen TVs (never miss and SEC football game), picnic style tables and branded corn hole boards.
Best of all: the beer was delicious. In my Louisiana Brewery Tour research, I wanted to try their anniversary brew (a Coffee Brown using a local roaster’s blend) but they were out. Instead I tried the Depeche Mode, Belgian saison and Clayton sampled the Reasonably Corrupt, black lager. Impressively, most local restaurants that we’ve gone to have a long list of local beers available so even though Great Raft is only open Thursdays – Saturdays, we can support local any day of the week.