Aside from the occasional binge-session of Duck Dynasty (see my previous post, Culture Shock) I don’t watch a lot of TV but I am my mother’s daughter… so I LOVE the food network. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is my all time fave because Guy hits up all the spots that the locals love and usually don’t tell tourists about. Shreveport has yet to make it on the show but in my research I’ve found four iconic Shreveport restaurants that everyone must try.
PS: Stay tuned for future posts on our reviews.
Started as a liquor, tobacco and sandwich shop – originally named The Flying Crow. Herbert Busi Junior, turned the family biz into a restaurant in 1936 and first introduced the “Shrimp Buster” (their signature sub) in 1945.
This is the epitome of a dive but it’s a Louisiana favorite and was named Southern Living Magazine, Best of the South – Editor’s Pick for Best Seafood in 2006. Like most Alaskans, I am willing to sample any spot awarded for their seafood.
Shreveport’s oldest continually-operated restaurant; this Italian sandwich shop opened in 1927 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The original owner, “Papa” Sam Fertitta, created a secret recipe that is still used on their famous muffuletta sandwiches – a style that originated among the Italian immigrant population of New Orleans.
Keeping it in the family, Fertitta’s Delicatessen is now owned and operated by Sam Fertitta’s only daughter, Agatha.
Strawn’s Eat Shop
First opened in 1944, the ‘home of the ice-box pie’ was named Shreveport’s #1 Most Iconic Restaurant in 2011. Like you, I also wondered what an ice-box pie was – turns out these pies were named after the ice box that they were kept cool in and Strawn’s is internationally famous for their strawberry version.
Southern Maid Donuts
This donut shop originated in 1937 in Dallas, Texas but has become a Shreveport icon. Their batches are fresh and hot at 4:00pm daily, even Elvis can attest.
Fun fact: Elvis did his only product endorsement commercial in 1954 for Southern Maid Donuts. He sang their jingle. “You can get them piping hot after 4 P.M., you can get them piping hot, Southern Maid Donuts hits the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 P.M.”
This list is compiled solely from internet reviews. Now that we have been exploring town, we’ve been asking every person we meet for personal recommendations … more to come.