At Daiquiri Express, rows upon rows of endlessly rotating machines churn out icy, alcohol-laden daiquiris the same way they have for 25 years. Fruity flavors such as margarita, grape ape, and white russian pour out of nozzles and into foam cups, which can be ordered to-go or picked up at the drive-thru. For large gatherings, Daiquiri Express also slings gallon-sized servings and rents daiquiri machines that double as storage space for Mr. Freeze’s underpants.
Every night, the bartenders at Twine Restaurant create new cocktails inspired by their favorite books in the restaurant's library, such as the Skinny Russian, which honors The Brothers Karamazov. The playfully elegant drinks hint at the similar philosophy behind Twine's food menu, which begins with breakfasts of french macarons, housemade bagels, and gourmet coffee and tea. Lunch options include a smoked pulled-pork sandwich served on blueberry texas toast with slaw, as well as a handful of crisp salads and wraps. The Sunday-brunch menu helps diners celebrate the weekend with thick slices of french toast and quiche. For dinner, tablemates can pass around small plates of charcuterie and mussels.
In addition to Twine's signature cocktails, a well-rounded wine and beer menu helps to enhance the comforting flavors of each meal. Live music gives customers a reason to test out new tap shoes, with themed evenings including What the Funk? and Tuesday Blues Day.
O'Henrys has served baskets of complimentary salted peanuts to guests since its founding in 1982, and the floors remain whimsically festooned with shells to this day. Owner Rhonda Conley, with more than 20 years at O'Henry's under her belt, works to keep the tradition of the restaurant alive at both locations. Waiters crunch across dining rooms from midday to midnight, bearing plates of freshly ground filet mignon burgers, hearty steaks, and signature Monica cream sauce dishes. Outside, an outdoor balcony scattered with tabletops wraps around the restaurant. The eatery boasts private dining rooms for parties of up to 25 people. It also treats guests to a free new york strip steak if they can prove it's their birthday with a valid ID or by showing video tapes of them not celebrating their birthday the previous 364 days.
Since 1984, Shreveport has paid tribute to a cherished Louisiana tradition—the crawfish boil—with its annual Mudbug Madness Festival. As many as 56,000 people flock each day to what has blossomed into one of the state’s most popular Cajun festivals, where they nosh on succulent seafood and compete in crawfish-eating contests that encourage participants to test their stomach size and sabotage their opponents by sneaking lobsters into their bowls. “One year, we had a man eat 42 pounds of crawfish in 30 minutes,” marvels festival coordinator Melanie. “We’ve cut it down to 15 minutes since then.” In addition to eating crustaceans, attendees can also lure them across the stage during crawdad-calling contests. “It gets really lively,” Melanie says, describing how the sirens-in-training are allowed to do nearly anything they can think of to entice the crawfish into their reach.
Cajun, zydeco, and jazz tunes waft through the air during the festivities, emanating from three stages helmed by headliners such as Wayne Toups, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Super Water Sympathy, and Windstorm. The rhythms reach the ears of shoppers browsing original artwork and handmade jewelry in the arts area, expanded after previous years' success. On Thursday, local athletes can work up an appetite in the 5K race. Children of all ages burn off energy in the kids' area, where they can somersault in the bounce house, tackle art projects, or plop down in front of a stage where magicians and storytellers keep their young minds off the uncertain fate of lollipop futures.
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