Ethnos Coffee and Tea's beverage smiths pour gourmet coffees, teas, and other specialty drinks in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The staff meticulously roasts fair trade single-origin beans—including Uganda Peaberry, Grand Turk, Woodstock Morning (seasonal), and more ($1.80+)—into caffeinated splendor. Lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos ($2.60+) spell out love poems in their foam in hopes of wooing a complementary croissant ($2.25) or piece of cheesecake ($3), while a fleet of tireless blenders whips up Mocafe Organics frappes in flavors such as Belizian Vanilla and Dominican Mocha ($3.30+). The Italian Soda Smoothies combine eight refreshing flavors such as marionberry lemon and orange cream with Madagascar vanilla smoothie powder ($2.50+) to cool the palates of those who refuse to swallow a refrigerator.
Certified by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as authentic Cajun, Gumbo Daddy's extensive menu bedecks taste buds with southern specialties straight from the Louisiana bayous. Each bona fide dish is forged from veritable recipes baked inside Louis Armstrong's sacramental French horn, such as the chicken and sausage gumbo, a hearty bowl prepared with robust roux, okra, and chunks of moist meat served with a fried roll ($6.49 for 16 oz.). The catfish combo will appease seafood savants with a serving of succulent fish, festooned with southern seasonings or swathed in a distinctive Creole batter and accompanied with fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw ($8.99 for five pieces). Children eat free when adults purchase an entree or one-up a wisecracking alligator in sunglasses. Peruse Gumbo Daddy’s catering menu to feed large groups or to feed smaller groups of competitive eaters.
The chefs at Bayou Dawn's, Too don't have to look far for their culinary inspiration. In fact, they focus on the Cajun recipes of their own households. Chefs fry up catfish for po' boys, mold sausage into boudin balls, and blend shrimp stock with a variety of spices to create their shrimp etouffee. Country dinners are also offered with selections like steak and hamburger specials, as well as a kids' menu for those who aren't old enough to eat seafood yet. Bayou Dawn's, Too specializes, however, in crawfish, which they boil with spicy ingredients to create a meal by the pound when in season or by the more involved crawfish census.
Making cupcakes from scratch with recipes you developed yourself doesn’t just attract swarms of hungry customers—it can also attract the attention of the Food Network. Kim Wood’s batches of artistic and decadent desserts landed her a spot on Cupcake Wars, where she competed with three other confection experts for the chance to be named the kitchen victor. Back in her shop, she crafts the same sweets she made on TV as well as dozens of other cupcake flavors, using only fresh, whole ingredients such as sweet-cream butter, fresh fruit, and cupcake wrappers just plucked from the garden. Her signature flavors—which include key-lime pie, italian cream cake, and chocolate mint—vary by the day, and gluten-free and vegan options are available once per week. Beyond the signature sweets, Wood keeps things interesting by modifying her cupcakes into cake balls, cake pops, and cream-filled whoopee pies.
The Cotton Boll Grill, a Shreveport tradition since the 1930s, offers an eclectic menu of down-home breakfast and lunch favorites. Begin your day with a hearty vegetable omelette ($5.70), three pieces of homemade french toast ($4), or a full stack of hot cakes ($5). Classic lunch munchies include burgers ($3.70–$5.75), deli sandwiches ($3.50–$5.00), Southern-style chicken livers and onions ($7.35), and chicken fried steak ($7.95). The Cotton Boll Grill also offers daily lunch specials. The Bossier City location is open seven days a week, while the Shreveport location is open weekdays only.
Cupcake Gallery’s pastry chefs whip up more than 30 varieties of cupcakes in flavors such as salted caramel, raspberry, and mocha. A german chocolate cake recipe—passed down through the founders’ family for more than a century—fills both cupcakes and traditional cakes, which the bakers elaborately frost to resemble cartoon characters, musical instruments, and favorite Whig Party leaders. In addition to serving smoothies and house-roasted coffee, the kitchen crew also assembles take-and-bake casseroles such as the cheesy chicken potato and Seafood Spectacular. Behind the counter, they concoct house smoothies in flavors such as banana split and piña colada and mix whole cupcakes into their signature cupcake milk shakes to create tempting combinations such as peanut butter and chocolate.