SandysDance Center schools light-tripping lower limbs in a variety of torso-twisting styles ranging from ballroom and country western to Latin and belly dancing. While classes cater to all skill levels, the studio specializes in breaking in beginning bunny hoppers and dancers hexed with two left feet or equilibrium-affecting head tentacles. East coast swing is a classic choice for rug-cutting rookies, teaching the basic swing steps and movements popularized in the 1940s, while West coast swing imparts a smoother, more sensual style set to contemporary music. Salsa, a spicy fusion of Cuban and African hip cuisine, spins and dips dancers into saucy club material and provides an opportunity for the salsa-hardened to improvise and embellish. Check out the class schedule, where you can opt to spend your five classes on one signature strutting style, or go eclectic and put your legs in more than one basket by trying your toes at several techniques.
For delivery, drive-thru, or dine-in, Tiger Bites is the go-to locale for LSU-themed dining and a diverse menu that features breakfast all day. Try a breakfast sandwich ($3) or tortilla wrap ($3) with fluffy scrambled eggs and melted cheese, and add bacon, sausage, or ham (additional $0.50). Six kinds of omelettes, including the greek, an epic tale of gyro, feta, peppers, and onions ($6.50), placate early morning belly bellows until the midday midsection muttering begins. Snuff afternoon grumbles with a grilled steak panini ($8), cheeseburger ($6), or chicken tzatziki pita ($5.50). Salads range from straightforward salads-next-door to complex amalgamations, beginning with caesar or greek styles and customized by meat options such as gyro ($8), chicken ($8), shrimp ($9), or steak ($9). For fully formed appetites, the fried catfish or shrimp plates come with a heaping helping of hushpuppies, fries, salad, or coleslaw ($9.95).
Part of Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats of Shreveport’s name, it’s not surprising that boudin, a variety of sausages, is found throughout the butcher shop’s selection of foods. Shoppers can pick boudin up as seafood or pork links, as deep-fried boudin balls, or stuffed inside whole chickens and cornish hens. And, fortunately for lovers of stuffed meats, there are many more options to choose from, including rabbit packed with pork stuffing and hamburgers that, like bagel-shaped piñatas, conceal a spicy core of jalapeño cream cheese. The selection of sides and appetizers also follows in the Cajun style. Patrons can build party-worthy spreads with cracklins, spinach artichoke dip, and piquante potatoes.
In 1983, Al Copeland decided to open a restaurant centered around two New Orleans traditions: homestyle Cajun cooking and southern hospitality. His concept, Copeland’s of New Orleans, served a menu of made-from-scratch dishes such as crawfish po’ boys and red beans and rice with andouille sausage in a colorful and festive atmosphere. Nearly 30 years later, the restaurant has grown to encompass franchised locations in six states. But they still serve some of the original dishes that put them on the map.
A sister property to Al’s original restaurant, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro also serves Cajun cuisine, but the menu has a more upscale feel to it with aged steaks and fusion dishes such as crawfish or crab ravioli and dinner rolls baked in a hadron collider. The bistro’s signature dessert—homemade cheesecake with a buttery pecan crust—comes in more than 10 flavors including bananas foster, turtle, and white chocolate raspberry.
Gatti’s Pizza offers a separate takeout menu so busy cuisine cravers can enjoy classic pizzeria eats within the comfort of their home's kitchen or subterranean mess hall. Add flare to a classic pizza pie with one adornment from a bevy of traditional toppings, showcasing a knack for edible aesthetics on sizes ranging from medium ($5.99) to large ($6.99). Signature spheres include a large pizza with everything on it ($10.99) and a large pizza speckled with meats ($10.99), bites of which high-five uvulas en route to lecture the stomach's personnel on the benefits of protein.
Zocolo's chefs concoct savory helpings of sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, seafood, and more for lunch and dinner. The stylish eatery's menu, populated with innovative dishes such as grilled pork tenderloin medallions served with a blackberry-chipotle demi glace ($16.95) and gator bites dunked in remoulade ($10.95), launches palates on epicurean adventures. For lunch, patrons can pair a half panini or po boy with soup or side salad ($9.95) or nosh on one of the six brick-oven pizzas ($8.95–$13.95), a vast improvement over thatched-oven pizzas. To end the culinary journey, guests can indulge in the button-popping peanut-butter pie, topped with a layer of milk chocolate ($5.95). Zocolo's relaxing patio and intimate bar area afford myriad seating choices for diners and restless warlords.
From seafood tempura and beef teriyaki to hibachi-style dinners built around snapper, veggies, and lobster tail, the menu at Hana Steak Seafood & Sushi hits all the classic highlights of Japanese food. The menu centers around more than 50 rolls, ranging from traditional entries such as cucumber and california rolls to unorthodox selections like the Dancing Lobster, which tries to serve you. To complement the kitchen's Japanese flavors, Hana's bar stocks a generous selection of beer, wine, and sake.