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.
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.
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 kitchen at Abby Singer's Bistro serves up mouthwatering platters of American pub fare, with an upscale twist, on the second floor of the nonprofit Robinson Film Center. Midday noshing can begin with one of the lunch menu's southern-style favorites such as chicken and waffles drizzled with maple syrup ($9.50) or sautéed shrimp and fried green tomatoes that inhabit a pool of rémoulade sauce ($11). Limber rigid chomping muscles for an evening meal from the dinner menu by warming up with appetizers such as crabmeat-stuffed avocado ($12) or cheeseboard, which touts a mighty triumvirate of gourmet cheeses accompanied by an entourage of crackers and seasonal fruit ($14). Silence boisterous stomachs with a seared duck breast sidled up to a serving of veggies and a choice of sweet or regular mashed potatoes, or goat cheese new potatoes ($22). Or, pair an 8-ounce turkey burger stuffed into a sourdough bun ($11) with a glass of Chilean malbec ($8), which, like professional soccer, was imported to the United States from South America in 2008.
A long standing Shreveport tradition, The Glenwood Village and Tearoom is the perfect place to have a quiet lunch. The restaurant offers traditional American luncheon fare to include specialty salads, crepes, gourmet sandwiches, quiches and scrumptious desserts.
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.