From classic Southern comfort foods to dishes with that distinct Louisiana flair, Monroe and West Monroe have got you covered. At Magic Grill, folks will find the famous roast beef po’ boy along with other country-fried favorites. Current owner Michael Rodriguez says the restaurant (which started in Ruston in 1959) goes through between 10 and 15 gallons of its roast beef gravy every day. For more seasonal comfort, head to Portico, where the fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and tender greens are sure to satisfy any ravenous Southerner. Sometimes, a restaurant’s name says it all, and Not Just Pie is certainly one of them. Its pies—which include pecan, coconut and chocolate cream, banana caramel and even savory pot pies—are stellar, but the savory options, like the roast beef po’ boy (served on authentic Gambino bread), are not to be missed. Levee Grill, which is not far from the Monroe downtown area, overlooks beautiful Bayou DeSiard and serves up memorable dishes like bacon-wrapped duck drizzled with cane syrup and mahi-mahi served with pineapple pico de gallo.
Must-Dos in Monroe – West Monroe
- Get a comforting cup of joe at Standard Coffee.
- Enjoy a tasty beverage at Flying Tiger Brewery.
- Taste locally made wines at Landry Vineyards.
- Run wild at the Duck Commander compound.
Shopping & Fun
West Monroe’s Cotton Port Historic District is known for the incredible finds along Antique Alley. This three-block area is stuffed with nearly two dozen shops, restaurants, B&Bs and boutiques that specialize in everything from home furnishings and knickknacks to art, clothing and even old baseball cards. During the holiday season, Antique Alley gets a festive makeover, making the experience even more magical than usual. Just a block away, visitors can enjoy a delightful Christmas display at The Land of Lights.
If the weather outside gets frightful, warm up while taking in some of the area’s well-appointed museums. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens features the Coca-Cola Museum (as Joe Biedenharn was the first bottler of the iconic beverage) as well as a Bible Museum (which showcases a collection of rare and historically important Bibles, including an original 1611 King James Bible). The nearby Chennault Aviation & Military Museum honors soldiers and airmen from WWI through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Just a short drive from Monroe, visitors will find the monumental earthworks at Poverty Point World Heritage Site in Pioneer, Louisiana. These earthen mounds were once part of a massive trading hub in the Mississippian culture and can be explored at this UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of just a handful of such important historical sites in the southeast United States). For more information about experiencing the hand-built mounds and the on-site museum, visit povertypoint.us.