Nowhere else in the world will you experience the bold Texas-Louisiana combo of “Cajun cowboy” cuisine like you will in Shreveport-Bossier City. You’ll find shrimp po’boys and seafood galore alongside hearty helpings of barbecue in this northwest Louisiana town. It’s a foodie’s dream come true!
Texas-style barbecue can be traced back to the early days of European settlement in the area. By the early 20th century, the Lone Star State had developed its own unique style, and barbecue joints spilled into Louisiana.
You’ll find that beloved barbecue tradition alive and well at Shreveport restaurants like Real BBQ and More, Silver Star Smokehouse and Bodacious BBQ, with each putting their own spin on local favorites.
At Shreveport’s Real BBQ and More, chef and owner Harvey Clay has been perfecting his menu since he was a homesick, out-of-state university student in 1968. The restaurant’s sausage recipe originated in Halifax, Texas, an area known for its Czech and German ancestry, and its barbecue sauce has a devoted fan base.
Silver Star Smokehouse in Bossier City might be famous for its ribs, but the hickory-smoked brisket is a must-try menu item. Each barbecue platter comes with two sides, and the au gratin potatoes are a tried-and-true local favorite.
Bossier City’s Bodacious BBQ keeps it simple by offering sliced and chopped brisket and pulled pork on everything from baked potatoes and fries to nachos and sandwiches. But that’s not all—the down-home eatery also serves smoked ribs, chicken and sausage in addition to rotating daily specials.
After you’ve had your fill of Texas-style barbecue, head to one of Shreveport-Bossier City’s popular Cajun and Creole restaurants for an authentic taste of the Bayou State.
Herby K’s in Shreveport, a beloved Creole institution, introduced the Shrimp Buster in 1945. Unlike the New Orleans’ po’boy, the Buster relies on buttered toast, butterflied shrimp and a tangy special sauce. This locals’ favorite also specializes in some of the best Creole classics like fried soft-shell crabs and oyster po’boys.
Located in a bustling neighborhood in Bossier City, BeauxJax Crafthouse and its sister property, Frozen Pirogue, serve up a taste of southern Louisiana. From a myriad of creative po’boys to heartier fare like Blackened Shrimp & Grits, there’s something to please just about any palate. The restaurant’s new outdoor music venue offers a delightful spot to relax and enjoy good times.
If you’re short on time and hope to try true Cajun cowboy cuisine, head to one of Shane’s Seafood & BarBQ’s six locations in the area. There you’ll find everything from boiled shrimp and crawfish to barbecue ribs, brisket, sausage and more. C’est si bon!