Good places to eat in Monroe?
I posted on the South Board but had no responses. Does anyone here know of some suggestions in the vicinity of U. L. Monroe? My son has to attend orientation in June, and I'm wondering where we might eat while there.
I like http://www.warehouseno1.com/
Just down the street from ULM is http://www.waterfrontgrill.com/
A cut above most places is Genusa's http://www.realpageslive.com/online/2...
A local "legend" is the Mohawk.
In W. Monroe is Canard's
I have heard good things about the Brandy House but I have never been.
The News-Star has some "reviews".
I traveled the state during my career but am now retired. When in Monroe I found the restaurant offerings to be limited to chains with a few exceptions. Near the campus you will find the Waterfront. In the downtown area there is the Warehouse. The Warehouse is a little less casual than the Waterfront. Those were my favorites. I noted those were mentioned in another post, too.
During crawfish season, I like a place on Forsyth Avenue a few block from the Biedenharn Home and Gardens. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name, but it is in an old filling station that has been converted. There are big picnic table in the covered area where cars use to pull in to fill up. Love the atmosphere, very casual neighborhood feeling. The seating area overlooks a neighborhood. Especially nice when dogwood and azaleas are in bloom b/c the home across the street is completely landscaped in white - white azaleas and white dogwoods on a curving path. The crawfish I had there on several occasions were large and well seasoned. Maybe someone out there has the name. Also, in the little strip mall next door there is a great bakery where you can have breakfast or lunch. It inlcudes a juice bar and my favorite was beet and carrot juice with a little pineapple juice. They will juice whatever you choose while you wait. I think that one is called Daily Harvest or Daily Harvest Market - also on Forsyth.
cormier's has something call a "pig sandwich" it's a pulled pork poboy and it's fantastic. it has a vinegar based thin sauce on it. everytime i go home i get it. and they have gumbo, jambalya, boudin and a few others that i cant remember. boudin it just so-so. and i dont know if i've ever had their gumbo. usu it's a pig sandwich or crawfish.
there is a place called the kitchen at 202 S 6th St in monroe. the have great burgers and ok poboys. and the have great comfort food. like smoothered pork chops, lasagna, turkey' dressing etc. but it is in a daily plate lunch special menu. ie, on every other thur you can get the pork chops. so you choose from a couple entrees and 4-5 veggies. but you get a ton of food for something like $6.
i like the warehouse#1 and the waterfront grill. dont care for genusa's or any other italian in town for that matter. the mohawk is a hole-in-the-wall seafood joint. and samurai is a sushi/thai place on 165
the pig sandwich is legendary! oh so good. I agree with the Kitchen recomendation, you CAN NOT go in there and come out hungry. A plate full of stick-to-your-ribs food, burgers are good too. Oysters rockafeller at Warehouse are awesome. Samarai has great sushi and their Thai curry is SOO good. they ask you how you want the hotness on a scale of 1-10. FYI..5 is even HOT.
We only had a chance to try the Waterfront Grill. The food was good, but not great. All three of us were in the mood for shrimp, so we each got a dish. I liked the barbequed shrimp, New Orleans style, except that they were peeled. (which could be a plus for some) Very tasty and spicy dish. The Waterfront shrimp were more delicately spiced, but very good after the dish set for a while to blend the flavors. The portions were generous, served with a choice of sweet potato, fried, baked, stuffed regular potato, (as well as rice or pasta for waterfront and rahkee) or vegetables, and garlic bread. The stuffed and sweet were good. The vegetables were overcooked medley. The other shrimp dish, rakhee ( I think) was too subtle for these cajun folks. All of the shrimp were large. The prices averaged about $20 for entrees, which I felt was a bit high.
The bread pudding was delicious and generous, definitely the highlight of the meal.
Canards. This is the best restaurant in the Monroe area. The restaurant is in West Monroe which is just over the Ouachita River. Recently, a new chef took over the kitchen and I have heard mixed reviews.
Brandy House. On Louisiville Ave. Very large menu with some quite good rotisserie items. Prices are very reasonable. The ambience is a bit like a Western Sizzlin and very dark. Quantity is huge and quality is perfectly nice although nothing incredible.
Genusa's. Good veal and nice cold salads with homemade dressings. Lousy desserts.
Mohawk Tavern. Dark, aged, and trapped in time but perfect for raw oysters and some fried seafood.
Ray's PG. This is a lunch place which serves some of the best cheeseburgers, french fries, and ice cream shakes that I have had in the whole state. I love this place. It is so utterly down market that it has charm. Expect the look of an old greasy spoon from the 60's. Like a diner without the counter.
Milo's coffee. Very good breakfast pastries, coffee, and yogurt.
The Coffee Bean. Homemade quiche, sandwhiches, and pies. Lunch only.
The Waterfront. Casual, hot, back porch kind of place. No pretense at all but some nice seafood dishes. Don't expect any food on the "Light side" and don't expect a wine list. If you want cabernet, you get Kendall Jackson.