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Trip Report -- Shreveport Louisiana

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My husband and I spent a few days in Shreveport, eating at various spots recommended by Chowhounds.

1. Strawn's Eat Shop (Monday-Sunday: 6am-3pm, 125 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, LA 71106,
318.868.0634). Best of the bunch. Great old school diner atmosphere. I had the lowfat veggie omelette with hash browns (I would call them "home fries")--wonderful. My husband had the double bacon cheeseburger--he was very happy with it. The coffee wasn't great. The peach pie (in season) was wonderful. We went back later in the day to buy pies for after dinner dessert.

2. Columbia Cafe (weekdays 7AM-10PM; Sat10AM-10PM, Sun 10AM-2PM, 3030 Creswell Ave at Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71104, 318-425-3862). Breakfast here was leisurely--I think there was only one waiter, who was pleasant but inexperienced. Wonderful coffee, which was brewed by the cup (thus slow). I had the veggie frittata and my husband had the meat omelette--we were both very happy. This place has a funky, Austin TX vibe to it. We'll go back.

3. Abby Singer's Bistro at Robinson Film Center (various hours; 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 424-9090). We had drinks before our movie (great movie theater), then dinner. Drinks are pricey--2 gin & tonics and 2 beers cost $26. I had the panini sandwich with fries, which both were great. My husband had the shrimp etoufee, which he didn't find special. The prices are pretty high, but I liked the hip atmosphere and it was nice to take a drink into the movie theater.

4. Ernest's (318-226-1325, 1601 Spring St. Shreveport LA. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30-10:30pm.) This has a New Orleans formality to it, but isn't stuffy. Great service. Wish the food matched. We ordered the highly praised marinated crab claws and weren't impressed. These came with bread so dry that it crumbled with torn apart, so wasn't much good in sopping up the sauce. My husband had the Snapper Ernest ($30) and I had the Snapper Shreve ($39). These dishes are basically the same, but the Shreve had 3 overcooked shrimp and 2 mushrooms added to the plate. For $9 I expected a lot more that that. My snapper was also overcooked, though my husband's wasn't, which seemed odd.

5. Herby K's (1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport, 813-424-2724, M-Th 11AM-9PM). This was our first stop in town, as we wanted to try the Shrimp Buster. I had the small one, which was two butterflied and flattened fried shrimp on a bun with fries. I would never describe it as a po boy. Disappointing, which was too bad as we loved the atmosphere.

We're already looking forward to our next visit to Shreveport.

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