Cypress Inn is excellent for lunch or dinner and serves some fine cajun food. Get off I20 at Exit 118. The BBQ at Danken Trail is good. Gabbeaux's is a dive with good cajun food. Not just pie has outstanding po boys and the pie's good too. Warehouse has good food for lunch or dinner.
Cypress Inn @ 7805 Desiard St., Monroe, LA 318 - 345 - 0202.
Danken Trail BBQ @ 7712 Desiaard St., Monroe, LA. 318 - 343 - 0773.
Gabbeaux's Bayle's Landing @ 113 South Riverfront Street, West Monroe, LA 318 - 322 - 8278.
Not Just Pie @ 2117 Forsythe Ave., Monroe, LA 318 - 322 - 9928.
Warehouse # 1 @ 1 Olive St., Monroe, LA 318 - 322 - 1340.
I have a friend that loves Ray's PeGe (50+ years in business, famous for po boys) and The Chateau (also open forever, kitschy Italian place, best at suppertime). I haven't heard anything about The Chateau in ages, though, so I hope they are still open.
I've been to the Mohawk Tavern (another older place) and *love* their steaks.
These are all "old" Monroe / West Monroe, hard to think of being anywhere else.
Littleman may have some good ones in his list, I've just never been to any of those.
I forgot about Mohawk Tavern. I had lunch there the last time I went through Monroe on my way to Dallas. The seafood is outstanding. And Ray's has a great Po Boy. There are two Ray's.
Ray's Pe Ge @ 8209 Desiard Street, Monroe, Louisiana 318 - 343 - 0710.
Ray's Pe Ge @ 1501 Cypress Street, West Monroe LA 318 - 807 - 7343.