Bennigan's: A wee bit of Ameri-Irish
When I travel, I try my best to eat at local restaurants, because it gives you a taste of the area. Unfortunately, when you get into a town late at night, and do not have any trusted advisors, it is time to get a meal from a chain location. Since we were in restaurant row, we decided to eat at Bennigan's.
I had the chicken salad, and Sarah went with the potato soup. As normal, we had an excellent meal, and were able to walk.
- Road Trip
Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant: Southern Food on the river
A nice spot to eat on the river and have great food. One of the nicer eateries in Monroe. Might need to make a reservation on a weekend because there are not many nice places left...the "Applebies" chains have taken over....
Favorite Dish: Fried catfish with hush puppies and sweet tea...yeeeah...
Podnuh's Bar-B-Q: Best Bar-B-Q
Some may disagree, but I love this Texas style Barbeque. It rocks and their potato salad is out of this world. The atmosphere is fast food like and a bit "western". I would suggest getting it to go and find a spot for a picknik. Chanault Park maybe?
Favorite Dish: sandwich with beans and potato salad....yum...
Gabbeaux's New Orleans Restaurant: Cajun on the river
At the foot of the "old bridge" (the one that goes to downtown Monroe) and commonly known as Bayle's Landing, this place is a nice way to spend the evening drinking a beer and soakin' it in. Great views of Ouachita river and downtown Monroe.
Favorite Dish: crawfish balls
Ernesto's Mexican Restaurant: Mexican
Well, this place used to rock the house and I have some of my best Monroe memories from the place, but the last time I went there the food wasn't so great. In spite of that it isn't a chain. It is located in an old house on the edge of Monroe's Garden District area (you ch is very nice). Oh yeah, the service is usually excellent......and
Favorite Dish: hmmmmm.....everything?
Cheniere Shack: Fried Kudzu
Pronounced "Shinney" by the locals this relatively new place serChves a mean meal. Don't be uptight! The service is sloow and everyone smokes regardless if you have kids or are just "sensitive". They would most likely tell you "don't like it?...you can leave". I agree.
Favorite Dish: Crawfish poboy
Genusa's Italian Restaurant: Italian in Monroe
While not the experience that the Chateau can promise, Genusa's is a nice place away from the madness of I-20 and chains in a nice area near Forsythe Park in Monroe. The wine list is pretty good as well...walk down to "Windows" bookstore after you eat.
Cormier's: boiled crawfish
Boiled crawfish, pulled pork sandwich and the fried turkey are the best! It is a former gas station (you can tell) and it is really is more of a catering service, but you are there for the food and not the atmosphere.
Mohawk Tavern: Oysters and atmosphere
Like several places I've listed for Monroe this place IS a Monroeso establishment and rightfully so. There are no windows inside and the decor (and perhaps the servers) has not changed since 1953. The parking lot is paved with used oyster shells and the small red/black bar is a classic. Go early because it always is packed!
Johnny's is a local pizza chain and it is really excellent. The atmosphere is nothing special, but the food makes up for it. If you happen to go to Lake D'arbonne in Farmerville there is one here as well....
Favorite Dish: Sweep the kitchen or sweep the bayou pizza....they use beer in their dough and it tastes out of this world..
Waterfront Grill: Crawfish on the Bayou
The Waterfront Grill, one of Monroe, Louisiana 's best-known restaurants, provides an upscale and casual dining atmosphere with relaxing views of the tranquil Bayou DeSiard. Numerous delectable appetizers, char-grilled burgers, sandwiches and poboys of several varieties complement the mouth-watering selection of entrees. Feast on superbly grilled Black Angus steaks, succulent chicken items, or savory seafood dishes either grilled, baked or sautéed.....okay, I copied and pasted that, but it is really nice to sit on the bayou assuming you wear your bug spray.
Favorite Dish: Crawfish dip
Enochs: Beer, Food, Hipsters, Old School, profs, etc...
This joint doubles not only as a great place to grab a sandwich and a beer, but also as one of the few "cool" spots in my opinion to spend you weekend night. Profs, students, blue collar workers, gay community, monroe expats (me) all gather here. Usually acoustic music of the irish sort, but you might get lucky and catch some good blues. A Monroe Establishment!
Favorite Dish: beer
Ray's Peegee: Po Boy Heaven!
For over 40 years this place has been churning out some kick ass food! Forget your health and grab a booth underneath a stuffed deer and tie on your feed sack! Nicest people in the world work here as well.
Favorite Dish: Fried shrimp poboy with Peegee's gravy...omg....
This place is one of my favorite places of all time. It is on perhaps the ugliest street in America, Louisville, but has a really cool/bizarre/never changing atmosphere. The booths have privacy curtains and the place is a dark red with waaaay to many decorations. The food is good and if you are lucky, Victor Cascio, will come by and introduce himself. Take a photo with him. He won't mind!
Favorite Dish: It doesn't matter...the place rocks! You can find me here every 23rd of December with my closest group of friends. Like most educated Louisianans we joined the "brain drain" and have left our fair state. alas.....
El Chile Verde: Local Salsa Addiction
Ok, so it isn't the BEST food in the world, but for $3.25, I can make myself enjoy most anything. The servers speak Spanish among themselves (and they endure me when I practice my Spanish on them), but they know enough English to get you what you want. Mostly.
Chips and salsa come with every order, free of charge, and freshly made tortillas are free upon request.
If you go there during the Christmas holidays, be sure and notice the singing deer. Oh, and if you go there on your birthday, you'll be serenaded by the staff, accompanied by guitar "strumming."
Favorite Dish: I usually order a spinach enchilada with cheese sauce. Although I love the spinach quesadilla better, I fool myself into thinking that the lower-priced enchilada has fewer calories, and that's why I don't get the quesadilla as often. ::sigh::
Although a coworker loves it, I would seriously advise against ordering the huevos rancheros.
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