Don't Miss Dishes - Delta Delights Trail

Southern style comfort food meets Cajun cooking on the Delta Delights trail.
By Jay D. Ducote
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Muscovy Duck Wraps at Restaurant Cotton in Monroe
Chef Cory Bahr hits the spot with Muscovy Duck Wraps at Restaurant Cotton in Monroe.

North Louisiana has perfected southern style cooking married with Louisiana's epicurian favorites like crawfish, catfish and po' boys.

Tempt your taste buds in the Monroe-Ruston area on the Delta Delights trail.

CottonMonroe

Chef Cory Bahr, named one of the “Great Chefs of Louisiana” by Louisiana Life Magazine, provides succulent and creative southern cuisine at Cotton in Monroe. The Muscovy Duck Wraps are one of many don’t miss dishes on the menu. The tender duck is wrapped in some of the best bacon you will ever experience and then glazed with a local honey. Your mouth will begin watering now.

Ray’s PegeMonroe

Ray’s Pege in Monroe is famous for their roast beef po’ boys with gravy. The bread is always a perfect combination of soft and crispy and the beef is magical. The sandwich sounds basic and simple but with the thick and seasoned gravy and a side of fries customers cannot seem to get enough. Use the gravy for dipping or dressing the po’ boy and you’ll see why Ray’s Pege is worthy of a visit!

Big Momma’s Fine FoodsMonroe

You cannot find a better southern home-cooked meal in a restaurant than you can in Big Mommas’ Fine Foods in Monroe. The fantastic juicy fried chicken is a perfect choice along with a choice of a couple sides and the lip-puckering hot-water cornbread. The portions are large but that doesn’t stop customers from eating everything even if they are full!

Warehouse No. 1Monroe

The Ouachita River is one on the top ten most beautiful rivers in America according to National Geographic Magazine and the amazing Warehouse No. 1 boasts a scenic overlook in Monroe.  The restaurant serves authentic Louisiana cuisine from succulent meats to flavorful seafood. The astoundingly creamy feta cheese grits for a side is definitely recommended by anyone who has ever tasted them.

Cheniere ShackMonroe

Cheniere Shack in West Monroe slings some ridiculous po’ boys with incredible shrimp and other fresh Louisiana seafood. The restaurant may be a “shack” but the food that comes out of the kitchen is grade A. At the end of your meal do not miss out on trying their pie. Locals are obsessed with the variety of flavors found in these heavenly desserts. 

Waterfront GrillMonroe

Sit outside and enjoy the beautiful and tranquil view of Bayou DeSiard at Waterfront Grill in Monroe. The picturesque trees and serene water set the scene for a marvelous meal. A local favorite is the Catfish DeSiard which includes baked catfish seasoned with bread crumbs, green onions, aged parmesan cheese, and topped with mushrooms and fresh shrimp. The mix of savory flavors makes rock star dish.

Sundown TavernRuston

Sundown Tavern is an ideal place to sit down and relax, listen to some fantastic live music, and socialize with friends and family. The restaurant is known for some of the best burgers and sandwiches in Ruston. The ground beef practically melts in your mouth with a juiciness that burger lovers crave. You can also choose one of Sundown’s signature sandwiches or choose to “build your own” to test your creativity.   

Log Cabin Mesquite GrillRuston

Log Cabin Mesquite Grill offers some of the best mesquite grilled meats in all of Louisiana. The relaxed atmosphere as diners fill themselves up with melt-in-your-mouth food definitely leaves customers happy. You have got to try the ribs brisket for a real taste of mesquite barbecue, and don’t pass on the sensational sauce. Your taste buds will be jumping for joy.