Restaurants and Culinary Experiences in Monroe-West Monroe
Discover the top restaurant and culinary experiences in Monroe-West Monroe, part of the Delta Delights Culinary Trail.
North Louisiana is full of Southern charm and incredible meals, and both are on full display in the cities of Monroe and West Monroe. The range of dining options is definitely diverse — in a single day, you can dine on the Ouachita River waterfront, pick up sweets in historic West Monroe’s Antique Alley and sip on locally made wines and beers.
Restaurants and Dining Experiences in Monroe-West Monroe
Landry Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the rolling hills of West Monroe. Wines produced here include Blackberry Merlot, Blanc Du Bois (Dry and Semi-Sweet), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cotton Rouge, Redneck Red and more. Visitors can sample these wines with cheese and bread, while enjoying the picturesque views from the beautiful tasting room. Their Outdoor Concert Series is not to be missed, with music ranging from country to jazz. Patrons bring picnic blankets and chairs and enjoy live music from the hillside along with jambalaya and dancing. Two harvest festivals are hosted each summer that offer visitors the chance to harvest grapes and participate in a grape stomp. Tours are available by appointment.
Flying Tiger Brewery brews and cans their Heroic beverages in downtown Monroe. Its facility is home to a brew house, taproom, and large green space with a beer garden. The brewery’s military theme pays homage to hometown hero Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, whose Flying Tigers fighter pilots were instrumental in helping Allies in World War II. Popular beers at Flying Tiger include the Burma Blonde Lager and Man at Arms Amber Ale.
Enjoy the view of the Ouachita River while you dine at this waterfront restaurant in West Monroe. Begin your meal with Mom Bourque’s Seafood Nachos with fried crawfish, grilled shrimp and white queso. Choose from po-boys, fresh seafood, crab cakes, Cajun favorites and more!
Located in the heart of Downtown Monroe this Brew & Que serves up delicious BBQ, brisket, sausage, ham, and chicken. Try their Hail Mary Sammich or their Smoked BBQ Pasta and finish your meal with their Top Shelf Banana Pudding.
Award winning Chef Cory Bahr shares his passion for food and local ingredients at Parish. Enjoy thoughtful seafood dishes or locally sourced ribeyes. Finish your meal with Cookies & Milk or Coconut Panna Cotta.
Looking for a cool cocktail bar? Head to this restaurant for Moscow mules and drinks overlooking the Ouachita River. This place serves pizza, sandwiches, and oysters. Inside this downtown building, you can try two other restaurants: The Eli and Restaurant Cotton.
Created by local chef Cory Bahr, Standard Coffee Co. aims to excellently craft each individual drink paying attention to the quality of espresso, precise milk steaming techniques, and evenly balanced syrup portions. This downtown location features a laid-back atmosphere and a wide variety of baked goods, including scones, cookies, and muffins.
Relaxation is on the menu at Waterfront Grill, a popular Monroe restaurant where patio dining is an everyday affair. Take in views of the slow-moving, cypress tree-lined Bayou DeSiard while enjoying an ice-cold lemonade and a BBQ shrimp po-boy. Chargrilled sandwiches are among Waterfront Grill’s many attractions, though its biggest claim to fame (hailed by Southern Living, in fact) is the Catfish DeSiard, baked with seasoned breadcrumbs and shrimp.
This historic Monroe restaurant has won its share of awards since opening its doors nearly 40 years ago. It’s easy to see why: Expertly prepared dishes like Redfish Louisianne (pan-seared, topped with crawfish étouffée and served over jalapeno-cheese grits) complement a menu filled with reliable Southern favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and raw Gulf oysters. Unwind with a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the Ouachita River.
Sumptuous steaks, expertly crafted cocktails, and a wide selection of wines and whiskeys are all hallmarks of the Doe’s Eat Place experience. Doe’s Monroe location opened downtown in 2014, just two blocks from the scenic Ouachita River. It carries on the tradition of the original Doe’s, which began as a small-town grocery store in 1903 and has grown to include numerous locations throughout the South.
“Creative Southern Cuisine” is Cotton’s tagline. That about sums it up, too — here, you’ll discover recognizable Louisiana dishes like blue crab and boudin sausage transformed into works of culinary art. Cotton’s upscale flair has made it one of the most celebrated restaurants in Monroe, thanks to menu items that include Campfire Redfish (Gulf redfish served with heirloom tomato salad and sherry vinaigrette) and pimiento cheese beignets.
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