Top 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.
Top Culinary 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. Tours are available by appointment.
Flying Tiger Brewery
Flying Tiger Brewery brews and cans their 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 Trapp’s 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 overlooking the Ouachita River.
Parish Restaurant & Bar
Award winning Chef Cory Bahr, crowned 2011 King of Louisiana Seafood at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off and the following Great American Seafood Cook-Off, shares his passion for food and local ingredients at Parish. Enjoy thoughtful seafood dishes or locally sourced ribeyes.
Looking for a cool cocktail bar? Head to Planter’s for Moscow mules and drinks overlooking the Ouachita River. This place serves shareable small plates, creative oyster dishes and stone fired Neapolitan pizzas with a variety of craft cocktails.
Doe’s Eat Place
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.
Don’t-Miss Dishes in Monroe-West Monroe
Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant
The historic Warehouse No. 1 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 jalapeño-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.
“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 pimento cheese beignets.
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, though its biggest claim to fame (hailed by Southern Living, in fact) is the Catfish DeSiard, baked with seasoned breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, mushrooms and shrimp.
2Dudes Brew & Que
Located in the heart of Downtown Monroe, 2Dudes Brew & Que serves up delicious BBQ, brisket, sausage, ham, and chicken. If you’re hungry, like really hungry, try their Hail Mary Sammich with five meats and three layers of cheese topped with their signature cole slaw, and if you still have room, finish your meal with their Top Shelf Banana Pudding.
Big Momma’s Fine Foods
You cannot find a better southern home-cooked meal in a restaurant than you can in Big Mommas’ Fine Foods. 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!
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.
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