For pie fans, the Tweet from Strawn’s Eat Shop was the equivalent of Mick Jagger Tweeting that one lucky listener would get to hear a new, unreleased Rolling Stones album for free:
“Exclusive offer: one FREE peach pie available to the 1st follower to show up at the e70th location now Note: not selling them yet.”
As it turns out, giving away an entire pie on Twitter isn’t really all that uncommon for the folks at Strawn’s Eat Shop. In fact, it seems to be an almost weekly occurrence, making the Strawn’s Twitter account a must-follow for food lovers who use Twitter.
Other Shreveport-Bossier area restaurants are taking to social networks, as well. Using social platforms like blogs, Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter, many local eateries are doing everything from announcing last-minute menu additions to promoting discounts and deals. Here are
eight nine examples of local restaurants going social to drool-inducing effect.
- The Facebook page of Burnin’ Spear Caribbean Catering and Lunch is the best way to find out what chef/proprietor Gordon Nurse is cooking up each day.
- The Maxwell’s Market Twitter account regularly posts about fresh seafood arrivals, from Gulf shrimp to New Zealand Seabass.
- India’s Buffet takes to Twitter regularly to list changes to their lunch buffet. You may not have been considering Indian food for lunch, but with 11:30 a.m. tweets like “5/18 – Saag Paneer, Gobi Manchurian, Dal Tarka, Chicken Vindaloo, biryani rice, Onion Pakora, Tandoori Chicken,” your lunch plans may be changing.
- Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge uses Facebook to tantalize fans with mouth-watering photos of seafood specials.
- Kim’s Seafood in Bossier City got Facebook users talkingrecently with a photo of a mammoth crawfish (see below). They’re also prone to posting photos of giant quantities of crawfish accompanied by brief notes like “This is what 200 pounds of crawfish looks like.” A must-follow during crawfish season.
- Geauxsicles takes to Facebook to promote the whereabouts of their food truck, to survey customers about which flavors they should create next, and occasionally to post whacky photos of parrots eating Geauxsicles.
- 2Johns Steak and Seafood treats Facebook like a backstage pass for fans, showing their team at work creating new dishes, prepping beautiful desserts, and more.
- The primary website of Twine, a new restaurant located on Line Ave. in Shreveport, is a blog updated regularly by the owner. While it is occasionally lovably odd (“11 weeks old today, our lemon Japanese Chin will make appearances often at Twine…and appear in much of our pr materials!”), it also provides insight into the quirky personality of the restaurant.
- If you want to be “in the know” about the Gulf Pig Underground Supper Club, follow them on Facebook to find out where their next “underground dinner” for gastronomes and foodies will be held.
These are just a few of our favorite examples of Shreveport-Bossier restaurants and eateries embracing social media. Please let us know who we missed in the comments. The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is on Twitter at @sbctb and on Facebook.