This Spud’s For You: Bodacious B-B-Q and “The Botato”

The entrance to Bodacious B-B-Q isn’t hard to find. Just look for the giant pig suspended in the sky next to Old Glory, at 4706 Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City.

Shreveport-Bossier could be described as a crossroads of sorts, where Texas culture and Louisiana culture intertwine. This is especially true of the music (Texas roadhouse-style blues are popular in area clubs) and the food (seafood and barbecue joints are equally abundant). If you’re looking for a good barbecue lunch, swing by Bodacious B-B-Q at 4706 Barksdale Boulevard, just south of the West Gate entrance to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. I’d recommend trying “The Botato,” a large baked potato stuffed with chopped beef and shredded cheese. Served wrapped in aluminum foil (pic), the true splendor of “The Botato” isn’t really revealed until you dig in, at which point the ferocity of this diet-destroying torpedo is plain to see (pic). If you’re not feeling adventurous (or if you’re dining with a loved one who has intervened to prevent you from eating “The Botato”), try a chopped beef sandwich (pic) or a rib plate.

Bodacious is a no-frills kind of place. Sandwiches are served wrapped in wax paper, without so much as a plate to protect that new shirt of yours. It’s not a drenched-in-sauce kind of barcbecue place, either – the flavor of the meat is allowed to speak for itself. When I went, the patrons were families and groups of soldiers from Barksdale AFB. American flags were everywhere, along with Saints and LSU memorabilia. It was old-fashioned and as unapologetically southern as the day is long.

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