Daq’s Wings and Grill, You Had Me at “Fried Pickled Okra”

Daq’s Wings and Grill, located at 1705 Old Minden Road, is a popular Monroe sports bar that recently opened a second location in Bossier City. With about a dozen giant televisions tuned to sports and 25 beers on tap, Daq’s is the kind of place where you’d expect to find good burgers and chicken wings, but not too many surprises. At least that’s how I’d pegged the place prior to visiting.

Daq’s fried pickled okra ($5.49), one of the best among several fun appetizers served by the restaurant.

As it turns out, I was wrong. While blue cheese dressing does flow like water at Daq’s, and the burgers and chicken wings are fine, there are also some genuinely fun, unexpected offerings here. Fried shrimp baskets ($6.99-$18.99) are tossed in hot wing sauces like citrus chipotle BBQ, lemon pepper and sweet red chili. Fried pickled okra ($5.49), surprisingly hard to find in Shreveport-Bossier, are lightly-pickled, crunchy and juicy. Appetizers and sides that I’m looking forward to trying soon include cilantro shrimp wontons, boneless alligator wings (really?), and roasted poblano chile con queso. Daq’s promotes a grilled chicken sandwich as the house specialty, but I’d have a hard time opting for a chicken sandwich over fried pickled okra and cilantro shrimp wontons.

Daq’s does have some obstacles to overcome. Located in a building that previously housed a Burger King, the restaurant’s outward appearance is a bit rough and service can be spotty. But when a place has memorable food, that makes up for an awful lot. Did I mention the fried pickled okra?

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