When a small but popular grocery store in Bossier City closed in 2013, it left Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding region without a local resource for Indian, South Asian and Mediterranean food products, spices and ingredients. Spice & All, a new Asian and Mediterranean grocery store located at 1047 Barksdale Hwy. in Shreveport, fills that void – a void that previously stretched from Dallas, Tx. to Jackson, Ms.
“There was a need,” Spice & All owner Mike Patel told me. “There’s a large Indian community that requires groceries and previously had to drive to Dallas, Houston or Jackson.” Patel said that, since opening, he’s welcomed customers from Alexandria, Monroe-West Monroe and eastern Texas, as well as locals, including lots of Barksdale Air Force Base personnel. While many Spice & All customers have roots in South Asia or the Middle East, the store’s customer base also includes vegetarians, world travelers and culinary enthusiasts of all backgrounds.
With more than 4,500 square feet of space filled with shelves and coolers, the Spice & All selection is bigger than any other that I’ve seen locally.
“Cooks are like kids in a candy store in here,” Patel told me.
Products range from hard-to-find raw spices and ingredients to pre-mixed sauces and ready-to-eat meals. If Patel doesn’t carry something that a customer needs, he’s happy to order it.
Local food lovers may also be interested to know that Patel has plans to launch what he calls a “chaat house” (“chaat” being pronounced to rhyme with “shot,” not “cat”), a small cafe serving a type of traditional Indian street food known as chaat. Again, Patel cites the Barksdale Air Force Base, located nearby, as a primary customer base for what he hopes to do. “Air Force personnel who’ve been to Gulf countries have eaten this kind of food, and now they can find it here, within arm’s reach.”
Spice & All is located at 1047 Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, in a location that formerly housed Kiddie Mia’s. The store is open, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. The phone number is (318) 861-3846.
This is a great place. Mr. Patel and his wife are the loveliest people. It’s a lot of fun to wander the aisles and see all of the interesting things other cultures have to offer. Even better to have the opportunity to try new ingredients. Thanks for writing about this new gem in Shreveport’s crown.
Dropped by there Friday and bought a ton of stuff. So glad they’re here!
Jeb, thanks for reading the blog and letting us know that you enjoyed visiting Spice & All. Reminds me that I need to re-stock my supply of samosas…thanks, again!
My husband and I were in the store yesterday, May 3rd. We went in to purchase Striiacha Hot Chili Sauce and Bulgar Wheat. The store is full of interesting things. We can’t wait to go back in. The owners are very nice people and very helpful. I highly recommend this store. We are happy to find a store that has more than our typical American grocery store.
That’s great to hear, Judy! Thanks for reading the blog and for taking the time out to comment.
I am very happy to know about your store. I live in Alexandria, La. I used to shop in Asian Grocery Store for all my Indian Grocery needs. Since that closed, It was a big lack of getting grocery. I am happy to see this on line. I will visit your store soon. I might send my daughter to day for some stuff.
I LOVE THIS STORE, honestly my husband and I were just blown away by everything. WE were wondering the aisles and amazed by the variety and selections. We bought a lot of things and the whole cost was next to nothing; Awesome place indeed.Today I’m trying to get my husband to order from their little restaurant, I’m extremely excited!
Looking forward to shopping soon.
Is this place still open? Interested in going if it is!
Cindy, I shopped there about a week ago. Unless it’s closed in that time, which I don’t believe it has, it’s still open for business!
Can you please give me the address for this store.
1047 Barksdale Hwy. in Shreveport
Do you have fresh filo dough? Tired of struggling with frozen dough. Thanks
We just moved here to Barksdale AFB from the Northern VA area and are struggling to find foods and spices for Asian/Indian dishes. Is this store still operating now (2020) and was hoping to find paneer. Thanks
According to Google, the store is still open. Their phone number is 318-861-3846. Give them a call to double check. Bao Bao Food Market is another grocery store that may suit your needs for Asian/Indian foods and dishes. The address is 810 Shreveport Barksdale Hwy, which is also close to Barksdale AFB. Their number is 318-779-0032. I hope this helps, and welcome to Shreveport-Bossier!