Carnival Season Eats in Shreveport-Bossier: What Are Your Favorites?

(Pictured above: A fried shrimp po-boy, served on Leidenheimer Baking Co. bread, from Kim’s Seafood and Po-Boy in Bossier City.)

If you were asked to recommend just one item of Carnival season food or drink, served by any restaurant, bar or drive-through daiquiri shack anywhere in Shreveport-Bossier, what would it be?

An image of the Gris Gris Guide
The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier can be picked up at a visitor center or downloaded here.

For the second year running, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau (the folks behind this blog) have published the Gris Gris Guide, a pocket-sized guide to Mardi Gras season in Shreveport-Bossier. In addition to listing useful info on Mardi Gras parades, float-loading parties, grand bals and more, the guide includes a two-page spread featuring food and drink recommendations for anyone seeking a taste of Carnival season locally. Local favorites ranging from beignets at Marilynn’s Place to the classic Pimm’s Cup cocktail at 2John’s were included among a dozen or so recommendations, but reducing hundreds of possible recommendations to about 10 final items was a frustrating process. For example: Po-boys at Kim’s Seafood and Po-Boy in Bossier City are included, but the Asian-Cajun barbecue shrimp at Lucky Palace is not. Brunch at Marilynn’s Place is listed, but the reliably awesome brunches at Bella Fresca Bistro and Bistro Byronz are not. 

For local 20× readers: If you have visitors during the Carnival season in Shreveport-Bossier, and you want to share a taste of life in Louisiana, what/where do you want your guests to eat and drink? And, yes, “a hot dog caught during the Krewe of Highland parade” is an acceptable answer. Post your response in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win an invitation to a VIP sneak peek at a highly anticipated restaurant that will be opening soon in Shreveport. I’ll be posting more details about that giveaway on the blog tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 5).

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more info on Carnival season events in Shreveport-Bossier, please check out the “Mardi Gras” category at – new Mardi Gras events are being posted there on a regular basis.


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