Longwood General Store is a Quirky, Fun Outing for Steak Lovers

By the time I’d driven out to the Longwood General Store in Mooringsport, taken a seat in the gas station/convenience store/restaurant’s dining area and taken a look at the menu, I was already making a mental list of friends that I’d like to invite to accompany me to this magical place. The truth is, I was a fan within 30 seconds of pulling into the parking lot. The food could have been mediocre, and I’d still have left raving about the uniqueness of the place. But, as it turns out, the food at Longwood General Store is pretty great – especially for the price.

Longwood General Store is located at 3502 Highway 169, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Shreveport via I-20 West and Highway 169. The remote country store has been there since time immemorial, and in the last 20 years or so has built up a reputation as an outstanding place to eat ribeye steaks, country breakfast platters and daily lunch specials.

A photo of a steak
A 16-ounce ribeye steak from the Longwood General Store in Blanchard, La.

My wife, Sara, and I ate medium rare, 16-ounce boneless ribeyes rubbed with Montreal steak seasoning ($21.95), which were served with a baked potato, salad, and (I found this strange, maybe it’s not) a platter of cheddar cheese cubes and crackers. Steaks range in price from $19.95 (9 oz.) to $51.95 (a whopping 48 oz. steak). We drank $3 cocktails with names like Black Metal and Bacardi Refresher that were delivered to our table by Tammy, the bartender from the casino next door, who came back later to see how they tasted. There was no pretense of fine dining whatsoever, but there was great food on the plate, friendly and attentive service, wallet-friendly cocktails and a dining room packed with people who appeared to appreciate all of those things.

As I paid, the manager inquired about my camera and asked what I thought of the place. I told her that I loved it. She apologized for the place being “kind of podunk.” If there hadn’t been a guy behind me at the register, waiting to ring up a six pack of Budweiser tallboys, I would have told her this:

“Ma’am, there is nothing podunk whatsoever about serving a kick-ass ribeye, cooked exactly to the temperature that I requested, for about $20. And there is nothing podunk about Tammy’s $3 cocktails, especially now that I am seeing more and more $13 cocktails on menus. Please don’t ever change a thing about your operation.”

Thanks to Noma Fowler-Sandlin and Brett Malone for encouraging me to visit Longwood General Store. The Longwood General Store is open 24/7, but the kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Steaks are only served on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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11 comments

  1. Glad you and Sara made it out to Longwood… Noma and I did not exaggerate when we told you they were the best steaks around… and you’re exactly right – the “podunk” part of the place only serves to enhance the deliciousness that is on the plates…

  2. I wish there were more places like Longwood. They take good care of us, have been so friendly that I consider them friends. I hope sharing helps them have more success! Thanks Vernie!

  3. Thank you for coming out to our store, we are so happy,happy ,happy that ya’ll enjoyed our Steaks!! I never talked to you I was cooking your food, You talked to our cashier, We look forward to you and your friends coming back out and eating in the future. Bring the Hicktown Boys with you we always enjoy them.

  4. Good afternoon just a few comments, our phone number is 318-929-2231 and we are opened 24/7. We serve steaks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you would like to come out another night just call and let me or Anita know and we will cook steaks for you, Thanks Bene

  5. We are looking forward to tonight, there will be 10 of us. If you think the steaks are Great, Their breakfasts are AWESOME!! The Southwestern Omelet
    comes with hash browns, (or grits) toast and coffee. There is so much I have to take some home. Those of us who live on 169, know the previous owner Mr. King and his sweet wife. They made “Longwood General Store” what it is today.
    Because of health reasons he retired, and sold to the new owners. Nothing has changed, still worth the beautiful drive and time in the country.!!! Coy & Barbara Hughes, Mooringsport, La.

  6. Just found this site. I love the General store! I have ate breakfast and lunch there several times over the past 10 years and enjoyed it each time. Although I have never sat down and ate a steak, I have fequently had thee store season them and took them home to grill…..yummmmm! I always recommend them to anyone looking for a new place to eat.

    1. Thank you for the comment, Jack! We agree with you – we love the Longwood General Store, and have added it to the list of places that we love to recommend to visitors. It is definitely worth seeking out. Thanks, again!

  7. Me and my father go about 2-3 times a month. We always have the fried mushrooms and usually get to go items. We have ate the steaks, chicken fried steaks, chicken fried chicken, swiss mushroom burgers, philly cheese steaks, and assortment of breakfast items. I can attest that it’s all very good and it won’t break your wallet. Oh I almost forgot we’ve had the eggrolls also !)

  8. I heard a family with last name of “King” owns this establishment. My grandfather was from Shreveport and wondered if related?? He had 5 siblings. A customer who came into Harley Davidson in Bowling Green, KY, where I work, said from the area and once I mentioned I was sure I had relatives there, he mentioned, Longwood General Store and King’s Equipment. Never know…

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