Update: Hi, folks! It looks like the segment on Herby-K’s did not make the final cut of the show that aired, though it was used in commercials promoting the episode. I apologize for promoting that Herby-K’s would be featured on the show – I assumed that the segment would air, since it was in the commercials. As a huge fan of American Pickers as well as Herby-K’s, believe me, I am among the disappointed. Thanks for reading.
-Chris Jay, post author
During the May 20, 2015 episode of History’s hit television series “American Pickers,” a brief preview of an upcoming episode clearly showed Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz dining at Herby-K’s in Shreveport. A quick call to restaurant owner Angela Busi Doe confirmed that, yes, the “American Pickers” gang did film a segment at Herby-K’s, and that segment will be included in the episode scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. During the segment, Mike and Frank – the affable, bargain-hunting antique buyers who are the principal stars of the hit reality television series – will apparently have an oyster eating contest at Herby-K’s. Those lucky dogs.
“They’d been in once before. They just came in one afternoon and sat at the bar,” Angela Busi Doe told me. “They were the nicest people.” Busi added that, if there’s anyone out there who’d like to watch the episode at Herby-K’s, “they’ll take a few reservations for Wednesday night, but after that it’ll be first-come, first-served.” The restaurant has televisions in the main dining room and on the patio, which will be tuned to History come next Wednesday night.
Herby-K’s is a great match for the “American Pickers” audience. Run by the same family since 1936, this charming and atmospheric seafood joint is packed with cool old signs, collectibles, antiques and more. A framed Herby-K’s napkin is emblazoned with a drawing of the famous “Blue Dog” by the late George Rodrigue; a framed Brooks & Dunn record is signed by Kix Brooks, who is known to frequent the place. Behind the bar, what must be several hundred assorted items – ranging from license plates and antique beer bottles to foreign currency and military patches – have accumulated over the decades.
I asked Mrs. Doe the same question that everyone’s been asking her about the “Pickers” visit: Did they buy anything?
“We didn’t sell them anything,” she said with a laugh. “None of our stuff’s for sale.”
If you’ve never experienced Herby-K’s, it is a quintessential Shreveport-Bossier dining experience. Grab a seat at the bar (just like Mike and Frank did) and order up a Shrimp Buster – the restaurant’s signature item – or some marinated crab claws and an icy goblet of beer.
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