Evi’s Schnitzel Haus Opens in Shreveport

One of the things that I love most about the local restaurant scene in Shreveport-Bossier is the fact that you really cannot predict what will happen next. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, along comes a Colombian food truck, an urban taqueria or a really good phở place inside of a casino. File Evi’s Schnitzel Haus, a schnitzel joint run by a sweet German native named Evi Sartorius Bradford, under “unlikely restaurant openings of 2017.” Located at 820 Shreveport-Barksdale Highway in Shreveport, Evi’s is clearly a work-in-progress. But the schnitzel is really good.

“It’s a very tender, lean, boneless cut of pork that is pounded and breaded in a German way, seasoned very simply and fried so that it has a nice, crispy crust and a juicy tenderness,” Bradford told me. “What ‘soul food’ is to Louisiana, schnitzel is that to Germany.”

A photo of a gyro
Not feeling like schnitzel? Evi’s Schnitzel Haus in Shreveport makes a pretty good gyro.

Bradford sees the pork cutlet itself as “a simple pallet” for the wide array of sauces and gravies that can be served on top of it. At the time of my visit (February 2017), there were only a few gravy options, but Bradford says that she can imagine someday serving 20 or more sauces and gravies with the schnitzel. The jaeger schnitzel ($8.50), covered in a thick brown mushroom and onion gravy, is delicious. In addition to schnitzel, the restaurant serves gyros and is gradually adding other menu options.

Back in Germany, Bradford’s mother operated a restaurant. She grew up “being forced to work in a restaurant,” which she hated at the time. She married an American serviceman from Shreveport at age 19 and left the family business behind, but has cooked schnitzel for friends and family over the years. Gradually, all of those requests for German food led her to the idea of opening a restaurant.

“Every time someone would find out that I am from Germany, that would be the first question that I would get: ‘Can you fix me a schnitzel?’,” Bradford said.

Evi’s Schnitzel Haus is now open, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will open “as a trial run for Saturdays” on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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9 comments

  1. Since moving here from Texas, one of the main things I missed was NO GERMAN food!! When we are in S.A., Houston, etc, we always look for a German restaurant. I’m so glad this is in Shreveport. The pic showed French fries – don’t see that going with German food. Hope they will keep it traditional. Also the 7 pm closing is a bit puzzling. Anyway, I wish them success and we will be there next weekend.

  2. Haven’t checked it out yet, but if it is the REAL thing, we’ve been needing an authenic german restaurant in this area…!!

  3. There IS a God!!! Finally…a German restaurant in Shreveport!! I just heard about it and am VERY anxious to give it a try. I am originally from Germany but have not eaten any German food since my Grandmother passed away in the 80s and then my Mom left us in the 90s. I can assure you that if the food is genuine and authentic…I will do my best to keep this place in business all by myself!!! 🙂

  4. Went…tried it…loved it! Great food…friendly staff…fantastic value! For two meals complete with drinks and 15% tip…we spent less than $22! Menu is limited at this time. Needs the addition of Bratwurst and Kielbasa…sauerkraut as a side…and draft beer (a prerequisite for German food)! Overall…a pleasant dining experience. We will be returning there soon…and often!

  5. My husband I love German ,our neighbor told us about the restaurant we tried it today ,the food and service was very great we enjoyed and will b returning with other s who enjoy German food .

  6. SOME FRIENDS AND I ATE THERE JUST AFTER IT OPENED . THE FOOD WAS WONDRFUL WE’LL BE GOING BACK SOON. I WAS HOPING FOR GERMAN OR POLISH PLACE TO OPEN AND IT FINALLY DID. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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