Featured photo: Harvey Clay of Real BBQ and More is participating in 318 Restaurant Week.
As the 2018 edition of 318 Restaurant Week draws near, local diners are starting to get a better idea of what some of the week’s standout lunch and dinner specials will be. 318 Restaurant Week runs March 13-17, with 36 restaurants offering lunch and dinner specials during the week and a half-dozen special events at local eateries, several of which are either sold out or approaching sold out. Previously, 20×49.com posted about five heavy discounts to look for during 318 Restaurant Week. Looking over the lunch and dinner specials, here are a few of the meals that I’m most excited to try:
Surf and Turf at Real BBQ and More (Dinner, $20)
Real BBQ pitmaster and owner Harvey Clay takes feeding people seriously. He and his team will be preparing a Caribbean jerk-seasoned flat iron steak and shrimp dinner with a baked sweet potato, a side salad and a yeast roll.
A wallet-friendly sampler plate at El Cabo Verde (Lunch, $10)
If you or someone you know still hasn’t dined at El Cabo Verde, here’s a good chance to remedy that with a taste of several popular menu items. Get a chicken enchilada, a pork tamale, a chicken flauta and rice and beans for $10. My advice? Pour their tomatillo salsa all over the entire plate. It is magical stuff.
A contender for Shreveport’s standout chicken-fried steak at The Port Grill (Lunch, $10)
As someone who writes about and talks about Shreveport-Bossier restaurants a lot, I get asked for chicken-fried steak recommendations – no kidding – about twice a week. The consensus seems to be that Shreveport-Bossier has a lot of okay chicken-fried steaks, but maybe not a slap-ya-mama good one. I’m gonna take advantage of this offer and try out The Port Grill’s version. I’ll let you know if my mama gets slapped.
Feather gumbo at Marilynn’s Place (Lunch or Dinner, $10)
No seafood, no problem. Boz Baucum, owner of Marilynn’s Place, is preparing a special gumbo just for 318 Restaurant Week made smoked chicken and duck. Boz learned to cook from gumbo godfather Chef John Folse, so I’m curious to see how this limited-run gumbo compares to others around town.