There has been a lot of stories about stores and restaurants we wish we had in Shreveport-Bossier.  And I don't disagree with the discussion.  (I've been lamenting the loss of Schlotzsky's locally for years.)  And as much as I think Sam's Club is fine, it would be nice to have Costco here.

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So, as much as we'd like to see new places and options come to Shreveport, we are also lucky to have a lot of places that we do have, especially some that you won't find anyplace else.

Shreveport has some wonderful 'local joints' that excel in their area.  If you're in the mood for a burger, you won't find a better one in town than at Papa & Company on E. Washington, right off of Youree Drive. They also just opened a new location in Bossier. Papa's is locally owned, and serves burgers so big, they have to make their own freshly baked buns to serve them on.

If you like Louisiana creole and cajun fare, Marilynn's Place is another local place that serves fresh gumbo, jambalya, and beignets.  For Italian, a couple local favorites, Monjuni's, and Fertitta's are always 'go tos'.

If you're in the mood for some good fried fish or shrimp, Shreveport has several amazing places you can bring your out of town guests to 'pass a good time.' Crawdaddy's Kitchen on Mansfield Road, Shane's Seafood & BBQ, Jan's River Restaurant, and Johnny's Catfish, to name just a few.

And of course, you can't talk about local legends without mentioning Herby K's. They've been serving Louisiana seafood, gumbo, and po-boys since 1936. But sometimes, you just want good old fashioned comfort food... someplace that has black-eyed peas and hot-water cornbread.  Sometimes you want food that takes you back to Sunday dinner at your grandma's.

Well, you're in luck.  We've compiled a list of some of the best places in Shreveport Bossier to find just such food.

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