Sometimes half the fun of visiting a destination is experiencing the local flavors and creative cuisine that make the location so special.
When visiting Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana, you’ll find there’s no shortage of delicious eats! Discover your favorite dishes at these top 10 eateries on your next visit to our vibrant twin cities.
Cory Bahr, the owner of Parish, wanted to create something unique and sustainable in Monroe, and achieved just that with his one-of-a-kind menu. When you try his take on Deviled Eggs or Grilled Hawaiian Tuna, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about!
Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant
Located in a 100-year-old cotton warehouse on the Ouachita River, Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant is a staple in Monroe-West Monroe. When you order their Ouachita River Special, it won’t be difficult to see why! Take your pick of unique dishes, like their Jalapeno Cheese Grits and Corn & Crab Bisque, and top it all off with a slice of their homemade key lime pie or famous crème brûlée.
Delicious food and great views? Yes, please! That’s what you get when you dine at Cotton in downtown Monroe. You’ll come for the historic charm and stay for their delicious North Delta Shrimp and Grits. And if you’re looking to wine down after a long day or have a fun night out with friends, you can’t go wrong with one of their award-winning signature cocktails or local beers on tap.
Big Momma’s Fine Foods
No matter what you order, be sure to bring your appetite when you dine at Big Momma’s Fine Foods. Known for their Southern family-style dishes and friendly service, you can see why locals and visitors alike keep coming back for more of Big Momma’s cooking. Don’t forget to take with you some of their homemade pound cake or fresh peach cobbler!
Belle’s Ole South Diner
Looking for that meat and potatoes dinner your mom used to make? Belle’s Ole South Diner has just the selection for you and your family when it comes to classic Southern cuisine and tasty Cajun specialties. Family-owned and operated, this place will always feel like home!
Enoch’s Irish Pub
Who would have thought an Irish pub would fit so perfectly in this northern Louisiana town? With traditional Irish and Southern cuisine alike, there’s something for everyone at Enoch’s Irish Pub, and you’ll want to try it all. If you’re visiting on the weekend, grab a cold brew while you listen to live music to really make the most of your experience.
Jac’s Craft Smokehouse
When the founders of JAC’s Craft Smokehouse began their journey in making gourmet sauces and seasonings, they didn’t foresee the impact barbecue would have on West Monroe. But we can confidently say, it’s a pretty big one! Do they have the best smoked brisket and jalapeno sausage? You be the judge!
Alex's Latin Restaurant & Cafeteria
Consider this your local insider tip: Alex's Latin Restaurant & Cafeteria's coffee is amazing! Plus, their Latin Food menu is delicious, and you can also order smoothies and glass bottled sodas.
The Fat Pelican
Don’t let your visit to Monroe-West Monroe end without getting by The Fat Pelican. If seafood is your go-to, The Fat Pelican is the place to be. Serving up the classics, from Po’boys and crab cakes to BBQ Shrimp, you can’t go wrong when dining at this eatery.
If you’re searching for beautiful water views and a great dining experience, look no further than Trapp’s. Located along the Ouachita River, Trapp’s is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s the view or their Seafood Nachos that keep people coming back, this waterfront dining hot spot is a must-visit.
Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana are home to more than 100 locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, food trucks, and more. Explore our area’s diverse dining scene more here.