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Old 06-19-2013, 07:06 PM
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Best areas to have a farm? Restaurants to visit?
My husband and I will be in Shreveport, LA for a few days this summer and our time is very limited. What are the best areas OUTSIDE of the city that would be good farm land? We are interested in any type at the moment, whether it be cattle or crops. I'm planning on hitting up the real estate offices, but they don't always tell you the finite details like locals can. Also, are there any phenomenal restaurants we should not miss? I'm a chef, so I'm looking for the best hole in the wall spots that serve excellent food. Thanks in advance!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:44 PM
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Phemomenal restaurants? Ehhhh.... compared to what? There are restaurants that do a pretty good job but I'm not sure about the phenomenal tag. I've lived in SoCal, Dallas, D.C. area so I'm familiar with phenomenal restaurants but can't really say that's the case in Shrevesburg-Bossierville.

Local restaurant scene for someone on a limited time visit: Hit Line Avenue and you'll find locally-owned restaurants of various caliber. WineCountry Bistro, Bella Fresca's, Giuseppe's are what I'd suggest. Some locals are all Gaa-Gaa on these next places but I really wouldn't recommend Superior Steakhouse as I have found the expensive steaks there lacking in flavor. The bar is nice and you can eat in the bar if you like... I'd do appetizers and happy hour but eat dinner elsewhere...this is more a "See and Be Seen" venue IMHO. Also avoid Superior Grilll (Tex-Mex) unless you like noise and crowds....food's okay but nothing to get excited about, often a long wait and I know from former employees that tell me they'd never eat there...'nuff said.

Number of casinos have fine dining restaurants if white tablecloth service is your thing.

On Louisiana Ave. there's the Village Grill which does a very good job but it's small and pricey.

Earnest's on the viaduct just south of downtown has some history as being New Orleans style... it's okay but I haven't eaten there in years. In Bossier City, there's Ralph & Kacoo's which is a Louisiana chain ...good representation of Louisiana cuisine

Those were just a few off the top of my head but the area hasn't really developed a lot of local bistros... Some people will tell you about Herby K's which has been around forever but it's more of a Joint with history and the food is ok but not something I'd drive out of my way to go eat. (And I'm from here...)... I think people go more for nostalgia and joint-charm 'cuz it's a throwback to the past.

Farm Land? Can't really help you there bud, farmland has gotten expensive thanks to the Haynesville Shale play (Nat Gas/Horizontal Fraccing)... many folks got rich of leasing mineral rights back in '08. Anything south of town is closer to the pay-zones and you'll find prices to be pretty steep. Good luck with your search... you might do better the further out you go in North Caddo.

Due diligence is in order ...I'd check with local Louisiana land bank for leads.
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