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I-20 West to East and I-49 North to South

Day 1 - Shreveport-Bossier, Minden

Artspace - Shreveport

What you'll find:  The Café at Artspace, located on the mezzanine level, features fresh salads, homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches. Before you leave, browse the works of dozens of local artists at Giftspace in the museum featuring items ranging from handmade jewelry and clothing to books and prints by celebrated local author William Joyce.

Biscotti's at Lewis Gifts - Shreveport

What you'll find: Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits, as well as creative sandwiches, salads and paninis. Before or after you sit down to eat, shop for candles, clothes, jewelry, fine art prints, cookbooks and home décor.

The Chocolate Crocodile - Bossier City

What you'll find: Hand-crafted chocolates and fresh confectionary, including chocolate-dipped strawberries and apples in a dozen varieties. Try the “Monster Croc” if you are brave. Then check out other stores in The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk.

Habacu's Mexican Restaurant - Minden

What you'll find: Habascus is a fun Mexican restaurant featuring karaoke on Thursday nights. The restaurant was a hit when LA Rider TV filmed there.

Moody's Restaurant - Minden

What you'll find: The only restaurant in northern Louisiana to be featured in Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood, Moody's Cafe opened as a boarding house for African American workers in 1951. Alma Moody and his brothers built the giant building by hand in order to house an influx of ammunition plant and railroad workers moving north from Alexandria and Lake Charles. The boarding house's 16 rooms are vacant today, but the tiny cafe located downstairs at 600 Martin Luther King Drive is still serving up daily plate lunch specials including fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, country fried steak, and liver and onions alongside an incredible variety of richly-flavored vegetables and what may be the best macaroni and cheese in Louisiana or, for that matter, any state.

Day 2 - Monroe-West Monroe

Big Momma's Fine Food - Monroe

What you'll find: A featured restaurant in Louisiana Cookin’ magazine’s Ultimate Fried Chicken Trail, Big Momma and her son Daryl are serving daily plate lunches of smothered pork chops, beef tips, and hamburger steak with good Southern vegetables like real mashed potatoes, butter beans, candied yams, greens (mustard and turnip), corn and black-eyed peas. You can't leave without trying some of Big Momma's hot water cornbread and for dessert, a big piece of homemade cake, cobbler or pie.

Cypress Inn Restaurant - Monroe

What you'll find: A true dining experience at this family favorite. Feed the turtles off the back patio to start. Try the salad bar and then choose from fried, boiled, or grilled shrimp, crawfish, frog legs, catfish, alligator and oysters.

Willie's Duck Diner - West Monroe

What you'll find: Along with duck gumbo, the restaurant menu will feature Mrs. Kay's meatloaf and chicken fried steak.

Day 3 - Natchitoches, Alexandria/Pineville

Landing Restaurant - Natchitoches

What you'll find: The Landing Restaurant is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. Menu items include fried green tomatoes, seafood platters, fresh salads and homemade soups. For groups of six or more, take a cooking class. Advance reservations required.

Lasyone's - Natchitoches

What you'll find: Lasyone’s famous meat pies have been a tradition since 1967. An authentic Creole cuisine experience, Lasyone’s family recipes are always prepared with love and soul. The family-owned and operated restaurant has been recognized nationally by leaders in the restaurant industry and is a local favorite.

Diamond Grill - Alexandria

What you'll find: In 1931 it was a downtown jewelry store. Now Diamond Grill, recipient of the 2006 Louisiana Preservation Honor Award, offers a wide range of superb menu items to suit every taste and budget.

Atwood's Bakery & Deli - Alexandria

What you'll find: Atwood’s Bakery is a local favorite for cakes, pies, and other sweets but has also made a name for themselves with their delicious lunches and Saturday brunch.

Lea's Lunchroom - Lecompte

What you'll find: Established in 1928 in Lecompte, Louisiana Lea’s has been a traditional place to stop not only for Louisiana residents but for visitors from all over the world.  Lea’s has been featured on numerous TV shows (including the Johnny Carson Show) and in magazines, newspapers and tour guides throughout the United States. Their specials include homemade dishes from scratch and some of the best pies.