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Friday Dine-Around

Please choose one of the following during registration. Space is limited to 10 seats per restaurant. As a reminder, you are responsible for the cost of the meal. It is not included in the SATW conference.

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Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge: Shreveport

Step back in time as you experience one of the last “old school” European-style dining places in Louisiana. Since 1962, this restaurant has pleased the palates of locals and visitors with their flaming bowl of seafood gumbo to their world-famous marinated crab claws and red snapper. This is a second-generation Italian family-owned restaurant that blends classic Italian cuisine with south Louisiana-style classic cooking. Be sure and check out the bar that features live music on the weekends and try a Café San Pedro as a tableside prepared after-dinner drink.

Casual dining in a black-tie atmosphere. Reservations are recommended. | https://www.ernestsorleans.com/

Ki' MexicoShreveport

If there is such a thing as Mexican soul food, this is the place to find it. What began as a pop-up restaurant specializing in unique tacos, has grown into a nouvelle cuisine family-owned restaurant located in the heart of Shreveport’s Fern Avenue neighborhood. Thrillist rated this as one of the top 30 Mexican restaurants in America. Mexican food with a healthy twist that is one of the few places in town that also serves vegetarian and vegan dishes, but also themed Wagyu burgers every week. Try their version of a margarita called a Calaverita.

Casual Dining. They do not take reservations. Live local music on most weekends. https://www.facebook.com/kimexico/

Silver Star Smokehouse and Tavern: Bossier City

This is one of the longest-running BBQ providers in the region.  Along with outstanding steaks and burgers, there’s a mouth-watering bone-in pork chop coated with Tiger Sauce and of course lick-your-fingers ribs. Even the side dishes stand out! (Hello! Au gratin potatoes!) Silver Star is branching out into other areas, but this is the Big Daddy! And it features a professional outdoor theater to showcase big names in country and western music. 

Casual atmosphere. Reservations are not required. | https://silverstargrille.com/

Zuzul Coastal Cuisine: Shreveport

How does Ceviche sound? Blue fin tuna sashimi? You never know what to expect at Zuzul.  It opened in 2019 specializing in seafood dishes that are indigenous to Mexico and Latin America.  Serving fresh, sustainable cuisine is important to chef and owner Gabriel Balderas, originally from Oaxaca.  He works with local farmers to source his ingredients and even has his own herb, spice, and vegetable garden which he incorporates into his recipes.  Great place for a hand-crafted cocktail that features many hard-to-find liqueurs used in historic cocktail recipes.

Casual and a bit upscale atmosphere. Patio or inside dining. Reservations are highly recommended.https://zuzulcoastalcuisine.com/