10 Delightful Monroe Restaurants to Check Out in Louisiana

Going to a new city, especially one with an unknown food scene, can be scary. When driving through Monroe, LA and West Monroe, LA you could hit any number of chain restaurants. But sampling the local cuisine is one of the best ways to explore a new city.

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Why eat At local Monroe Restaurants?

We always chose to eat local whenever possible. For one thing, allergies are usually taken seriously when the chef is right there and can see you react to his food.

And for another, it’s just a lot more fun to eat the local flavors, rather than something you can have anywhere else in the country.

So, come along as we dive into our favorite spots to eat as we wandered through Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana.

Best Restaurants in Monroe, Louisiana

ROELA ROASTER- Monroe Louisiana Coffee Shops

RoeLa Roaster

  • Address: 523 Desiard St, Monroe, LA 71201

Wake up every morning at this little coffee shop in Monroe, LA. Bring your laptop if you have to get a little work done. Devour one (or three) Voodoo-glazed croissants and enjoy a Honey Latte. It’s how we started each morning and you should too.

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Butter A Louisiana Bakery

  • Address: 130 Desiard St floor 1, Monroe, LA 71201

Walk into this impressive office building and just behind the front desk you will find the bakery. If you feel lost, just ask the receptionist. She is wonderful and will point you in the right direction.

Butter is a gluten-free, fully celiac-approved bakery. How do we know? The owner’s father is celiac, and she wanted to make sure he could enjoy every single thing she made.

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Favorite gluten-free menu items

As a gluten-loving gal, I can say that all of the treats were amazing. My gluten-free friend Allison also attested to the fact that as far as gluten-free bakeries go, this was top notch.

Reese’s pop tarts, eclairs, berry bars, cakes, and even a Nutella bacon sandwich were on the menu. Items are regularly brought out from the kitchen, so always ask what’s baking.

Monroe Donut Shops

Bestz Donuts

Address: 614 Louisville Ave, Monroe, LA 71201

Who doesn’t love donuts? The locals will point you towards Bestz and for good reason.

Donuts on the menu

Look out for seasonal specials, but you can never go wrong with the classic glazed donut.

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Waterfront Grill

Address: 5201 Desiard Street, Monroe, LA 71203

If you are looking for Catfish Almondine, a salad, steak, oysters weemo, poboys, or red beans, with a splash of history thrown in, than Waterfront Grill is the place for you. Yes, they have salads on the menu, and a nice wine, beer and cocktail menu too.

Best seat in the house

Ask for a seat by the river and you may even see a water-skier pass by, but make sure you take a trip to the restroom to see all of the old news clippings and fliers from when the building was an officers club in WWII.

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Miss Kay’s Sweets & Eats

  • Address: 401 Trenton St, West Monroe, LA 71291

Quite possibly one of our favorite spots in West Monroe, mainly because of its laidback, rustic feel, frosted sugar cookies and dirty chai lattes.

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Favorite menu items

The chicken salad croissant sandwich is a great protein pick-me-up if you’re in a hurry, but we do suggest you linger. Oh, and grab a cookie or piece of cake (of five to go for later!).

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Restaurant Cotton

  • Address: 101 N Grand St, Monroe, LA 71201

This is where southern cooking came to grow up and stretch its wings. Pimento cheese beignets, venison schnitzel, cochon du lait, campfire redfish and North Delta shrimp and grits all grace the menu.

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Some may sound familiar, but once you dive into the ingredients, you will know that this is “Not Ya Gammy’s Meatloaf” (also on the menu). The cocktail menu is just as impressive, and they like to bring out the flame torch and smokers to the table.

Be sure to order anything with “smoked” in the title.

Sunday brunch is available, as well as a Saturday breakfast, but dinner is really their main thing.

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Parish Restaurant & Bar

  • Address: 318 N 2nd St, Monroe, LA 71201

Chef Cory Bahr wants to put the fun back in the food at his mid-century modern-inspired restaurant. He is serving up smoked pork belly, short ribs, snapper a la plancha, and fried green tomatoes with gulf shrimp remoulade.

Cocktails to order

Barrel aged Negronis and old fashions pair perfectly on a quiet weekday evening, while a champagne cocktails with gin, St. Germaine and a lime twist may be in order when you’re out with the girls.

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Doe’s Eat Place of Monroe

  • Address: 300 Washington St, Monroe, LA 71201

This local hot spot is known for their steaks, but if you’re in need of a salad, their Black and Blue Steak Salad is the best of both worlds. Order a Whiskey Sling to go along with it and you’ll be good to go. If you are traveling solo, sit at the bar; if you have a group, make a reservation on the weekends. This place gets packed.

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This post is part of a paid partnership with Louisiana Travel. As always, my opinions are my own. When they aren’t you will be the first to know.

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1 thought on “10 Delightful Monroe Restaurants to Check Out in Louisiana”

  1. Shelley Owen

    You need to check out 2Dudes Brew & Que. Great food and service. It has GIant JENga and Connect 4 for the kids. It’s loctaed downtown Monroe on Desiard street

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