How about a breakdown of the new places that have opened recently then onto where we love for the last dozen years.
Orangeleaf is a new yogurt place in Joe Holyfield's shopping center "Shoppes on Tower" on Tower Drive in Monroe,La. You walk into a orange and white shop and are given a quick tour and tasting before you "self serve' yourself. It is so good, that I have been almost every day. You get a container that you can fill with as many flavors as you want, then take it to the toppings. Keep in mind that you pay by the weight so don't go crazy. The most I have spent is 4.50. I have been doing the fruit flavors with fresh strawberries and berries. Hours are actually pretty late so you can go after dinner.
Ironhorse BBQ Cafe on 7th street in West Monroe. This cafe is in the Freds / westgate shopping center and is open until 8pm. We had a taste of Brunswick Stew then had to have a bowl. Prices are good, the owner came to the table and gave us a run down of the menu. The pork was good, he cooks everything from scratch and makes the sauce. We will go back for the burgers. The owner just moved back from Atlanta where he had a restaurant. He moved back here to be closer to his children. Give it a try, even the service was good.
Ok back to the old standbys:
Cypress Inn of course on DeSiard has a huge deck on the bayou for the warm evenings to dine on catfish, fried huge shrimp or when in season crawfish. Crawfish is in season now. They also have great gumbo,thick with seafood.
We went to the Waterfront Grill a few nights ago. I had a baked catfish poboy and Gerald had the samburger. Both were good. One day I want to go on the cruise on the bayou.
The angus burger at the West Monroe Coney Island is also worth waiting the extra few minutes. If you call Harry ahead he can have it ready. Of course the hotdogs with chili,cheese and onions are still my favorite.
Well that is it for tonight! I am getting started again being dark for a few months.