Five places to dine on the Holiday Trail of Lights:

Monroe-West Monroe

Overlooking beautiful Ouachita River, Planter’s Gastropub is the place to be at sunset for incredible views. And while their menu includes stone fired pizzas, oysters and tacos – you won’t want to miss trying the Dirty Dog, topped with duck fat fries, or the Shrimp and Grits Taco.

*Ask for their specialty Mule featuring jalapeno slices!

101 North Grand Street, Suite B, in Monroe, La.



Smokin J’s BBQ is known for their signature sandwich – The Big Nasty, their signature side – Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad, and their fresh salad bar. Enjoy the best home cooked barbecue in northwest Louisiana!

*Check out the shops in downtown Minden to check some items off your Christmas list.

102 Broadway Street in Minden, La.


Shreveport-Bossier City

Flying Heart Brewing and Pub is located inside a historic fire station in Bossier City’s East Bank District. The brewery features interior dining and an exterior beer garden. Flying Heart Brewing and Pub offers brick-oven pizzas, flagship beers, and limited edition seasonal offerings. You will find fun for all ages, with games and activities for the young and young at heart.

*Make sure you check out the East Bank Art Gallery for unique gifts for the holidays.

700 Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City, La.



One of the newest restaurants in Natchitoches, Jimbo’s Bar and Grill has a prime location on historic Front Street, the perfect place for a meal before or after viewing the Christmas lights. Find items like Gumbo, Burgers and Tacos, but you will definitely want to try their Wings with sauces like Ragin’ Cajun or the Seasoned Pig Skins with Queso – just trust us.

*If you are in town on Sunday, check out their Sunday Brunch!

530 Front Street in Natchitoches, La.



Rotolo’s Craft & Crust is the newest addition to the growing lineup of foodie fun on Versailles Boulevard in Alexandria. A fresh and welcoming space, this pizzeria offers indoor and patio seating with occasional live music.

*A convenient spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner while you are out Christmas shopping at the locally owned boutique shops and antique stores in Alexandria.

112 Versailles Boulevard in Alexandria, La.


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