New Orleans "flavors" Shreveport at Marilynn's Place

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 8:21am

From fried chicken, to fried pie and even catfish and greens, the food of the Ark-La-Tex can't be beat, but sometimes I crave the decadence of flavors from the southern half of the state, namely New Orleans.

The other day, I was craving a beignet, and try as I might, a donut just wasn't cutting it. I thought I was going to have to wait until I could get down to New Orleans for one, but I found a place right in Shreveport that makes them, and they are delicious!

It's easy to miss Marilynn's Place on Fern in Shreveport. It used to be a gas station, and is still reminiscent of that time. Even inside, it doesn't look like a place to get gourmet food, which was exactly owner Robert Baucum's plan.
He wanted a little hole in the wall, and took his time looking until he got to 4041 Fern Avenue and fell in love.

And just a short time later, I fell in love..... with Marilynn's Place, the food and the ambiance. The menu is very eclectic, from New Orleans staples like red beans and rice and seafood gumbo, to more traditional faire like chicken and dumplings. Oh, and not to mention beignets and po'boys.

I couldn't wait to try all the food, but Baucum told me there was only one way I was going to get to eat.... I had to help out in the kitchen. After frying up some beignets and loading them with powdered sugar, I was guilted into sharing them. Just like me, the couple I shared with loved them as well. Being from New Orleans, they were the authorities on beignets, and my taste buds agreed.

As delicious as the beignets were, it was almost 11, and for me that meant lunch. I decided to have a po'boy, and with my meal, I also got a history lesson.

Legend has it that the po'boy was invented when dock workers were on strike in New Orleans. One of the grocery stores that made sandwiches would give away a chunk of French bread stuffed with food. They would give it to one of the poor boys that was on strike and picketing at the dock. After a while, that "poor boy" sandwich was shortened to po'boy.

Lunch and an education; how can it get any better?

For more information on Marilynn's Place, visit their website.

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