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A Guide to Great Steaks throughout Louisiana

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CENTRAL LOUISIANA

MARINER'S


Chef Stephanie White

Though the restaurant’s name implies that seafood is the focus, Mariner’s restaurant is a great place to get an Angus steak. It’s one of the only places on this list where you can order the classic chateaubriand and prime rib is available on Friday and Saturday. The Cajun surf-and-turf is a ribeye topped with crawfish étouffee and blackened shrimp, and steak Oscar is a fillet served over an English muffin topped with lump crabmeat and either hollandaise or béarnaise sauce. Mariner’s is on 5948 Hwy. 1 Bypass, Natchitoches. Call (318) 357-1220 for more.


Tunk’s Cypress Inn is, again, not just a destination for steaks, but folks in the Alexandria area know that the ribeye, bacon-wrapped fillet and prime rib are among the best in central Louisiana. Tunk’s is a casual spot that’s nevertheless capable of putting out some excellent food, and the views of Lake Kincaid are a bonus. You’ll find Tunk’s at 9507 La. Hwy. 28 West, in Boyce, and the restaurant can be reached at (318) 487-4014.


If you’re in the vicinity of Marksville and you’re looking for a steak, Legend’s Steakhouse in the Paragon Casino is a good bet. There’s something about casinos and steakhouses; they seem to go together, and that’s certainly the case with Legend’s. Regulars recommend the bone-in ribeye, and Legend’s is the sort of place that engenders regulars. Visit Legend’s Steakhouse inside the Paragon Casino, Marksville, and call 1 (800) 946-1946 to make a reservation or to learn more.


NORTH LOUISIANA

2JOHNS STEAK AND SEAFOOD
 

2Johns Steak and Seafood in Bossier City is one of the restaurants on this list that are not strictly steakhouses. The two Johns in question are owner John Montelepre Jr. and his son, John Montelepre, III, who manages the restaurant. There’s more to the menu than beef, but the fillet au poivre, prime ribeye and Kansas City strip deserve recognition in this list. Chef Josh Wilkinson has earned a devoted following for his consistently excellent take on modern American cooking, and he applies a fine-dining approach to the prime beef at 2Johns. The restaurant is just across the river from Shreveport, at 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 1500, and the phone number is (318) 841-5646.


Superior’s Steakhouse is among the more popular restaurants in Shreveport due in part to a see-and-be-seen bar that attracts the young set. The restaurant is also popular because it turns out some fantastic food, including some of the best steaks in North Louisiana. Steaks include the standard fillet, ribeye and porterhouse, but you can order the first two bone-in, and the restaurant also serves a flat-iron skirt steak. The dining room is large, and it can get loud at times, but service is good, and there’s an excellent wine list. Superior’s address is 855 Pierremont St., Shreveport, and the phone number is (318) 219-4123.


Monroe’s Warehouse No. 1 Restaurant overlooks the Ouachita river, and the scenic views are just a part of the restaurant’s charm. Like a few other restaurants on this list, Warehouse No. 1 is casual and family-friendly, but if you’re after a steak in Monroe, you won’t find many better options. The restaurant is known as much for its seafood as for the steaks, and while there’s a section of the menu devoted just to beef, there’s always the option to top a fillet with crabmeat or shrimp and the mixed grill platter adds fried catfish to the mix. Warehouse No. 1’s address is 1 Olive St., Monroe, and the phone number is (318) 322-1340.


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