Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shreveport, Louisiana

On the long drive from Dallas to NOLA we worked up quite an appetite and decided to stop in Shreveport, LA for some lunch. A friend had recommended we try Herby K's, home of the Shrimp Buster. As we pulled up to Herby K's shanty we were filled with skepticism and a little fear. This place was far from a gourmet restaurant. It was a small shack in the middle of a run down area of Shreveport and there were no people around anywhere. But, we had been told this was the best place to eat so we decided to give it a chance. As soon as we walked through the door we started feeling a little better about the spot. The owner greeted us with a smile and a hello. We sat down and perused the local seafood delicacies on the menu. After we ordered, the owner came back and sat down next to us. He asked us where we were from, what we were doing, and just talked to us until our food was ready. We appreciated this. It is rare to find a place in California where a server/owner/etc. will sit down and get to know the customers. It's a shame because this fosters the sense of community that is lacking in many big cities. I sadly am now more emotionally invested in Herby K than my own local burrito wrapper (language barrier is no excuse). When we finished our food we got back on the road and hightailed it towards NOLA.

Review of Herby K's, home of the Shrimp Buster
Food: 7
Atmosphere: 8.5
Customer Service: 9.5
Highlights: Crawfish etouffee, shrimp buster, the owner is awesome
Lowlights: onion rings

Herby K's is a small, friendly Louisiana style seafood joint. It boasts being the home of the Shrimp Buster, a dish that consists of shrimp that have been pounded flat, fried, and served on top of buttered french toast. In addition, it features delicious crawfish etouffee, a signature dish in the bayou. Perhaps more delectable than the food, was Herby K himself. The man took the time to sit with us, discuss our trip, and even provide directions and advice about New Orleans. Great guy, great food. If you're passing through Shreveport, make an effort to go say hi to Herby.

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