It’s got to be difficult to run a restaurant in Louisiana. No state in the union is more known for cuisine, and of course New Orleans is one of the country’s best food destinations. It is even more difficult to run a restaurant in Louisiana if you are elsewhere in the state than New Orleans, but Shreveport, which for many years was the state’s second largest city, has a long history of culinary excellence, even if many of its storied restaurants are gone.
Gibbons Fine Grill is a relative newcomer as Shreveport restaurants go, but it revives the great food and reasonable prices of legendary predecessors like Smith’s Cross Lake Inn. Although it does not have the latter’s lake view, it does have an elegant and swank sophistication inside which exudes comfort and luxury. A whole wall is covered with bottles of wine available as an accompaniment for dinner, and the menu is full of the kinds of steak and seafood offerings you would expect from such a fine restaurant. But the prices are no more expensive than mid-priced chains such as Longhorn or Outback, and, unsurprisingly, even on a Sunday evening, the place was packed to overflowing.
We did not try the steaks, although we saw some and they looked great. Rather, we both tried the ruby red trout scampi style, which had the fish topped with shrimp scampi in a white wine butter sauce. It came with a choice of side, which in my case was a baked potato loaded with cheese, butter and bacon. As a finale, we split a piece of key lime pie, and our total bill was less than $50.
Any restaurant deserves notice for excellent food, but when that excellent food is also at an amazingly-low price, they should be given extra acclaim. Gibbons Fine Grill satisfies, and without pain to your pocketbook.
Gibbons Fine Grill
1714 E. 70th St
Shreveport, LA 71105