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The very first time I had actually the Shrimp Buster at Herby K’s I can have fallen off of my respond to barstool and also cracked mine head top top the floor. It was years earlier and ns was dining through my friend kris Jay, publicly relations and also social media manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & tourist Bureau and also tireless proponent for all of the cook goodness to be found in the area. (Disclosure: Jay is an occasional Louisiana Life contributor.)

Shrimp Buster is a platter of big deep-fried Gulf specimens that have been deveined, butterflied, pounded flat and also served with a magic potion/sauce atop buttered toasted bread v a side of fries. Herby K’s, a dive to it is in sure, has been serving this crave-worthy signature dish due to the fact that 1945, which is probably about the time the place saw the last repaint job. That cares? with grub this an excellent nothing rather matters. The Shrimp Buster, a nice hefty meal, is a cheap for $12.95. A infant Shrimp Buster is available for $9.95 but life is merely too short for that. Walk for the gusto and get the full monty. If you have leftovers you will certainly be happy together you pad come the ‘fridge after castle in the middle of the night.

Shreveport bring away shrimp seriously. Aside from Shrimp Buster, i m sorry belongs solely to Herby K’s, the most visible shrimp food to be found seemingly anywhere, almost everywhere on the city’s west side, is stuffed shrimp. Lock look choose corndogs and, for this reason beloved are they, as to be featured like porn stars in shade photographs adorning the walls of some of the places that serve them.

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Chris Jay explained to me the the gargantuan shrimp (an oxymoron for sure) food dates ago to the long gone Freeman and also Harris Café, developed in 1923 in the 1000 block of Texas Avenue. At the time, the black-owned coffee shop was one of a tiny handful wherein black human being could dine.

Following the 1993 death of co-owner Pete Harris squabbling broke out amongst the making it through partners, the competing Pete Harris coffee shop opened, and Freeman and also Harris coffee shop closed. Once it closed, Freeman and also Harris to be the oldest continuously-operated, black-owned restaurant in the united States. It to be a huge economic and also political driver in Shreveport’s black color community.

Pete Harris cafe closed in 2006 and also Orlando Chapman, kid of co-owner Willie Chapman, opened Brother’s Seafood with, girlfriend guessed it, the “original” stuffed shrimp as the food selection highlight. That has because renamed the company Orlandeaux’s Cafe.

Though replicated all end town, some much more successfully than others, Orlandeaux’s version of the Freeman and also Harris initial stuffed shrimp rings in about four inches in length and also are fried come a golden crisp. They generally come three to an order ($12.50) yet in a pinch one of these monsters will certainly stave off cravings and also hunger for the thrifty price the $4.20 (yep). This blissful concoction starts through U10-to-15 counting shrimp that room peeled, split, and also stuffed v an assertive crabmeat dressing, then rolled in a flour batter prior to frying. Chief Orlando Chapman offer them v his signature spicy tartar sauce for which he is coming to be justifiably well known. The sauce is obtainable in numerous grocery stores throughout northwestern Louisiana.

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Get her fill of those heavenly stuffed shrimp at the Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival on might 11 from 11 a.m. Come 7 p.m. In ~ Eleven Events. This family-friendly occasion will memory the unique style that stuffed shrimp the was created and also popularized in Shreveport as well as the social and historic significance of this beloved regional specialty. The festival will incorporate live music entertainment, cooking demonstrations, historical presentations, food trucks and more.

Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival in ~ Eleven Events1529 Texas Ave., Shreveport | 318-510-6759 | 11building.comHerby K’s1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport | 318-424-2724 | herbyks.netOrlandeaux’s Cafe4916 Monkhouse Dr., Shreveport | 318-635-1641 | orlandeauxs.com