Allow the Byway to Satisfy Your Appetite
After packing road trip snacks, leave some room for savory eats and decadent treats along the byway. Travelers can find local Cajun cuisine and home cooked Southern fixings along the backroads of the Boom or Bust Byway. Indulge in seafood gumbo, crawfish étouffée and shrimp prepared multiple ways, as well as fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, or chicken fried steak along with green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and cornbread, but don’t stop there. Treat yourself to the homemade sweets along the byway. There’s a multitude of pies, an abundance of cakes, cookies galore, and so much more to explore!
Where to Eat
Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle Restaurant
Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy popular Southern dishes from chicken fried steak to red beans and rice, fried catfish, meat pies, and more. Visitors can indulge in more than five different flavors of homemade pies or treat themselves to an apple or peach fried pie. The company motto is “Biscuits, Burgers, and Bait.” You can build your own breakfast, fill up with a burger basket, order a good-sized salad, grab a slice of pie, and get your bait and tackle all in one stop. Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle is open 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
118 Ferry Lake Rd., Oil City, LA 71061
Cool Beans Coffee Shop
Experience a mellow, rustic atmosphere in the middle of Vivian’s downtown area. Cool Beans Coffee Shop offers a variety of drinks including cappuccinos, hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks with more than 10 different flavors including sugar-free options. Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
109 W Louisiana Ave., Vivian, LA 71082
Giles Snack Shop
Gile’s Snack Shop has been in business for many decades serving old-fashioned home cooked meals in Plain Dealing. Open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
210 E. Palmetto St., Plain Dealing, LA 71064
La Herradura Mexican Restaurant
La Herradura cooks up fresh Mexican and seafood including fajitas, fish, enchiladas, nachos, taco salad, and more. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Sunday.
326 Hwy. 1., Oil City, LA 71061
Longwood General Store
Longwood General Store is a country store that features a small dining room and kitchen serving Southern classics like chicken fried steak and over-sized hamburgers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is well-known for steaks. The restaurant serves steaks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. Open 24 hours a day, Tuesday-Saturday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Monday.
3502 Hwy. 169., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Lumberjack Grill will provide you with home cooked meals, salad bar and desserts. It offers a nice, family atmosphere for dining in or take outs.
26026 Hwy. 371., Sarepta, LA 71071
Main Street Restaurant
Main Street Restaurant in Gilliam features “country cooking” favorites like chicken fried steak as well as fresh Gulf seafood options including fried oysters, boiled shrimp and more. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
12807 Main St., Gilliam, LA 71029
Pleasure Point Marina Bar and Grill
Offers food, beverages, wi-fi and lakefront gasoline. It also offers two cabins with lakefront access. There are 30 lakefront full hookups and 20 non-lakefront with full hookups. Enjoy the homemade “Lake Claiborne” burger, a favorite within the community. A full bar is now available with frozen beverages.
775 Peterson Rd., Homer, LA 71040