Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Town South Food, Wine, and Pho in Shreveport, LA
I joined the lunch crowd in ordering a plate of boiled shrimp (pictured above), which came heads-attached, served atop a pile of boiled onions with corn and potato, the whole plate covered in Tony Chachere's. They were good, but I ended up with buyer's remorse after reading the selection of Vietnamese soups: Oxtail Beef Noodle Soup, Combination Noodle Soup with Shrimp, Beef Liver, Squid and Roast Pork (hachi machi!), Rice Noodle Soup with Pork and Crab Claws, and many more.
It's the context that makes Town South rewarding. You don't expect Oxtail Soup from a place with a Slush Puppie machine in the back. Some will wonder how a place like this ends up on a tourism-related blog. It's not going to get starred by Michelin any time soon, and the dining tables are sandwiched between boxes of Ritz Crackers and cases of malt liquor. Honestly, my answer would be: just look at it. There's an airboat parked beside the building. There's a note apologizing for how expensive crawfish are this year. This kind of place only exists here.
Town South is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. They accept all major credit cards and take take-out orders at (318) 797-0622. Prices range from $6-$18 and there are daily lunch specials.
View a slideshow of photos from Town South.