By Norma L. & Scott
Cormier’s is a family owned restaurant that was previously a gas station. The Cormier family acquired the property and turned it into the family restaurant you see today on Forsythe Avenue. It is still a family affair with Jamie Cormier running the day to day operation.
Their most popular item is boiled crawfish which has been voted #1 in the Twin Cities since 1989 and that is evident by the tremendous crowds that come eat there. The crawfish might be their most popular menu item but is followed closely by their famous Pig Sandwich, made from delicious pulled pork and their own special sauces. You can also find an assortment of salads and blackened fish on their menu for looking for a healthy option. However, if you are so inclined, we suggest trying their bread pudding for dessert as it is truly delicious. Boiled crawfish can be found on the menu from the end of January to the end of June. Cormier’s closes the month of August for little R&R but open back up in September to starting serving boiled blue crab thru October.
Jamie mentioned they have a very active catering business in addition to the restaurant including frying over 1,300 turkeys in 2013 during the holiday season.
For appetizers, we recommend boiled shrimp; they had a great favor, were easy to peel and are a great starter for your main meal.
I had the Pig Sandwich which is pork roast cooked in a spicy, savory sauce served on French bread and dressed with mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, onions and topped with vinegar cabbage. If that sounds mouth watering, you are right! It was terrific and for a very reasonable price of $6.99.
Norma tried a bowl of the crawfish etouffee over rice, which is another crowd pleaser according to our friendly and knowledgeable server Sarah. According to Norma, it was every bit as good as advertised.
We enjoyed the bread pudding for dessert and it is worth saving some room for it. It is a great way to finish off your meal.
Cormier’s is located at 1205 Forsythe Avenue in Monroe, Louisiana. They are open Tuesday- Saturday 11:00 am until 2 pm for lunch and then open back up at from 4:30pm till 9pm during crawfish season and Sunday they are open from 3pm- 8pm.
By Austin B. & Norma L.
Located about one mile from the up and coming downtown Monroe on DeSiard Street, Lindz’s Café is a home cooking lovers’ kind of place. Owned by Tex Mahon, an ex-military chef, the restaurant is the perfect place for him to provide savory, simple, country dishes that any native of the south will find comforting and fulfilling.
Lindz’s Café, pronounced (Lind-sy) started out as Faser’s Pharmacy in the 1920s. The original tiled Faser’s logo is in-set in the floor of the restaurant, surviving the change from the pharmacy to Snow White Cleaners in the 50s, to a laundry mat in the 80s and 90s. The almost one hundred year old building is well suited for a restaurant whose emotional core is that of stepping back through time. When you enter the restaurant, you immediately find a wave of nostalgia for days gone by intoxicating. Many eclectic and interesting antiques decorate the walls, and are used to bring a warmth and homey feel to the cafe. The miss matched chairs and tables may seem out of place in another space, but here it feels comforting. It reminds one of the acquired furniture over long periods that fill the home of maw maw and paw paws’ house.
Lindz’s Café is open for breakfast (6:30-10:00) and for lunch (11:00-2:00). The breakfast is made fresh every morning. You can drop in for the “Early Bird Special” and have coffee, eggs, bacon, grits, and toast, or give Lindz’s Café a call and they will deliver your order to you. Lunch is set up buffet style with specials each day to choose from. On Mondays, for example, choose from inside-out bell peppers, chicken smothered pork steak, or tips. The buffet is always loaded with fresh vegetables cooked southern style: sweet corn, black-eyed peas, yams, and mashed potatoes covered in a cream or brown gravy .
If buffet is not your style, then Lindz’s Café is happy to let you pick an item off their menu. Sandwiches, homemade daily beef burgers, fish tacos, po-boys and their hand battered crispy onion rings are brought out quick, fresh, and hot by a smiling server with a great personality.
Lindz’s Café’s burgers are one of their specialties with claims by the regulars that it is the best burger in town. The burger patties are handmade every morning, grilled and come served with a butter toasted bun and trimmings. You can get their famous onion rings as a side. The huge onions are dipped in a homemade batter, and fried into thick onion rings that are crispy and crunchy.
Another great item to choose off the menu is the classic chicken fried steak. This large cut steak is battered and flash fried to perfection. The chicken fried steak is covered in a tasty, well-seasoned, flaky crust. The steak itself is fork cut tender and melts in your mouth. It is a tricky thing to get a chicken fried steak not to be dry and chewy. Chef Tex has the chicken fried steak down perfectly and is proud to promote that he adds no extra salt to any of his dishes saying jovially “That’s what that salt and pepper shaker on the table is for…”. The chicken fried steak is covered with white country gravy that is a perfect complement to the steak. Get the steak with a side of the sweet yams that are thanksgiving worthy and fluffy creamy mashed potatoes.
It is a great mid-day meal with prices ranging from around $3.00 to $8.00. Lindz’s Café is open every weekday and, due to popular demand, some Saturdays. Go in, grab a great lunch, and if you ask nicely, owner and chef, Mr. Tex Mahon may play you a song on his newly acquired piano.
By Sylvia B. & Georgie H.
Lunch time and we needed a place to eat, something different, a place that we have never gone before. We mutually agreed to go the Mohawk Seafood and Tavern.
We started on our way! Once we arrived we were greeted and seated by our waiter Lee Carter, all decked out in his white coat.
Once seated, we knew right away that we would try the famous seafood gumbo that we had heard so much about. Once eaten, we agreed that it was a bowl of deliciousness.
The Mohawk is a well-established restaurant that opened in 1952 in Monroe, Louisiana. Before ordering our entrée, we talked to Ann Norman who gave us a brief history of the restaurant that has been owned and operated by the Norman Family for 62 years.
For our main entrée, one of us ordered the grilled salmon with steamed vegetables as a healthy choice and the other choice was the seafood combination platter (fried catfish and stuffed shrimp). The portions were good and plenty.
There’s always room for dessert so we shared a slice of Banana Foster Ice Cream Cake. Umm, Umm good!
If you have not tried the “Mohawk” it’s your turn to go. You can order from the menu or try one of the daily specials.
Closed Sunday’s and Monday’s
Shout out to Ann Norman and Lee Carter! We enjoyed our lunch!
Ruth and I started our meal with Caesar salads, while Sheila chowed down on the complimentary hush puppies. The salads were dressed with the perfect amount of Casear, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and topped with crunchy croutons. The hushpuppies had just enough bite with a touch of jalapeno.
Our entrees arrived just in time. Ruth had the crispy fried catfish filet with steamed asparagus. The filet was just the right size, and the asparagus was the perfect compliment. Sheila ordered the ribeye po’boy with fries. It was quite a sandwich. The ribeye was tender and juicy. It came with an onion gravy on the side, just the right compliment to the po’boy. I had the grilled chicken with Southwestern spiced fruit and vegetable salsa and a side of fries. The seasoning on the chicken combined with the tangy fruit salsa left my tastebuds wanting more.
No girls lunch is complete without dessert. At the suggestion of our server, Sheila chose the Key Lime Pie. Ruth went with the cheesecake, and I chose the classic brownie with ice cream. The presentation of each was almost as sweet as the desserts themselves. The Key Lime Pie was just the right mix of spicy citrus and sweet, neither flavor overpowering the other. The cheesecake was warm and creamy, but not too heavy. The brownie melted in my mouth and had just the right balance of a crunchy top with a soft, warm center.
As usual, the Warehouse was a great choice for our girls’ lunch and is an ideal choice for a business lunch or special occasion dinner. If you stop by, be sure to tell Michael we said “hello.”
February is often called the “Month of Love.” Well, here in Monroe-West Monroe, the staff of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau wants you to know how much we “Love our Local Food.” So we are going to blog about it….all month long.
That’s right. We are kicking off our new blog with a month of posts about local restaurants that fill our bellies and satisfy our taste buds. We’ll pull up a seat at local diners, fine dining restaurants by the water, and catfish houses….and we are taking you with us.
Monroe-West Monroe is home to quite an eclectic culinary scene, with menu options like smothered pork chops, roast beef po’boys with gravy, Catfish DeSiard, fried chicken, crawfish (cooked in every way imaginable), fried catfish-regular or thin & crispy, mouthwatering burgers, steaks grilled to perfection, cheese grits (it’s the South…we have to have our grits), banana caramel pudding or pie, bread pudding, and more.
Are you hungry yet? Join us as we celebrate the month of February and show you just how much we “Love our Local Food”!