Romantic Hot Spots in Shreveport, Louisiana

by Meg Jernigan

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Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

Shreveport, just 20 miles from Texas, calls itself “Louisiana’s Other Side.” Mardi Gras is family-friendly, and you’re more likely to find a steak on the menu than a bowl of etouffee. An oil boom turned the city into a busy metropolis, and after the bust, riverboat casinos moved in to bolster the economy. Shreveport’s romantic hot spots hit all the right notes for a date or a weekend getaway: a cozy meal, a slightly naughty hotel room or a chaste afternoon in the park.

Dining

Billed as a “Chicago-style steakhouse,” Superior’s in the city’s upscale Pierremont neighborhood is the place to go for an appetizer of grilled oysters with garlic butter followed by a porterhouse or rib-eye steak. Begin your date with a cocktail at the restaurant’s piano bar and ask to have your meal at a corner table near the fireplace. Ernest’s Orleans, the grande dame of Shreveport’s restaurants, specializes in Italian dishes with a south Louisiana twist. The restaurant overlooking the Red River south of downtown will deliver fresh roses or a seasonal bouquet to your table with advance notice.

Theater

The Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport’s West Edge arts district opened in 1925. Refurbished in the early 1980s, the theatre boasts elaborate woodwork, gilding, crystal chandeliers and a large balcony. Reserve one of the orchestra boxes or grand suites for a live show, orchestral performance or theatrical production. Just a few blocks away, the Robinson Film Center shows independent movies in a repurposed retail building. Film-goers can order a meal and a cocktail or a glass of wine at the upstairs cafe and take it into one of the film center’s two screening rooms.

Romantic Lodging

The Remington Suite Hotel and Spa, a short walk from Shreveport’s downtown riverfront casinos, has 22 suites with high-end furnishings and romantic details like Jacuzzi tubs and plush robes. The two-story Grande Suite showcases a spiral staircase leading from the living room to the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows and a king-sized bed. Spa services at the hotel include massage and salon treatments. The Monarch Suite at Eldorado Resort Casino on the riverfront features an expansive bathroom with an oversized whirlpool tub, separate living and dining areas and almost 1,000 square feet of space.

A Riverside Picnic

Several places in downtown Shreveport will prepare a to-go picnic for you to enjoy on the riverfront. Stop by the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport for po-boys and seafood gumbo or place your order at one of the casino delis. A short walk south leads to the interactive fountains at RiverView Park near Shreveport’s children’s museum, SciPort. Nearby, 35-foot-tall steel sculptures of roses are grouped around a riverfront amphitheater. You can picnic under the roses or walk a short distance farther to a grassy, riverfront spot. Spirit of the Red cruises of the river and nearby Cross Bayou depart from the area.

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