I visited Herby K’s on a Wednesday evening around 7:30pm. The location is in a neighborhood that appears to be an old business district, with most of the old buildings nearby vacant and boarded up. Although the neighborhood is not appealing, I didn’t let it deter me and the visit turned out to be well worth it! Much of the limited parking directly in front of the place was full, but I found a place. Upon entering, I discovered it’s a very cozy place with a couple of tables, two booths, and counter seating in front of the full bar. Being alone, I took a stool where the wait staff comes through the counter to serve patrons – there were only four or five open seats at the counter. I got a large Shiner Bock draft (they have large and small) and it was served in a chalice – the beer was very cold. Having heard about the specialty of the house, the Shrimp Buster, I ordered it, as well as a cup of seafood gumbo. The gumbo came out and looked appealing with a plump oyster on top, and it included crawfish and shrimp, too, in a very tasty roux (see picture). It came with two pieces of buttered, toasted French bread and was absolutely delicious – reminded me of the gumbo my grandmother made when I was a kid in New Orleans. Soon after, my Shrimp Buster (see picture) came out – I asked for onion rings instead of the fries, which is $1 extra – and I was amazed at the four shrimp that had apparently been pounded flat, breaded, and fried, served over a couple of pieces of well-buttered toast, accompanied by Herby K’s special Shrimp Buster sauce (you can buy it bottled, too) and cole slaw. I thought I was done, but I saw a platter of a dozen oysters on the half shell being served to a patron in one of the booths, and they looked so plump and delicious (see picture) I had to order some for myself; they turned out to be almost buttery and most were very large – delicious with the accompanying horseradish (there’s cocktail sauce, too, but I didn’t use it) and saltines. I also ordered a local draft beer (Great Raft) in the regular sized mug. My waitress did a very good job of asking when I needed something and my dishes were taken away quickly. Although Herby K’s is small, the ambience is something from the past with the myriad of mementos on shelves behind the bar and the old-time feel, and the food is fantastic. I’ll visit Herby K’s again the next time I’m in Shreveport to try another menu item!
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