Ralph’s Place Breakfast opens lunch restaurant in Shreveport
Restaurateur Robert “Bozz” Baucum remains faithful to the concept of mom-and-pop boutiques.
In 2011, Marilynn’s Place opened in Shreveport, which Baucum named after his mother.
This week, he officially opened the doors of a new restaurant named in honor of his father, Ralph.
Ralph’s Place, located at 1173 Louisiana Ave. in Shreveport, offers American cuisine, with some Louisiana classics embellished. The focus is on Baucum’s father’s favorite meal.
“He loved breakfast. Cookies and gravy and bacon and eggs, ”Baucum said.
The place to be
Ralph’s Place is in the Highland neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Shreveport.
The one-room open-plan dining room receives much of its natural lighting due to the rebirth and discovery of transom fixtures that are around 80 years old, Baucum said.
The comfortable dining area accommodates two- and four-tray tables with additional seating available outside.
A large raised treehouse-style patio runs along the side of the building. The roof cover, mosquito nets and blinds provide protection from the sun and ceiling fans will make it a cool place to relax in the warmer months.
Rows of hanging dim lights set the mood for private after-hours events.
Soon, picnic tables and chairs will be added to the large backyard. It will be the perfect place for crayfish and shrimp porridge, Baucum said.
The place to eat
In addition to breakfast, the packed menu includes plate lunches, sandwiches, soups and more.
Breakfast is served from 6.30 am to 10 am Monday to Friday.
The breakfast menu offers hand wraps and sandwiches, hot pancakes and French toast, as well as platters of hearty food, from oatmeal to omelets. For lighter fare, try a healthy bowl of yogurt, fruit, and granola.
Lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches served on an “oversized” bun from local bread makers, Lowder Bakery Company. Or opt for a Louisiana cuisine starter served with Gambino French bread or consider the range of soups, salads and desserts.
Ralph’s Place is closed on weekends, but Baucum invites hungry patrons to head to Marilynn’s Place, located at 4041 Fern Ave., for Cajun and Creole cuisine available for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. seven days on seven.
At Ralph’s Place, Baucum takes creative approaches to presenting traditional dishes and they are by no means straightforward.
“I’m changing the hot dog game,” Baucum said.
The Torpedo Lunch includes a stuffed sausage inside a custom Lowder bun and a side of Zapp chips.
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The uncut buns are slid onto a European-style spiked toaster that steams the bun from the inside. Customers have the choice of an all-beef sausage, gourmet chicken sausage, andouille sausage or a vegetarian hot dog.
Baucum learned the technique while visiting Prague 22 years ago. It’s commonplace for hot dog vendors in Europe, he said.
More menu highlights
- Bananas favor French toast. Two thick slices of New Orleans French bread coated in traditional French bread dough. It is topped with Banana Foster sauce and garnished with slices of fresh banana.
- Cajun Marsh Grits. Crayfish, prawns and Louisiana tasso in a Cajun cream sauce served over smoked gouda cheese grits.
- Ralph’s famous stuffed breakfast donuts. Donuts filled with chewy scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese.
- Breakfast sandwich. The large egg, bacon and cheese sandwich is anything but typical, enhanced with flavor by a solid sesame seed bun from Lowder Baking Company. “It’s local, artisanal bread and I’m happy to have it. It’s not a Wonder Bun, ”Baucum said. ” I’m excited. This is delicious.”
- Ralph’s muffuletta. Ham, turkey, mix of olives, provolone and Creole mustard served on a Lowder Baking Company bun and dressing with mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickle. It comes with Zapp potato chips.
- Chicken and Chicken Jambalaya. A spicy rice dish served with chicken thighs and chicken sausages.
Save room for desserts. Choose from an order of three donuts or a seasonal cobbler or the chef’s special.
Vegetarian options are available on the menu. For breakfast, try the vegetarian burrito stuffed with tomatoes, spinach, onions, avocado, eggs and cheese. For lunch, the plant-based Beyond Burger is an option, which comes with burger toppings and a side of Zapp chips. A lunch special is roasted butternut squash spaghetti, with the option of adding protein.
Catering and private events outside opening hours can be arranged by contacting the restaurant at [email protected].
If you are going to
What: Chez Ralph
Or: 1173 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport
Breakfast hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday
Lunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday