The Walls at Strawn’s-Shreveport, LA


Shreveport icon, Strawn's Eat Shop, is best-known for its strawberry pies topped with smooth domes of whipped cream.

But this little restaurant (featured in SL's November mega-story "Secrets of the South's Best Diners") also serves a mean meat-and-three lunch. The daily menu is so stone-sure, it's painted on one of the walls…



I say "stone-sure."  Then I take a closer look.  Apparently the 'corn' on Wednesday and the 'purple hull peas' on Sunday are scripted over a veggie that has been whited-out.



So I ask what was knocked off the rotation.

"It was English peas on both days," says a waitress. "Boss man got rid of them, because he said they stunk."

There's also a great mural near the ceiling in the dining room depicting some of our country's best-loved presidents (Kennedy, Lincoln, and Washington) lauding the virtues of a slice of Strawn's strawberry pie.  



  1. Lucy Moore

    My famliy LOVES Strawn’s. They have the BEST strawberry pie. Their murals are awesome as well. One question though, who is the talented artist? It must be a Shreveport local.

    October 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm
  2. Tanner

    Thanks for the comment, Lucy. Not sure who the Strawn’s muralist is. Will try to find out.
    Be sure to check out the big story on diners in the November issue of Southern Living.

    October 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm
  3. Tanner

    Hey, Lucy.
    Just heard from Strawn’s, and the muralist is Shawn Gillespie, now living in Austin, TX.
    To see more of Shawn’s work, check out his myspace page.

    November 17, 2009 at 8:33 am
  4. Steve

    Hi Lucy,
    The artist Shawn Gillespie also has an online portfolio:
    That site has pictures of the other two Strawn’s Eat Shops as well a whole host of other murals. Anyway, just found it on the ol Google.

    November 17, 2009 at 11:17 am