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Ruston Eats: Take-Out, Curbside, and Delivery

March 17, 2020Written by: Experience Ruston Team

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With limitations on restaurants during this time, many local eateries are offering take-out options and curbside service, as well as continuing to operate with a drive-thru window. See your options below and remember to continue to support local if you are able!   [...]

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Crawfish Season in Ruston, LA

March 9, 2020Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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It’s crawfish time! Whether you’re a seasoned (pun intended) pro or new to this crustacean craze, we’re excited to share our favorite places around town serving up mudbugs and all the fixings. [...]

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A Vegetarian's Guide To Ruston Louisiana

March 2, 2020Written by: Two Upright Tray Tables

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I'm always on the lookout for tasty food. Sometimes though, as a vegetarian, it can be challenging to find good meat-free options. It's always helpful when someone shares their favorite spots with me. If you're looking for vegetarian dining in Ruston, these a [...]

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Quickest Ruston Eats for Interstate Travelers

October 14, 2019Written by: Tori Davis, Mainstreet Association Director

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If you find yourself passing through Ruston, La. on I-20 with just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat, do yourself a favor and skip the fast food chains. Instead, try a local spot that offers quick service and dynamite food. We’ve picked a handful of fast, local Ruston eats that are sure to leave you coming back for more on your next trip through town. La Bamba Mexican Resta [...]

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Top 5 Places To Get Cocktails In Ruston Louisiana

September 26, 2019Written by: Two Upright Tray Tables

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Ruston Louisiana may be a college town, but when it comes to adult beverages, it's much more than cheap beer specials. Many of the great restaurants in town are home to some seriously upscale cocktails. [...]

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5 Top Restaurants in Ruston Louisiana

September 25, 2019Written by: Two Upright Tray Tables

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Ruston Louisiana is a quaint little town in north Louisana. While the size of the town may be small, the local restaurants are big on flavor. Several years ago, we us [...]

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Top Cool Down Locales in Ruston

July 2, 2019Written by: Hannah Delgado

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The perfect way to beat Louisiana heat is to cool down with a frozen treat! We’ve compiled a list that highlights a few cool down locales in Ruston that’ll help curb your sweet tooth. We highly encourage you to check them out and share your sweets using #RustonEats!  Eskamoe's [...]

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Ruston Peaches & Where to Find Them

May 30, 2019Written by: Hannah Delgado

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There's nothing quite like delectably sweet, locally-grown peaches. They're the highlight of summer and cause for celebration. Enjoyed right from the tree, made into delicious treats, or frozen and canned for another day, Ruston peaches are a must-try (and must-buy!) for anyone visiting the area. Take a look be [...]

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BBQ Eats in Ruston

May 13, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Bad Wolf Sweet Potato

There’s no doubt some of the best and most comforting food can be found at local BBQ restaurants. It’s something about southern BBQ served to you by smiling faces that makes you feel right at home no matter where you find yourself. Ruston has no shortage of options when it comes to comfort food, and whether it’s traditional southern BBQ you crave or something with a little mo [...]

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Downtown Food Park – The Latest in Ruston’s Culinary Scene

April 15, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Ruston is Heard Freighthouse Food Park. Food parks are quickly growing in popularity largely because of their unique dining concept. Many sell popular and traditional items while some offer otherwise unavailable ethnic cuisine, specialty dishes, and experimental recipes. Heard Freighthouse Food Park is no exception offering all of the above with ou [...]

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Date Night in Ruston

January 13, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Beau Vines

There’s not much that sets a romantic mood for an evening quite like fine dining and a night out on the town. Whether it’s a special occasion, anniversary, or some much-deserved time away from responsibilities at home, you’ll find the perfect little getaway right here in Ruston. Start planning a special date night with your significant other with this list of re [...]

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Unique Eats: Seafood

October 22, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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Dining out can be an experience all its own, especially when you get to enjoy unique menu items and twists on traditional favorites. Check out this list of ten dishes you may not be able to find anywhere else than Ruston, LA! [...]

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Sundown Tavern: A Ruston Landmark

October 15, 2018Written by: Tori Ward

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Sundown Tavern, known in this area for its live music, is a quaint little restaurant/bar in downtown Ruston that has an atmosphere all its own. The restaurant is dimly lit and complete with eclectic décor that pulls in local influences. The inside is split into two sections with tables and booths in the front for dining and a bar area in the back of the restaurant. If you feel like having a beer, playing pool, throwing darts or listening to some great live music, then the bar at Sundown is your spot. 

Sundown Tavern is a quaint, local restaurant located at 111 E. Park Ave in Ruston, La. Loved by locals and visitors alike, Sundown is a landmark restaurant that's had a presence in Ruston for 40 years.  [...]

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Local Seafood Favorites

October 9, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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Ruston, LA is in no short supply of great seafood options. Whether you're looking for good old-fashioned fried catfish, an all-you-can-eat buffet, or something a little less battered and fried, this list of local seafood favorites has you covered.  [...]

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Best Burgers in Ruston

September 13, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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Most people can agree that there's just nothing like a good burger. And here in Ruston, there's no shortage of great burgers to choose from. Whether you like your burger traditional, piled with bacon, or topped with a fried egg, there's something in town to satisfy every craving.  Take a look at the list we've compiled below featuring some of the best burgers in town (in no particu [...]

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Breakfast Stops in Ruston

June 29, 2018Written by: Madison Wooley

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The people, food, and location of Grown and Grazed are as local as it gets. Their breakfast includes a Louisiana sweet potato hash, homemade buttermilk biscuits with whole milk gravy, breakfast pot pie, local farm eggs, house-made pork sausage patties, and thick-cut bacon. Their lunch menu is ever-changing with dishes made from only locally produced ingredients, guest chefs, and new experiences with each visit. Grown and Grazed is set up at 93 E Railroad Avenue, on the edge of historic downtown Ruston.

Ruston has its share of great restaurants, and we're happy to see so many taking the most important meal of the day seriously! Whether you’re seeking true breakfast or a brunch hotspot, we've prepared of list of go-to's. The Bistro at Courtyard by MarriottNot to be [...]

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New Ruston Eats

May 8, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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If you haven’t made a trip to Ruston, LA recently, you’ve been missing out on some seriously good eats! Downtown Ruston is now home to the area’s first brewery, a sports bar serving up tasty dishes from morning to night,  and a food truck with an ever-changing menu. Also new to the area is a quickly growing, Louisiana- based Italian joint. Read more below! [...]

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Brunching at Beau Vines

April 13, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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Sundays are a time for rest and relaxation. In Louisiana, Sundays are also for brunch. Whether you dine solo, with your best friend, special someone, or with the whole family – Beau Vines knows how to do brunch right. Beau Vines Steakhouse in Ruston, LA serves up a gourmet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 [...]

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Meal Deals for the College Students

February 12, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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In our Meal Steals post, we’re highlighting restaurants with big Louisiana flavors and Southern tastes. These Ruston hotspots give us students the opportunity to enjoy a night out with friends and family, without breaking the bank. We highly encourage you to check out these local establishments. You won’t be disappointed! [...]

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Staying Healthy in Ruston, LA

January 4, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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The start of the new year often brings a long list of resolutions for most. Get organized, travel more, pay off debt, learn a new skill... The list can be endless. One of the most common resolutions out there is to commit to a healthier lifestyle - eat better, buy smarter, and exercise more. Staying the course is often difficult, especially when traveling. With so many dining options he [...]

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