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 has become a local favorite for its tasty assortment of Tex-Mex cuisine. Add in their always-speedy service and great prices, and you have a perfect place to sit down and have a quick lunch or dinner. Try their signature queso, the Burrito La Bamba or their homemade tamales.
Location/Hours: 207 N Service Rd E; Mon-Sun: 11am - 10pm
If you’re in the mood for barbeque, Brister’s Smokehouse is the place to go. Located right off the interstate, Brister’s is an ideal spot for travelers looking for a hearty and delicious meal. Feel free to sit down in this homey little restaurant or take your meal to-go on the road. Locals rave about their homemade BBQ sauce, the scatter load sandwich and the BBQ nachos.
Location/Hours: 1420 Cooktown Road; Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm
Don’t have time to sit down and eat? No worries, they have an easy and quick to-go option too.
Tacos the Guero is the only food stand in Ruston; however, it is often referred to by locals as “the taco truck.” This unique taco stand offers a variety of tacos, tortas, quesadillas and burritos all made with fresh ingredients. The super-reasonable prices also make this a top pick if you’re traveling on a budget. People can’t stop talking about their authentically-delicious burritos.
Location/Hours: 103 N Service Rd E; Mon-Sat: 11am - 7pm. And if you love the food stand, visit their restaurant at 744 Celebrity Drive, Ruston, LA 71270. It’s the same authentic taste but with a wider selection to choose from!
We hope these suggestions help you find a quick, yet delicious local meal on your next stop through Ruston. For more information on these and other Ruston Eats, visit experienceruston.com.
Log Cabin is a large restaurant, bar, and market. Snag breakfast lunch or dinner! They have options ranging from tex-mex to gourmet burgers, full racks of ribs to fine steaks.
And you can take the experience home with you with their large market of freshly seasoned and packaged products. Stop by and get one of their famous chicken-fried steaks with a loaded twice baked potatoes, or tackle a 12oz ribeye that has been prepared in-house then grilled over their wood-fire grill with a side of country roasted potatoes. You really can't go wrong at Log Cabin!
They are located on the right about 1/2 mile when getting off of I-20 on the Farmerville exit. Their address is 1906 Farmerville Hwy, Ruston, LA 71270.
Call ahead and get your order to go: (318) 255-8023
The baddest barbeque in the land can be found directly across the street from Log Cabin Grill and Market. Talk about heating up the competition! Both places offer exquisite selections and Hot Rod BBQ is your home for all things barbeque. You won't be disappointed by their large selection of plates and even a salad or two.
They are located at 1911 Farmerville Hwy, Ruston, LA 71270 and you can call ahead with this number: (318) 254-8010
Just past Log Cabin and Hot Rod, you'll find Portico, a local hotspot that offers a varied menu of burgers, southern favorites, and daily lunch specials. Outdoor dining is available on their covered patio and bar.
Go see them at 1821 N Pointe Ln, Ruston, LA 71270, or call ahead! Their number is 318-255-9900.
Tori is a Shreveport native, but has claimed Ruston as home since 2015. A lover of the outdoors, great food, and discovering new places, she quickly found a passion for the travel and tourism industry. As Marketing Director, Tori leads the CVB's content creation, brand management, communication, and strategic marketing efforts.