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    Ruston Eating Places

    Last fall (October), when I returned to LTU, I was shocked to see that Starbucks has invaded the bucolic hamlet of Ruston. When I was there in the mid to late 70's, it was Pete's (I think) Donut Shop right off the campus if you wanted a pastry or a cup of coffee. Anyway, much has changed since that time.

    Griff's is still there, though I didn't take the time to sample their entrees. However, I noticed that Pioneer Pizza, one of my favorite haunts, is no longer in existence, and all the major fast food joints now dominate the landscape, including the Tonk.

    Does anyone know if the Blue Light Cafe is still in existence? The first time I ever had salt-water cornbread was there, and it was worth the trip, just to eat that, if nothing else. There was also a place called Bee's.

    There were some great restaurants and cafes around during the 70's, and it's sad there no longer there.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Quote Originally Posted by latech80 View Post
    Last fall (October), when I returned to LTU, I was shocked to see that Starbucks has invaded the bucolic hamlet of Ruston. When I was there in the mid to late 70's, it was Pete's (I think) Donut Shop right off the campus if you wanted a pastry or a cup of coffee. Anyway, much has changed since that time.

    Griff's is still there, though I didn't take the time to sample their entrees. However, I noticed that Pioneer Pizza, one of my favorite haunts, is no longer in existence, and all the major fast food joints now dominate the landscape, including the Tonk.

    Does anyone know if the Blue Light Cafe is still in existence? The first time I ever had salt-water cornbread was there, and it was worth the trip, just to eat that, if nothing else. There was also a place called Bee's.

    There were some great restaurants and cafes around during the 70's, and it's sad there no longer there.
    I checked on the Blue Light about a year ago when I was in town and it was still going strong - line almost out the door. I am not sure if it is still open now, but it was then.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Had a pork chop there last week that was so big it took up a whole plate, and they had to give me a second plate for my vegetables.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Blue Light and Bee's are still rockin, but Blue Light is by far the better choice. Best place to eat in North Louisiana.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    have i had it wrong all these years,but isnt it "hot" water cornbread? I agree, Blue Light is THE BEST place in Ruston.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Quote Originally Posted by honker22 View Post
    have i had it wrong all these years,but isnt it "hot" water cornbread? I agree, Blue Light is THE BEST place in Ruston.
    Yes its HOT water cornbread....
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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Had the pork chop last week and was pretty much worthless the rest of the day.

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    I used to go JUST for the Hot water cornbread. All of you are right - best place to eat in North Louisiana!

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    And they are really nice people at the Blue Light. It is the place to go for a pork chop!

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Where is the Blue Light?

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Back off West California, on the corner of Grover and Arlington. Cross W California there at Adams Drive (Tech Campus) and follow the road around by the Subway...

    I saw one of the Blue Light Ladies on the Channel 10 morning show last week and she was showing how to make hot water cornbread. They are also going to be featured in some cooking magazines, which will be very good for them and will get Ruston some more nice publicity. They are good people. Some of the very best. We are lucky they are here!

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Okay folks, I'm waxing nostalgic at the moment. Does anybody remember going to Kelly's (or is it Kelley's?) over around Columbia to get frozen mixed drinks? I had my first taste of rice boudin over there, and it wasn't that bad! Back in the mid-70's, the only place you could get hard liquor was Grambling. What about Tonga Island over in Monroe? Is it still open?

    Is Port-au-Prince restaurant still open? Some of the best seafood around was to be found there.

    Did I miss anything?

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Quote Originally Posted by latech80 View Post
    Is Port-au-Prince restaurant still open? Some of the best seafood around was to be found there.

    Did I miss anything?
    http://www.claiborneone.org/coc/port-au-prince/

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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Sara's Kitchen had the best hot water cornbread, banana pudding, and sweet tea, and beef tips w/ rice, yams, etc . . . I guess blue light is the place with sarsa's gone. I ate at blue light several times but thought sara's was always better
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    Re: Ruston Eating Places

    Quote Originally Posted by latech80 View Post
    Okay folks, I'm waxing nostalgic at the moment. Does anybody remember going to Kelly's (or is it Kelley's?) over around Columbia to get frozen mixed drinks? I had my first taste of rice boudin over there, and it wasn't that bad! Back in the mid-70's, the only place you could get hard liquor was Grambling. What about Tonga Island over in Monroe? Is it still open?

    Is Port-au-Prince restaurant still open? Some of the best seafood around was to be found there.

    Did I miss anything?

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