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5201 Desiard St.

Guests are known as friends at Waterfront Grill in Monroe, considered throughout Ouachita Parish as a favorite spot for an upscale dining experience with a light, casual atmosphere.

The building was originally Three Mile Inn when it was built in the 1930s, and throughout its history has been several different clubs and venues—always one of the most popular hangouts in Monroe. There was even a glass-bottom dance floor on the edge of the bayou in the 1950s.

But thanks to owners Don, Sam, and Clay Weems, it became Waterfront Grill in 1997. The building was expanded in 2003 to include its West Wing for large groups and the deck overlooking beautiful Bayou DeSiard.

Waterfront Grill specializes in high-quality steaks and seafood that come grilled, baked, or sautéed; no frying pans allowed, according to Sam. Wine pairings are suggested throughout the menu, leaving guests with less guesswork and more time to savor the view.

The menu’s crown jewels are the Catfish DeSiard and the Shrimp Rahkee. The first is catfish baked with seasoned bread crumbs, green onions, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese; the latter is Gulf shrimp in a cream sauce with mushrooms, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and green onions, served over a choice of either rice or pasta.