North Louisiana Cuisine

Up North we have our own flavors and cooking styles. It’s all about our fields, our fresh waters and love of cooking.

Chef Hardette Harris

The “Us Up North Kitchen is a casual home-style kitchen open for lunch Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30 am-3:00 pm. Diners can eat in or take it to go. 

Our daily specials consist of items straight from the official meal of North Louisiana. Dishes like fried chicken, fried catfish, purple hull peas, greens and cornbread are prepared fresh to celebrate meals that make us proud of what we eat in northern Louisiana. 

Louisiana Life Magazine Louisianian of the Year 2017

Country Roads Magazine
Small Town Chef 2017

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau’s “Attraction of the Year” for 2018

UP North 101

What distinguishes our foodways from the rest of the state of Louisiana?

The Food

The other cuisines are meat and protein focused. Northern Louisiana’s cuisine is focused on the vegetables and crops indigenous to the region. We love our side dishes.


The Preparation

Emphasis is on simplicity and a reflection on how most of us Up North grew up having foods cooked at home. We believe in fresh ingredients, flavor, and foods found right in our backyard. 


The People

The people of Northern Louisiana are as diverse as anywhere else in the state. What makes us so unique is that our foodways are a rich influence of multiple ethnicities and cultures and their influence on what we eat and how we eat it. 


House Concurrent Resolution No. 88

On May 4, 2015, House Concurrent Resolution No. 88 was enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the President of the Louisiana State Senate recognizing the culinary uniqueness of Northern Louisiana and designated an official meal…the only official meal in the state. 


We understand your requirement and provide quality works.

When I say we ate a lot of food during our trip to Shreveport-Bossier ~ Louisiana’s Other Side , I mean we ate a LOT of food. An ungodly amount of food. Bellies full 24/7 kind of situation. And it was all so dang good! From beignets to crawfish to stuffed shrimp to gumbo to fried catfish to king cake and everything in between…you name it, we tried it. Scroll through for a mini tour of some of the delicious Louisiana cuisine we got to experience during our time in Shreveport-Bossier!

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Contact us to learn more about our kitchen at: 300 N. Allen, Shreveport LA 71101 usupnorth318@gmail.com
Historic Allendale

We are proud to be located
in the Allendale
of Shreveport, LA has a rich history of
African American entrepreneurship,
community activism, and families.

Where to find us

300 N. Allen Avenue Shreveport LA 71101