4th Annual Rotary Club of the Twin Cities Poker Run 08/2/2014 Take to the water or the road for this Poker Run benefitting Salvation Army and various Rotary Club of the Twin Cities projects. Boat stops include the Sterlington Bridge, Whites Lake, West Monroe Dock, Lazarre Point, Moon Lake Marina, Long John Beach, River & Rail Cantina, and Prairion Bayou Ramp. Bike stops include Skeeters, Bootleggers, River Grille, Sparks Nissan, Bleu Bayou Harley, Lazarre Point, Moon Lake Marina, and Prairion Bayou Ramp. The Grand Prize is $10,000 and is paid out on 1st Royal Flush dealt with original hand. The best hand wins 50/50. Must be 21 to participate.
My Mini Masur Drop In Activity 08/2/2014 Bring your kids and let the creativity flow at the Masur Museum as they create an art project. This event is free of charge and children will leave with a unique art project.
Downtown Gallery Crawl 08/7/2014 Start visiting nine galleries hosting the Downtown Gallery Crawl on either side of the Ouachita River. On Antique Alley in West Monroe, you can peruse the works of over 30 artists, all part of the Ouachita River Art Gallery. Then, crossing the Endom Bridge and turning right on South Grand, you can visit Livaudais Gallery, which always generously hosts guest artists. Backtracking a bit to DeSiard Street, you might then stroll down to the Palace Gallery, housed in the historic, now renovated Palace Department Store. Finally, almost directly across DeSiard, you will hit the mother lode—UPSTAIRS, the Big Room, the new Downstairs Gallery + Studio, Arender Gallery, Sugar Gallery, and MAD Gallery—all located on Art Alley (formerly known as North 2nd Street).
Where to Eat
Alley Gators Bar & Grill 100 Horselake Road, Monroe Located inside Bayou Bowl, they offer burgers hot off the grill, chicken strips, fries and more.
Arena Billiards Bar & Grill 1411 Thomas Road, West Monroe Try the Billy Bob steak, rolled in jalapenos and wrapped in bacon, or the Chance Burger, a variation of the patty melt, with a side of their famous sweet potato fries.
BBQ West 4900 Cypress Street, Suite 9, West Monroe Try the fall off the bone ribs and keep the napkins handy as it gets a little messy, but oh so good! They slow cook their BBQ sauce to enhance the flavors.
Cilantro Organic Bistro 1211 North 18th Street, Monroe A tempting soup, wrap, salad, and sandwiches are offered daily, yet you don't have to worry about your waistline.
Daily Harvest 1105 Forsythe Avenue, Monroe Fresh stone-ground whole wheat products, fabulous chicken salad, wraps, soups, and fresh breads like cranberry pecan.
Daq's Wings & Grill 2217 Forsythe Avenue, Monroe Stop by with friends for wings that are marinated for 24 hours before cooking.
Fieldhouse Bar and Grill 1510 Sterlington Rd, Monroe This local watering hole provides several large screen televisions with a variety of sports.
Frenchie's Wagons 113 Smith Street, West Monroe For a great meal on the run, try their delicious ham, beef, or shrimp po-boys, plate lunches and burgers.
Great American Grill 400 Mane Street, West Monroe Start off with an appetizer of Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms or Quesadillas Pontchatrain.
Jeff's Place 1810 Tower Drive, Monroe All their food is handcrafted.
Jo-el's Café 2500 North 7th Street, West Monroe Located in the bottom floor of the Richland State Bank Building, she is serving up fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts daily, with a few sides of "ya'll" mixed in for fun.
Lea's of Lecompte 319 Louisville Avenue, Monroe Family-owned and famous for home-made pies, like chocolate, coconut, and lemon meringue.
Lindz's Café 2215 DeSiard Street, Monroe Located in a renovated historic building showcasing the original brick and ironwork of the Old downtown, their cooked to order breakfast is a must.
Magic Grill 4331 Sterlington Road, Monroe Try a Magical Po-Boys with a choice of roast beef, ham, fish, turkey, ribeye, shrimp, philly or hamburger, along with a cup of their famous gravy and fresh cut fries.
Magic Grill 2500 Arkansas Road Suite 1, West Monroe Try a Magical Po-Boys with a choice of roast beef, ham, fish, turkey, ribeye, shrimp, philly or hamburger, along with a cup of their famous gravy and fresh cut fries.
Mohawk Seafood Tavern Restaurant 704 Louisville Avenue, Monroe This longtime local favorite is famous for gumbo, fried fish, raw oysters, shrimp po-boys and shrimp delight salad.
Not Just Pie 2117 Forsythe Avenue, Monroe Southern Living Magazine calls this eatery "a diner's delight" where one can get "hypno-pied" by a variety of fresh pies like banana caramel, coconut and chocolate all topped with whipped cream.
Ray's PeGe 8209 DeSiard Street, Monroe A local favorite since its doors opened in the 60s, this grill is famous for its roast beef po-boys with gravy on the side, and kurly-Q fries.
Ray's Pege West 1501 Cypress Street, West Monroe A local favorite since its doors opened in the 60s, this grill is famous for its roast beef po-boys with gravy on the side, kurly-Q fries, and open-faced burger.