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Ponchatoulas

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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 - 2019 Winner
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APPETIZERS​
Cup 5.99
Bowl 7.50
Oysters +2.99
Seafood Gumbo
Gulf shrimp and blue crab in a dark roux sauce
Cup 4.99
Bowl 6.50
File Gumbo
Chicken and andouille sausage sauteed with onions and peppers.
4.99
Fried Mushrooms
Fresh button mushrooms hand-battered with a side of homemade ranch.
7.99
Sampler Basket
2 cheese sticks, 2 jalapeno poppers, 2 hot wings, hand-battered onion rings and mushrooms.
5.69
Fried Cheese Sticks
6 mozzarella cheese sticks with a side of homemade ranch.
4.99
Fried Pickles
Pickles​ hand-battered with a side of homemade ranch.
5.69
Jalapeno Poppers
6 jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese with a side of homemade ranch.
4.99
Cheese Fries
golden brown French fries covered with shredded jack and cheddar cheeses, bacon bits, and green onion with a side of homemade ranch.
4.99
Onion Rings
Basket of hand-battered onion rings with a side of homemade ranch.
5.69
Mini Meat Pie Basket
5 pastry pillows stuffed with spicy pork and beef on a bed of fries with a side of homemade ranch.
SALADS​
6.29
Garden Salad
Iceberg lettuce with cherry tomatoes, shredded jack and cheddar cheese, black olives, bacon bits, and seasoned croutons.
7.99
Chef Salad
Garden salad with ham, turkey and boiled eggs.
6.99
Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, black olives, and seasoned croutons with our creamy caesar dressing.
5.99
Pasta Salad
Rainbow rotini pasta seasoned in our creamy basil sauce topped with black olives, tomatoes and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
8.49
Italian Chef Salad
Iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese, genoa salami, ham, muffaletta mix and seasoned croutons.
HEALTHY REQUESTS​
11.99
Fish of the Day with Veggies
9.99
Grilled Chicken Breast with Veggies
10.99
Shrimp Creole
10.99
Grilled Catfish with Veggies
12.99
Grilled Shrimp with Veggies
4.99
Grilled Veggies
FROM THE FRYERS​
12.99
Ponchatoulas Sample
Combination of one seafood: shrimp, catfish, oysters or crawfish tails and one entree: seafood gumbo, filé gumbo, etouffee, or red beans and rice.
12.99
Crawfish Platter
Platter of fried crawfish tails, with hushpuppies and your choice of French fries or onion rings.
13.99
Shrimp Platter
Bakers dozen of butterflied shrimp lightly breaded and fried with hushpuppies and your choice of French fries or onion rings.
14.99
Oyster Platter
Platter of oysters lightly breaded and fried with hushpuppies and your choice of French fries or onion rings.
11.99
1/2 seafood +1.00
Catfish Platter
fried catfish and hushpuppies with your choice of French fries or onion rings. substitute 1/2 seafood
14.99
+2.00
Stuffed Catfish
Fried catfish stuffed with our homemade crawfish stuffing, covered with our special sauce, served with a side of hushpuppies and your choice of French fries or onion rings. cover with crawfish etouffee
16.99
Seafood Platter
Fried crawfish tails, butterflied shrimp, catfish, oysters, hushpuppies and your choice of French fries or onion rings.
8.99
Chicken Strip Platter
Hand-battered chicken strips with your choice of French fries or onion rings.
11.99
Crab Cake and Gumbo
Choice of cup file gumbo or seafood gumbo and crab cake with remoulade.
ENTREES​
12.99
Pasta
Garden salad.
Crawfish Shirley
Crawfish tail meat sauteed in butter and green onions in a white wine yellow cheese sauce tossed in fettuccini pasta.
10.99
Fried shrimp +2.99
Fried fish +2.99
Pasta
Garden salad.
Crawfish Etouffee
Crawfish tails smothered in onions and peppers in a creamy butter sauce served over steamed rice.
10.99
Pasta
Garden salad.
Shrimp Creole
Browned tomatoes, onions and butterflied shrimp served over steamed rice.
8.99
Pasta
Garden salad.
Red Beans and Rice
New orleans style red beans, smoked sausage and grilled andouille sausage served over steamed rice.
9.49
Cheese +1.09
Pasta
Garden salad.
Hamburger Steak
3/4 Pound chopped steak grilled and served with brown gravy, sautéed onions, mushrooms, and a side of French fries, onion rings or rice.
10.99
Pasta
Garden salad.
Santa Fe Chicken
Butterflied chicken breast smothered with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and a blend of jack and cheddar cheeses, and bacon bits, with a side of cheese fries.
LUNCH SPECIALS​
Monday - Friday
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Crawfish Etouffee
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Red Beans and Rice
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Shrimp Plate
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Shrimp Creole
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Catfish Plate
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Oyster Plate
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Crawfish Plate
7.75
Garden
Pasta salad
Hamburger Steak Plate
Served with fries
POBOYS​
8.99
Shrimp Poboy
Hand-battered shrimp with mayo, lettuce, and tomato on toasted French bread.
9.99
Peacemaker Poboy
1/2 Hand-battered shrimp and 1/2 hand-battered oysters with mayo, lettuce, and tomato on toasted French bread.
8.99
Crawfish Poboy
Fresh crawfish tails hand-battered with mayo, lettuce, and tomato on toasted French bread.
8.99
Catfish Poboy
Hand-battered catfish filet with mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
9.99
Combination of any two +1.00
Cheese +0.59
Oyster Poboy
Hand-battered oysters with mayo, lettuce, and tomato. All of the above are served without mustard
7.99
Roast Beef Poboy
seasoned roast beef sliced thin with your choice of cheese toasted French bread. your choice of jalapeno cheddar or sourdough bread. (ask for it sloppy.)
7.99
Turkey Poboy
smoked turkey sliced thin with your choice of cheese on toasted French bread. your choice of jalapeno cheddar or sourdough bread
7.99
Ham Poboy
smoked ham sliced thin with your choice of cheese on toasted French bread. your choice of jalapeno cheddar or sourdough bread
8.99
Club Poboy
roast beef, smoked turkey, ham and bacon, sliced thin with your choice of cheese on toasted French bread. your choice of jalapeno cheddar or sourdough bread
7.99
Make it a melt +8.99
Grilled Sausage Poboy
delicious grilled sausage on toasted French bread.
About
Ponchatoulas was founded in February 1996, by original owner Johnny Gaudet, who then partnered with Chris Garriga in 2004. With a passion for good food and fun, Gaudet opened the restaurant on the bustling Park Avenue in downtown Ruston. The building housed a fire station in the early 1900's, complete with the big red fire truck and even horse-drawn carriages lining the downtown streets. Some years later, the location became a landmark for one of history's music legends, Elvis Presley. Presley recorded in an upstairs studio of the then KRUS radio station. It wasn't until the late 1980's that the building was converted to a restaurant, not much different from the current site. The full-service
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews seafood gumbo red beans and rice boudin balls poboy meat pie onion rings crab cakes salad po boy new orleans cajun restaurant peach festival louisiana food in town awesome food items on the menu definitely eat here again
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here with a large family group on Friday, August 9, 2019. We called ahead, and they had our table ready when we arrived. I had boudin balls for an appetizer, and my meal consisted of a salad with remoulade dressing, and fried catfish...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank aldoerja
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome college for feel. Great GUMBO, gumbo gumbo gumbo gumbo gumbo gumbo gumbo gumbo Gumbo gumbo gumbo. I think you should try the gumbo! ;)

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank GrimesWine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good and service was solid. Kitchen staff was loud and weird and blaring music besides the music already playing in the restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank jmagrath
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in our hometown, this was once a favorite spot to go. However, now the food is bland and over cooked and on our last visit, We were seated directly below the air conditioning that was so cold we had to get up and go...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Malinda S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our waitress, Sara Beth, was down to earth & made us feel like we were having a meal with family. It got very busy while we were eating, but service was still great & our food was incredible. I'm not sure who cooks, but they...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank tstan17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fabulous spot for lunch/dinner! Our group stopped in for lunch before one of the World Series games and everything was perfect! We tried a bite of almost everything! Just wow! Thank you for an enjoyable time! Staff was super friendly and I...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Srussum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived in town after 9pm and were looking for a bite to eat. Ponchatoulas was perfect. Super sweet waitress who not only told us all about the menu but gave us the lowdown on student life at LA Tech. Since we were in town...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Mailcommando
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife stopped by this restaurant on our way back from Arkansas where we were considering for a future relocation. We were tired and hungry and I searched and found Ponchatoulas which was rated 4 1/2 stars and was a seafood restaurant. The was was...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank meoilman
Reviewed July 2, 2019

the food the Ponchatoulas was delicious. i will remind this restaurant to my family,friends,and coworkers.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Paradise29131057994
Reviewed June 28, 2019

My wife and I always look for something unique and different. Ponchatoulas has it all. Great food, drinks and service. We will be back again. You have to try this place.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Craig C
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SharonK2185
February 7, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer M | Property representative |
The grilled chicken, fish, and shrimp with grilled vegetables. You can do no rice or bread and that would work.
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Latoya M
December 9, 2016|
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Response from Chris G | Property representative |
Yes you can come in an enjoy yourself and get your food cooked to order just like we do all day long. We do have a scaled down menu after 10 but it does include all our wonderful fried seafood and more. You may have to... More
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daylilyrx
July 23, 2016|
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Response from sampettit | Reviewed this property |
You bet, they are quick
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