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“Worth the 90 minute drive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cotton

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Ranked #2 of 218 Restaurants in Monroe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: DeSiard Street
Transit: The public trolley system makes frequent stops right near the restaurant. There is also a public transit bus station within walking distance.
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Monroe in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Restaurant Cotton has the atmosphere of a simpler, more honest time. Executive chef, Cory Bahr, prides himself in being an innovator of unique and delicious food that exhibits his Louisiana Delta roots and allows his personality to influence every dish. Accompanied by chef de cuisine, Spencer Serrette, and sous chef, Seth Blankenship, Chef Bahr has mastered the art of creative southern cuisine. With nightly food and drink specials, it is guaranteed that there will be something new to try with every trip to Restaurant Cotton. Chef Bahr shows his appreciation and passion for authentic Louisiana cuisine by always using the freshest and most local ingredients in every dish that he prepares. Restaurant Cotton is proud to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Monroe and we invite you to join us as we support our beautiful city and the seasoned talent of our very own Chef Cory Bahr.
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“Worth the 90 minute drive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We have just moved to Louisiana from Missouri, and have been trying to find the perfect restaurant to take our friends and family when they come down "south" to visit. After much research, I found Cotton, in Monroe, which is a 90 mile one-way trek. After much discussion, we made a reservation. After making the drive, we arrived in Monroe, and found the restaurant with our GPS. It was fun, and funky, and looked just like the photos. The chairs are SUPER comfy.
We are not familiar with some of the "cajun" dishes, so our wait staff was very patient while explaining what "yard bird" is, etc. After much pondering we had made our decision. Shrimp and grits was what I had driven there for.....and OMG they were delicious!!!.....Bangers and Mash, and fried catfish were the other choices, also delicious, but the best part of dinner was the Creme brulee' bread pudding with caramel sauce. All I can say is WOW!.....great meal....and worth the drive!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank soccerknitter
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Cory B, Owner at Cotton, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not Even in New York”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

To say this is a five star, one of a kind restaurant is to understate the quality and flavor of the food. On my visit, I tried a 72 hour low temperature heated cooked chicken that I will crave forever. Outstanding food, large portions and incredible taste!! Can you open in LA, NY and Miami?

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank rermiami
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Great food. Chef is a Food Network "Chopped" Champion. Great service. Too dark. Customers were using cell phones to illuminate the menus enough to read.

Visited March 2013
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Winnsboro, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Upscale Southern Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

This restaurant was everything I expected it to be. The food is wonderful and the service was superb. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I recommend the duck wraps. They are absolutely delicious. The only complaint I have about them is I wish there were more of them. My husband and I enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely go back.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Heather B
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Columbia, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had the deviled eggs for an appetizer, which were beautifully displayed and tasted great. The beef trio is my favorite. Everything wonderful!

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Thank CindyTalbert
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