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“Fantastic flavors, what southern soul is all about”
Review of Cotton

Ranked #3 of 220 Restaurants in Monroe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Naples, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Fantastic flavors, what southern soul is all about”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

That chef is a cutie. Spreading that dimpled smile all over the place, wishing everyone well, and full of genuine caring for his customers. The food was architected beautifully. Devilled eggs were both usual and extraordinary. Mustardy and rich with dill and caviar flavor complements. The salad was fantastic, with bold oniony flavor and some grated cheese/pressed egg on top that was cool looking as well as delicious. The "chicken fried" venison (it's what it was) was delicious, but the veal was a bit grisly in parts. My friend ordered the cochon which was switched out with a pork shoulder at the last minute, and she wasn't happy about it. The waiter was either new or extremely nervous. He was very polite.. if not a bit obsequious, but didn't have his energy grounded or "in the kitchen" as some say. He was over dressed for the part too. I don't want to get personal, but they should rethink his role. He had other waitstaff take care of the delivering, etc., while I think he was supposed to be frontman or something, and well... a bit of a disconnect. His heart was in the right place, and he tried to make polite conversation, but he was nervy and it affected everything. My friend really wanted to complain about the meal switch (she wanted cornbread!) and didn't feel comfortable talking to him. That should tell you something. Suggestion: dress down a bit, have a glass of wine, act like it's your living room and not do-or-die at the Ritz Carlton.

Overall though, it was a great experience. The place is beautiful. I wanted to buy up the real estate on the block with this restaurant as an anchor and rehab downtown Monroe. I will make a special stop anytime I'm in the area to try the rest of this fantastic menu and to enjoy their hospitality.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank rephello1
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“All about the flavor”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

My wife and I had lunch here with some work associates of mine...and couldn't stop raving about it afterward.

Duck fat fries as an appetizer? Amazing. I had the lunch special (it was a Monday) of red beans and rice...far and away the best I've ever had, anywhere. It was so flavorful, with just the right amount of spices added. Not bland at all.

Great service, too, and a nice ambience.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank govikings
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Monroe, Louisiana
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A culinary dream.”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Cotton Restaurant located on the Ouachita River in downtown Monroe La is a culinary delight. Owned by Chef Cory Bahr, the restaurant is a testimony to Bahr's creativity. The food, while not what I consider typical Louisiana fare is still out of this world. Fresh ingredients are the key. If you eat at Cotton be sure to try the duck appetizers. While slightly more pricey than most chain eateries, the food and service are well worth the extra cost. In this case, you most definitely get what you pay for. Delish!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Carmen S
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West Monroe, Louisiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hate to say it but, OVERRATED!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

This place is COMPLETELY overrated! I think the locals are SO proud of Chef Cory Bahr, that it's become sacrilege to speak honestly about the place. The food is mediocre at best and would not be able to hold its own in any major or mid major city. The Muscovy duck wraps are undoubtedly the stars of the restaurant and without them, this place would be hard pressed to stay in business. So often, as with many "high end" restaurants, the chefs get so caught up in presentations and techniques that they forget the most important thing.....how the food tastes. Who cares if the plate is beautiful if the food is nasty?!? The pork shank is "ok" and the peas are undercooked, definitely not worth the price. The shrimp are entirely too small in a non seasoned tomato sauce and the grits are course and undercooked as well. No creaminess whatsoever. I've tried to give them a few chances but safe to say, I won't be going back. I encourage all Monroyans.......step outside your comfort zone and travel to other cities so you can experience what REAL fine dining is supposed to taste like and stop heaping accolades on someone just because they were on TV. Memphis, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and even Atlanta are only a day's trip away, go and visit and try new things. All chefs can't cook, there's a difference. Be honest. That's the only way places will get better........

  • Visited April 2013
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3 Thank AntonioT868
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Bastrop, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“So So”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I had lunch with my fiance and his son here. The atmosphere and service was wonderful. The food on the other hand we didn't care for.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Amy W
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