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Louisiana is known around the world for fine cuisine and decadent comfort foods. If you could bring one restaurant back from your childhood here in Shreveport-Bossier City, what would it be?

For me, the answer is easy. I'd bring back the Teddy Bear Den on Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City! I want to say USA Cafe is where the old 'Den' was now, but I can still remember, as clear as it was yesterday, my mom letting me browse my way around the restaurant to check out all of the different bears and their descriptions as long as I didn't bother the other diners. That place was made for childhood memories!

What were some of our other local favorites? I took to social media to find out. It turns out that I'm not alone in remembering The Teddy Bear Den fondly. Their mushroom swiss burger was awesome! Other favorites were Pancho's, the Hayride Kitchen, Brocato's, and Shakey's Pizza. One interesting thing to note is how many buffets and family-style restaurants made the cut, like Piccadilly, Ryan's, and Western Sizzlin'... Sadly, I don't know if buffet-style restaurants will ever be mainstream again.

It's kinda funny that the older you get, you can't always trust your memory. I'm glad to know I'm not crazy and that we really did have a Showbiz Pizza in Shreveport. When you're a former military brat, sometimes the places that you've lived can run together over time. Or maybe that's just old age in general. And by the way, if we're allowed to add chain restaurants, I really, really, really miss Jack in the Box. Hint! Hint!

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