Moon’s grocery and deli, near Homer, Louisiana is a nondescript, out of the way destination. Really, it’s just an old gas station that no longer has gas pumps, but has managed to stay in business, likely because of their friendliness and quality of food. It’s been described as “the last hole-in-the-wall cafe in the world.” Actually, it’s Moon’s grocery in Claiborne Parish, sitting in a time warp of Civil War proportions…. If you’re looking for a “high class” atmosphere, you’ve come to the wrong place. There’s an array of mis-matched furniture, picnic tables and chairs for guests. They have vinyl checkered table cloths, but don’t expect budding flowers in a vase as a centerpiece; instead you’ll find a variety of condiments, a loaf of white bread, and a large roll of paper towels.
There aren’t many items on the menu but the items they do have, they are famous for. And for dessert you can choose a moon pie, honey bun, or other satisfying packaged sweet. They serve up some of the best dry rubbed, smoked ribs you’ll find anywhere, and the addition of their Louisiana hot sauce with a smattering of home made barbecue sauce will have you licking your fingers. The bowl of beans overflowing its rim will tantalize your taste buds; the hearty dish full of meat, beans and sauce are the best I’ve had in a long time. If you’re lucky, they’ll be serving up some of their famous ribeye steaks, cooked to perfection, but if you miss steak night, just ask them to package up a pre cut piece of ribeye to go – they cut their own, and will cut it to the thickness you desire. If you’re thirsty, just grab a beer out of the cooler, or buy a bottle of booze off the shelf, and mix it with a coke from the cooler. You might even want to try out one of their strawberry daiquiris or frozen margaritas from the shelf, but as the sign says “you must be 21”. If you’d prefer a non alcoholic beverage, there’s plenty of those to choose from, too. Just help yourself, keep track of what you drink, and pay for it all when you leave.
Moon’s is a well kept secret, off the beaten path, where the locals eat, and that’s what makes it a desirable ride. Take scenic hwy 79/Homer road through Homer. “Go to the stop light and take a left; when the road ends, take a right and go down a piece (now, it’s down a piece, you understand)”, the local told me when I stopped to ask for directions. A piece is about 4 miles (if I had to guess), for those of us who rely on GPS, maps and odometers.
Address: 6979 Highway 9, Homer, LA 71040 (Between Homer and Summerfield). The ride is about 60 miles, and takes about an hour and 10 minutes.
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Ride safe and have fun!
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