MONROE, La. (KNOE) – As you walk down Louisville Avenue, you’ll see a bright green shamrock in front of the Enoch Irish Pub, better known simply as Enoch’s. Here you can have good food and a cold drink.
Enoch’s has been around since 1980 but has moved on over the years. It was even as far as Shreveport at one point. The current location was supposed to be the restaurant’s home, however.
Owner John Jeter said his father had his eye on the Louisville Avenue location as the business moved.
“My dad always saw this building, which was all steak and egg, and said if it ever came up, I want to make it an Irish pub – you know, from our Irish roots and stuff,” Jeter said.
In 1999, the opportunity to purchase the building presented itself, and it is where Enoch’s has been located ever since.
Although the location has changed several times, some things have always been the same – like the Guinness sauce, included with the burgers, and the Gonzo Nachos.
In addition to these traditional menu items, Enoch’s has introduced a few changes. There are new offerings such as the Elvis Burger, a Hawaiian burger, fried cheese curds, and even something called the Jammy Burger. The Jammy Burger – which, jammy means lucky in Irish – features a pepper jam created locally by Current Farms.
I have tasted the Jammy Burger and it is amazing. Another patron, Tonya Collins, also had it.
“I had the Jammy Burger and it’s so good,” Collins said.
Enoch’s is known for more than its food and great location. They also host live music and have a strong family environment.
Early on, Jeter’s dad started bringing in big local names from the start of the business.
“So I think it’s a blast for me as a kid,” Jeter said. “I didn’t know all the bands would stay home – you know, my dad would save money on hotel rooms.”
Just as Jeter’s father raised him in Enoch, Jeter does the same with his children.
“Now you know, my children, [they’re] just like another generation that is raising,” Jeter said. “They are what keep me going – my wife and kids.”
Jeter said the community is also a family. To show this, they hold pub events where proceeds go to charities such as the John Dylan Tribute and the Lennon Tribute.
Many people have passed through town and tried Enoch’s, others have returned to the community on vacation and make sure to stop by the pub. The restaurant has even hosted weddings here over the years. It’s a place where people have said they can really call home.
“Okay, I’m home. You know, I’m home. I’m at my watering hole, whatever you want to call it,” Jeter said.
So head to the Enoch Irish Pub, find some friends, grab a pint and hopefully get some Irish jam to rub off as you eat – and feed your soul.
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