Baton Rouge’s culinary scene is thriving with an array of dining options. If you are from the south, then you can appreciate a good southern meal, and if you aren’t from the south, then what are you waiting for? Come on down to Louisiana’s capital city for a foodie feast you won’t forget.
There are many places in Baton Rouge where you can dine on southern classics, enjoy signature cocktails or even attend a cooking class. Baton Rouge was named one of the South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups by ConventionSouth Magazine two years running, so bring all of your friends and indulge in all that Baton Rouge has to offer.
While you are in Baton Rouge, treat yourself at well-known brunch spot like Mason’s Grill, where you can experience America’s Best Bloody Mary and a Crabmeat Benedict, or head on over to Bistro Byronz for a frozen Mimosa and Bread Pudding Bitez. The Chimes located right off the campus of Louisiana State University offers Cajun specialties such as the Boudin Omelet, or try a down-south brunch of biscuits and gravy at Another Broken Egg Cafe. Savor the seafood at Juban’s or Mansur’s on the Boulevard where oysters, crab and shrimp fill the brunch menu. Baton Rouge will quickly make brunch your favorite meal of the day. But wait, there’s more!
Dive into the culinary scene like a local at restaurants such as Chelsea’s Cafe where they serve up the best grilled cheese and tomato soup in all the land, or try a five-napkin Roast Beef Po-Boy at Poor Boy Lloyd’s. If soul food is what you are looking for, try out Delpit’s Chicken Shack where they dish up fried chicken, buttered corn and homemade peach cobbler or pick up a hot plate lunch at Tony’s Seafood Market and picnic on the Capital grounds. Find your way to Anthony’s Italian Deli to try their famous Muffoletta or The Godfather…the sandwich you can’t refuse! And if hunger strikes at any given hour, stop in to Louie’s Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day.
Tempt your taste buds at some of the latest additions to the restaurant scene in Baton Rouge including The Pelican House, City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, The Rum House, Zorba’s Greek Bistro, What’s Shakin’ Leroy’s, Galatoire’s Bistro, Stab’s Steak and Seafood, Magpie Cafe, Portico and 18 Steak. Baton Rouge is a perfect destination for food lovers, because you could eat at a different restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert and never see the same dish twice.
Getting thirsty in the Louisiana heat? Head on over to Olive of Twist cocktail bar where handcrafted cocktails and mixologists are overflowing. Sip on traditional cocktails such as a Ramos Gin Fizz or mix it up with an alcohol-infused snowball…a Louisiana favorite! Take a drive downtown to Blend Wine Bar and enjoy a freshly-mixed cocktail before treating yourself to a wine and food pairing fit just for your palate. Then walk over to The Breakroom at Restaurant IPO, grab a drink and enjoy live music on the balcony over-looking the Mississippi River or bring out the kid in yourself and play a round of skeeball!
And for those of you that want to bring a piece of Baton Rouge back home, this city offers a variety of hands-on cooking classes where you, can learn how to create sensational, one-of-a-kind culinary dishes. If you have ever wanted to learn how to cook Cajun food, sign yourself up for a leisure class at the award-winning Louisiana Culinary Institute. You will learn how to prepare signature Louisiana dishes such as Boudin, Crawfish Etoufee, Red Beans and Rice and many others. Or travel back in time at Magnolia Mound Plantation where you can prepare a meal like they did in the 1800s using vintage utensils in an open-hearth kitchen.
Is Italian food calling your name? Well you sign up for a class from two authentic Italian chefs, Chef Robert D’Agostino and Executive Chef Daniel Thompson at Fresina’s Italian Specialties. And before you leave Baton Rouge, be sure to pick up local products such as Community Coffee, Louisiana Fish Fry Products, Tin Roof Beer and Manda Fine Meats to prepare meals at home that will wow you and your guests.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez is a common French phrase in Louisiana, meaning “Let the Good Times Roll,” so why don’t you do just that by heading to Baton Rouge where the culture, food and people are some of the best in the world.