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Baton Rouge - need recommendations

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Baton Rouge - need recommendations
Will be in Baton Rouge for several weeks on business. Scan of this board and South board only comes up with four recommendations - Chimes, DiJulio's, Pinetta's and Kiva's. Have tried Chimes and it's great, but we can't eat there twice a day every day.

Am looking for good food at reasonable cost and am open to any cuisine. Please tell me it's out there.


note ~ I also posted on the South board.

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  1. I like Juban's, Flemings, Bonefish, Ruffino's, Sullivan's, as well as Kiva's and DiGuilio's. Not sure about Pinetta's as I have never eaten there - just walked in once and it is very small and dark. Check out the restaurants around Towne Center and Perkins Rowe. Good luck!

    1. I believe Mike Anderson's is still there. It's been a long time but I loved it way back when when I worked there. Was excellent seafood back then. Has anyone been recently. This was his first, now has 4, must still be doing stuff right.

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      1. re: lexpatti

        I had one of the--if not THE--worst dining experience of my life at Mike Anderson's. They "force" a wait in order to get people in to the bar to drink and have appetizers. By the time people get to eat they are so hungry that any food is considered good and b/c they see all of these people waiting for a table they assume that the dining must be incredible.
        The first time we went we waited about an hour and the food was decent but not any thing spectacular and nothing I would recommend. About a year later we were back in BR. I was not eager to return but some in a group wanted to go so we did. We waited two hours for a table that was supposed to be ready in 30 minutes. When we were finally seated and tried to order we were informed that half the menu was not available. I placed my order along w/ every one else's at the table and after an eternity every one else was served. I was told my dinner would be ready shortly. I encouraged every one else to eat and it was a good thing b/c just about the time every one else was finished the waitress returned to tell me that I would have to order another dish as what I had ordered was unavailable. I did so and long after every one else was finished the waitress brought my food to me. It was not very good and cold to boot. Some one in our party happened to find a slip of paper on the floor near our table telling the waiters not to push what I had originally ordered b/c it took too long to prepare and the kitchen did not feel like making the dish.
        I complained to the manager who was just this side of drunk so that went no where. I sent a letter of complaint to the restaurant when we got home and am still waiting--over four years later--for a response.
        Needless to say I can not and will not recommend Mike Anderson's to any one and strongly encourage people to avoid it at all costs.

        1. re: Lan4Dawg

          eeeek, not good at all. As mentioned, I haven't been there in quite a while. I loved it back then, loved their recipes but that's when Mike himself was almost doing everything, standing side by side with his chefs. He must be taking a back seat. I know what it's like to own a business and heavily rely on employees to represent me and my philosophies.

      2. There is an excellent Indian restaurant (I think called, simply, India Restaurant) on Essen between I-10 and I-12. Far better than any indian place in New Orleans (that's not saying much, of course-- but it's very good, very fresh). Albasha lebanese food has several locations around and was decent, light, and inexpensive.

        I never had the sushi at Tsunami, but the rooftop patio for drinks was very pretty.

        We ate at Whole Foods a lot while we were evacuated there.

        1. Juban's is good. Brandt's Maisonette on Government Street. I think Carabba's has good Italian food, not to rival New York but I really like it. Zea's, which is a New Orleans restaurant, just opened in the Towne Center. An interesting local place is Sammy's on Highland Road. In my opinion, Serop's has the best Lebanese food and there are a lot of Lebanese restaurants in Baton Rouge. Serop's was the original. French Market Bistro on Highland Road is also good. Stay away from Galatoire's. The Baton Rouge location is lousy. DeAngelo's for pizza. Another Broken Egg for breakfast - just breakfast. Portobellos is not bad. Best sushi, imo, is Sushi Yama on Perkins Road. Try the Hawaiian Seafood Salad.

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          1. re: psaprop

            lexpatti, Mike Anderson's is great. Thanks for recommending. Don't care for India (but that might just be me), but I agree on Albasha. Good and large portions too.

            Had dinner tonite at DiGuilio's. The trout with brown butter and gop (garlic olive-oil pasta) was delicious. Noisy, local, bar crowd but really good food. Lots of specials.

          2. Jubans is an excellent choice as well as Mansur's on Corporate Blvd. Both on the expensive side.

            The Chimes East on Coursey is one of my favorites too, but the crowds at dinner time can be daunting. Raw oysters are 30 cents from 4 to 7 and all day on Tuesday.

            Drusilla Seafood has all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp on Tuesdays and catfish on Mondays. Also try the trout amandine. Mike Andersen's has always been a little too noisy for my taste, more like a tailgate party than a dining experience.

            I also eat regularly at Rick's Cafe Americain, which also has all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp on Mondays and Tuesdays.

            Serop's is still tops in my book for Lebanese cuisine. Their hummus is my gold standard of measurement. Their flagship location is the one on Corporate Blvd. Be cautioned that it does not have a full bar, but does serve wine and beer. I don' t think the one on Perkins ever was able to get any liquor license at all.

            Kiva's recently announced that they're closing if they haven't already done so. I'd avoid it. It's also very expensive.

            On Government Street, across the street from each other, are Superior Grill and Byronz Bistro. Superior is my favorite Mexican restaurant in town. The bar can be kind of a meat market with the after-work crowd on weekdays. Byronz offers what I would describe as comfort food in very pleasant surroundings.

            With the exception of Juban's and Mansur's, these are all moderately priced restaurants. The national chains mentioned by others are all here so I've tried to focus on locally-owned restaurants.

            Enjoy your stay in Baton Rouge.

            1. No visit to Baton Rouge would be complete without eating at a Piccadilly Cafeteria, a local institution founded here. Try the one in the Westmoreland Shopping Center on Government Street. They have a blues piano player most days at lunch.

              1. hello Nancy,
                If you have time , you must try John Folse's Bitter Sweet plantation. You will need to make reservations, but it will be worth the effort. This is one of the country's hidden jewels. Hope you can make it and if you want to really pamper yourself, stay over night in their B&B the breakfast is to die for.This is a very small place, so call day or 2 ahead.

                1. For pizza, you can't beat Fleur de Lis. I actually think I COULD eat there twice a day. Some will argue for Pastime Pizza under the I-10, and they do serve a decent product. But you can't top Fleur de Lis in my book.

                  Chelsea's is a great bar that serves surprisingly tasty non-bar food and I've had good luck with the daily specials. Of course, it's not the same since it moved to make way for the ginormous complexes that house the next generation of Tigers.

                  Louie's is a famous and often very busy diner, if you're in the mood for that kind of food.

                  Rocco's has good sandwiches and potato salad. Google says it's on W. Chimes but really it's on Infirmary Drive I think.

                  Doe's steak and tamales opened a branch on Government St. last fall. They're more expensive, but they encourage sharing. Don't go if you want anything other than steak and/or tamales though; there is nothing else on the menu.

                  I second the India Restaurant rec, and I agree that it's better than anyplace in New Orleans. But perhaps I remember it too fondly from my salad days in college/grad school.

                  I've heard good things about Rama, a Thai place that wasn't there when I was in school, but I've never been.

                  Oh, and Inga's! Also displaced by the housing monstrosities, but moved to Brightside. Good sandwiches.

                  Fleur-De-Lis Cocktail Lounge
                  5655 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

                  Chelsea's Cafe
                  2857 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

                  Louie's Cafe
                  209 W State St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

                  Rocco's PO-Boys & Cafe
                  276 W Chimes St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

                  Doe's Eat Place
                  3723 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

                  India's Restaurant
                  5230 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

                  Rama Restaurant
                  2919 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    Recent reviews of BR places include a friend who ate at Doe's Wednesday night--said the tamales were pathetic. We were all glad that Doe got some $$$ when the name was sold but the Arkansas lawyer who bought it has come in for lots of grief from my friends. I hvae never eaten at any other than the original and the last time was about ten or more years ago.

                    A fellow Galatoire devotee (of 209 Bourbon street, that is) has been highly critical of the BR location but he had a birthday dinner in BR two weeks ago at Galatoire's Bistro. He said it was excellent...pompano was first rate, he said. He is not given to unwarranted praise.

                    Inga's is always good and she is a doll. Worth giving her business.

                    India's is a great buffet at lunch but teh traffic is horrible out there.

                    Rama has terrific Thai meatballs in a coconut milk broth. I sometimes grad take-out ther and have a martini at DiGuilio's next door, made by Mike. A wonderful collision of worlds within fifty feet of each other.

                    Have heard good things about PArrain's on Perkins of late but cannot vouch personally.

                    A friend who patronized Pinetta's when Julian ran the joint ate there a couple of weeks ago and said that it has found it's stride (after a few years) under the new operators.

                    Word from a fraternity function last night is that the Little Village in downtown BR was very good. this is encouraging.

                    Day in and day out, Mansur's is probably the best of so-called fine dining in BR.

                    Road trip to Ma Mamma's in New Roads for turtle soup. Best on the planet.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      I've only been to Doe's BR once, and it was during their soft opening period in maybe September or October? I enjoyed my half steak and thought the tamales were fine. My mind may have been muddled by that fact that this meal followed an evening of listening to a prospective wedding band play at Superior Grill during that horrible happy hour. (Not my wedding). Anything would have been a relief after that.

                  2. Also try On The Half Shell. I like the oyster salad with remolaude dressing. Mike likes the steak and blue cheese salad. Great burgers. Good for a lunch place.

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                    1. re: suites

                      Zea recently opened in BR. I've not been to that location, but the one in Lafayette is excellent. Have the Thai ribs, Asian almond shrimp or the pesto crusted trout or all of them!

                      Joe's Dreyfus has reopened in Livonia which isn't a bad drive from BR and a neat little restaurant.

                    2. We had one day in Baton Rouge and went to Sullivans. Had a great meal. Fine food and very attentive service and extensive wine list.

                      1. Might be too late for the original poster's trip to B.R., but here are my typical picks--
                        Rotolo's, Fleur de Lis, Parrain's, Poor Boy Lloyd's downtown, Chimes, Chelsea's.

                        Schlitz and Giggles is a new pizzeria that just opened up downtown, and despite the name, rarely has Schlitz pitchers, and Coors Light pitchers are on special for $8 (?) . They sell the oldest pizza slices I have ever paid money for, and wait staff simply replies with "I know" when you tell them how old the pizza is. If you want them at their greasiest best, order a pie so they'll have to make it fresh. Super late night drunken food, but the experience while sober is lacking.

                        1. I'm sure it's long past your trip, but I would like to third or fourth India Restaurant. The vegetarian platter I got there was spectacular, and I'm still having dreams about their vegetable samosa.

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                          1. re: ladyloo

                            Louisiana Lagniappe for Seafood
                            Portobellos for everything
                            Johnny DeAngelos (not to be confused with DeAngelos)
                            La Carretta
                            Pastime Pizza
                            Baton Rouge is foodie mecca and at cost effective prices. There are few truly bad restaurants in Baton Rouge. If they are bad they close quickly. It is a tough market.