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One night in Baton Rouge-where to eat?

qzq Oct 17, 2008 08:22 PM

Coming into Baton Rouge for one night. We'll have a group of 9. Looking for authentic Louisiana cuisine. Whattya got?

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    Clarkafella RE: qzq Oct 17, 2008 11:22 PM

    This place isn't in Baton Rouge, but it isn't far either. If you have a car it is worth the drive...


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      felicity729 RE: qzq Oct 18, 2008 07:57 AM

      One of my favorite BR places in Mestizo's. It is a Mexican Louisana infusion. I don't think you could go wrong on the food here. He has wonderful seafood dishes.

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        hazelhurst RE: qzq Oct 18, 2008 07:58 AM

        I think the best "Louisiana" representative in Baton Rouge is Parrain's on Perkins Road...they do all the basics. Spots such as Mansur's have fine stuff but they tend to gussy it up. Pat's is OK but not what it used to be. Ma Mama's in New Roads has the best turtle soup by a long, long shot.

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          suites RE: hazelhurst Oct 18, 2008 09:58 AM

          I live in Baton Rouge and my favorite places to have dinner are DiGuilio's, Juban's and Ruffino's. DiGuilio's has a great atmosphere - small and cozy, loud with a lot of locals. Great fish and italian dishes. Juban's is more formal - good Creole food in my opinion, and large portions. Ruffino's has great italian dishes and great steaks. If I had only one night here, I wouldn't do mexican. I've been to Parrain's and it was okay - lots of fried seafood, if that's what you are looking for. Also, if you're looking for a cajun experience, Boutin's serves mostly seafood and has a cajun band that's a lot of fun. I hope you have a great visit!

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            carol land RE: suites Nov 10, 2008 06:28 AM

            Suites: I saw where the Brazilian place is open for dinner - just opened. haven't heard any reviews yet.

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            jindomommy RE: hazelhurst Dec 22, 2008 08:46 PM

            I dream about Parrain's whole fried cornish game hen sitting on top of a pile of etouffee. Parrain's basically does everything really well and it isn't break the bank expensive. They have the most delicious fried items...and I'm not a lover of fried things. The coating is so light and tasty. Every meal comes with a salad and their homemade dressings. We ate at August, Bayona, and other really expensive places, but when I dream of Louisiana, I think of Parrain's. We ate there on our drive in and out of the Big Easy. I'm not a huge eater and my husband just watched in horror as I downed huge masses of food. I skipped dessert b/c I wanted to savor the taste of my meal. And, I'm not usually a girl who misses dessert.

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              Bocuse NOLA RE: jindomommy Dec 23, 2008 06:22 AM

              I second Parrain's. Love the cole slaw with peanuts and the whole fried catfish is spectacular.

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            Bocuse NOLA RE: qzq Oct 18, 2008 11:44 AM

            These recs are for "authentic Louisiana cuisine" as you requested: Boutin's is a great spot for a group because of the live music; I think Parrain's is great, but it is heavy on fried seafood - the cole slaw with peanuts is fantastic. Roberto's on River Road is a cool place to take a group, but the food will not blow you out of the water.

            If you wanted to go to the flat-out best restaurant in BR, then I would say Brandt's Maisonette or Little Village Downtown. DiGiulio Brothers is great, but I don't know where they would seat a party of 9. If you are looking for something more casual, then Bistro Byronz is where you should go.

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              suites RE: Bocuse NOLA Oct 19, 2008 12:20 PM

              Bocuse, would you tell me about Brandt's Maisonette? What's good there?

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                Bocuse NOLA RE: suites Oct 19, 2008 01:58 PM

                Brandt's serves classical French cuisine out of a small house on Government Street. There is nothing "nouveau" or trendy about the restaurant at all, and the menu never changes. Start with the baked oysters appetizers. The entree list includes dover sole, rack of lamb, duck, and sweetbreads.

                You can just tell that the Brandt family puts a lot of love into their food. The family ran Chalet Brandt for years before it closed, and the current owners opened the Maisonette.

                It is expensive (entrees in the high $20s) and reservations are necessary, but it is definitely a great place for a special occassion.

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                  suites RE: Bocuse NOLA Oct 20, 2008 05:39 AM

                  I remember Chalet Brandt. Thanks for the tip!

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                    carol land RE: suites Oct 20, 2008 08:50 AM

                    Portobellos has a little bit of everything - seafood, italian, killer salads (try the jag or sensation,) great wines, wonderful atmosphere, you are treated like family and won't break the bank. Jubans is great, Mestizos, Louisiana Lagniappe, for Mexican it is hard to beat La Carreta. Boutins is more tourist trap and I wouldn't recommend it. The last time we went and its been years - we sent the food back - like three times. We go to Portobellos twice a week. It is that good. The food embraces you - it is that good. I'm not a clean your plate type person and I clean my plate every time we go. Enjoy your stay

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                      Bocuse NOLA RE: carol land Oct 20, 2008 03:12 PM

                      I have to categorically disagree about Portabello's. I would have to say that DiGiulio Bros. and Pinetta's are much higher than Potabello's in terms of food quality. Gino's as well, but I view them as in a different price category.

                      I have never been impressed with the food at Mestizo. La Carreta is good though. If you want authentic Mexican (we're talking beef tongue tacos), then go to this place called La Mexicana out on Tiger Bend.

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                        carol land RE: Bocuse NOLA Oct 21, 2008 06:11 AM

                        Not to go on a rant but I will anyway. I have to ask when did you go to Portobellos. They moved to Bocage and have been totally redone - food and decor, etc. It was sold to the son and the food is first rate. They aim to please and the ambiance is excellent - when we go out - we take into consideration - food, ambiance, and how well the service is and price point. Two people with drinks and a decent meal with appetizers can generally get out for around 50.00. That is hard to beat. DiGuiliios while good can get loud. Portobellos is first rate.

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                          hazelhurst RE: carol land Oct 21, 2008 06:14 AM

                          Might have to try that sometime...I agree about the noise in DiGuilio's and think a big party would be a problem--especially for everyone else. Large groups and children should be kept outside over there.

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                            Bocuse NOLA RE: carol land Oct 21, 2008 10:10 PM

                            I went to Portabello's in Bocage 3 weeks ago. Another couple, who I consider fellow foodies, agreed that the food was average at best. Each time I dined at the Lee location I was disappointed, and I have to say that the change of location made not much of a difference.

                            To each his own, I guess.

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                              suites RE: Bocuse NOLA Oct 27, 2008 12:14 PM

                              I haven't been to Portabello's since they moved into the old Kiva's location, but I know the family and they have been in the business for a while and they do aim to please. Oh, and I had dinner Friday night at Juban's (redfish) and last night at Ruffino's (steak and rosemary potatoes). Both great (except the sensation salad at Ruffinio's - lackluster and limp).

                              Not local food, but does anyone know if the new brazilian restaurant has opened in Perkins Rowe?

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                              gourmando bean RE: carol land Oct 30, 2009 04:24 PM

                              I tried Portobellos recently. We ordered several appetizers. It wasn't very good. I would not recommend it.

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                  CajunEagle RE: qzq Nov 4, 2008 07:32 AM

                  With a group of nine, and GREAT South Louisiana food, go to Louisiana Lagniappe Resturant. Located near the corner of Bluebonnet and Perkins............across from Perkins Rowe. It's one of my favorite resturants in all of Baton Rouge. Every entree and drinks are excellant. Very moderate prices, too. You'll like that place.

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                    carol land RE: CajunEagle Nov 4, 2008 08:51 AM

                    I agree whole heartedly with La. Lagniappe. the Softshell crab is off the map. also in reply to Suites - no the brazillian place hasn't opened. It will open sometime this month.

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                      suites RE: carol land Nov 4, 2008 10:50 AM

                      It's been a long time since I've been to Louisiana Lagniappe but I remember it to be good. My husband and I found it to be too bright in there, but that's just us.

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                    jmorri26 RE: qzq Nov 11, 2008 05:46 AM

                    Not Louisiana cuisine, but if you want some awesome margaritas and really really good mexican food, hit up Superior Grill. There's one in N.O. too, but the Baton Rouge one is the only place I go when I'm in the area.

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                      suites RE: jmorri26 Nov 18, 2008 07:29 PM

                      Superior is the best Mexican in Baton Rouge,.for sure. My husband and I tried Acme Oyster House this weekend and the charbroiled oysters are great. We did Fleming's also - the potatoes were the best - of course the atmosphere is great. We did Ruffino's Sunday- had the redfish and potatoes- again the salad was not good, but that's the only thing bad. The service was wonderful. Baton Rouge has a lot of good restaurants, but we need one that is absolutely awesome.

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                        Sambeaux RE: suites Nov 20, 2008 10:25 AM

                        The ribs are my favorite at Superior, with grilled veggies, however I like to eat at Fernando's on Coursey for Mexican food.

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                          carol land RE: suites Nov 21, 2008 07:24 AM


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                        Sambeaux RE: qzq Nov 20, 2008 10:22 AM


                        not too pricey, great selection of local beers and food. Gator, gumbo, etouffee, etc...

                        .35 oysters and dollar off pints during happy hour, make a great way to start your dinner.

                        If I had a group to bring somewhere for one night, it would definitely be the Chimes. Can't think of anything there i haven't had.

                        quick thought though.....I have had the fish special at the Chimes East twice so far and would say its mediocre.....there is also a patio at the new Chimes, however if you don't smoke I would sit inside.

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                          Magnolia0212 RE: qzq Nov 21, 2008 09:37 AM

                          Louisiana Lagniappe! It is really good "louisiana" food. And it is very reasonable compared to other places with similar dishes. One thing though, they don't take reservations and they have usually have a wait. I would get there pretty early with a large group. probably around 5:30ish. Parrain's is okay. I don't personally care for it at all. Geared toward the tourist type. Mansur's is hit or miss. Juban's is good, wait staff is okay.

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                            suites RE: qzq Nov 21, 2008 05:40 PM

                            After some thought, I reallly think Juban's is the restaurant you're looking for. Just call ahead and make reservations for your group. Lousiana Lagniappe is good but just doesn't have the old school atmosphere Juban's has.

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                              qzq RE: qzq Dec 20, 2008 08:09 AM

                              We landed up at Boutin's, which was okay-and Poor Boy Lloyd's which was phenominal.

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