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Oct 17, 2008 08:22 PM

One night in Baton Rouge-where to eat?

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: hazelhurst

          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!

          1. re: suites

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

          2. re: hazelhurst

            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.

            1. re: jindomommy

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

          3. 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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            1. re: Bocuse NOLA

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

              1. re: suites

                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.

                1. re: Bocuse NOLA

                  I remember Chalet Brandt. Thanks for the tip!

                  1. re: suites

                    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

                    1. re: carol land

                      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.

                      1. re: Bocuse NOLA

                        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.

                        1. re: carol land

                          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.

                          1. re: carol land

                            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.

                            1. re: Bocuse NOLA

                              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?

                            2. re: carol land

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: CajunEagle

                    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.

                    1. re: carol land

                      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.