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Heading to NO/ Baton Rouge for the LSU Gator Game looking for some local eats...

I am heading up to NO and Baton Rouge for the UF/LSU game this weekend and need some help fining some good local eats in Baton Rouge. We'll be there for lunch and early dinner...any help is appreciated.

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  1. It'll be a madhouse--see comments on NYCFORKER's post.

      1. Game day every place in BR will be a zoo. Parrains is also good. Same people as Chimes. Portobellos is excellent. Ruffinos. We are a restaurant driven town. Acme Oyster House will rock. Just be prepared to wait

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        1. re: carol land

          Acme is one place I'd avoid just for noise. Obviously, Parrains and the CHimes will be loud---management likes to engender that with awful "music" and, of course, whooping up people with the fight song...fair enough...but Acme is almost intolerably loud on an ordinary day. I cannot imagine the horror on a game day

          1. re: hazelhurst

            Is Sammy's on Highland still around. I always liked the food there. Far enough from campus that it might not be too bad for an early lunch before heading down to tailgate.

            1. re: roro1831

              That is a good idea...it was still there the last time I drove by that area a few months ago & I have not heard of it closing (but then I might not hear that). Call them...The one thing I would be careful about is that Highland Road is one of those bottlenecks. From "out there" to campus will take awhile.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                With the number of people that will be on campus for the game, every road into campus will be a bottleneck.

                Personally, I would get to campus and walk to Louie's or the Chimes, or just walk around campus and be nice to people at their tailgates, you'll get some great food that way.

                1. re: roro1831

                  I could not agree with you more on this. Just thinking about the nightmare of driving anywhere on game day is giving me a headache. If I were going up, which I'm not unfortunately, I would arrive Friday night or early (before 10:00) Saturday morning, park the car, and head to Highland coffee.

                  Often the food sold by vendors near the stadium is pretty decent. There's a van right by the PMAC ramp that sells good boudin balls.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    Re: both recent posts, no doubt. I can only get there b/c a friend parks his truck out there the night before. For this game, though, I think 10:00AM might be a little late. And even attending a Tulane reunion on Sat. I might have trouble moving around Uptown NOLA....unless I go to the tailgate anyway...I have not made up my mind....I am almost in the mood of the Carnival Grinches who pack up for Colorado just to avoid teh Bacchus and Endymion crush...

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      Yeah, I initially was going to say 8 AM because that's definitely the way I would do it (if I couldn't get in the night before), but I sometimes get a little to hyper about game day inconveniences and I didn't want to freak the OP out.

                      Sigh...nothing beats the years I lived in grad/married student housing on Nicholson directly across from the track. Oh the nostalgia.

            2. re: hazelhurst

              i agree 100 percent about the noise but Acme should be experienced once. Sammys is still around and Couyon's Barbeque is great. There is also an italian festival downtown. Traffic will be unbearable but that goes with the territory on game day.

              1. re: carol land

                An Italian Festival? Oh, great...maybe I should have booked a ticket for an earthquake....