Baton Rouge downtown recommendations wanted
Did a search here and couldn't find the info I was looking for.
Will be downtown in Baton Rouge for an overnight in the foreseeable future, staying about a block or two from the Old State Capitol Building. Will not have a car, will likely not be able to travel far from where I'm staying, and would like to find the following if possible:
-a place for early breakfast (say 7 am or thereabouts). The hotel likely has a place for this, but if there's something special very close by, that would be good to know.
-a place for dinner. Would prefer mid-range or cheaper, but am willing to upgrade for something really worthwhile. Anything that's regional (a meat-and-three, Cajun, Creole, seafood, BBQ) would be a plus.
Might be too much to expect given the location and travel limitations, but thought it would be worth a try. Any suggestions?
About 2 miles to the south of the OSCB, on the edge of LSU's campus, is The Chimes. Lots of regional choices, all reasonably priced. The red beans and rice are delicious. The place looks like your typical just-off-campus pub, but the food is great, and families with small kids frequent the place, especially on weekends. It's worth the cab fare from downtown for sure.
A little more accesible by cab--that is to say, its an easy on/off the Interstate--is Parrain's, also owned by the Chimes Junta. It tries to be more Overall Louisiana. I have never had anything bad there and sometimes it has been really superb. It's too "theme" oriented for my taste--tries to look like a shack--but if you can ignore that you'll be fine. The Chimes itself, referred to above, is also fine but it is louder than the Krakatoa eruption and seems devoted to constantly watching television...
On the 1400 block of Government street there was/is a BBQ trailer has some of the best bbq in town now that Snowflake BBQ closed
Lucy's Bar is a joint but the atmosphere is good and the food's decent. There's one in NOLA and Drew Brees goes by to visit on occasions. Stroub's Chop House is casual fine dining open for lunch or dinner. It's above mid range but not too high. Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's is a lively bar with music and good bar food. Downtown Seafood is casual and has good po boys and burgers. The Buzz Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. The food is very good. Harrington's Cafe is cajun style and open for lunch only.
If you are staying at The Hilton all the above are within 2 blocks or less.
Lucy's Bar @ 151 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 361 - 0372.
Stroub's Chop House @ 107 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 448 - 2830.
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's @ 214 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 636 - 2442.
Downtown Seafood @ 130 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 346 - 6440.
The Buzz Cafe @ 340 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 706 - 1236. http://www.thebuzzcafe.org/
Harrington's Cafe @ 329 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 343 - 2626.