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Planning a dinner for 20-25 people in BR. Need to be downtown, within walking distance of the Hilton. Like many these days, I'm trying to keep costs in line. Ideas?

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  1. The only places I can think of up there that are near you are The Little Village, Stroube's, and Tsunami. All of them get pricey. There is something of a nightlife on Third Street but damned if I know anyplace that can take your mob for dinner. There must be something, though.

    The Pasttime is a pizza place under the New Mississippi River Bridge but it is a bit of a trek.

    1. I called a lawyer friend up there and he said they take large-ish groups to the Hollywood Casino which is a riverboat thing by the new State Capitol. I know that they have River Road torn up and so I do not know how walking it would work. Anyway, the Casino has a buffet that is non-lethal..

      1. Capital City Grille is only a block from the Hilton and could probably handle a group that size. It's moderately priced.

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        1. re: Big Easy

          Thanks very much for your responses! And Hazelhurst, I very much appreciate you checking with your BR based friend!

          Not to count pennies (I know we'll be spending those on booze), but can you give me sense if Little Village, Stoube's and the CG are in the same ballpark price-wise?

          1. re: natcatz

            Dunno about Capitol Grill but Stroube's and Little Village are $25 entrees, maybe a bit less. Exclusive of drinks I'd guess it would tab out at $40/$45 a head.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Cool - thanks, Hazelhurst. Do you like one over other?

              1. re: natcatz

                LIttle Village..but I read somewhere that the guy at Stroube's is doing some great stuff. I think it was said by some guy who was one of the Chef To Watch this year...he has a little place on Jefferson Highway up there.

                When are you going to do this? If there is time, I might be there on business or for a tailgate and might be able to get some more info.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Good deal -thanks so much. Sorry for all the questions, but there's always a little pressure when you're hosting a group. Think we're good to go -going w LV. Really appreciate the "eyes on the ground" at Chowhound! I'll be sure to let you all know how the dinner goes off!

                  1. re: natcatz

                    When are you doing this gig?

                  2. re: hazelhurst

                    Scott Varnadoe is at Stroube's. I have now known him for a few years through a mutual friend. He has. Den invited and cooked two e at the James Beard House in New York and I have attendedboth of those. He is doing some really good food at Stroube's from what I have been reading.

                    1. re: roro1831

                      That's the name I was trying to think of..Varnadoe. Heard good stuff about him & the guy at Beausoleil in BR, Nathan Gresham, has good things to say about him as well..(Mr Gresham won something last month involving bizarre ingredients and he did a New Orleans Pineapple shrimp thing...which I guess is grand if you like pineapple). So that's another way of saying Stroube's might be worth a shot...I will check with some folks there to see what I can find out.

                2. re: hazelhurst

                  Capital City Grill is not in the same league with Stroube's and Little Village and the prices reflect that. The bar is very popular with the after-work crowd, mostly young professionals.

                  Here's a menu:

                  http://www.capitalcitygrill.net/menus...

                  1. re: Big Easy

                    Appears to be loud, pounding music sort of place. I wonder who owns it? Probably has 50 televisions...sort of like (I dread to write this) "Walk-ons." Horrors.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      Nah, it's not that bad. It's not a sports bar and I've never noticed the music at all. It's part of the Shaw Center complex in the remodeled parking garage at the corner of Lafayette and Convention, catty-corner from the Hilton.

                      And they do handle groups:

                      http://www.capitalcitygrill.net/

                      1. re: Big Easy

                        That's a relief. I sometimes fear the day is coming when EVERYTHING will be a sports bar.

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          Funny you should say that, they just opened a new beer garden up here and not one TV. Some people are outraged, but we went there Sunday for a drink and some lunch and it was nice and getting crowded so apparently there are still people out there who don't need every football game on at one time to enjoy each others company and conversation.

                          1. re: roro1831

                            Well, its off topic--but I can say I wish we had such a thing down here---what is the name of this marvel and where is it? I will support it.

                            1. re: hazelhurst

                              Kindred spirits here for certain! Hazelhurst: gig is mid Oct, but I need to get my plans done now.

                              1. re: natcatz

                                Oh well, I just wish I could get you some more info on the Stroube's situation: it might be well worth the effort.

                                1. re: natcatz

                                  Spoke to a Baton Rouge friend in the "Beverage Industry" last night (he flogs wine) and he knew nothing of the Stroube's guy but he endorsed Little Village with the caveat that they like salt more than he does. Contrary to the rest of my family I am not a salt fiend and I don't recall things being too salty there

                                  1. re: hazelhurst

                                    I realize that it is presumably far past the date of your visit but being a baton rouge native I must say that all of the previous posters recommendations (little village, stroubes, and Capitol city grill) are spot on. I would also like to add that if you are in BR again you simply must try Beausoleil on Jefferson hwy. The chef their does a great job of incorporating authentic cajun/creole dishes into his menu with a modern flair.