Flight Network Foodie
By Lindsay Lewis-Thomas
Baton Rouge, a newcomer on the foodie scene, is making culinary waves in the deep south. Voted “best foodie city” by Convention South Magazine, it beat other food-forward standouts like New Orleans, Jackson, Tampa, and Miami for the prestigious commendation. Although it’s often overshadowed by its better-known sister city, New Orleans, Baton Rouge should not be overlooked by Louisiana-bound travellers.
The farm to table movement spread through Louisiana’s capital city like wildfire. The bustling Red Stick Farmer’s Market draws chefs and citizens from across the city seeking to buy fresh and support local businesses.
The increasingly curious and sophisticated palates of the city’s residents have created a demand for creative takes on traditional cuisine. Juban’s Restaurant, a old favourite in the city, has made several small changes that made a big impact, such as toasting and grinding their own herbs and buying meat and greens from local farmers.
The cyclical evolution of local tastes and restaurants has drawn chefs from larger cities and prevented some of the best locals –like Beausoleil’s Nathan Gresham — from running off to pursue opportunities in New Orleans.
It’s no secret that Louisiana dishes up some of the tastiest food on the planet. I’ve eaten food in over seventy countries and I can say with confidence that it’s some of the best food on the planet. Grits and grillades, chicken and andouille gumbo, shrimp and corn soup, boudin balls, fried shrimp and oyster po’boys, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee…. how can any other destination compete?
Make sure that you visit this delicious city the next time you head down south, especially if you’re on your way to New Orleans!