Bucket List Worthy Flight Network Foodie
By Lindsay Lewis-Thomas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the best foodie cities in the southern U.S. Here’s a two-day culinary tour itinerary that will take you to the best eateries and markets in the city.
Start your morning off right with a visit to the infamous Louie’s Café on LSU’s campus. Opt for an omelet and hashbrowns, their most popular items. My favuorites are The Mitchell (mushroom, sausage, hash browns, Colby cheese) and chili cheese hashbrowns. If you have some time, take a quick driving tour of LSU’s beautiful campus, the roadways of which are lined with majestic oak trees. Next, head downtown to the Red Stick Farmer’s Market where you can purchase delectable pies, grits, cheese, and produce from local farms. Expect live music or a cooking demonstration as well. By this time, your appetite should be craving more Cajun-creole goodness. Drive over to Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant for some amazingly fresh and tasty seafood. I like to sit on the back porch and order a smorgasbord of appetizers including: fried alligator, fried crab claws, boudin balls, and raw oysters on the half shell. Also try the seafood gumbo or crab and corn bisque. All of their salad dressings are homemade and divine. Order “the whole shebang” for a variety of fried seafood goodness.
Healthier options include various preparations of fresh Gulf fish. After eating all of that amazing seafood, venture over to the main supplier, Tony’s Seafood Market. Call ahead to organize a tour of the Louisiana Fish Fry factory (behind the market) with Steve LeBlanc, one of the most entertaining and informative tours I’ve ever been on. Make sure to check out the beautiful Louisiana crabs and live catfish ponds.
Make your way to the Tin Roof Brewing Company for a tour of their facility and a tasting of their fantastic beers. My favorites are the IPA and Watermelon Wheat. It’s time to eat again. (It’s always time to eat in Louisiana, you’ll soon discover). Head downtown to Restaurant IPO for some southern tapas. Fairly new to Baton Rouge, this restaurant has made quite a name for itself. My favourite dishes are the bayou eggs, roasted duck crepe, and pequeno tacos. Nightcap? Check out (swampy) atmospheric Boudreaux & Thibodeax’s down the street.
Try some infamous Louisiana beignets with café au lait at Coffee Call for breakfast. Spend the morning checking out one of the more well known plantations in the area, like Oak Alley, The Myrtles, or Nottaway. White Oak Plantation is in the city, if you’re short on time. After your antebellum home tour, lunch at Beausoleil. I love their boudin ball appetizer, turtle soup and friend oyster salad.
If you’re up for it, embark on an Alligator Bayou Swamp Tour in the afternoon. I personally enjoy renting a canoe and paddling with a friend around the beautiful cypress trees and knees, watching the baby alligators cruise around the water. Fancy a fancy dinner? I’m giving you three options, because I can never personally decide. My two favorites, Juban’s – known for their hallelujah (soft shell) crab and Mansur’s on the Boulevard– famous for their cream of brie and crabmeat soup, are surefire winners. DiJulio Brother’s is likely Baton Rouge’s most popular Italian restaurant.
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