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Like the rest of the Bayou State, the dining options around Baton Rouge run the gamut. From old-timey po’ boy joints like Poor Boy Lloyd’s to comforting Southern classics like Chicken Shack and Eliza Restaurant & Bar, there’s something to suit every taste. In addition to the tried-and-true Louisiana flavors, restaurants with an international bent, like Zorba’s Greek Bistro, have flourished. With freshly baked pita and dishes that make the most of the Gulf ’s bounty (such as the Shrimp Santorini, a lively bowl of Gulf shrimp, feta, tomatoes and roasted vegetables), it’s easy to see why the restaurant has been so popular
for about 20 years.
Similarly, the Louisianan guys who started Chow Yum Phat knew what flavors the locals
loved and were able to use them in inspired takes on Vietnamese and South Asian foods. Fluffy steamed buns, satisfying ramens and the prize-winning Salt N Peppa Wings are all worthy additions to any foodie’s to-do list.
Must-Dos in Baton Rouge
● Visit Mike the Tiger at his state-of-the-art enclosure on LSU’s main campus
● Take a drive down Louisiana River Road Byway to fill up on the area’s rich history
● See how Bayou State settlers lived at the LSU Rural Life Museum
● Catch a set at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room Heritage Museum
Baton Rouge is anchored on its west end by the Mississippi River, and this district boasts a good bit of historical activities, from the USS Kidd Veterans Museum (a restored WWII destroyer) to Louisiana’s awe-inspiring Old State Capitol (where the legislature met from 1850 to 1932), along with the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel and shopping along nearby North Third Street.
Another riverside gem is the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This treasure trove features an eclectic collection that spans from prehistory (including a meteorite discovered in 1576 that’s estimated to be a billion years older than Earth) to an ancient Egypt exhibit (complete with a well-preserved mummy). The museum also houses a state-of-the-art planetarium that features a variety of shows for all ages covering science and nature topics, along with special programing for kids. Galleries showcasing Louisiana modern and contemporary art round out the space.
In a city experiencing dramatic growth, Government Street might be the most exciting. Over the past decade, dining and entertainment options along the bustling corridor have exploded, with coffee shops like French Truck and multiuse spaces like the Electric Depot (which includes restaurants, shops and fun activities).
Local radio host Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco joined the Government Street scene in 2020 and offers a slate of cleverly named tacos (“Steak of the Union” and “Clucks and Balances” among them) along with shareable side dishes.