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*'''The Chimes'''. An LSU staple for generations, at the North Gates of campus on Highland. Predominantly frequented by students and faculty, The Chimes serves a mix of standards with Louisiana Cajun/Creole fare, and boasts one of the best beer selections in town.
 
*'''The Chimes'''. An LSU staple for generations, at the North Gates of campus on Highland. Predominantly frequented by students and faculty, The Chimes serves a mix of standards with Louisiana Cajun/Creole fare, and boasts one of the best beer selections in town.
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* <eat name="Fleur de Lis" address="5655 Government Street" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-924-2904" email="" fax="" url="http://www.fleurdelispizza.com" hours="Hours: Tuesday - Saturday:
 
* <eat name="Fleur de Lis" address="5655 Government Street" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-924-2904" email="" fax="" url="http://www.fleurdelispizza.com" hours="Hours: Tuesday - Saturday:
 
10:00 - 22:00" price="">Baton Rouge's other half-century old pizza parlor, originally a gas station on the outskirts of town, the Fleur de Lis is a family restaurant with a dedicated old Baton Rouge clientele. Cash or check only.</eat>
 
10:00 - 22:00" price="">Baton Rouge's other half-century old pizza parlor, originally a gas station on the outskirts of town, the Fleur de Lis is a family restaurant with a dedicated old Baton Rouge clientele. Cash or check only.</eat>
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* '''George's'''
  
 
* '''India's Restaurant''' 5230 Essen Lane. Southern part of the city, convenient just west of the Essen Lane Interstate 10 exit. Good reasonably priced Indian food; buffet or menu. tel 769-0600
 
* '''India's Restaurant''' 5230 Essen Lane. Southern part of the city, convenient just west of the Essen Lane Interstate 10 exit. Good reasonably priced Indian food; buffet or menu. tel 769-0600
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* <eat name="Raising Cane's" address="14929 Market Street" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-408-1658" email="" fax="" url="http://www.raisingcanes.com" hours="" price="">Baton Rouge's home-grown chain of fast-food restaurants that serve '''only''' chicken finger meals, and have proven so adept at doing it that they have successfully expanded to other markets in the Gulf Coast region. Side items available include crinkle-cut fries, Texas Toast, cole slaw, and the mysterious-yet-addictive special dipping sauce. </eat>
 
* <eat name="Raising Cane's" address="14929 Market Street" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-408-1658" email="" fax="" url="http://www.raisingcanes.com" hours="" price="">Baton Rouge's home-grown chain of fast-food restaurants that serve '''only''' chicken finger meals, and have proven so adept at doing it that they have successfully expanded to other markets in the Gulf Coast region. Side items available include crinkle-cut fries, Texas Toast, cole slaw, and the mysterious-yet-addictive special dipping sauce. </eat>
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* <eat name="TJ Ribs" address="2324 S. Acadian Thrwy" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-383-7427" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Mon. - Sat. 11 - 23, Sun. 11- 22:00" price="$10 - $15">The de facto standard for barbecue by which all other local BBQ restaurants are judged. Famous for pork and beef ribs, but also accommodates diners with other eating habits. LSU legend Billy Cannon's Heisman Trophy is on display here, as he exchanged it for lifetime eating privileges.</eat>
 
* <eat name="TJ Ribs" address="2324 S. Acadian Thrwy" directions="" phone="+1-(225)-383-7427" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Mon. - Sat. 11 - 23, Sun. 11- 22:00" price="$10 - $15">The de facto standard for barbecue by which all other local BBQ restaurants are judged. Famous for pork and beef ribs, but also accommodates diners with other eating habits. LSU legend Billy Cannon's Heisman Trophy is on display here, as he exchanged it for lifetime eating privileges.</eat>

Revision as of 05:04, 10 May 2009

Baton Rouge [25] is the capital of the State of Louisiana, USA.

State Capitol Building

Understand

Baton Rouge is dominated by the State government and by Louisiana State University. It has a number of fine museums and attractions. The cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans are close enough to be an easy day trip from each other.

Get in

By Car

From New Orleans Baton Rouge is an 80 mile northwest drive on Interstate 10, which drives into the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. The distance between the two Louisiana cities is an easy 90 minute drive if you avoid weekday rush hours; if you catch the traffic of commuter rush hours at either end it can take a lot longer.

If you're driving in from anywhere east of Louisiana, come into Baton Rouge I-12, which will take you north of Lake Ponchartrain and bypasses New Orleans. From the west I-10 connects Lafayette, Houston, and Los Angeles with Baton Rouge. From the East I-10 connects Baton Rouge with Mobile, Pensacola, and Jacksonville. If you're coming from Chicago, St. Louis, or Memphis follow I-55 South and merge onto I-12 West and continue driving for roughly 45 miles.

By Air

The city's primary airport is Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport [26], located in north Baton Rouge, near Southern University. It is served by Delta, Continental, Northwest and American Airlines. The number and availability of non-stop flights increased after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005 but have now gone down to pre-Katrina flight levels.

Get around

See

  • African American Museum, 406 Charles Street (Located in Donaldsonville), +1-(225)-474-5553, [1].
  • Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 South River Road, +1-(225)-344-5272 (), [2].
  • Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, +1-(225)-775-3877 (, fax: +1-(225)-775-3931), [3]. Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 9:30 - 17:00, Sat. and Sun.: 9:30 - 18:00. Admission: Adults: $5.50, Seniors: $4.50, Children (Aged 2 - 12): $2.50.
  • Louisiana State Capital, State Capitol Drive, +1-(225)-342-7317, [4].
  • Louisiana State Museum [27] 660 N. 4th St, near the State Capitol. New State Museum features two floors of exibits related to Louisiana culture, with such curiosities as Louis Armstrong's first bugle, Huey P. Long's tombstone, and a Civil War Confederate submarine with hand-cranked propeller. tel 342-5428
  • Old State Capitol [28] 100 North Blvd. This 19th century castle formerly serving as the State Capitol before Governor Huey P. Long built the new skyscraper is now a museum.

Do

  • Swine Palace Productions. Located in LSU's "theater-in-the-round" Reilly Theatre, originally a livestock-judging pavilion, Swine Palace are Baton Rouge's premier professional theater company.
  • Shaw Center for the Arts. Located downtown, this is the city's newest major performing arts complex. It features the Manship Theatre and a rooftop sushi restaurant.
  • Blue Bayou Water Park/Dixie Landin' . Located on the outskirts of town at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highland Road, This is the largest amusement park in the Baton Rouge Area. The main attraction is the enormous waterslide "Conja".
Mall of Louisiana

Buy

  • Mall of Louisiana [29] Large shopping mall in the south part of town, just off the Bluebonnett exit of I-10.
  • Perkins Rowe, [6]. A new mixed-use development at the corner of Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Blvd. Has many retail shops and restaurants, along with a movie theater.


Eat

  • Chelseas
  • The Chimes. An LSU staple for generations, at the North Gates of campus on Highland. Predominantly frequented by students and faculty, The Chimes serves a mix of standards with Louisiana Cajun/Creole fare, and boasts one of the best beer selections in town.
  • Fleur de Lis, 5655 Government Street, +1-(225)-924-2904, [7]. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00. Baton Rouge's other half-century old pizza parlor, originally a gas station on the outskirts of town, the Fleur de Lis is a family restaurant with a dedicated old Baton Rouge clientele. Cash or check only.
  • George's
  • India's Restaurant 5230 Essen Lane. Southern part of the city, convenient just west of the Essen Lane Interstate 10 exit. Good reasonably priced Indian food; buffet or menu. tel 769-0600
  • Louie's. A traditional diner right at LSU's North Gate open 24/7.
  • Parrain's. Although it is only a recent entry to the Baton Rouge eatery scene, Parrain's has already established itself as one of the best places to experience traditional Louisiana cuisine, most notably its fried seafood.
  • The Pastime. A half-century old pizza parlor and bar serving easily the best pizza in the city. Also the home of "Boudin Pizza", a unique South Louisiana concoction representing the collision of Acadian and Italian cultures.
  • Raising Cane's, 14929 Market Street, +1-(225)-408-1658, [8]. Baton Rouge's home-grown chain of fast-food restaurants that serve only chicken finger meals, and have proven so adept at doing it that they have successfully expanded to other markets in the Gulf Coast region. Side items available include crinkle-cut fries, Texas Toast, cole slaw, and the mysterious-yet-addictive special dipping sauce.
  • Red Star
  • TJ Ribs, 2324 S. Acadian Thrwy, +1-(225)-383-7427. Mon. - Sat. 11 - 23, Sun. 11- 22:00. The de facto standard for barbecue by which all other local BBQ restaurants are judged. Famous for pork and beef ribs, but also accommodates diners with other eating habits. LSU legend Billy Cannon's Heisman Trophy is on display here, as he exchanged it for lifetime eating privileges. $10 - $15.
  • Tsunami. A sushi restaurant perched high above the city on the roof of the Shaw Center. The establishment boasts one of the best views in the entire city.
  • Zeeland Street Market. Located in the Garden District just North of the LSU Campus, it is one of the best places in town to get soul food. Locally famous for their delicious heaping plate lunches,Zeeland Street Market is a favorite for college students with a hankering for a home cooked meal. The plate lunch menu rotates daily and all of the ingredients are fresh from local markets. Take special note that Zeeland's is only open for breakfast and dinner.
  • Piccadilly Restaurants. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Piccadilly has been serving traditional, home-style meals since 1944 at affordable prices. Southern favorites include: Fried Chicken, Crawfish Etouffee, Carrot Souffle and Pecan Pie. Meals include entree, two sides and bread. $5 - $10.

Drink

The Baton Rouge Metro Council recently outlawed many drink specials in establishments classifed as bars, so if you're looking to save a buck, you should stick with drinking in restaurants. However, if you're looking for that bar atmosphere, there are several places to choose from. Baton Rouge's blue laws were repealed in October 2007, but restrictions on drink specials are still in effect.

  • The Thirsty Tiger, 140 Main St., 225-387-9799, [9]. A downtown tradition, frequented by construction workers, state employees, and newspapermen for a generation. Terrific spot for cheap, cheap, cheap drinks. Unfortunately closed in late 2007.
  • Port Royal, 2363 College Dr., 225-201-9900. The best pirate-themed bar located next to a Waffle House in all of Baton Rouge. A service industry hangout with an alt-rock leaning clientele.
  • Chimes Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 3357 Highland Rd. (AKA The OC), 225-383-1754 (fax: 225-387-5413), [10]. 11:00-02:00 Mo-Sa, 11:00-23:30 Su. The largest selection of beer, both bottled and on tap, in the Capitol City area and maybe the entire state. They serve practically anything you can think of. If they don't have it, you probably don't need to be drinking it. Be sure to ask about "Drinking around the world". There are several reports of bottled beer being served past its prime, but anything on draft seems fine.
  • The Chimes East, 10870 Coursey Blvd. (''between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard''), 225-296-4981, [11]. 11:00-02:00 Mo-Sa, 11:00-23:30 Su. A newer sister store of the Chimes Restaurant (above). Get Brie as your server.
  • Mellow Mushroom, 4250 Burbank Dr., 225-490-6355, [12]. A very funky, hippie-influenced decor, not much on the food, though the pretzels have a reputation.
  • Churchill's, 7949 Jefferson Hwy. Suite C, 225-927-4211 (), [13]. "Premium Cigars & Elixirs", also frequently has live music and tastings.
  • Happy's Irish Pub, 136 Third St. A low-key downtown bar with an eclectic mix of college kids, professionals and everyone in between.
  • Tigerland, Bob Pettit Blvd. A group of bars just south of LSU for those really into the college bar scene; with student favorites such as Freds, Tiger Bar, JL's Place, etc.


Sleep

  • Best Western Chateau Louisianne Suite Hotel, 710 N Lobdell Ave., +1 225 924-5000 (toll free: +1 800-256-6263, fax: +1 225-924-3074), [14].
  • Cambria Suites Baton Rouge, 4964 Constitution Avenue, +1 225 925-1005, [15]. Non-smoking only.
  • Comfort Suites University, 3045 Valley Creek Road, [16]. checkin: 3 PM; checkout: Noon.
  • Courtyard Baton Rouge Siegen Lane, 10307 N Mall Drive, +1 225-293-7200 (fax: +1 225-293-0323), [17].
  • Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street., +1 225-344-5866, [18].
  • Holiday Inn, 10455 Reiger Rd, +1 225-293-6880, [19].
  • Motel 6 Baton Rouge East, 9901 Gwen Adele Ave., +1 225-924-2130 (fax: +1 225-929-7150), [20].
  • Quality Inn Bluebonnet Center, 9138 Bluebonnet Centre Blvd., [21]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM.
  • Ramada Inn Baton Rouge, 10045 Gwenadele Drive, +1 225-706-5500, [30].
  • Red Lion Baton Rouge, 2445 S. Acadian Thruway, +1 800-733-5466, [31].
  • SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge South, 7979 Essen Park Ave., +1 225-766-5252 (fax: +1 225-766-0797), [22].
  • Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center, 102 France Street, +1 225-242-2600 (fax: +1 225-242-2627), [23].
  • TownePlace Suites Baton Rouge South, 8735 Summa Blvd., +1 225 819-2112 (toll free: +1 800-257-3000, fax: +1 225-819-2117), [24].

Contact

Telephone area code for Baton Rouge is 225

Get out




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