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Top Restaurant and Culinary Experiences in Baton Rouge

The Capital Cravings trail centers around Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge and stretches from the urban city center to the sugar plantations along the Great River Road. Explore the open-air markets and eateries and cosmopolitan cooking of this phenomenally diverse culinary trail.
By LouisianaTravel.com Staff

Dive into delicious Louisiana gumbo, fried shrimp and more at the Chimes Restaurant in Baton Rouge.

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Find an array of locally grown produce at the Red Stick Farmers Market in Baton Rouge.

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Restaurant and Culinary Experiences in Baton Rouge

White Star Market

A relative newcomer to the Baton Rouge food scene, White Star Market is a "gourmet food hall" that features local restaurants to satisfy practically any craving. Whether it's Taco Tuesday or not, you won't want to miss the inventive flavors at Government Taco. Try Chow Yum Phat's Ramen dishes and Bao buns—we promise you won't be disappointed. Dat's Italian Wood Fired Pizza is the first brick and mortar location of a favorite Baton Rouge food truck. On weekend mornings, you're likely to find a pop-up yoga class to burn a few of the calories you just consumed.

Baton Rouge Food Tour

The "C'est Si Bon Food Tour" is a guided walking tour in downtown Baton Rouge which includes food tastings at local restaurants infused with entertaining historical and cultural details; sure to get you full from belly to brain. All fitness levels will take pleasure in our 2.5-hour leisurely paced walk. 

Red Stick Spice Company 

Spices are the foundation of south Louisiana cuisine, and spices are what they’re all about at Red Stick Spice Company. Here, you won't find foodies — just home cooks who believe in the power of a home-cooked meal. Whether it's Taco Tuesday or a six-course meal, you'll find everything you need to spice it perfectly. 

Red Stick Farmer’s Market

Wake up to the best of the season's harvest every Saturday morning. Join Baton Rouge locals and experience the wide selection at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market for yourself! Every Saturday, the Market opens rain or shine with over 50 vendors that include Louisiana's small family farmers and artisans. 

Breakfast at Zeeland Street Market

Surrounded by live oak trees and cute bungalows, this Mid City hot spot is always buzzing with eager diners on weekends. From the breakfast menu, the Zeeland Slam is a sure bet. It offers a taste of several Zeeland Street items, like the savory, melt-in-your-mouth cheddar cheese grits; warm, fluffy buttermilk pancakes; sizzlin’ bacon; and eggs as you like them. Beyond the top-notch comfort food, the Zeeland staff is wonderful – full of sincere smiles and a clear passion for food and their guests. 

City Pork

Once you arrive at City Pork you’re in for a treat. From the butcher paper on the aluminum trays to the barbeque itself, you’ll love every mouthwatering bit and bite. With locations in Mid-City and near the LSU campus, you're never far from a delicious meal. If you're craving pizza over pork, check out their sister restaurant, City Slice —one of the capital city's newer restaurants.

The Chimes

A Baton Rouge and LSU tradition serving the "Red Stick" for more than 25 years, The Chimes has an upbeat and friendly environment with a menu offering south Louisiana food and seafood entrées, along with drinks from a full bar that includes 60 beers on tap. Dine at one of their two convenient locations.

Mansur’s on the Boulevard

Chargrilled oysters, redfish and duck are only a few of their rich entrees you’ll find at this upscale Creole restaurant. The main dining room features live piano jazz music nightly. Standout dishes include cream of brie and crabmeat soup. 

Roberto’s River Road Restaurant

Roberto’s River Road Restaurant offers a quaint, local vibe. Set in an old house alongside the Mississippi River, it’s worth a wait even on the busiest of evenings. With small rooms and a cozy atmosphere, it’s a great spot to bring either a date or the family.

Mason’s Grill

Famous for their bottomless champagne brunch, national award-winning Bloody Mary’s and Cajun Shrimp Burger, everyone in your family will find something to love! 

For the latest information on the Baton Rouge food scene, check out Visit Baton Rouge's website and plan a trip to feed your soul!