2023 Better of 225 Awards: Meals & Drink

2023 Better of 225 Awards: Meals & Drink

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2023 Better of 225 Awards: Meals & Drink – [225]

Greatest New Restaurant winner The Shed BBQ. Picture by Collin Richie

Greatest New Restaurant 

The Shed BBQ 17.8%

2022 was fairly a 12 months for brand new ideas, however edging out luxe international delicacies, ingenious tacos and the Jubans reboot, is underdog (or under-hog) The Shed. The transplant from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is house to savory, smokey ’cue served in an indoor-outdoor setting that features a volleyball courtroom. theshedbbqbr.com


Supper Membership 17.1%

Barracuda Taco Stand 16.4%

Jubans 16.2%

Spoke & Hub 12.7%

Greatest General Restaurant 

Elsie’s Plate & Pie 14.7%

Oh, Elsie’s. There you go once more. The Mid Metropolis pie store and restaurant as soon as once more sticks the touchdown with its pie-centric, Louisiana-inspired menu and impossibly flaky pastry that’s nonetheless made by hand. elsiespies.com


Louisiana Lagniappe 12.1%

Ruth’s Chris Steak Home 9.9%

The Chimes 9.2%

Mansurs on the Boulevard 7.9%

Greatest Bar 

Mid Metropolis Beer Backyard 25.5%

Surrounded by vegetation in an open-air atmosphere, native beers, wines and cocktails (to not point out generously portioned bar meals) simply style higher. Signature cocktails embody a raspberry margarita, satsuma margarita, Briar Rose, French Blonde and the Backyard Paloma. The beer menu is simply as expansive. (Extra on that later.) midcitybeergarden.com


Bin 77 Bistro & Sidebar 16.8%

Hayride Scandal 10.7%

The Bulldog 9%

The Radio Bar 8.4%

Greatest Advantageous Eating

Ruth’s Chris Steak Home 13%

Excessive-quality beef broiled to order, famously served on a 500-degree plate and gilded with extras, is the bread-and-butter of this celebratory spot. Deciding on which decadent sides to order is a part of the ceremony. ruthschris.com


Louisiana Lagniappe 10.6%

Supper Membership 10.2%

Mansurs on the Boulevard 9.3%

Stab’s Prime Steak and Seafood 8.4%

Greatest Brunch winner Elsie’s Plate & Pie. Picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Brunch

Elsie’s Plate & Pie 17.9%

Replenish your abdomen and soul with brunch cocktails and hearty dishes like hen and biscuits, a crawfish queso omelet, breakfast burger, boudin breakfast plate and a duck bacon BLT. Simply come ready to attend for a desk—it appears the remainder of Baton Rouge is usually vying for the weekend unfold at this Authorities Road favourite, too. elsiespies.com


Mason’s Grill 16.6%

SoLou 8.2%

The Chimes 7.5%

One other Damaged Egg Cafe 7.4%

Greatest Breakfast

Frank’s Restaurant 18.5%

For the primary meal of the day, have your self a basic Southern breakfast. Dive into pancakes, beignet bites, eggs benedict, omelets, Contemporary toast, sandwiches and breakfast platters. And don’t skip the well-known biscuits. franksrestaurantla.com


Louie’s Cafe 12.2%

One other Damaged Egg Cafe 10.9%

Easy Joe Cafe 10.3%

Mason’s Grill 8.9%

Greatest Espresso Menu

CC’s Espresso Home 21.8%

Whether or not you’re a Mochasippi or a basic cafe au lait particular person, CC’s Espresso Home most likely has a location close by—open morning to nighttime. Snag a mango smoothie for breakfast, a chilly brew for a day pick-me-up or an natural tea to wind down at evening. ccscoffee.com


French Truck Espresso 13.6%

Starbucks 10%

Brew Ha-Ha! 9.2%

Rêve Espresso Lab 9.1%

Greatest Desserts at a Native Restaurant

Elsie’s Plate & Pie 45.9%

Dessert is within the title at this Mid Metropolis spot. After ol’ filling dinner, go away some room for an Elsie’s signature pie, just like the coconut cream, chocolate cream, turtle, s’mores or blueberry.elsiespies.com


Mansurs on the Boulevard 9.2%

Ruffino’s 6.9%

BRQ Seafood and Barbeque 6.5%

Supper Membership 6.4%

Greatest Bakery

Ambrosia Bakery 36.1%

The show case at this long-running native bakery is the stuff of desires: muffins, pies, cupcakes, petit fours, cheesecakes, cookie muffins, breads and gluten-free desserts. Ambrosia additionally serves breakfast and lunch from its deli and makes elaborate wedding ceremony muffins. ambrosiabakery.com


Nothing Bundt Desserts 18.8%

Gambino’s Bakery 9.4%

CounterSpaceBR 9.2%

Les Amis Bake Shoppe 8.9%

Greatest Bread at a Native Restaurant winner The Little Village. File picture by Collin RIchie

Greatest Bread at a Native Restaurant

The Little Village 46.2%

What’s an Italian restaurant with out good garlic bread? This homey restaurant with two places serves its wildly common Village Bread in half and complete loaves, with choices so as to add purple sauce, roasted garlic or tapenade for dipping. Clients may order the braided bread raw, able to bake for an Italian-inspired evening in. littlevillagebr.com


Gino’s Italian Restaurant 13.4%

Rocca Pizzeria 6.3%

Portobello’s Grill 5.3%

Ruffino’s 4.7%

Greatest Pizza winner Rocca Pizzeria. Picture by Sean Gasser

Greatest Pizza

Rocca Pizzeria 19.7%

Whether or not it’s the flavour of the wood-fire oven or the hand-tossed dough, you may style the love and time put right into a Rocca pizza. The primary powerful resolution—purple or white sauce—solely turns into more and more difficult when introduced with a roster of pies like pesto, mushroom medley, smoked brisket and prosciutto di parma. Additionally on the menu are pastas, sandwiches, salads, desserts and stand-out sides like crispy potatoes, spaghetti squash and pull-apart garlic knots. roccapizzeria.com


Purple Zeppelin Pizza 18.6%

Lit Pizza 16%

Pastime Restaurant 11.1%

Schlittz & Giggles  10.3%

Greatest Salads

J. Alexander’s Restaurant 19.6%

The flavors of J. Alexander’s salad menu are worldly and well-rounded: caesar, grilled hen, Thai and Asian ahi tuna. Strive the wealthy Cypress Salad, which comes with chopped crispy hen tenders, pecans, avocado, bacon, cheese, croutons and ranch dressing. jalexanders.com


The Salad Station 18.4%

Stroll-On’s Sports activities Bistreaux 10.3%

BLDG 5 10%

Bistro Byronz 7.5%

Greatest Sushi

Ichiban 20%

Keep in for the evening and order take-out, or step out for an elevated sushi dinner at Ichiban. Get your favorites like a California Roll or Crunchy Roll; or combine issues up with a Baton Rouge-inspired specialty dish just like the Purple Stick or Moscona rolls. ichibanbr.com


Tsunami 16.3%

Sushi Yama Japanese Restaurant 14%

Geisha, Sushi With a Aptitude 12.4%

Sushi Masa 9.8%

Greatest Tacos at a Native Restaurant

Gov’t Taco 16.9%

Exit your taco consolation zone for an out-of-the-box rendition at Gov’t Taco. The Mid Metropolis restaurant performs with substances not usually discovered on tortillas: assume fried hen strips, crawfish tails, smoked hen thighs, boudin, pimento mac and cheese and cane-glazed carrots. govttaco.com


Superior Grill 14.6%

Barracuda Taco Stand 11.3%

Rock Paper Taco 10.6%

Mestizo Louisiana Méxican Delicacies 10.3%

Greatest Seafood Dishes winner Louisiana Lagniappe. File picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Seafood Dishes

Louisiana Lagniappe 25.3%

Founder and veteran restaurant proprietor Kevin Ortego fastidiously sources jumbo lump crab meat, top-grade fish, shrimp and extra from the Gulf for this dinner-only eatery’s voluminous ode-to-seafood menu. louisianalagniapperestaurant.com


Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant  19.3%

Mike Anderson’s 13.6%

Mansurs on the Boulevard 8.5%

Beausoleil Coastal Delicacies 7.9%

Greatest Crawfish

Tony’s Seafood 25.9%

Springtime in Baton Rouge means queueing up at Tony’s, the Capital Area’s OG seafood market. For a lot of, the 51-year-old institution is the one spot for reliably large, expertly spiced crawfish. tonyseafood.com


Sammy’s Grill 13.6%

Willie’s Restaurant 11.9%

Crawfish on the Geaux 8.9%

Gap ‘N Da Wall Seafood 8.5%

Greatest Gumbo

Dempsey’s 15.2%

Elevating one thing as quotidian as gumbo isn’t any small feat, however Dempsey’s does it with wealthy seafood or hen and sausage variations that stand out for his or her detailed consistency and taste. Discover it on Fb


Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant  12.6%

The Chimes 11.6%

Mike Anderson’s 10.1%

Duke’s Seafood & Steakhouse 8.5%

Greatest Po-Boys 

Po-Boy Categorical 18.7%

Don’t be fooled by the common-or-garden exterior and drive-thru window. Po-Boy Categorical serves 16 totally different absolutely loaded po-boys, from layers of tender fried shrimp, to chin-dripping steak and onions. poboyexpress.com


Rocco’s New Orleans Po-Boys and Cafe 14.4%

JED’s Native Louisiana Po’boys 14.1%

Poor Boy Lloyd’s 11.1%

Dempsey’s 10.3%

Greatest Oysters winner Phil’s Oyster Bar & Seafood. File picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Oysters 

Phil’s Oyster Bar & Seafood 16.4%

Accomplice Peter Sclafani has spent the final couple years reframing enjoyable and informal Phil’s from legacy dive to critical eating spot dedicated to regionally sourced seafood. Dive into Gulf oysters in po-boy or platter type, uncooked on the halfshell or charbroiled with certainly one of a number of sauces. philsoysterbar.com


Drago’s Seafood Restaurant 14.2%

Mansurs on the Boulevard 11.8%

Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar  11.3%

Acme Oyster Home 10.3%

Greatest BBQ winner Hannah Q Smokehouse. Picture by Sean Gasser

Greatest BBQ 

Hannah Q Smokehouse 16.8%

With three places, family-owned Hannah Q takes high honors on this pig-eat-pig class, which exhibits how significantly Baton Rouge now takes barbecue. Choose up smoked pork, brisket, ribs, hen, turkey and sausage, together with loopy good sides like smoked gouda mac and Southern corn pudding. hannahqsmokehouse.com


BRQ Seafood and Barbeque 16.4%

Metropolis Pork 14%

Cou-Yon’s BBQ 12.9%

The Shed BBQ 9.9%

Greatest Restaurant for Vegetarian or Vegan Choices 

BLDG 5 24.3%

Shakshuka with naan; bread and cheese; and harvest boards loaded with colourful, curated grilled greens are simply a part of a grazeable menu steeped in selection. bldg5.com


MJ’s Cafe 20.7%

Cocha 15.8%

Mestizo Louisiana Méxican Delicacies 14.9%

Magpie Cafe 14.3%

Greatest Meals Truck 

Cou-Yon’s BBQ 29.7%

Predictably planted at Perkins Street and Acadian Thruway Tuesday via Saturday, Cou-Yon’s BBQ’s truck serves a menu of signature smoked meats and sides, household packs, extra-large stuffed potatoes and extra. couyons.com


The Huge Cheezy 16.4%

Crawfish on the Geaux 13.9%

Pie Eyed 7.8%

Taqueria Don Beto 7.6%

Greatest Black-owned Restaurant winner Zeeland Road. Picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Black-owned Restaurant 

Zeeland Road 27.3%

Generally you simply need to eat a sizzling plate that tastes prefer it was made at your mama’s home. At Zeeland Road, clients can dig into soul meals dishes, like purple beans and rice, pot roast, mashed potatoes, pecan-smoked brisket, candy potatoes, mustard greens and po-boys. The family-owned restaurant is open Monday to Saturday and serves breakfast, lunch and brunch. zeelandstreet.com


Rooster Shack 13.2%

Empire Wingz 10.9%

Boil & Roux 10.5%

Pit-N-Peel BBQ and Seafood 8.6%

Greatest Italian

Gino’s Italian Restaurant 23.9%

Twirl up the old-school classics like spaghetti and meatballs, or enterprise into veal dishes or eggplant Parmesan. Don’t overlook the arancini. ginosrestaurant.com


The Little Village 15.6%

DiGiulio Brothers Italian Cafe 14.8%

Randazzo’s Italian Market 11.6%

Monjunis 9.9%

Greatest Mediterranean

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant 42.3%

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant is aware of the right way to make the meal of champions. Shawarma, gyros, pasta, kabobs, seafood or vegetarian dishes supply a style of the Mediterranean at this long-time favourite, now with 4 places within the Capital Area. albashabr.com


Serop’s Cafe 16.4%

Zorba’s Greek Bistro 15.7%

Cafe Phoenicia 11%

Roman’s Cafe 8%

Greatest Indian winner Bay Leaf Indian Delicacies. Picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Indian

Bay Leaf Indian Delicacies 26.7%

White tablecloths and quite a few choices spanning regional Indian cuisines set the temper for legit international eating. Professional tip: Carry pals who prefer to share, and work your approach via tandooris, biryanis, curries, tikkas and lots of different mouthwatering specialities. bayleafindiancuisinela.com


Swagat Indian Delicacies 25.7%

India’s Restaurant 18.7%

Faucet 65 14.7%

Curry N Kabab 9.1%

Greatest Thai 

Thai Kitchen 53.9%

This quirky and common eatery reels in regulars with a broad menu of curries, noodle and rice dishes and extra, in addition to beneficiant lunch specials and daytime dim sum. thaikitchenla.com


Thai Pepper 17.8%

Thai Chili Restaurant 11.6%

Duang Tawan 9.8%

Chai Thai-Lao 7%

Greatest Vietnamese  

Chow Yum Phat 29.9%

Specializing in ramen and ingenious avenue meals, this funky Overpass District treasure is likely one of the few locations on the town to serve Asian-spiced, Viet-Cajun crawfish. Pattern six several types of bao, together with a must-try with smooth shell crab. chowyumphat.com


Bao Vietnamese Kitchen 13.2%

Ava Road Café 11.5%

Pho Café 10.9%

Drunken Fish 7.8%

Greatest Mexican

Superior Grill 25.5%

Right here, diners can eat Tex-Mex for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. At two places, Superior serves enchiladas, tacos, ceviche, nachos, chips and queso, quesadillas, chimichangas, tamales, scorching fajitas and hand-cut steaks. batonrouge.superiorgrill.com


Mestizo Louisiana Méxican Delicacies 14.4%

La Carreta 12%

Tio Javi’s Mexican Grill 10.9%

Casa Maria 9.9%

Greatest Bar at a Native Restaurant

Superior Grill 17.9%

Pair your taco or quesadilla with a well-known Superior Margarita made with freshly squeezed lime juice. Order a basic or flavored marg, or take it up a notch with top-shelf tequila. batonrouge.superiorgrill.com


The Chimes 13.7%

Olive or Twist 11.8%

BLDG 5 9%

Soji: Trendy Asian 8.8%

Greatest Native Brewery

Tin Roof Brewing Co. 36.9%

Baton Rouge’s first craft brewery does all of it: It brews artistic beers, hosts community-focused occasions and boasts a full of life faucet room for locals to mingle, style new beers and get a peek at the place the magic occurs off Nicholson Drive. Exterior of the faucet room, Tin Roof Brewing Co. beers will also be present in native groceries and bars throughout city. tinroofbeer.com


Istrouma Brewing 20.1%

Le Chien Brewing Firm 18.7%

Rally Cap Brewing Firm 8.9%

Gilla Brewing Firm 6.1%

Greatest Craft Beer Menu winner Mid Metropolis Beer Backyard. File picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Craft Beer Menu

Mid Metropolis Beer Backyard 38.8%

There’s all the time a brand new brew to attempt right here. The bar’s altering menu is a beer lover’s playground. Get pleasure from all the things from fruity bitter beers and lagers to chocolatey milk stouts and ciders from this spot’s plant-filled patio. midcitybeergarden.com


The Chimes 21.6%

The Bulldog 14%

Faucet 65 7.6%

Faucet 5.2%

Greatest Craft Cocktail Menu winner Olive or Twist. File picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Craft Cocktail Menu

Olive or Twist 18%

Go away it to the bar recognized for cocktail roulette to shake up adventurous drinks. Strive the Love Notice, with lavender gin, crème de violette, lemon, butterfly pea tea and egg white. oliveortwistbr.com


Hayride Scandal 16.8%

BLDG 5 12.3%

SoLou 8.4%

Soji: Trendy Asian 8.3%

Greatest completely satisfied hour winner Superior Grill. File picture by Collin Richie

Greatest Completely happy Hour

Superior Grill 26.3%

Chalk it as much as the reside music, the half-priced margs or the festive, take-me-away vibe, however this Mount Everest of native completely satisfied hours as soon as once more claims the crown. batonrouge.superiorgrill.com


Olive or Twist 11%

Rocca Pizzeria 6.8%

Rouj Creole 6.4%

Bistro Byronz 6.2%

Greatest Lunch Spot

Elsie’s Plate & Pie 18.6%

Pies, pies and extra pies—plus salads, sandwiches, burgers and Louisiana plate lunches— make this Mid Metropolis spot a full of life lunchtime draw. elsiespies.com


Bistro Byronz 12%

BLDG 5 11.6%

Superior Grill 9.3%

The Overpass Service provider 8.7%

Greatest Restaurant for Out of doors Eating

Mid Metropolis Beer Backyard 20%

The hum of cheerful chatter spills out onto the block surrounding this lush open-air bar, the place patrons select from ever-changing craft beers on faucet. Lookup from some seats and see the evening sky. midcitybeergarden.com


BLDG 5 14.2%

SoLou 12.2%

Bin 77 Bistro & Sidecar 10.4%

Curbside 9.6%

Greatest Burger and Greatest Fries at a Native Restaurant winner Burgersmith. File picture by Camille Delaune

Greatest Burger 

Burgersmith 16.5%

Order a themed burger or mix-and-match your individual with a dizzying checklist of toppings, condiments, cheeses, veggies and extra. Likelihood specialists would have a area day with the variety of attainable combos. burgersmith.com


Curbside Burgers 14.2%

Dearman’s 12.8%

Our Mother’s Restaurant & Bar 10%

5 Guys 6.8%

Greatest Fries at a  Native Restaurant

Burgersmith 23.3%

Crisp-tender and seasoned to lip-smacking perfection, Burgersmith’s thin-and-sturdy fries are the stuff of legend. Organize them salted with Smith Seasoning or with butter and garlic. burgersmith.com


Elevating Cane’s Rooster Fingers 12.8%

The Overpass Service provider 11.4%

Stroll-On’s Sports activities Bistreaux 11.2%

Curbside 9.7%

This text was initially revealed within the July 2023 subject of 225 journal.