With locals raving about their customized birthday and wedding cakes, homemade chocolates, layered strawberry cake, Mardi Gras king cakes, and so much more, it’s easy to see why this desert haven made our list. But their collection of sweets is only the beginning. Ambrosia Bakery also features a breakfast and lunchtime deli, serving up a savory array of grits, po-boys, hash browns, and fluffy omelets. If you haven’t been here already, there’s never a better time to experience it all firsthand.
City Pork Deli & Charcuterie
One of the more exciting newly minted additions to the local dining circuit, City Pork Deli is the perfect place to get your butcher-quality sandwich fix. With everything from truffle chips to swamp pop, mimosas, gumbo, and even a bit of fig preserve for good measure, this restaurant blends the best of old and new in their far-reaching curated menu. With two locations in Baton Rouge, you’ll never be too far away from their made-from-scratch taste.
Featuring interior design by an award-winning company in New York City, don’t let their contemporary vibe fool you—they’re still committed to being an affordable, approachable, family-run hibachi and sushi joint. There’s no better way to appreciate your meal than getting to see exactly what went into it, and what acrobatic maneuvers brought it to life. If you’re looking for a meal that’s just as delicious as it is entertaining, this is the place for you.
If you’re an alumni of LSU, you’ll be familiar with the late-night sanctuary this diner provides. Open since 1941, they’ve got years of perfecting the natural healing powers of home-cooked comfort food. From yellow grits to the Big Cheesy Lou and unrestricted rivers of free-flowing coffee, there’s a reason this Baton Rouge essential has stood the test of time. Next time you get back from a late-night adventure on an empty stomach, we recommend refueling at Louie’s Cafe.
So, how did we do in our list? What restaurants or snack stops would you recommend to our newer residents? Be sure to let us know about your favorite place to grab a bite to eat downtown in the comments below! Bonus points to anyone that leaves a magazine-styled review.