For residents of Baton Rouge, summertime brings hot days, humid nights, and an endless hunger for good eats and a good atmosphere.
The 2019 summer season brings a slew of exciting new establishments to the Baton Rouge area, each mastering a unique dining experience and ambiance. From rooftop bars to enjoy under summer skies to nationwide chains making their debut in the Capital City, the city has a fresh take with these new food stops.
Opening its doors in Perkins Rowe on June 28, Stephen Hightower brings traditional Creole cuisine to Baton Rouge with Rouj Creole. Pronounced “roux,” the restaurant combines classic Creole taste with authentic Haitian roots. As the mastermind behind Baton Rouge’s City Pork and City Slice, customers can expect a unique blend of flavors on Hightower’s menu. With appetizers consisting of crawfish tamales and smoked jerk wings, nine varieties of oyster specials and entrees entitled “Southern Comfort” and “Creole Chops,” Rouj pays a flavorful homage to homegrown foodies.
JINYA Ramen Bar
Traditional Japanese cuisine has made its way to Baton Rouge with JINYA Ramen Bar. Since opening its doors on June 17 in Perkins Rowe, JINYA has been jam-packed with customers excited to try the slowly simmered broth and freshly made noodles that have been perfected ever since the chain was established in 2010. From Old Skool Ramen consisting of chicken broth, egg, bamboo shoots and green onion to Spicy Umami Miso Ramen with pork broth, bean sprouts, and bok choy, visitors can choose up to 16 different varieties of ramen each uniquely catered to please.
Red Stick Social
While the highly anticipated hangout spot opened its doors in April, this week’s official grand opening re-emphasizes the excitement the venue has brought to the Red Stick. Bringing bowling, food, drinks and live music under one roof, Red Stick Social has all the features needed to breathe new life into Mid City’s historic Electric Depot. With both indoor and outdoor seating, visitors can spend summer nights mingling on the terrace or stacking on strikes with ten state of the art Brunswick bowling lanes. With locally inspired dishes like the Rougarou flatbread and the Spicy Cajun burger, Red Stick Social is raising the bar for the Baton Rouge restaurant business.
With a convenient location and spacious rooftop bar, Bumsteers brings a never-before-seen atmosphere to Baton Rouge’s overpass district. Offering age-old classics as well as foods with a modern twist, Bumsteers has something for every customer. After enjoying a meal in the lower level restaurant, the rooftop bar offers draft beers as well as frozen drinks and classic cocktails. With games like pool, cornhole and Jenga, the Bumsteers rooftop is sure to serve up a good time for all visitors.
Mid City Beer Garden
The finishing touches to Baton Rouge’s long-awaited beer garden are being completed at Mid City Beer Garden on the corner of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. Co-owners Kelli Paxton, Dave Remmetter, and Brian Baiamonte, who also own Baton Rouge’s eclectic Radio Bar, say the venue will be a comfortable neighborhood hangout spot with an open-air concept and a center courtyard. The sight is set to open in late summer, just in time to tune into LSU and New Orleans Saints football games on the venue’s big screens.
The growth of Baton Rouge’s restaurant scene has given new life to old roots. Traditional foods are getting a facelift as creative chefs bring their best to the Baton Rouge community. Out of all the new eateries, which stops top your list of places to try?