Where to eat during Art Melt

Downtown Baton Rouge shows off its artsy side this weekend as the 11th annual Art Melt kicks off with a ticketed preview party Friday night and the main event Saturday night at the Capitol Park Museum. If you plan to take a look at the art and also want a bite to eat, 225 Dine has you covered.
At Friday’s event, Ruffino’s Catering at De La Ronde Hall will be providing hors d’oeuvres as well as a roast beef and shrimp and grits station.

Saturday’s event will feature food trucks as well as local restaurants setting up tents on the museum grounds. The participating food trucks include Pullin Pork, Taco de Paco, POPculture popsicles, Fleur de Licious and Cupcake Allie. City Pork, Ruffino’s, Street Breads, Schlittz and Giggles and Mestizo will also be on hand, giving residents and visitors a taste of the Capital City.

If you’re looking for more a sit-down atmosphere after browsing the art, downtown is bustling with up-and-coming spots as well as old favorites that would more than do the trick.

If you’re in the mood for sushi, Tsunami (100 Lafayette St.) also offers a stellar rooftop view atop the Shaw Center for the Arts. If you’re looking for a traditional upscale experience, Stroubes (107 Third St.), Capital City Grill (100 Lafayette St.) and Restaurant IPO (421 Third St.) all offer refined takes on Southern classics. IPO also has a bar upstairs, called Breakroom at IPO, with skeeball and arcade games. Breakroom is open until 2 a.m. Another option is Blend, a wine bar at 304 Laurel St. that has a nice selection of wines, cocktails and small plates. For more information on Art Melt, check out 225‘s preview.