Baton Rouge eateries at the drive-thru: Fast-casual never tasted so good

Driving through to pick up breakfast, lunch or dinner can be an economical time saver. Drive-thrus have graduated beyond chain fast-food, spanning all sorts of culinary genres. Here are a few of the many you’ll find today in Baton Rouge.

Beignet Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge’s newest beignet shop combines gourmet espresso drinks with homemade beignets, beignet fingers and sweet dipping sauces, as well as all-day breakfast fare, from avocado toast to breakfast sammies. beignetbatonrouge.com

Chicken Shack on Scotland Avenue

The Baton Rouge-born fried chicken eatery’s original location on Scotland Avenue makes life easier with its drive-thru. Order classic pieces prepared with the Chicken Shack’s longtime wet batter formula. The two-piece Tuesday special gives you a leg, thigh and roll for $2.25. chickenshack.org

Rice & Roux on Lee Drive

Order lip-smacking gumbo, jambalaya plates and daily Cajun specials, like crawfish etouffee and beef roast. The spot is also known for its affordable family meals. riceandroux.com

Serop’s Express

Baton Rouge’s pioneering Greek/Lebanese eatery got its start as a fine dining spot in the 1980s. Many years later, it pushed the envelope on a quick service format that includes drive-thrus. The menu’s numbered pictures nullify indecision, helping motorists place and receive orders lickety-split. seropsexpress.com

Po-boy Express

Best of 225 voters have ranked this the top po-boy shop every year since 2016. Call or place an order online, selecting from 16 options, like roast beef or the Shrimp Philly. Then, drive through for pick up. Easy peasy. poboyexpress.com

Triplet’s Blue Store

Mind-blowing fried chicken wings and shrimp fried rice are bedrock dishes here. The Highland Road and North Boulevard locations feature drive-thrus, easing the pain as you patiently await the goods. batonrougefriedchicken.com

Kolache Kitchen

Kolache Kitchen makes fresh breakfast tacos, kolaches, sweet rolls and danishes, plus a full lunch menu with lunch tacos and sandwiches like the Cuban or barbecue brisket. thekolachekitchen.com

Coffee Call

Yep, Baton Rouge’s original beignet shop on College Drive has a drive-thru ready to foist over famed beignets and beignet fingers, as well as weekday lunch items that include homemade daily soups, sandwiches and po-boys. Find it on Facebook

A few more Louisiana-born drive-thrus

Albasha Express

Atomic Burger

Cafe Petra Express


Delicious Donuts

New York Bagel (Perkins Road)

Smalls Sliders

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This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue of 225 magazine.