It’s safe to say 2018 was the year for sleek, chic and international restaurant openings in Baton Rouge. In a matter of months, the Capital Region became a diverse food hub bursting with unique restaurants home to gorgeous interiors and mouthwatering menus. With dozens of poke and fusion spots, as well as cafe and bar openings, it can be hard to keep up. Think you’ve tried them all yet? If not, here’s your list to check off in the new year.
What: An upscale Mid City pizzeria that serves Italian classics with a modern twist
Where: 3897 Government St.
What: A romantic downtown spot for Creole cuisine
Where: 421 N. Third St.
Francois Cafe & Grill
What: A restaurant with a lengthy menu and New Orleans flair
Where: 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd.
What: A classy Italian restaurant in Southdowns featuring a rustic wine bar
Where: 4205 Perkins Road, #5
What: A quick lunch spot for delicious sushi
Where: 9634 Airline Highway, Suite F2A
What: Comfort food served in a modern and artsy restaurant in the Acadian Village Shopping Center
Where: 3535 Perkins Road, Suite 400
What: A stylish space in Ichiban Plaza serving authentic Mexican cuisine (think the non-Tex-Mex kind)
Where: 7673 Perkins Road, Suite A5
What: A Mid City restaurant chock full of New Orleans staples
Where: 672 Jefferson Highway
What: The city’s newest and long-awaited gourmet food hall
Where: 4624 Government St.
What: Flash-fired pizzas from the same owners of Stroubes Seafood and Steaks
Where: 18303 Old Perkins Road, E #116
What: A delicious merger between Tiger Deaux-nuts and Smokin Aces BBQ
Where: 5162 Government St.
What: A spacious and colorful restaurant serving Caribbean fare, along with a great patio for watching volleyball matches
Where: 7477 Burbank Drive, south of LSU
What: New Haven, Connecticut-inspired pizza is the main attraction at this pizza joint from the City Pork family
Where: 124 W. Chimes St.
What: A sports bar with daily food specials
Where: 18181 Old Jefferson Highway
What: A modern twist on traditional Chinese food with hints of Southern cuisine
Where: 501 Main St., nestled next to Main Street Market downtown
What: A family-owned vegan soul food spot
Where: 4608 Bennington Ave.
What: A Mid City barbecue joint located in the former Smokin Aces BBQ
Where: 2504 Government St.
What: An Instagrammable New Orleans-born poke restaurant
Where: 3260 Highland Road
What: An acai bowl chain at Nicholson Gateway
Where: 3646 Nicholson Drive, Unit 4
What: A calming vegan cafe and lounge inside Yoga Bliss
Where: 7384 Highland Road
What: Poke restaurant with Hawaiian-inspired dishes
Where: 9837 Bluebonnet Blvd.
What: A cold-pressed juice bar franchise near LSU
Where: 411 Ben Hur Road, Suite E
COFFEE, TEA & DESSERTS
What: A family-owned bakery specializing in extravagant desserts
Where: 9618 Jefferson Highway
What: The city’s first rolled ice cream shop
Where: 7514 Bluebonnet Blvd., in the Bluebonnet Shopping Center
What: Locally owned bakery with everything from decorative cakes to bubble tea
Where: 3617 Perkins Road, #1B, in the Acadian-Perkins Plaza
What: A New York-based Taiwanese bubble tea shop off Florida Boulevard
Where: 11230 Florida Blvd.
What: An Italian ice and frozen custard franchise
Where: 1082 West Lee Drive
What: A bubble tea shop on Corporate Boulevard that serves tapioca, coffee and light snacks
Where: 7620 Corporate Blvd., Suite G
What: A modern Louisiana-based poke restaurant that has recently added Hawaiian shaved ice, milk teas and mochi
Where: 7474 Corporate Blvd., Unit 206
What: All-American restaurant serving handcrafted burgers
Where: 18303 Perkins Road E, Bldg. 1, Suite 100
What: The barbecue and seafood joint with a farm-to-table feel added a second location in Denham Springs
Where: 240 Range 12 Blvd., Ste. 121
What: The Louisiana-based salad franchise opened a downtown post
Where: 333 Laurel St., inside the Commerce Building
What: A laid-back version of this popular pizza parlor with a modern interior
Where: 411 Ben Hur Road
What: An after-work hang-out for sports lovers in the former Draft House downtown
Where: 421 Third St.
What: A downtown bar specializing in traditional cocktails and wine offerings in the former Roux House location
Where: 143 Third St.
FOOD SHOPS & BUSINESSES
What: A specialized wine and craft beer shop in the heart of Mid City
Where: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1C
What: A restaurateur’s heaven, full of food and cooking supplies. Think Sam’s Club, except exclusively for those with a resale certificate
Where: Commercial Avenue off O’Neal Lane
What: The popular catering boutique relocated to a larger space in Studio Park to offer retail items, pastries and carry-out lunch in addition to the catering menu
Where: 1660 Lobdell Ave., Suite 100
Let’s hear it—who did we miss? Let us know in the comments!