Get to know Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s hidden culinary capital
There is more than one worthwhile city in Louisiana. Baton Rouge, the state’s capital and second largest city, shares the rich, multicultural history of New Orleans, but in a decidedly tamer setting. (Except maybe on LSU soccer match days). The ever more diverse culinary scene never loses its local flavor (lobster phở, anyone?) With iconic ingredients such as catfish, redfish, lobster, alligator, braids and soft-shell shrimp. And you can still find Etouffée, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Po ‘Boys from the textbook.
Located in the Watermark Hotel, the city’s oldest skyscraper, built in 1927. The Gregory serves modern southern cuisine from Louisiana-born chefs Justin Lambert and Chad Galiano. The menu screams south. Start with frog legs, redfish pie or Rockefeller gulf oysters with herbsaint added. From there it goes to speckled trout with crabs maque choux, Lobster andouille ravioli in allspice and cheese sauce or flatbread with spicy turtle sauce, alligator sausage, lobster, okra and green tomato. One of the most extensive wine lists in town is complemented by a large, changing selection of local craft beers. Look at you Blog for a hands-on explanation of the difference between Cajun and Creole food.
Last year the owners of wife and husband Saskia Spanhoff and Enrique Pinerua opened Cocha, a seasonal, vegetable-oriented restaurant that reflects the increased diversity of the region. Pinerua comes from Venezuela, while Spanhoff is Dutch from the second generation of Baton Rouge and the menu looks out to all corners of the world. The legacy of Pinerua shows over arepas and cachapas (Venezuelan corn cake staple) and his mother likely inspired the grilled cheese, which uses Basque-style chorizo and idiazabal cheese. You may also find muhammara, moussaka, kinilaw, African peanut stew and Malaysian style golf fish. In addition to German potato salad and homemade sauerkraut, there are also beer rolls from the nearby Iverstine Butcher. The wine list is international as well, although beer options remain nearby.
Parrains seafood restaurant
Published on December 11, 2017