Tucked into a back corner of the casino at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge is where you’ll find 18 Steak, a quietly upscale restaurant that serves steak, seafood and local delights for dinner seven days a week.
More than just another steak house, 18 Steak pays homage to the 18th state of the union with Louisiana specialties such as alligator sausage and savory beignets with apple chutney and house-churned butter alongside its wood grilled prime cuts of beef. Enjoy a charcuterie board of merguez and alligator sausage, hog head cheese and marinated haricot verts, chanterelles and watermelon turnips before your prime cut of beef or Gulf seafood arrives. Try the free range Chappapeela Farms’ pork belly appetizer and the untraditional but delicious creamy onion soup, served in a unique bowl quite befitting for the dish — a half of raw onion.
Libations play a starring role on the menu. Specialty dinners revolve around wines or spirits paired with complementary foods such as the recent Wild Turkey Master Distiller’s Dinner, hosted by Wild Turkey owner Jimmy Russell who flew in for the event where attendees were given the inside scoop on the bourbon cocktails served and a bit of Wild Turkey history, too.
You might assume a restaurant of this caliber would be uptight and stuffy, but like most of the people in Louisiana, it’s decidedly relaxed — the waitstaff is all smiles and very friendly. Savor a delicious meal while the sounds of New Orleans funk and jazz softly pipe in to surround you in the restaurant’s dimly lit romantic setting. And thanks to the picturesque scene provided by the Mississippi River as it meanders by outside the windows, you can expect an enchanted evening at 18 Steak.