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Po’ Boy sandwiches and all sorts of Cajun-inspired cuisine can be found in the many restaurants in Baton Rouge. But for an additional taste of Louisiana, you can head out into the countryside, too. Check out these Forbes Travel Guide recommended restaurants in and around Baton Rouge:
1. Maison Lacou. This traditional French restaurant is located within a cozy cottage just outside of downtown. The five dining rooms have a mash-up of traditional Parisian and Southern décor, and somehow it all works splendidly. While the food is French, traditional South Louisiana ingredients are used, too. Take home a bottle of the popular house vinaigrette.
2. Bernadette’s. Head to Burnside, about 35 minutes southeast of Baton Rouge, to try Bernatdette’s French-Cajun fusion cuisine (multi-course tasting menus are available) in a fine dining atmosphere. The restaurant is a recent addition to the grounds of The Cabin Restaurant, a more casual historic joint popular with both visitors and locals.
3. Juban’s. Unique, upscale Creole cuisine is the specialty in the sophisticated-but-warmly Southern dining room located near Louisiana State Univeristy. Expect an excellent wine list (Wine Spectator has bestowed multiple awards here) and dishes such as crabmeat-topped veal medallions and crawfish étouffée.
4. Mansion Restaurant at Nottoway Plantation. Housed in a historic mansion with lovely views of the Louisiana countryside, this spot is worth the 35-minute drive from Baton Rogue for the genteel atmosphere alone. The menu is solidly classic Louisiana and changes seasonally, often on a daily basis.
5. Stroubes. This spot is proof that an upscale seafood and steakhouse can still offer an authentic Southern culinary experience. Ingredients are sourced locally, and offers the restaurant excels in refined versions of low-country classics.