Renée Bacher

Correspondent

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Renée Bacher is a correspondent who lives in Baton Rouge and covers Louisiana’s capital city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel & Leisure. Originally from Long Island, New York, Bacher moved to Louisiana in 1998 with her husband and three children and fell in love with the cuisine, music, landscape and people in their adopted home state. In addition to writing about travel and lifestyle, she covers health and psychology topics for Parents magazine in New York. In her spare time, she fosters shelter dogs for Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge and writes a blog about it at www.dogbydog.com.�

  • On December 13, 2013
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    What is the scene like at 18 Steak?

    The atmosphere at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge’s 18 Steak is upscale and trendy yet relaxed, and the crowd is as varied as its menu. As Baton Rouge is the state capitol, a petrochemical industry hub, and home to Louisiana State University, you may find yourself seated among legislators, Exxon executives, and LSU professors or top brass. And Louisiana’s generous tax credits have made the state a haven for filmmakers, so on any given night the casino clientele might include an A-list movie star or two taking a break from the set at nearby Celtic Media Centre where actors including Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have filmed in recent years. Glamour, ivory tower, and corporate America aside, you may also rub shoulders with families taking grandma and grandpa out for a special anniversary weekend at 18 Steak, as well as a gentleman or two who look like they walked off the set of Duck Dynasty.
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    When is 18 Steak open?

    L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge’s 18 Steak serves dinner only, seven days per week. Monday through Thursday the restaurant and bar are open from 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open 5-11 p.m., with the bar remaining open another two hours until 1 a.m. And on Sunday, the restaurant and bar are open from 5-9 p.m.

    While the restaurant is open year-round, it is quieter during the week and bustling on Friday and Saturday nights. For large parties, make your reservations well in advance, especially during LSU Football season. It’s possible to get a table without a reservation during the week, but why risk it?
  • On December 13, 2013
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    Where is 18 Steak located?

    Guests will find 18 Steak located inside L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, which straddles the levee of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, less than seven miles southeast of Louisiana State University.

    The restaurant is located just off the casino floor with views of the Mississippi River. Step out the front door to 18 Steak and you can stroll over to the 74,000 square foot casino to gamble on more than 1,500 slot machines, or at 50 table games. Or take the elevator up to the top of the 12-story hotel for a poolside cocktail and panoramic vistas of the city. Views will include a peek at LSU’s 90,000 seat Tiger Stadium, which is lit up at night in the fall for LSU home games.

    If you want to see a movie after dinner or take in a show at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge, both are just 15-20 minutes away.
  • On December 13, 2013
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    What restaurants does L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge have?

    Just off the casino floor, there are four places to eat inside L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge that provide a good cross-section of the region’s food.

    The Bon Temps Buffet seats 366 and the enormous spread changes daily. Themes include Crab Night, Prime Rib & Shrimp Night, Seafood Extravaganza, and Cochon de Lait (pig roast). Prices range from $12.95 for breakfast to $29.95 for the most expensive dinner. The buffet is open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. except for Fridays and Saturdays when it remains open until 11 p.m. Private dining is also available. You must be 21 or older to enter.

    At Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, you can eat a burger and fries while you watch the game in a casual atmosphere on one of 50 flat-screen TVs. Local heroes such as LSU football coach Les Miles and Shaquille O’Neal have stopped by to sign their pictures at the entrance. Special pairing dinners include the likes of Cathead Vodka cocktails with a five-course dinner for $50 (including tax and tip). E-mail cellard@lbrmail.com for information and reservations. Stadium Sports Bar & Grill’s hours are from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (with the bar staying open till 11 p.m.) and from 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday (with the bar staying open till 2 a.m.). Should you be in the mood for food after-hours, check out Sidelines at Stadium. This bar located on the casino floor serves a limited menu from the kitchen from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day of the week.

    At 18 Steak, which serves only dinner, enjoy a charcuterie board of local sausage and marinated vegetables before your prime cut of beef arrives. Chef Troy Deano trained with chef John Besh, owner of the New Orleans restaurants August and Lüke, and takes great pride in the meats, fruits and vegetables he buys from local producers.

    Reservations are recommended. You can book your table through opentable.com, or by emailing the 18 Steak hostess at cellard@lbrmail.com. Have a large party? Reserve the private dining room at 18 Steak for a specialty night that pairs wines by the glass with pre-selected tapas. The restaurant also brings in renowned vintners and distillers to speak at dinners that pair their wines and or cocktails with five-course prix fixe dinners. Visit 18 Steak’s website for upcoming dinners at https://www.lbatonrouge.com/dining/18-steak/.

    Dine at 18 Steak from 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant’s bar hours are the same except for Friday and Saturday nights when the bar stays open till 1 a.m.

    PJ’s Café features New Orleans’ famous fresh roasted coffee alongside sandwiches and pastries made by the L’Auberge’s award-winning pastry chef. PJ’s is open 24 hours for a quick bite.
  • On December 13, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge?

    Each of the 205 standard rooms at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge are approximately 450 square feet and decorated in soothing earth tones with warm red and orange modern patterned accents. The rooms include LED televisions, iPod docking stations, robes, slippers and stunning prints by Louisiana’s best local artists, including the creator of the infamous Blue Dog series, George Rodrigue. 

    Each of the 30 beautiful suites range in size from 800 to more than 900 square feet and draw inspiration from the lush flora that makes up the Baton Rouge countryside. All suites have marble bathrooms with dark woods, chrome fixtures, deep tubs and separate showers. Full living rooms are equipped with dining tables that sit beneath chandeliers, in-home theaters, wet bars, refrigerators and Keurig coffee machines. Choose from the Iris Suite, the Azalea Suite or Magnolia Suite (inspired by Louisiana’s state flower). Butler service is available.
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    Where is L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge located?

    L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge is located at 777 L'Auberge Avenue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it straddles the levee of the Mississippi River. Less than seven miles southeast of Louisiana State University, the hotel and casino complex is situated on 575 acres that formerly housed two plantation homes. The location is secluded and otherwise undeveloped, and the only activity you’ll see beneath its water view balconies are barges moving up and down the river and trees on its western banks. And yet in just 15 minutes you can be touring Louisiana’s Old State Capitol where the infamous Gov. Huey P. Long was shot, or strolling the grounds of LSU, named one of the 20 most beautiful college campuses in America. If you feel like venturing farther, you can be in New Orleans or Cajun country in less than two hours.
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