Meal Overpass Merchant restaurant in Baton Rouge Louisiana
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5 Best Restaurants in Baton Rouge

By Travel Savvy

Not too long ago, Travel Savvy staffers traveled down to Louisiana to learn about all the things to do in the area -- from fishing to kayaking to exploring the local restaurants. Luckily, during our stay, we received some great dining recommendations from none other than Jay Ducote, whose recommendations have been featured everywhere from The Huffington Post and to his own Louisiana foodie blog, aptly titled Bite and Booze.

Jay Ducote contributes monthly columns and recipes to Louisiana Cookin' Magazine and Good Grit on top of being published in Town Favorites Magazine, Country Roads Magazine,, The Huffington Post, The Southern Coterie, Offbeat Magazine, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture, 225 Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, The Local Palate, The Advocate,, and Delta Style Magazine to name a few. Today, we're adding Travel Savvy to the list! 

Louisiana shrimp tacos at Goûter 1

Photo Credit: Goûter Restaurant Facebook Page


3897 Government St Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Open for Lunch Monday-Friday 11AM-2PM; Dinner Monday-Wednesday 5PM-9PM, Thursday-Saturday 5PM-10PM


Owned and operated by a local husband-and-wife duo, Chris and Sommer Wadsworth, Goûter serves up luxurious tapas and small plates that incorporate farm-to-table ingredients and Cajun and Creole flavors. Patrons can also expect craft beers from local breweries, spirits from local distilleries, seasonally rotating dishes, and the occasional larger plates for those who dare to indulge.

Meal Overpass Merchant restaurant in Baton Rouge Louisiana 2

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Overpass Merchant

2904 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Open Monday-Thursday 11AM-12AM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-2AM; Sunday 11AM-8PM

Overpass Merchant

From Truffle Frites to Coconut Shrimp Tacos, the Overpass Merchant’s menu is one locals can’t ignore. Boasting some of the highest quality ingredients in Louisiana, this hotspot also boasts one of the best selections of signature cocktails and drafts in Baton Rouge.

Bloody Mary at Mason's Grill in Baton Rogue Louisiana 3

Photo Credit: Mason's Grill Facebook Page

Mason's Grill

13556 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 756-8815

Open Monday-Thursday 11AM-9:30PM; Friday 11AM-10PM; Saturday 9AM-10PM; Sunday 9AM-3PM

Mason's Grill

If you’re hankering for a homestyle Southern meal, look no further than the family-owned Mason's Grill. Locals love the wide selection of ribeye steaks, and any visitor can enjoy their flavorful comfort foods like Bayou stuffed shrimp, chicken and waffles. While accommodating to families of all ages, this hotspot was also named by Absolut as home to the “Best Bloody Mary in America!”

Pork Spring Rolls at City Pork Bar in Baton Rouge Louisiana 4

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City Pork

7327 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 615-8880

Open Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM; Sunday 11AM-8PM

City Pork

Though this spot has its roots in Louisiana cuisine, patrons enjoy Asian accents and Cuban flairs spread throughout City Pork’s creative menu. Whether you’re craving rabbit & dumplings, seared fresh fish, glazed ribs, or a pork belly hoagie, this menu offers something to please everyone in your group.

Catfish Tacos Shrimp Crab Etoufee The Chimes Baton Rouge 5

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The Chimes

3357 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 383-1754

Open Monday-Saturday 11AM-2AM; Sunday 10:30AM-12AM

The Chimes

Now boasting three locations in the Baton Rouge area, The Chimes has been serving locals classic Louisiana comfort food and craft beers for over three decades. From Gumbo to Po' Boys, there’s no better place to discover traditional, southern Louisiana cuisine. Logo Pick Your Passion 6

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Want to know more about the best restaurants, things to do, and exploring the great outdoors in Louisiana? Head over to and browse their full listings of all there is to discover in the Pelican state.


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