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Best Food & Dining

King Cake

The Ambrosia Bakery 22% If you haven’t had an Ambrosia strawberry cake, do you even live in Baton Rouge? Serving 225 since 1993, the bakery has been an overwhelming favorite of the city. From cake, to cookies, to king cakes, there’s nothing better...

New Restaurant

Elsie’s Plate & Pie 24% If you haven’t been to Elsie’s Plate & Pie yet, stop reading this right now and treat yourself to a Louisiana Poulet Pot Pie. Those who have had the pleasure are sure to agree, Elsie’s has been the edition to...

Brunch

Mason’s Grill 22% It’s a little late for breakfast, and a bit too early for lunch—thank the Baton Rouge gods for Mason’s, saving our weekends from utter disappointment with their amazing brunch. While you’re there, grab a Bloody Mason (you can...

Fast Food

Raising Canes 42% Yo, yo, yo, want some hot chicken to go? The local staple for savory fried chicken tenders and secret sauce has, no surprise, taken the W for greatest fast food. Now if only they’d give us that recipe for their sauce… Multiple...

Overall Restaurant

The Chimes 32% Coming in as the greatest for not one, but FOUR of our categories, it is obvious that The Chimes is something special to Baton Rouge. Their food and beer selection have appeased the appetites of locals for over 25 years, and with no...

Cajun/Creole

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant 23% Bringing Baton Rouge the tastes you can only get south of Hwy 90, Parrain’s knows how to do Louisiana food. Whether you like Cajun or Creole, we can all agree their boiled shrimp has a special place in our...

Steak

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 31% Becoming a vegetarian now would be a huge missed steak… especially from Ruth’s Chris. Enjoy Baton Rouge’s favorite butter-topped steak. 4836 Constitution Ave. | ruthschris.com 2. Doe’s Eat...

Happy Hour

Superior Grill 26% Pass us a lime and some salt! We can’t seem to get enough of Superior Grill, so much that they’ve opened a new location. You can stop by during happy hour everyday from 4:30-6:30 pm; it’s the greatest after all. Multiple Locations...

Beer Selection

The Chimes  39% Coming in as the greatest for not one, but FOUR of our categories, it is obvious that The Chimes is something special to Baton Rouge. Their food and beer selection have appeased the appetites of locals for over 25 years, and with no...

Sushi

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar  14.1% From the sushi bar to hibachi, Ichiban gets our sushi fix. Boasting great flavor as setting them apart from other Japanese restaurants, they clearly don’t disappoint. 5741 Essen Ln. | ichibans.net...

Place to Eat at the Bar

The Chimes 32% Coming in as the greatest for not one, but FOUR of our categories, it is obvious that The Chimes is something special to Baton Rouge. Their food and beer selection have appeased the appetites of locals for over 25 years, and with no...

Margarita

Superior Grill 51% Pass us a lime and some salt! We can’t seem to get enough of Superior Grill, so much that they’ve opened a new location. You can stop by during happy hour everyday from 4:30-6:30 pm; it’s the greatest after all Multiple Locations...

Fried Chicken

Popeyes 32% Let’s all sing it together, shall we? Love that chicken from Popeye’s. Go grab a chicken wing and a buttery biscuit to celebrate—Popeye’s has come through again for the greatest fried chicken you can find. Multiple Locations | popeyes...

Hidden Gem

Roberto’s River Road Restaurant 26% Take a drive down River Road for some of the best Louisiana fare along the Mississippi. The quaint atmosphere and barn-like curb appeal of Roberto’s has put them at number one, once again, on our hidden gem list...

Italian Restaurant

The Little Village 20% Ciao bella! There is nothing like a plate of spaghetti to get our mouths watering. With so many amazing Italian restaurants in Baton Rouge to choose from, it was a close call, but The Little Village wins again as our reader’s...

Burger Joint

Curbside Burgers  18% Ever since this food truck put down roots, our stomachs have never been happier. From the Lamb-I-am to their boozy milkshakes, all you could ask for in a burger is offered at Curbside. It’s no wonder they pulled out in...

Coffee Shop

CC’s Coffee House 29% There’s nothing like a cuppa joe to get you going in the morning, or in the afternoon, or maybe as a midday pick me up. Who are we kidding; we never stop drinking coffee. And thanks to CC’s, they have got Baton Rouge covered...

Seafood Restaurant

Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant 30% Bringing Baton Rouge the tastes you can only get south of Hwy 90, Parrain’s knows how to do Louisiana food. Whether you like Cajun or Creole, we can all agree their boiled shrimp has a special place in our hearts...

Breakfast

Louie’s Cafe  24% Whether you’re popping in at 2 am or you just so happen to be Former President Obama, the only place to you can count on for the greatest breakfast in Baton Rouge is Louie’s. We’ll take a combo #1! 3322 Lake St. | louiescafe...

Food Truck

Taco De Paco 39% Near, far, wherever you are; if you see a giant orange truck, you know that it’s taco time. Taco de Paco is always on the move serving up some of the best Mexican fare in Baton Rouge. Be sure to catch them around town! tacodepaco...

Power Lunch

City Pork Deli & Charcuterie 18% Your workday is half over, and you need a pick me up. You need something out of the ordinary from your regular turkey sandwich to get you through the rest of the afternoon. City Pork Deli and Charcuterie has you...

Date Night Restaurant

Tsunami 20% Nothing says I love you like a rooftop, sushi dinner. Serving up some of the most creative cuisine in Baton Rouge, Tsunami has also offered the greatest view of the Mississippi since they opened in 2004. Next time you’re looking to treat...

Salad

The Salad Shop 24% It’s easy to love salads when they’re packed with this much flavor. With salads and wraps made fresh to order, The Salad Shop earns its title, and its name. Multiple Locations | thinksaladshop.com 2. Bistro Byronz 18%...

Crawfish

Sammy’s Grill 33% It’s that time of year when pots are boiling and you can taste seasoning in the air. If you’re not wanting to boil it yourself, Sammy’s Grill has crafted their seasoning for the perfect pot of crawfish. Bring your friends, bring...

Buffet

Texas De Brazil 36% Traditional Brazilian flavors and Texas hospitality in the heart of Baton Rouge really can’t be beat. Did we mention the giant skewered chunks of meat? You’ll want to give this buffet a try if you haven’t...

Mexican Restaurant

Superior Grill 29% Pass us a lime and some salt! We can’t seem to get enough of Superior Grill, so much that they’ve opened a new location. You can stop by during happy hour everyday from 4:30-6:30 pm; it’s the greatest after all. Multiple Locations...

Indian Restaurant

Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine 38% Fresh and flavorful cuisine make Bay Leaf Indian truly authentic. Enjoy an exotic dining experience with Baton Rouge’s greatest Indian restaurant. 5160 S Sherwood Forest Blvd.| bayleafbr.com 2. India’s Restaurant...

Late Night Restaurant

Louie’s cafe 46% Conveniently open 24 hours, Louie’s will satisfy your burger craving at any hour. Former President Obama can even attest to this as a satisfied customer. 3322 Lake St. | louiescafe.org 2. Plucker’s Wing Bar 17% 3. The Overpass...

Asian Restaurant

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar  23% From the sushi bar to hibachi, Ichiban gets our sushi fix. Boasting great flavor as setting them apart from other Japanese restaurants, they clearly don’t disappoint. 5741 Essen Ln. | ichibans.net 2...

Vegetarian Restaurant

Magpie Cafe 25% With overpass and downtown locations, you’re never too far from the best vegetarian at Magpie Cafe. From vegan banana pecan muffins, to vegetarian quinoa chili, Magpie takes the cake for greatest veggie options. Multiple...

Poboys

Po-Boy Express 26% If you’re a lover of great po-boys, look no further than the only drive-thru po-boy shop in Baton Rouge. With fresh ingredients and crispy bread, Po-boy Express knows exactly how to make your taste buds happy. Multiple Locations |...

Bloody Mary

Mason’s Grill 49% It’s a little late for breakfast, and a bit too early for lunch—thank the Baton Rouge gods for Mason’s, saving our weekends from utter disappointment with their amazing brunch. While you’re there, grab a Bloody Mason (you can...

Deli

Maxwell’s Market 26% Shop with Maxwell’s Market for the best prime quality meats and deli in the city. Pick up a bottle of wine and choose from their assortment of cheeses and produce for the greatest night in, courtesy of the greatest...

Gumbo

The Chimes 31% Coming in as the greatest for not one, but FOUR of our categories, it is obvious that The Chimes is something special to Baton Rouge. Their food and beer selection have appeased the appetites of locals for over 25 years, and with no...

Tacos

Rum House 31% You can’t beat the Rum House’s specialty Caribbean tacos, not to mention their Taco Tuesday special. Swing your life away next Tuesday at their bar, Painkiller in hand, and try out their tacos for yourself. You might just start to feel...

Pizza

Fleur De Lis 32% When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Fleur de lis. A Baton Rouge staple with pizza that delights the palates children and adults alike, Fleur de lis is number one in hearts (or stomachs). Pick your favorite...

BBQ

BRQ  19% If being from the south has taught us anything, it’s that you have to have at least one go-to BBQ joint. For Baton Rouge, it’s BRQ. Thanks for serving the city brisket that brighten up our days. 10423 Jefferson Hwy | brqrestaurant.com 2. TJ...

Bang For Your Buck Restaurant

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito
28%
With burrito bowls, tacos, nachos, and so much more, all for so little, Izzo’s makes our stomachs and our wallets happy. Multiple Locations | izzos.com
2. LIT Pizza 24%
3. Serop’s Cafe 21%

 

Chicken Wings

Pluckers Wing Bar 44% Are you a wimp or a Mutha Plucka?! Coming back again this year for Baton Rouge’s Greatest, Pluckers has us hollerin’ Hallelujah for their chicken wings. Dry? Naked? Saucy? We love them all. Multiple Locations | pluckers.com 2...

Bakery

The Ambrosia Bakery 46% If you haven’t had an Ambrosia strawberry cake, do you even live in Baton Rouge? Serving 225 since 1993, the bakery has been an overwhelming favorite of the city. From cake, to cookies, to king cakes, there’s nothing better...

Mediterranean

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant 45% Whether you’re into gyros or shawarma, Albasha’s is your one stop shop for all things Greek. If their fried cheese doesn’t keep you coming back, their smooth and creamy hummus will. Multiple Locations |...

Oysters

Acme Oyster House 27% How do you take your oysters? Char grilled, raw, or in a shot glass? No matter your flavor, Acme Oyster House will always deliver, with a side of lemon (of course). 3535 Perkins Rd. | acmeoyster.com 2. Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar...

Donuts

Mary Lee Donuts 39% With the perfect ratio of sweet and airy, Mary Lee’s donuts are one of the only things that get us going in the morning. But be warned, when these bad boys are hot and fresh, you’ll find it hard to eat just one. So whether you’re...

Best Shopping & Services

Mani/Pedi

Bumble Lane 33% We’ve got three words for you – treat yo’ self. You deserve to be pampered, and Bumble Lane thinks so too. From head to toe, they have the greatest treatments to make you feel like royalty. Towne Center at Cedar Lodge |...

Wine Selection

Calandro’s Supermarket 28% Their impressive selection of wine and liquor set Calandro’s apart from other groceries in the city. This family business ensures the expertise necessary for the best spirits in town. Multiple locations |...

Catering Company

Bergeron’s City Market 41% Chef Don Bergeron knows gourmet food, and Bergeron’s Catering is the only way to go for your event. If it were up to us, we would eat their Crawfish Cheesecake everyday of our lives. Yes, you read that right. Crawfish...

Meat Market/Butcher

Iverstine Farms Butcher 26% Ever since Iverstine Farms Butcher shop opened, it’s been the hottest topic in the Baton Rouge food world. With locally raised, farm to shop meats you know its fresh and good for you. Don’t miss out on the best meat in...

Place to Buy Produce

Southside Produce Market 33% There’s something about the produce market that makes us want to eat more greens. The fresh crunch of an apple, or a sweet and juicy peach will make stopping by Southside Produce worth your time. 8240 Perkins Rd. |...

Women’s Boutique

Frock Candy 28% Dresses, shoes, and jewelry, oh my! Frock Candy has everything you need to make the perfect outfit. With styles for every personality, you’re sure to find something here you’ll love. Multiple Locations | frockcandy.com 2. Bella Bella...

Student Apartment Complex

The Woodlands of Baton Rouge 28% Why graduate when you can just stay here for the rest of our lives? Affordable floor plans at the Woodlands give students the best off-campus experience. They have a zero-entry pool and state of the art media center...

Men’s Clothing Store

J. Crew 24% Whether you’re dressing for a first date, a job interview, or just need some new threads J. Crew has the greatest, top of the line, men’s clothing in Baton Rouge. 10155 Perkins Rd, Space 130 | jcrew.com 2. Carriages Fine Clothier 22% 3...

Conventional Apartment Complex

The District Apartments 26% Enjoy sophisticated apartments with comfort and style at The District. With unique floor plans, and even the option for studio suites, The District offer a coinvent location for luxury living. 5500 Perkins Road |...

Place To Buy LSU Gear

Tiger Mania 44% Can we get a Geaux Tigers?! Obviously you need a place to get your football gear to cheer on our home tigers, where else would you go besides Tiger Mania? Don’t forget to grab a foam finger. Multiple Locations | tigermania.net 2...

Massage

Bumble Lane 49% We’ve got three words for you – treat yo’ self. You deserve to be pampered, and Bumble Lane thinks so too. From head to toe, they have the greatest treatments to make you feel like royalty. Towne Center at Cedar Lodge |...

Salon & Spa

Bumble Lane 30% We’ve got three words for you – treat yo’ self. You deserve to be pampered, and Bumble Lane thinks so too. From head to toe, they have the greatest treatments to make you feel like royalty. Towne Center at Cedar Lodge |...

Place To Buy Seafood

Tony’s Seafood   63% Seafood season is upon us and we are all looking for the greatest place to get our fill. Tony’s Seafood has everything you need from the seafood itself to pots, seasonings, burners, and so much more. If you’re planning a boil...

Tattoo Shop

Black Torch Tattoo 34% There’s no question about where to get inked for our readers. Black Torch Tattoo takes home the award for greatest shop, and their work speaks for itself. Now we’re just wondering if a BRAG tattoo is in the works… 4256...

Local Florist

 Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts Plantscaping 51% If you can say it, say it with flowers. Since 1955, Billy Heroman’s has beautified Baton Rouge with their amazing floral arrangements for every occasion. There’s no question in them being the...

Fitness Studio

Yoglates II 23% When you’re looking to work up a sweat, the only place to go is Yoglates. You’ll work muscles you never even knew you had, and your body will thank you. 3753 Perkins Rd, Suite A | yoglates2.com 2. Pure Barre 16% 3. UFC...

Hotel for Out-of-Towners

Watermark Baton Rouge 26% If you don’t have room (or the want) to host your friends or family when they come to town, you can make them feel at home with a reservation at the Watermark. With their elegant rooms and amenities, it’s likely your...

Local Grocery Store

Rouse’s Supermarket 35% Three Baton Rouge locations and endless deli, bakery, and fresh produce selections put the super in Rouse’s Supermarket. Taking home the gold for both local grocery store and craft beer selection, Rouse’s...

Vape/Cigar Shop

Churchill’s Wine & Cigars 45% The staff at Churchill’s knows how to pick the perfect cigar for whatever you’re celebrating, even if it’s just for the hell of it. The have wine parings galore, along with a full menu, so the options are endless...

Gym

YMCA 25% Put your hands above your head and spell it out! Y.M.C.A. has been a gym we can always count on and now there’s proof they are the greatest in Baton Rouge. Multiple Locations | ymcabatonrouge.org 2. Planet Fitness 24% 3. Spectrum Fitness...

Jewelry Store

Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry 39% For over 35 years, Lee Michael’s has offered the finest jewelry to Baton Rouge. If you need a watch, a birthday necklace, or you’re picking out a ring for that special someone, look no further than Lee Michaels...

Liquor Selection

Calandro’s Supermarket 44% Their impressive selection of wine and liquor set Calandro’s apart from other groceries in the city. This family business ensures the expertise necessary for the best spirits in town. Multiple locations | calandros...

Craft Beer Selection

Rouses Supermarket 37% Three Baton Rouge locations and endless deli, bakery, and fresh produce selections put the super in Rouse’s Supermarket. Taking home the gold for both local grocery store and craft beer selection, Rouse’s can fill...

Best Entertainment

Classic Cocktail Bar

Olive or Twist 
28%
Service with a smile (and a strong cocktail) can’t be beat, and the crew at Olive or Twist doesn’t disappoint.
7248 Perkins Rd. | oliveortwistbr.com
2. Bin 77 Bistro & Wine 14%
3. The Radio Bar 11%

 
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Overall Bar

The Bulldog 22% Enjoy a beer with man’s best friend at Baton Rouge’s greatest Overall Bar. Weekly specials, 81 beers on tap, and the patio tap fountain make it easy to see why The Bulldog took home the gold. 4385 Perkins Rd. | bulldog...

Drinking Patio

The Bulldog  24% Enjoy a beer with man’s best friend at Baton Rouge’s greatest Overall Bar. Weekly specials, 81 beers on tap, and the patio tap fountain make it easy to see why The Bulldog took home the gold. 4385 Perkins Rd. | bulldog...

New Bar

Caneland  32% Cane Land might be new, but it’s no rookie. Enjoy a drink in the tasting room, and learn about the spirits the distilling company sells at grocery stores across the state. 760 St. Phillip St. | canelanddistilling.com 2. Hayride...

Regional Brewery

Tin Roof Brewing Company  33% Yoga on Tap and a daily happy hour make the largest craft brewery in the city the greatest one too. Join Tin Roof for a pint or a flight and meet the gang behind the beer. 1627 Wyoming St. : tinroofbeer 2. Abita Brewing...

Wine Bar

Bin 77 Bistro & Wine 47% You want some cheese with that wine? Enjoy a heavy pour and savor the flavor at Bin 77 Bistro & Wine Bar. 10111 Perkins Rowe | bin77.com 2. Blend Wine Bar 25% 3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 16% Photo:...

Tigerland Bar

Fred’s Bar & Grill 50% With drink specials that are hard to pass up and a staff that’s impossible to beat, the oldest bar in Tigerland is still the greatest. Fred’s screwdrivers with house squeezed orange juice seal the deal. 1184...

Music Venue

The Varsity Theatre 56% Get your tickets ready, you know the Varsity has booked only the best. With great shows almost every night of the week, it’s no surprise they took home the gold. 3353 Highland Rd | varsitytheatre.com 2. Raising...

Bartending Crew

Olive or Twist 28% Service with a smile (and a strong cocktail) can’t be beat, and the crew at Olive or Twist doesn’t disappoint.  7248 Perkins Rd. | oliveortwistbr.com 2. The Bulldog 25% 3. The Radio Bar 18%...

Dive Bar

Duvic’s Martini Bar 36% Swing by your neighborhood overpass bar for everybody’s favorite martinis. Duvic’s boasts a wide menu filled with dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. Have a drink or two and stay a while. 2854 Kalurah St. |...

Daiquiri

New Orleans Original Daiquiris 27% Beat the Louisiana heat with a frozen, alcoholic treat. New Orleans Original Daiquiri gets the summer party started with endless flavors, including their world famous 190 Octane. Multiple locations | fattuesday.com...

Local Band

Parish County Line 24% Catch them headlining at Happy’s, opening at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, and jamming at every bar in between. Local band Parish County Line is taking off, and they won’t be a Louisiana secret for much longer...

Sports Bar

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar 41% Walk On’s is the perfect place to cheer on your teams, enjoy a drink, or split a plate of cheese fries (or finish them yourself—no judgement here). Cheers to another year as Baton Rouge’s #1! Multiple...

Pickup Bar

The Bulldog  26% Enjoy a beer with man’s best friend at Baton Rouge’s greatest Overall Bar. Weekly specials, 81 beers on tap, and the patio tap fountain make it easy to see why The Bulldog took home the gold. 4385 Perkins Rd. | bulldog...

Best People & Community

Local Celebrity

Jay Ducote 24% Jay Ducote has brought the Capital City some pretty awesome foodstuffs–from being a contestant on “Food Network Star,” hosting “Bite & Booze Radio Show,” and now Gov’t Taco opening at White Star Market in the near...

Member Organization

Happy’s Running Club 32% If you’re looking to meet new people, get in shape, and have a few beers–Happy’s Running Club is the perfect place for you. The Baton Rouge crew meets every Tuesday at 6 pm and starts running for 6:15. Drink, run, be...

Radio Station

Eagle 98.1
30%
For all things ROCK, Eagle 98.1 is the station for Baton Rouge. Tune in! eagle981.com
2. 102.5 WFMF 27%
3. 100.7 The Tiger 15%

 
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Community Event

Live After 5 Baton Rouge 25% If you’re looking for a way to spend your Friday night, look no further than Live After 5. This community event hosts some of the greatest bands Baton Rouge has to offer so you can dance your troubles away. While they...

Place to Work

Trader Joe’s 25% Everyone knows the crew at Trader Joe’s is top notch, right next to its amazing products. When you check out, their smiling faces give you validation for spending half your paycheck on succulents and whatever deliciousness...

Non-LSU Attraction

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol 32% If you go to the Old State Capitol and don’t get a photo of the ceiling, did you even go? One of the most photographed buildings in Baton Rouge and one of the most popular places to get married, the Old State...

Wedding Reception Venue

Louisiana Old State Capitol 35% Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is one of the most photographed buildings in Baton Rouge and one of the most popular places to get married, the Old State Capitol has a Louisiana charm you can’t get anywhere else...

Art Gallery

LSU Museum of Art 40% Through its exhibitions and programming, the LSU Museum of Art aims to showcase and support the work of local Louisiana artists as well as present projects that place the art and artists of Louisiana in a dialogue with the...

TV Station

WAFB 51% WAFB Channel 9 has been on the air since they became Louisiana’s second TV station in 1953. Since then, Channel 9 has become the number one news organization in south Louisiana, covering local, state, and regional news.wafb.com 2. WBRZ 42%...

Radio Personality

Murphy, Sam & Jodi 31% Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Murphy, Sam, and Jodi, are known for entertaining Baton Rouge with their family-friendly and fun personalities that have gotten them national recognition for their radio show...

TV Personality

Pat Shingleton 28% Bringing you Baton Rouge’s weather forecast since 1981, WBRZ chief forecaster Pat Shingleton is no doubt, the greatest. With his witty charm and fun personality, we are always ready to tune in. @Pat_Shingleton 2. Sylvia...

Local Chef

Jay Ducote 36% Jay Ducote has brought the Capital City some pretty awesome foodstuffs–from being a contestant on “Food Network Star,” hosting “Bite & Booze Radio Show,” and now Gov’t Taco opening at White Star Market in the near...

Charity Event

Race for the Cure (Susan G. Komen) 32% Leading the country in positive breast cancer awareness, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the largest charity events and one Baton Rouge loves to participate in. Grab your running shoes and pink...

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