Dig Baton Rouge


By Matt Starlight

Getting your hands on soul food in Southern Louisiana shouldn’t be a difficult task. You’d imagine every corner’s serving up mashed potatoes, green beans, and smoked brisket as well as Zeeland Street Market, but that just isn’t the case. No, Baton Rouge’s reputation as a corporate restaurant destination has preceded itself; luckily, we do have a few local diners and restaurants fighting the good fight in the name of authenticity and old school style.

Zeeland Street Market is located on Perkins Road across the street from Garden District Coffee just past Chelsea’s. Be sure to write it down because next time you’re in the mood for soul food the way it’s meant to be had, this will be the first place on your short list for both breakfast and lunch.

Gracing the Dish this week is their Pecan Smoked Brisket plate. The brisket is tender, moist, and full of flavor and comes with a hearty helping of sides of cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, green beans, and a cornbread muffin.

The muffin comes warm and soft and be sure to grab some butter laid out for an extra pop of flavor; the beans are salty, crunchy and juicy as any you’ve ever had; the cornbread dressing is a delight; and the sweet potato souffle hits all the right notes without being too sweet.

Zeeland Street Market certainly isn’t winning points for thrills and frills, but if that’s really what you’re looking for in a restaurant there are plenty of Applebee’s in the area. Give one of them your business, or indulge in home cooking the way it’s meant to be done.


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