By: Kim Lyle
Tucked into the oldest and arguably most eccentric neighborhood in Baton Rouge, this historic grocery and café is a hidden gem of the city.
The building recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and has continued to serve up equal parts personality and delicious dishes. Walls are lined with the work of local artists, old rock plays throughout and the store clerks always greet customers happily.
On the menu is everything from burgers to po-boys to pizza. However, a specialty is the self-proclaimed “damn good” chicken salad sandwich. And, I wouldn’t argue. For a mere $5.99, this chicken salad will send your grandma’s old recipe running for the cupboard. The crunch of baby almonds and surprising sweetness of dried cranberries take taste and texture to a completely new level. The meal comes complete with house fried potato chips and a kosher pickle spear.
Worth mentioning is the hodgepodge of characters that regularly pour through the store’s doors. It’s rare to find a good meal nestled in a neighborhood that maintains such a unique sense of community.