By Brad Jones
November is starting to settle in and as the weather begins to cool off, it is time to begin looking for a big bowl of comfort. Something warm, filling and hearty. When we think of comfort at DIG, we think of our mother or our grandmother making that big bowl of gumbo or pot of beef stew. We searched around town for a few places serving up that comfort feel in a bowl to warm you up on a brisk November (or anytime) night. In no particular order, here are four great places serving up a variety of comfort food in bowls around Baton Rouge.
3225 Perkins Road
One of Baton Rouge’s most renowned restaurants, Parrain’s serves up classic Louisiana comfort food along with several signature seafood dishes. At the top of the comfort food list at Parrain’s is the seafood gumbo. This bowl of gumbo is rich, hearty and loaded with shrimp, crawfish, oysters and crab. You can order this in a cup or a bowl, depending on how hungry you are, or how much comfort you need. Also on the Parrain’s menu, the crawfish etouffee is a perfect comfort food. Crawfish and rice smothered with delicious gravy, need we say more? Not in bowls, but pretty comforting as well, the shrimp po’boy and charbroiled oysters.
12385 Florida Blvd.
Dang’s giant bowls of pho are the ideal accompaniment to the brisk November weather. These bowls are brimming with full noodles, various meat options, and a broth that will warm you to the core. These bowls come with filling toppings and your choice of spicy pastes and sauces if you weren’t warmed up enough already. Order your pho with a hot Thai tea or Vietnamese coffee.
3357 Highland Road
The Chimes is another Baton Rouge staple serving up Louisiana comfort food guaranteed to take some of the chill out of the season. Although we’ve mentioned their red beans and rice before, it is definitely worth the mention here. Served with sausage and piping hot, these are an outstanding representation of Louisiana comfort. No, they aren’t complicated or new, but do red beans and rice need to be? For more comfort at the Chimes, try their gumbo, shrimp and corn soup, or hushpuppies.
9 Dragon Noodle House
5271 Highland Rd.
Looking at the outside of 9 Dragon Noodle House, you wouldn’t necessarily think comfort at first. Situated in a small corner shop next to a Walmart, 9 Dragon offers an expansive Asian menu, where it is hard to go wrong. For maximum comfort in a bowl, order the ramen with your choice of protein, we prefer the duck. Flavorful broth, tasty noodles, and duck, how can you go wrong? Also an excellent late fall dish, their Oxtail soup beats a chicken noodle soup when you have a cold, hands down.