By Kaci Yoder
If you’ve been away all summer—or you just didn’t leave the library much last year—you may not have heard about all the new additions near the gates of LSU. No worries! We’ve got your round up of the newest food and drink additions within walking distance of campus that you need to try this semester.
BARCADIA – 3347 Highland Rd.
Maybe the hottest destination on this list, bar/restaurant/arcade has taken Baton Rouge by storm in the past months. Take one step inside the sprawling, renovated space that once housed Serrano’s and you’re met with a cacophony for the senses. Pinball machines and vintages arcade games ping and chirp from all sides, a long bar offers up dozens of shiny liquor bottles, and the smells of Curbside’s famous burgers fill the air. If you’ve got some quarters to spare, Barcadia should definitely be your new happy hour of choice.
THE STATE BAR – 209 W. State St.
The former home of Louie’s Café will soon reopen as The State Bar, a bar dedicated to serving up the most inventive grilled cheese sandwiches imaginable. While the doors aren’t open just yet, it’s slated to make its debut any day now, so keep your eyes open and your stomach ready.
MAHONY’S – 124 W. Chimes St.
Fresh out of Houma, La., this Irish pub has taken over Reginelli’s spot on Chimes to bring you cold beer, hot burgers, and a laidback pub experience without venturing more than a few feet past the North Gates.
THE BANDIT – 623 E. Boyd Dr.
The famous spot of the erstwhile Shady’s—and Tops and The Levee—brings you a fresh take on Tigerland with The Bandit. Named for the Tiger Band’s classic tune “Chinese Bandits,” the new bar aims to strike a balance between downtown and Tigerland with 65-inch televisions, fresh fixtures, and a killer drink menu.
INSOMNIA COOKIES – 128 W. Chimes St.
This gem on Chimes is here to make sure your midnight munchies never go unmet. Insomnia Cookies is the city’s first and only late night dessert delivery service, bringing cookies, brownies, and ice cream to your door as late as 3 a.m. Call them up to satisfy your sweet tooth at any hour, or order a 50-cookie package and become the hero of everyone on your floor.
NEWK’S EATERY – 3332 Lake St.
From the people who brought you McAlister’s Deli comes Newk’s Eatery, a fast casual concept that promises fresh takes on American classics like pizzas and wraps. You can dine in or grab a salad, sandwich, or soup to go from their refrigerated Grab-N-Go section. Nestled in the shadow of the School of Music, this spot couldn’t get much more convenient to students.
MARTY J’S – 4001 Nicholson Dr.
If you’re looking for your new favorite spot for po-boys, Marty J’s Seafood, Burgers, and Po-boys has the grub you need. This to-go style po-boy shop and seafood market is bringing New Orleans to BR with some authentic creole flavors. It’s a longer trek than other spots on this list, but if you’re coming from the South Gate area, you’ll make it just fine.