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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek

By Matt Starlight

Later this month, DIG Magazine is hosting the seventh Restaurant Week, a time when restaurants from across the city come together, select some of their best dishes, put together a three-course meal and offer it at a price that can’t be beat.

Clocking in at around 50 participating restaurants, Restaurant Week is one of Baton Rouge’s largest collaborative events. Below are a few examples of the food you can try this week at limited time prices.



20160108_DIG_RESTAURANT_WEEK_SULLIVANS_RICHARDSON-011100As the most expensive price range, the $35 meals come from the some of the finest restaurants in the city. Three course dinners that can normally cost over $60 are available for this low price.

Stroubes is one of these restaurants. For the first course, your options include a smoked redfish dip with a toasted baguette, french onion soup, with Gruyere custard, or sesame glazed pork belly and duck ham salad with cashews and farro. For the main course, Stroubes is offering crispy fried flounder served with gnocchi in brown butter and sage cream and asparagus salad, pork milanese with chicken liver mousse and winter vegetables, or beef bourguignon served with roasted crimini mushrooms and pearl onions over egg noodles. Exotic as it all sounds, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a dessert of blueberry rice pudding with almonds or a chocolate eclair pie.

At this price point, you’ll also be able to enjoy delicious meals from Nino’s Italian, Sullivan’s, Mansurs on the Boulevard, Fresh Market Bistro, Doe’s Place, Blend and Bin 77.



20160109_DIG_RESTAURANT_WEEK_MESTIZO_RICHARDSON-0102At the $30 tier, you’ll find slightly more affordable, yet still high class dining options like the Louisiana-Mexican cuisine of Mestizo.

For the first course, you can choose shrimp & scallop ceviche tostado, some juicy pulled pork cracklin nachos, or fresh shrimp, feta, and bacon guacamole. For the main course, Mestizo is offering steak and portabello chili relleno, seared scallops and shrimp, or a crawfish bowl burrito. Bring your $30, three course meal home with a dessert of patron chocolate bread pudding, churros and cheesecake cups, or a plantain foster creme-filled crepe.

At this price range, your choices also include Restaurant IPO and the infamous Galatoire’s.



20160108_DIG_RESTAURANT_WEEK_KONA_RICHARDSON-0056One of the more popular price ranges is the $25 option. Not too expensive, but still nice enough for a fancy date. At this price point, the delicious Kona Grill is available to you.

For the first course, a classic salad, chili or clam chowder is available to start. For the main course, your options include chicken or shrimp Pad Thai noodles, macadamia nut chicken, pork tenderloin or fresh fish. For dessert, you can have carrot cake or ultimate fudge brownie.

Kona also suggests wine pairings for the entree dishes.

At this price point, your other options include The Londoner, Hello Sushi, Rock-n-Sake, Zorba’s, Ralph & Kacoo’s, Portobello’s Grill, The Melting Pot, Mike Anderson’s,  City Pork on Jefferson, Drusilla, City Café, Bonefish Grill, Café Americain, Capital City Grill, Bistro Byronz and Boil & Roux.



CF01115220160109_DIG_RESTAURANT_WEEK_REGINELLIS_RICHARDSONAs one of the most accessible price points, the $20 options are plentiful and delicious.

Reginelli’s pizza is one of the many participants in Restaurant Week as they offer their own take on the three course dinner. For starters, you can order a baked brie calzone, a caprese salad, or dressed hummus. For the main course, Reginelli’s is offering shrimp forrest pasta, a fresh chicken salad, or any small specialty pizza. To finish it off, Reginelli’s will whip up some chocolate overload torte, cheesecake
or tiramisu.

At this price range, your other options include Zoroona Mediterranean Grill, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar, Copeland’s, City Pork, Canefield Tavern and Cheesecake Bistro.



20160109_DIG_RESTAURANT_WEEK_BARCADIA_RICHARDSON-0109This is the most affordable price point available in Restaurant Week. Here, you’ll find Barcadia’s three course menu ready to be devoured.

To start, your options include smoked chicken and corn soup, tomato bisque, or an exotic Asian salad. For the main course, Barcadia will cook up a delicious chicken Parmesan sandwich, a 12 hour pulled pork sandwich or their southwest burger that comes topped with honey BBQ sauce, onion rings and hickory bacon. For dessert, the menu lists rum raisin bread pudding or a double chocolate brownie.

At $15, if Barcadia isn’t for you, Marty J’s is also operating from this price point.

No matter what you’ve got in your wallet, Restaurant Week has three course meals for you. Whether you’re a big spender or operate on a shoestring budget, you’ll find delicious, three course dinners right around the corner.


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